ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Of course promptly as I finished a bunch last night my webhost started to fail and time out on me, but it seems to be working again, so here are the results of my drawble offer:
drawbles for auroraprimavera, further, goss, hsavinien, jacquez, marinarusalka, odditycollector and schneefink )
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
I couldn't help myself when I came across Te's post and somehow ended up doodling Tim turned into a lesbian centaur. Yeah. IDEK.
ratcreature: RatCreature as memesheep. (memesheep)
This didn't really work so well. I didn't realize people would still stick with this question format that asks complicated things. Anyway, I did my best.

My character list )

for musesfool )

for marinarusalka )

for petra )

for reginagiraffe )

for tazlet )

for argosy )

for less_star )

for odditycollector )

for yahtzee63 )

for minnow1212 )

for trewestriandta )
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: DC Comics
Characters/Pairings: Nightwing (Dick Grayson)
Media used: acrylic paint
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: I tried the scratching thing again, and unlike in my previous try with Robin I used this time only acrylics rather than supposedly water resistant ink. It was slightly harder to scratch (it sometimes sort of chipped?), but at least it didn't dissolve when I painted over it. Additionally this time I remembered to scan the lineart and b/w scratched only inbetween stage in case something went wrong again after all. But I had no mishaps this time. \o/
Preview: preview of Nightwing picture
the finished image, a hi-res detail and two in-between stages are behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DC Comics
Characters/Pairings: Robin III (Tim Drake)
Media used: mixed media (ink, acrylic paint, chalk pastels, razor blade)
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This turned out rather more mixed media than planned, due to me trying to salvage the image from the completely blotched state that was the result of a supposedly water-resistant ink being quite soluble in specific circumstances after all. So it looks rather different from what I imaged, and not nearly as nice as a promising pre-blotch inbetween state did (which I unfortunately didn't scan), that had more texture and scratched gradients, but the black ink dissolved when I tried adding the color highlights and thus the ink ran into them. Also as usual the scanner didn't actually scan the colors as they are on the paper, though I tried to correct it as best as I could to compensate for that piece of color blind crap. Um, well, I usually try not talk this much about everything that went wrong (it doesn't give a good audience bias) but this was a very frustrating evening, and I can't help the venting.
Preview: preview of Robin III picture
the image is behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Sandman
Characters/Pairings: Morpheus, Matthew
Media used: pencil drawing, inked with fine liner pens, acrylic paint
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This was my [livejournal.com profile] yuletart gift for Rasetsunyo. Besides Morpheus and Matthew, Rasetsunyo mentioned in the requests (for another, non-Sandman fandom) the Egyptian pantheon, and also liking crossovers. This isn't really a crossover with the other fandom, but I thought it would still work to mix Morpheus into in one of the classic scenes of the Egyptian afterlife, i.e. the Weighing of the Heart. So there's Anubis weighing the heart against the feather of truth, Thoth keeping the records, and Ammit (the crocodile/lion/hippo mix demon) waiting to eat the unworthy hearts. I decided to show the waiting soul as Ba with a bird body and human head. I'm not sure why Morpheus is there, but I figured that the Egyptians connected their afterlife underworld to the night and to the journey of the sun might be good enough for this Endless to show up there.
Preview: preview of Weighing of the Heart
Somehow Morpheus and Matthew ended up in the Egyptian afterlife. Image and high resolution details are behind the cut. )
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
I'm not a fiction writer, so obviously I'm not doing any NaNoWriMo things like many of my f-list, but I've decided to set myself the goal to update at least once every day during November. Also, that if I can't come up with any interesting stuff to post, I'll just inflict a random doodle on the internet at large. That has the added advantage of motivating me to draw semi-regularly, something which I unfortunately tend to fail at.

