ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I linked my [community profile] yuletart artwork here before, because the exchange wasn't anon, but hadn't reposted while the exchange was still running. It's now over, and I'm putting it here too, to keep it together properly with the other fanart.

Fandom: Avengers (Marvel Cinematic Universe)
Characters/Pairings: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
Media used: indian ink on paper
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: I made this for the [community profile] yuletart 2013 gift exchange for Tielan, originally posted here. For Captain America's AU outfit I referenced bits from Ryan Meinerding's First Avenger concept art and an American WWI uniform, rather than trying to come up with a Steampunk superhero costume for Steve or dressing him into something more Victorian. I couldn't quite see him as a gentleman adventurer or such.

Please do not distribute my art without my permission, i.e. do not upload my art to other sites, services, archives, or wikis. That includes uploading the images themselves to your own Tumblr, even with credit.

Preview: preview of Steampunk Maria Hill/Steve Rogers
the image is behind the cut )
ratcreature: RatCreature as Steampunk character (steampunk)
The [community profile] yuletart artwork I made for [personal profile] tielan has just been posted to the comm here, and since the exchange is non-anon, I can link right away. So take a look. (It's Maria Hill/Steve Rogers in a Steampunk AU, SFW.)
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Now I only need to think of a title before I can submit the art. Why do they want a title?

*blank mind*

Argh.
ratcreature: X-Mas: RatCreature as Santa. (xmas)
So, I finished the pencils for my [community profile] yuletart gift, so that is something, though I had to scrap the more ambitious idea of doing a background and just drew the characters in the end. But it is due tomorrow, and there is no way for me to ink and color it (I'm so very slooow). But just inking it is still doable in time (I hope), so I guess I will submit b/w art.

Incidentally when I checked the post with the prompts left over for stocking stuffers, obviously not to fill anything extra, but to see which one of my prompts had been picked (okay, so I was never the kind of person not to curiously search closets and shake packages in advance when given opportunities to do so), it turns out all of my prompts were still there, when the other numbered sets had some missing, so I guess whoever was matched to me dropped out. Thus my curiosity was foiled, and I won't get any hints as to my gift in advance as it will have to be filled by a pinch hitter.

And now on to inking my pencils, so hopefully the poor mods at least won't have to scramble to find a pinch hitter for my recipient.
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
I ought to be working on my [community profile] yuletart gift, but despite having set aside time to start on it on several days the last two weeks (including today and yesterday), I'm still no further than having an idea and having looked for some references (not even specific stuff for poses or such yet, more of the general inspirational, thematic and character kind -- read: I wasted a lot of time clicking in pretty pictures on the internet...). And the artist check-in period starts tomorrow and into the week, so I need to have some tangible progress soon even though the final deadline isn't until the 8th. :/

And just now I tried to unsuccessfully doodle my avatar in Iron Man armor once again instead of drawing what I need to. I've been wanting some Avengers icons for a while now, but the nose and ears and the armor don't work well together. I guess trying to draw anything is a step in the right direction of sorts, even if I picked the longtime hopeless doodle.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I waffled a bit over whether to sign up, because I haven't done any art for a while, but in the past with [community profile] yuletart the exchange deadline pressure always worked as sufficient motivation for me not to default and draw decent things. So I decided to sign up and hope it'll work out that way again.

BTW, you can still sign up until the 28th October, if you'd like to participate in a multi-fandom fanart exchange. I've done so several times now, and it's always been a pleasant and well-run exchange.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I linked my [community profile] yuletart artwork here before, because the exchange wasn't anon, but hadn't reposted while the exchange was still running. It's now over, and I'm putting it here too, to keep it together with the other fanart.

Fandom: Avengers/Spider-Man
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers, Peter Parker
Media used: indian ink and acrylics on paper, the original is ca. 16x18cm not counting the white border
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: This is the gift I made for PinkElephant42 for the [community profile] yuletart exchange. My prompt was for Steve Rogers/Peter Parker, "Meeting in the night, comfort." Thanks to Goss and AstridV who offered artbeta advice to make my initial pencils better.

