Greetings, foolish mortals. Today is a very special day for Disney fans, for Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion has just turned 50! Being my very favorite Disney attraction, I decided I simply had to celebrate this ghoulishly delightful occasion with something of the artistic variety. Along with something else quite special that I will be sharing with you all in the near future…. Continue reading Celebrating 50 Years of Happy Haunts!
After about a year and a half on DeviantArt, I have finally decided to start doing commissions! I am offering either half or full-body characters with three different options: lineart, flat colors, and fully shaded. For fully shaded pictures, I am also offering simple and more complex backgrounds for an additional fee. Continue reading Art Commissions Are Now Open!
A few weeks ago, I drew a revised version of my OC, Gretchen the dragon lady, which I originally doodled way back in 2009. Recently, I recreated another character that I first drew in 2009, Rouge the Bat from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. (I was in the mood to draw her thanks to my ongoing playthrough of Sonic Adventure 2 over on Virtual Bastion’s Youtube channel….) Continue reading Drawing Rouge 10 Years Later
G’day, folks! Just thought I’d share with you all a new t-shirt design I added over on my Spreadshirt Marketplace. I actually haven’t added any designs in over a year or so, but I finally had some inspiration. And it all started with a little piece of fan art I did… Continue reading New Eiffel Tower T-Shirt Design!
Well, 2019 is here, and I have officially surpassed one year on Deviant Art. I think I had actually reached my first year back in November or December, but to make things easier, I decided to just round up to January…. And to celebrate my very first year of returning to art, I have created an art summary featuring one picture from each month of 2018. Continue reading 2018 Art Summary
I felt like putting together the steps involved in one of my more recent pictures, a drawing I made of Rayman and Ly from the Rayman series. It’s easily one of my most detailed pictures thus far, and painting along with Bob Ross has certainly helped me with the background. Backgrounds are a weakness of mine, but I’m slowly improving. Continue reading Drawing: Rayman and Ly – June 2018
The Duck has always wished to be, at the very least, a semi-competent artist. But try as I may, I could never draw with the level of skill I so desired. Maybe I just didn’t try hard enough. Maybe I didn’t want it badly enough. Maybe…maybe I just didn’t have what it takes. Whatever the case, after years of trying, I just…gave up…sometime during 2013, I believe. It was a dark day for mediocre art indeed. Continue reading The Duck Has Joined Deviant Art!
When reading Naughty Nefarious’ post about him receiving the ABC award, he got to make a nice alphabetical list of things. I didn’t pay attention to the exact rules, if there even were any, and this may be weird to do, since I have not actually gotten this award, but I decided to make a similar post anyway, listing things that come to mind, ranging from A-Z. Here I go.
A: Artist, something I’ve always wanted to be. Art, something I’ve always been bad at.
B: Bowties, which are cool…. Along with bunk beds…. But, blinking is not cool. Because we all know what happens when people in “Dr. Who” blink…
C: Coelacanth. Try pronouncing that. It’s called a “living fossil” because it’s such an old fish. It also got you a lot of money in “Animal Crossing”.
D: “Dr. Who”, a great show. Doctor #11 is my favorite (the current one). He wears cool bowties…. And you thought I was going to say “Ducks”, didn’t you?
E: Elves, something I used to think were neat, and now I just find them silly. I think it was due to the fact that “The Lord of the Rings” exposed me to nine hours of fantasy that I now like sci-fi more. Those movies are so long. So very long.
F: Fan art and fan fiction, two very entertaining pastimes. Not as entertaining as the video games from which I get my inspiration from, but still great.
G: Green. A great color. It’s the color of nature. I like nature. Not to have to be out in it or hear it or otherwise interact with it. But, it’s nice to look at.
H: Hearts, a very misunderstood body part. Why is the heart symbol not shaped like a human heart? When Valentine’s Day comes along, we should be drawing a much different shape on our cards, complete with arteries, not that pointy, bumpy monstrosity people mistake for hearts. Not that hearts have anything to do with feeling affection. We really should draw brains on Valentine’s Day cards. And it’s not on the left side of the chest, it’s in the center! My biology teacher said so! Oh, the lies people have been telling me about hearts!