Fandom: DCU (Sandman)
Characters/Pairings: Matthew the raven
Media used: pencil drawing
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: Even though I thought of Matthew while drawing this, it could be just as well some random raven -- I mean, I didn't include anything Dreaming specific. Unfortunately it also isn't a very good sketch: something about the proportions isn't right between the body and the head, I think, but it is the first time I've tried drawing a raven that I recall, so taking that into account it did turn out *that* bad. I also tried to figure out flying ones, so there are a couple smaller odd birds that may or may not look like ravens too. Anyway, I have very little shame when it comes to posting slightly misshapen results. (No drawer-art here... *g*)
Preview: preview of Matthew the raven
the image is behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Arsenal. (arsenal)
Fandom: DCU (Green Arrow)
Characters/Pairings: Roy Harper (back when he was Speedy)
Media used: Wacom tablet in GIMP
Rating/warnings: PG, I guess, for drug use
Notes/comments: This took me a really long time, and I don't just mean that I first had the idea for this in 2006. I have no idea what I am doing wrong that digital coloring takes me so long, isn't it supposed to be efficient? I suppose it's one of the pitfalls of being self-taught. Anyway, it's Roy during the famous heroin addict story line. As always, feedback is very welcome.
Preview: preview of Junkie!Roy
the image and high resolution details are behind the cut )
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
I posted more exercise sketches at [info]slothsdraw, and the result of me practicing silhouettes is actually sort of fanart, because the jumping silhouette with the city background in that drawing was supposed to be Nightwing patrolling.

Also, I'm actually surprised that I managed to do all five exercises I picked for the first week.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DCU (Green Arrow)
Characters: Connor Hawke (Green Arrow II)
Media used: pencil drawing, inked and colored with a Wacom tablet in GIMP
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: It was kind of hard to decide how to draw him, because there doesn't seem to be any real consensus on how "non-European" he looks. So let me know whether my version matches your mental image of him.
Preview: preview of the Connor Hawke drawing
picture behind the cut, about 40k )
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: DC Comics
Characters/Pairings: Tim Drake (Robin III)/Kon-El (Superboy), vaguely during their Young Justice era
Rating: PG? (kissing, but no nudity)
Media used: Wacom tablet and GIMP
Warnings: none
Notes: I tried drawing completely with a tablet for the first time, which turned out to be much harder than expected, so for practice I started drawing with a photo as guide for posture and then added costumes, changing hair and faces a bit and such, rather than sketching directly without tracing anything. The underlying photo base I started from was this gay wallpaper.
Preview: preview of Tim/Kon
Tim and Kon kissing )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DC Comics
Characters/Pairings: Buddy Baker (Animal Man) & Tofurky
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing, inked, colored and combined with bits from an image of Tofurky packaging in GIMP
Warnings: None
Notes: I intended to post this for Christmas, but I didn't finish in time. Before the holidays I was frustrated by the lack of convenient, pre-made veggie roasts in the stores here, which made me think of Tofurky and that Buddy Baker might earn some money from advertising in the DCU, what with him having worked in show biz, and that Tofurky as a brand certainly fits with his image. Which led me to combining the two.
Preview: preview of Animal Man advertising Tofurky
Animal Man advertising Tofurky )
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
Fandom: DC Comics/Muppets
Characters/Pairings: Gonzo (as Nightwing)
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil sketch, some quick and sloppy coloring in GIMP
Warnings: Um... crack!doodle?
Notes: This is the fourth and last (so far) of my Muppets/DCU fusion doodles. In case you're wondering why I cast Gonzo as Dick Grayson/Nightwing, there are several ways they resonate with each other (at least in my strange brain): Gonzo's history as a daredevil performance artist (granted his colors aren't the same as the Flying Graysons', but still) and as stuntman, Gonzo's romance life, and that in a world withouth Kermit Gonzo would have been become "a depressed street performer that plays the guitar for a dancing brick", and considering I cast Kermit as Superman, I find the parallels fitting. (I don't know if Dick would have become a depressed circus artist instead of staying a superhero without Clark exactly, but he wouldn't have been Nightwing as we know him.)
Preview: preview of Gonzo!Nightwing
Gonzo (as Nightwing), ca. 110k )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DC Comics/Muppets
Characters/Pairings: Fozzie Bear (as Jimmy Olson)
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil sketch, some quick and sloppy coloring in GIMP
Warnings: Um... crack!doodle?
Notes: This is the third of my Muppets/DCU fusion doodles. Again, it was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty and [livejournal.com profile] thete1.
Preview: preview of Jimmy!Fozzie
Fozzie Bear (as Jimmy Olson), ca. 85k )
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: DC Comics/Muppets
Characters/Pairings: Kermit the Frog (as Superman) and Miss Piggy (as Lois Lane)
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil sketch, some quick and sloppy coloring in GIMP (because Muppets should be colorful)
Warnings: Um... crack!doodle?
Notes: This is the first two of my doodles I threatened you with in my previous post. They were inspired by [livejournal.com profile] brown_betty and [livejournal.com profile] thete1. (The others aren't colored yet, and it's too late at night to finish them tonight.)
Preview: preview of Superman!Kermit
Kermit the Frog (as Superman) and Miss Piggy (as Lois Lane), ca. 140k )
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
Fandom: DC Comics (Batverse)
Characters/Pairings: Tim Drake/Robin III
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil drawing, inked and colored in GIMP
Warnings: None
Notes: [livejournal.com profile] thete1 asked for "creaky, leathery, heavily-armored Robins" similar to Bermejo's art in [livejournal.com profile] illustrate_me. Unfortunately I can't draw well enough to emulate the style, but I did my best to make Robin's costume look heavy and armored rather than spray-painted on. If you are interested in the unfinished stages, you can also look at the initial pencils, and the finished, but uncolored lineart.
Preview:
Tim Drake, ca. 90k )