Please do not distribute my art without my permission, i.e. do not upload my art to other sites, services, archives, or wikis. That includes uploading the images themselves to your own Tumblr, even with credit.

Preview: preview of Solace
the image and a high resolution detail are behind the cut )
ratcreature: X-Mas: RatCreature as Santa. (xmas)
Though you should take a look too at the great XMFC art [personal profile] roga drew for me for [community profile] yuletart. It's for my XMFC prompt to show Erik using his powers to build something.
ratcreature: X-Mas: RatCreature as Santa. (xmas)
The [community profile] yuletart artwork I made for [personal profile] pinkelephant42 has just been posted to the comm here, and since the exchange is non-anon this year, I can link right away. So take a look. (It's Captain America/Spider-Man art, SFW.)
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
With a little time to spare even. Now I'll just have to try digitally fiddling with the colors that the scanner half-ruined (as usual), and maybe see whether I can do something about the artifacts from my paper having warped. But I have a finished, scanned picture, that I'll be able to submit before the deadline.

First I'm going to make myself some dinner though.

ETA: Submitted, finally. And it it only took until just after 2 a.m. First my scanner decided to descend into capricious divadom (the scan I thought was okay at first glance had a vertical stripe artifact), which took a while to sort out (first I tried getting another scanner to work, then another scanning program), then I fiddled with the finally stripe free picture, and then I had to come up with a title and a summary and all that, when normally I don't do titles for my art. All of which somehow always takes much longer than you think. But now it's done.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
I managed to apply the artbeta input, correct my pencils, and ink my lineart. So now I'll just have to manage to color it before the deadline Sunday. (Somehow I had stuck in my head that the deadline was the 29th when it is the 25th and was said so in multiple places and confirmations -- well at least I noticed before the deadline actually passed.)

But having finished lineart means the worst risk of failing to produce something is over. To be on the safe side I scanned the inks, and if I totally botch the coloring (hopefully not. *knocks on wood*), I still have something as gift that I could submit.

Of course once I finish this, I'll have to get on with my [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant assignment, because I foolishly signed up for two things...

eeep

Oct. 24th, 2012 20:04
ratcreature: Flail! (flail)
I made the last minute decision to sign up for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant after all. So now I'm committed to two exchanges. *gulp*

But I got my assignment for [community profile] yuletart where you could pick prompts, and while I didn't get my favorite for a match, I think it is very doable and I have an idea how draw the prompt (my first two preferences weren't the first preferences the recipients wanted to get, whereas the one I got assigned was the first the recipient wanted, so I get why I was matched there).

And if I successfully manage to make these two pieces, my art output this year won't be quite so abysmal.

I am a bit worried about [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant because it is a mixed exchange, and in these the problem is always that many just don't think about art when prompting or giving extra info in exchange letters. I mean, I browsed the couple of letters people have already posted (I still need to post mine, I only just signed up), and three of the four only have sentences how they look forward to what people *write* or start with thanks for *writing* something, so if I got matched to someone like that, it would make me feel somewhat neurotic, that they'll just resent that they got matched with someone for art rather than getting a story and will not be happy with my gift no matter what.
ratcreature: RatCreature is conflicted, and ponders under the influence of hovering angel- and devil-RatCreatures. (conflicted)
I'm wondering whether I should sign up for [livejournal.com profile] secret_mutant this year. It'll have quite a tight schedule, with just five weeks between getting the assignment and its due date, and I already signed up for [community profile] yuletart, which also gives about five weeks, though that'll be due about two weeks earlier. So they don't overlap completely. OTOH, I've not been productive art-wise at all recently, so I'm not sure I ought to sign up for multiple things. On the third hand I usually do manage to produce art with the pressure of an exchange, and I would get a fanwork too.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
[community profile] yuletart sign-ups are open!