I: Italian food, something everyone in the world seems to love but me. I don’t see the appeal. I don’t like pasta. Pizza’s good, but not pasta. And I don’t like sauces. Darn Olive Garden has nothing but noodles and food drenched in sauce. Also Ikea. Not a fan of their furniture. Plus, they have the creepiest children’s toys. Have you seen them? Rat plushies. Pillbug plushies. And even these stuffed hearts with arms (once again, people really have no clue what hearts look like). Why have stuffed vermin, bugs, and organs for children to play with? I’m not even joking. The toys there are bizarre. Why not rabbits and kittens?
J: Jammie Dodgers, a treat I heard about from “Dr. Who”. I tried them once and was not a fan. They have a silly name, though. Also, Julius Caesar, who was not the first emperor of Rome, another lie people told me. He was a dictator, darn it! Get that straight! He dictated, not…emperored!
K: K-Mart, a mythical store. I thought I caught a glimpse of one once, but when I looked again, it was gone. Mysterious. And they even have commercials for them every now and then, when everyone knows they’re not a real thing. Why don’t we just advertise flights to the Mushroom Kingdom while we’re at it?
L: “Lawrence of Arabia”, a movie I do not like. Like “The Lord of the Rings”, it is also so darn long. Once my parents were watching it, and I was really sick, and I was laying on the couch, and I kept falling asleep and then waking up, only to find the darn movie was STILL ON!
M: Milk, a really delicious drink, and it goes great with chocolate. But, it didn’t seem to strengthen my bones because, despite it taking me an absurd amount of time to brush my teeth, I still got cavities. You let me down, milk.
N: Nautilus, really cool looking sea creatures. You’ve seen them, right? With the round shells and the little tentacles. They feel like they should be from the dinosaur time period. They’re awesome.
O: Orange, the grossest color, next to yellow and brown. Oranges also taste bad. Everyone likes oranges, it seems, but me. It’s also really disappointing when you get a box of chocolates, and some candies contain orange filling. Disgusting! And no one likes the orange popsicles! Stop making them! We eat the grapes and cherries, and the oranges just sit there, never to be consumed.
P: PlayStation 2, the best console. I love it so much. You have no idea. It’s just so great. The games are so great. It’s little blue and green lights are just so great.
Q: Quack, a sound made by the cutest animals in the world.
R: Rainbow cookies and rugelach. Some of my favorite treats. But hard to make. Along with baklava. But, that doesn’t start with R. It’s like an R, though, if you remove the R’s right leg and flip it upside down. But, that would be inhumane.
S: “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”, two good pieces of entertainment. I like “Star Wars” better myself, but “Star Trek” has Spock. Which also starts with S. Speaking of space-related things, Saturn is by far the most superb and splendid of the planets in the solar system. Swell!
T: Tornadoes, wings down the scariest natural event. Well, behind black holes. And perhaps super novas and erupting volcanoes. And spiders. I had several scares with them. Tornadoes. Well, spiders, too. But, we’re discussing tornadoes right now. Ahem. I never saw them, but I know I heard one outside my house one night as a hurricane was going by. At least, they say tornadoes sound like trains, and I heard a train going by for an hour. Either it was a really long train, which would also be creepy, or it was a tornado.
U: Unicorns, who should’ve stopped being idiots and gotten on Noah’s Ark when they had the chance. Wouldn’t it have been cool to ride around on a horse that can stab your enemies? It would’ve changed old-fashioned warfare. People would have attack unicorns instead of attack dogs. In short, the world would be a better place.
V: Video games, the greatest hobby to have ever been invented. I love them, love them, love them, love them. And they caused me to start writing and drawing. They have changed my life in a profound manner.
W: Water, something I’ve been traumatized by ever since those swimming lessons with the guy who was perpetually angry. Another thing that terrifies me that starts with W are the Weeping Angels in “Dr. Who”. So scary!
X: Xistential. Things I ponder. And yes, I do know the correct spelling.