X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] illustrate_me.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
The authors of this year's [livejournal.com profile] comica_obscura have been revealed, and I'm going to use that opportunity to post the fanart I drew here and on my website.

Fandom: DC Comics (Batverse)
Characters/Pairings: Jim Gordon
Rating: G
Media used: Pencil drawing, inked and colored in GIMP
Warnings: None
Notes: This is an illustration for [livejournal.com profile] petronelle's story Squandered my resistance. The recipient was [livejournal.com profile] voleuse. It's kind of for the final scene. That scene didn't describe a setting, but I imagined the introspection happening when Jim Gordon is back in his office after meeting yet another Robin for the first time. You can also look at the initial pencils (ca. 83k).
Preview: thumbnail for Jim Gordon illustration

illustration for Petra's Squandered my resistance, ca. 98k )

As for other fanart related things, I swear I haven't forgotten about doing the requests from my previous post. I am working on those, not least to procrastinate the search for 2-on-2 basketball game references, since that motif won the Kick the Sloth!RatCreature poll on which elaborate fanart I ought to draw next. (OMG, drawing sports! what was I thinking?! *gulp*) It's just that the extent of my laziness isn't fully covered by "procrastination" at the moment (which kind of implies doing something else) and is truly in the sloth territory of spending considerable time with playing Websudoku and such. On that note, perhaps I really ought to make a sloth icon...

I also didn't have the best couple of days, not any major misfortunes or anything like that, but I refrained from posting three separate entries whining about various stuff during the last couple of days. Topics were things like "ways pet rats can cause significant annoyances and destruction", "how security updates broke my computer and I spent hours fixing it", "why getting dizzy and fainting sucks, especially when you bang your knee falling down" (and please don't feed my inner hypochondriac by telling me all the possible awful reasons that could cause fainting like that; I've already decided to be on the safe side and better get checked out next week despite my general aversion to doctor visits just to make sure that there are no serious problems with my circulation, blood pressure or whatever else might cause this kind of thing, not least because I really don't fancy falling on my face again).
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DCU (Outsiders)
Characters: Shift, Puppet!Nightwing, Puppet!Arsenal
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing, cleaned up and colored in GIMP
Warnings: None
Notes/comments: This is an illustration for [livejournal.com profile] sister_wolf's Nightwing/Arsenal ficlet Show, inspired by this: "[...] Shift forms his hands into little puppet versions of Arsenal and Nightwing and mimes them beating up on each other like Punch and Judy."