The rules changed a bit with leaving prompts, and I have to say that I find it a bit tricky to think of prompts. Whenever I manage to come up with something, I keep thinking that this would be a nice fanart idea to do myself and I start thinking I could just keep the idea. Of course I never realize even a tiny fraction of the ideas in my fanart idea list, so it's a bit ridiculous to feel "possessive" like this. I find it hard to think of art ideas I want someone else to do, even if I try to remain more general. I find that easier in mixed exchanges, where I usually prompt with fic in mind.
ratcreature: What? Who? When? Yes, I have been living under a rock... (under a rock)
There doesn't seem to be a [livejournal.com profile] yuletart this year, so I'm lacking a holiday exchange. I looked at [community profile] fandomcalendar to see whether there are any other art or art and fic exchanges, that are for one of my fandoms or multifandom, and that are still open for sign-up, but there don't seem to be any. There are fewer for art than for fic to begin with and mid-October is late too. :(
ratcreature: RatCreature as Merlin (merlin)
Fandom: Merlin
Characters/Pairings: Arthur, Merlin, Gwen, Gaius, Elyan, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sir Leon, guards
Media used: Acrylic paint on paper; original size is roughly 34 x 32cm; scanned in parts and assembled digitally with some minor corrections in GIMP (hopefully not too noticeable). For more detail, see the process post.
Rating/warnings: G, none
Notes/comments: I made this for the [livejournal.com profile] yuletart gift exchange for [livejournal.com profile] chen_san, originally posted here. Art betas were [personal profile] goss and [personal profile] vito_excalibur. It is set in the future. After Arthur becomes king Merlin swears an oath of fealty in a commendation ceremony to him.

Please do not distribute my art without my permission, i.e. do not upload my art to other sites, services, archives, or wikis. That includes "reblogging" the images themselves on services such as Tumblr.

Preview: preview of Fealty

the image and high resolution details are behind the cut )
ratcreature: X-Mas: RatCreature as Santa. (xmas)
Well, you can take a look too, I guess. :D

And you should, because I got very cool, gen Merlin art, that suggest a story of magical fighting in the future.
ratcreature: RatCreature is dead by anvil. (dead)
...I've submitted my Yuletart piece. I had to ask for an extension, because even though I started painting my pencils one and a half weeks ago, I only finished today. And that despite working on it for several hours every day. And it doesn't even look like it took that much effort. I don't want to know how long this took in total, including the several pencil versions. But now it's done, even if it was four days late.

Also, posting there started today, so if you don't watch the comm already, you should definitely start checking it now.
ratcreature: RatCreature begs: Please? (please?)
I have the preliminary pencils for my Yuletart piece. I need an artbeta to take a look at it before I transfer it to the expensive paper. After drawing and redrawing so many things, I probably wouldn't notice right now if I had drawn someone with a third arm.

Aside from more general comments (e.g. does it work to connect and tell a story), does the composition need tweaking, and such, I'd like the beta to check for perspective, anatomy, proportions, and other technical things. If you offer to beta, please also tell me which size you want to work on, i.e. whether you prefer the high resolution scan (rather largish at something like 3800x3400 px) or something smaller, and where to send the file.

Oh, and in case it makes a difference, the art is harmless and worksafe.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
One of the moments to wish for roommates: you find yourself tediously posing for some position, trying to catch yourself on autotimer with your crappy camera, and not just that, but actually half-naked because it turns out that if you photograph yourself wrapped in two layers, one of it a cozy, thick fleece, you can't easily deduce how the limb looks. I'd actually even take a tripod to put a camera on, because balancing said crappy camera on something a workable height facing in a direction where I can pose on doesn't really work all that well. Argh.

sigh

Nov. 8th, 2010 15:35
ratcreature: RatCreature as a sloth (sloth)
The good news is that I actually have an idea for my Yuletart assignment. The bad news is that it's complicated to draw. Why can't they finally develop some gadget that lets you think of your drawing and it then appears in your computer where you put on some finishing touches? This manual idea-to-paper transfer method just sucks, and the results are never what you want either. *is glum*
ratcreature: X-Mas: RatCreature as Santa. (xmas)
Now that the Christmas cookies have been around in stores for weeks, and the holiday exchange post frequency heats up on my dwircle/flist, it occurred to me that maybe I should think earlier about individualized holiday cards for my family, because last year I did none, and my online sort of holiday art was posted on the 28th.