Y: Yggdrasil, a tree from Norse mythology (not North mythology because that’s not even a thing, silly). I don’t know, it’s a cool word that starts with Y. And I like learning about mythology. It’s fun. Did you know that the saying “between a rock and a hard place” came from Odysseus’s run-in with Scylla the monster and Charybdis the whirlpool? Did you? Did you?
Z: Zebras, one of my favorite animals at the zoo. They’re like vanilla with chocolate drizzle. Or are they chocolate with vanilla drizzle? They’re the black and white cookies of the animal world. The ice cream sundaes of the safari. The Hershey’s hugs (much better than kisses) of mammal land.
D Stands for Duck
When it comes to my art, I like to draw people and creatures, but not usually locations. Actually, I’m pretty neglectful about drawing locations. They are only seen in backgrounds behind the characters, if that. I need to work on that more. I also do a lot of fan art. It’s fun, and I’m trying to challenge myself with more difficult and dynamic poses now. Just finished a picture of Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. She’s so cute. I’m bad about drawing mainly female characters, though. I need to practice guys more. Soon, though, I’m going to make a logo and an avatar for this site. Can you guess what critter it will be?
When I taught myself how to draw, I started off copying a lot of Kingdom Hearts and Jak and Daxter concept art, which really helped and is why my drawing style is kind of the Americanized version of manga. But, a little different.
When I started going beyond sketches, I used to draw things with a pencil and scan it to color on Photoshop, but now I draw it directly on the computer with my tablet. Tablets are a must-have if you do computer art. Oh, my gosh, it makes things so much easier!
And just because I do my art on the computer doesn’t mean most of it is done using fancy computer tools. Mainly, I draw by hand and color by hand, though I recently tried using some textures Photoshop has. I don’t want to do that by hand. Yawn.
I’ve read books on doing art on Photoshop, but I find that they use such complicated methods for things. I like to keep things simple. Maybe my fireballs and lightning don’t look as good as theirs yet, but they look good enough and are much easier. I also never really understood using a lot of layers. Or using separate layers for the shadows and normal color. I color it all on one layer (unless I need to smudge something, such as fire, then, I use a new layer) and shade by hand. I don’t know, maybe I’m missing out on something. I also color shadows by hand, but that’s partly because I’m having trouble figuring out drop shadows. It just doesn’t do it. I mostly learned motion blur, at least.
So I’m still improving and still need improving, but I’m working on it. I’m trying to challenge myself and draw in my sketch pads almost everyday. I have a log of work ranging from almost 4 years ago, and it’s great to see how much I’ve improved. I used to not be able to draw people or bodies at all. I still need to work on snouts, beaks, and hands and feet, though. Beaks are just brutal. Those pointed ends just throw me off.
Anyway, I would like to show you some of my art sometime. I don’t know if I’m allowed to show fan art, but I can at least show you my original work. I have some of my book and comic characters drawn, among others. Bye now.
I have a blog! Wow! Hello and welcome! I felt like writing about my attempts to pursue my numerous, little hobbies. What I have been working on is writing and art, and I would love to earn money with these things someday.
So anyway, I like to draw pictures on Photoshop, for one thing. Fan art and original stuff. Perhaps, I’ll show you some time. And a few poems that I need to try and get published, and I’m writing a novel (Aren’t we all?). No, seriously, I actually am. And many parts of it disturb me, but they say most people never finish a novel, so I will, if for nothing more than to rub it in people’s faces. (I’m at about 48,000 words so far. I heard 50,000 is novel length.) Also, because I love them, because I want people to think I’m awesome and want to see me at conventions, and because it is likely what I need to further improve my art skills (if that’s the word to describe what I have), I’m working on a comic. Not sure how many issues yet, but I got most of the plot planned out and I’m guessing 19 pages of the script. I’m a busy, busy manatee. Yet, surprisingly not.
So, this is dedicated to my “creative” endeavors. Any beginners who’d like help, I’d be happy to (and I mean beginning beginners). Any professionals or really anyone above the amateur level, I’d gladly heed your advice. So please join me as I log my efforts to obtain success and all-around awesomeness.
The Duck of Indeed