The Nightwing and Arsenal Show, colored pencil sketch, about 65K )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: DCU (Outsiders)
Characters: Shift, Puppet!Nightwing, Puppet!Arsenal
Rating: G
Media used: pencil drawing (still to be cleaned up and colored)
Warnings: None
Notes/comments: Still a WIP, this are the finished pencils, but I'm going to color it. It's an illustration for [livejournal.com profile] sister_wolf's Nightwing/Arsenal ficlet Show, inspired by this: "[...] Shift forms his hands into little puppet versions of Arsenal and Nightwing and mimes them beating up on each other like Punch and Judy."

The Nightwing and Arsenal Show, largish pencil sketch, about 100K )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Here's the pencil drawing I posted yesterday cleaned up and colored in GIMP. It's Tim as Avatar from [livejournal.com profile] thete1's Intimates series. All kinds of critique/comments are welcome.

Tim as Avatar, ca. 70KB, completely worksafe )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I totally suck at costume design. I've tried like forever to produce a good visual of Tim as Avatar from [livejournal.com profile] thete1's Intimates series, and it's been incredibly frustrating. More than once I wished I could just go with Jason's mocking and draw him as Condom Boy and be done with it (btw back in December when I drew that scribble as a result of being totally frustrated with goggles and what not, I happened to be in the underground and of course the little girl next to me had to choose that moment to stand up on her seat and look at my sketchbook...).

Anyway, I'm still not happy with the costume but I decided to just post the pencils I liked best so far and settle for that. I'll post a colored version soon(ish).

pencil drawing, ca 56K, Tim as Avatar )
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
pencil drawing, colored in GIMP, ca 52K, happy Roy/Dick fluff, some nudity, but no graphic sex )

On a related note, could someone explain to me what kind of pictures are commonly regarded as "not worksafe" when labeling fanart? I realize that pictures where you can see genitals would be considered NWS, but at which point does NWS start? Like, would the picture in this post already be labeled NWS by common convention, just because they're naked and kissing, even though you don't really see much of their bodies and they're not doing more than kiss? I mean, it's not what you'd consider an "adult" picture, certainly not here, but I don't think it would be in the US either, odd as those rating systems are.

BTW, are other people also still having problems with the LJ comment notifications? By now I get notified of some again, but still not of all. *grumble*
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Unfortunately my scanner decided to suck today and not pick up the contrast properly, no matter how I tried to fiddle with it, so the pencil lines are a bit faint, but on the bright side you see less of the usual smudges too (I just hope it's not a sign that it nears the end of its life-cycle). Anyway, it's Nightwing/Arsenal slash, some nudity but not more graphic than the stuff you see between Roy and Grace in the comics, and rather a lot fluffier. (BTW, the pose is mostly based on a photo I got from some wallpaper site.)

For [livejournal.com profile] derryderrydown, because she had a really crappy week.

pencil drawing, ca 32K, happy Roy/Dick fluff )
ratcreature: Happy Birthday! (birthday)
I usually don't post birthday wishes, but I happened to work on fanart for the fabulous Hanging Work AU, when I noticed that it's [livejournal.com profile] cereta's Birthday today. So I thought it would be nice to post it today as a present, even though it's not colored yet. (The colored version is going to be posted soonish, I just couldn't finish it in time for Lucy's birthday.)

It's an illustration for the last scene in the series, for the story Aiding and Abetting III: Resolution of Claim, i.e. for this passage:
Five minutes later, he stood in front of the mirror, needlessly adjusting the sleeves for the fourth time, brushing nonexistent lint off his shoulder. Alfred had done an amazing job. The colors were more muted: the green that took up most of the body was almost black; the red that covered his shoulders and moved down his arms in stylized wings was more blood than apple; the yellow was only there in the insignia. But they were still his family's colors, still the colors he'd learned to fly in.

He felt as much as heard Batman's presence behind him, just before a gloved hand grasped his right shoulder, then slid down to the stylized "R" on his chest.

"Should I ask?"

Dick took a deep breath. "Robin," he said. "Call me Robin."

pencil drawing, ca 56K, Bruce/Dick slash, obviously, but nothing explicit )

Oh, btw, I also made a new icon for birthday wishes. So:

Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] cereta! I hope you enjoy your present, and it's hopefully going to be finished soon.

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