However that reminded me of said holiday art, a Santa!Cthulhu, which I still find quite neat to look at, and I wondered whether anyone would think it fun to have it as a motif on one of these easy merchandise sites (like Zazzle or the like? I've never used any such site) that offer to create prints and cards and stuff. Hence this poll:

Poll #4778 a multitude of Santa!Cthulhus?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 4


What do you think of Santa!Cthulhu as merchandise motif?

View Answers

Could be fun. I might even consider getting something with it if circumstances were right/I needed a Christmas card/...
3 (75.0%)

That seems all quite complicated and costs too much. If I wanted a Santa!Cthulhu card, I'd just email you and ask for the hi-res file to print it myself.
1 (25.0%)

Eh, don't bother. It's not great as a motif and Cthulhus are overdone anyway.
0 (0.0%)



(ETA: I probably should have included some "I don't celebrate Christmas/don't care for some other reason." option, but then you'll just have to resist the lure of the ticky...)

In other holiday-related news: I got my Yuletart assignment, yay! (Though, omg, why aren't people more specific in their wishes than their favorite characters?? I wrote half an essay detailing my preferences, so long in fact that I had a shortened version in my comment and then linked a yuletart letter post!)
ratcreature: RatCreature as Linus: Dear Great Pumpkin,... (halloween)
Dear Yuletart artist,

first, thank you for drawing me a picture in one of my fandoms. I'm not set on anything specific for any of the fandoms I listed, so if you have a great idea, just go for it.

However, if you are looking for inspiration or more guidance and information about my likes and dislikes... )
ratcreature: Who needs talent? Enthusiasm is fun!  (talent/enthusiasm)
I just signed up for [livejournal.com profile] yuletart, and you should sign up too if you like drawing fanart.

Though took me something like two hours to edit my detailed request info so that it fit into the tiny 4300 character LJ comment, because I'd be happy to receive something in ten fandoms, so that comment length gave barely room to mention my favorite characters.

Anyway, it's an awesome art exchange. This will be the fourth time I'm participating and it has been running more smoothly every year. And I wouldn't want to miss it, even though I will just have to hope for the best wrt to the somewhat unpredictable family-related hazards to my schedule.
ratcreature: RatCreature at the drawing board. (drawing)
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Characters/Pairings: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex
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 Mashimero, originally posted during yuletart here. Mashimero asked for fluffy, happy team bonding scenes, and for gen or McShep, so this is a team scene, with very mild McShep cuddling. John, Rodney, Teyla and Ronon are making S'mores.
Preview: preview of Offworld Team Camping
Image and several high resolution details are 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. )

yay!

Dec. 30th, 2008 19:40
ratcreature: RatCreature bounces like Tigger. (bounce)
The [livejournal.com profile] yuletart gift for me was just posted, and it's great! I got lovely Farscape art, showing Aeryn Sun, and you should look at it too.

argh

Dec. 6th, 2008 18:20
ratcreature: Tech-Voodoo: RatCreature waves a dead chicken over a computer. (voodoo)
I'm so glad I finished, scanned and submitted my yuletart picture last night, even if I stayed up until 4 a.m., because today my desktop (the computer of the mysterious, intermittent hardware problems that don't materialize in the repair place) crapped out on me again. Incidentally that is also the computer with which my scanner works. Anyway, while my desktop fails to work once again *curses the stupid piece of crap*, at least I was lucky enough that I completed my assignment before.

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