Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bye, first hyena!

Yesterday, November 24, I had my first sale. And today I bade adieu to one of my favorite hyenas:

It was an extra-rush order for someone whose birthday was today, so getting the card ready in a few hours was a challenge. Writing it made me realize that, by golly, I have fallen disgracefully out of practice in composing wads of informative text. Fortunately, after a hot wings and video art break, I managed to mold it into something coherent.

I then drew til way after midnight. I enjoyed the heck out of that. I don't draw very often these days, and getting back into it was exhilarating. I ended up pretty pleased with the results, and not just because I was half-delirious from sleep deprivation.

Bye, little yeener!

Ah, and today, I had a second sale already! I am beginning to suspect I should maybe be preparing these things in advance. But that would be too simple.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Pink thing status: saccharine

I generally try, at least in theory, not to go for "cute". I am trying to go for something at least somewhat scientific. The process of making creturs makes me familiar with their structure and details, and I want to transmit to the viewer some of the learning experience of it. The hyenas are kind of forcedly cute because they are so small; details like toes get blurred out in the scale and details like sex organs (fascinating as hyenas' sex organs are) are kind of censored in the spirit of a G rating. But then there's critters like the axolotl, around the cuteness of which there is no way.

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009