I did the sketch for this one on paper, which was pretty rare for me back then. I remember it being one of the first things I ever posted to my Tumblr account.
Back then, the only senshi I actually liked in this image were Venus & Jupiter. In 2021, they’re still the only two I like. Also, this drawing suffers from the same problem I mentioned in the Draw Every Day in June post: too much contrast between the midtones, highlights, & shadows.
Maybe I’ll redraw this sometime. It would be a good way to see how much my skills have evolved over the years.
Back in June 2015, I decided that I was going to draw at least one thing every day. I ended up with a lot of doodles that I ultimately didn’t like, but I did produce a couple of pieces that are pretty nice.
I did this one without any kind of reference – and this isn’t an easy pose! I may have looked at my own hands as a reference for the hand here, but reference photos? I didn’t use any.
I wouldn’t recommend this method of drawing, by the way. References are great and reduce a lot of frustration when you can’t get a pose quite right.
The shadows in this piece are definitely too dark, but I have always been pretty obsessed with that kind of chiaroscuro effect. It was most obvious in my 2014-2015 art.
Sailor Pluto’s Garnet Rod always looked really complicated for me to draw, but surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. It was genuinely not difficult.
I actually did use a reference for this one – from AdorkaStock – and as a result it turned out pretty well! Well…except for the chair/throne thing. That’s definitely too geometrical.
The contrasts here are even higher than in the Sailor Pluto Image, and that’s because I decided to shade with BLACK. It’s super dramatic and I love it. I love this kind of contrast!
This is one of the earliest pieces of digital art that I actually have a date for: February 26, 2006. I think the original image was drawn in paint, and then it was animated in GIMP, but I may have actually done the whole thing in GIMP.
Here is a scaled-up version of the image so you can actually see what’s happening:
Sometime in 2015 I came back to Apophysis to make more fractals. All of these had been exported – onto a transparent background as a png – but had never been “finished”. All that means is that I never put them onto black backgrounds.
I created more fractals in 2015 than the 12 listed here, but these are the ones I think are best.
I think it’s obvious by now that I like these bubbly, balloon-y ones.
Okay, this one is basically the same as one in the previous post. The stripes remind me of the light of the setting sun coming through blinds.
This one has circles AND squares.
The God of Algae, or something like that.
I really don’t have any words for this one.
It occurred to me that this actually looks like the effects of gravitational lensing…inside a bubble.
Is this what raves look like?
Pretty messy, but I do like pretty much every single one of these that ended up with stripy lights.
Some kind of album cover.
I don’t know what’s going on here, or how to describe it. Sure does look cool, though.
This one is so yellow that it actually reminds me of the color/art style of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
A swirl inside a bubble, with a bunch of other swirls.
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I remember being pretty proud of this when I made it. I never managed to do anything like it again.
This one really just looks like two different light sources, which isn’t too impressive. But, for some reason, I like it a lot.
Okay, maybe I exaggerated a bit with the first fractal on this post. I clearly did manage to do something similar, even though it’s not in a straight line.
This one would probably be a cool logo. Or design for a T-shirt.
I see a smiley face here.
Another soft one.
This one is not nearly as “smooth” as the others, but wings! I made wings! A triangular tower of wings!
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