I take this as a massive compliment, and feel warm and fuzzier than usual inside. :3
I FINALLY DREW A THING!
Okay, so it’s someone else’s thing that I sketched… but it’s still a thing that I drew!
First one is the original scan, second is a crop.
Waiting for inspiration sucks, especially when it comes at 3am, from lack of sleep, while scrolling through your Deviant Art favorites.
Anyways… enjoy the thing I drew.
In case there’s confusion, it’s Kirby, shortly after swallowing Rainbow Dash.
RIP Rainbow Dash. (Not really… See reference drawing)
Just another post to remind people I’m alive, and that I can still at least sort of draw, and that I’m getting back into painting actual surfaces, as well.
In this case… GUITARS~!
Guitars are fun to paint on, although, if you have no experience in doing so, and don’t have guitars lying around… that can be an expensive canvas.
I happen to have cheap guitars lying around that are, in fact, MINE! So I don’t care what I put on them, and can clean them up and paint them a solid color later, if need be.
(There are captions on the pictures, if you care to read them)
After seeing the paint job on the first guitar (A cheap Synsonics guitar from the late 80s, early 90s, made by Mattel… yeah, the Hotwheels and Barbie Mattel. They made guitars. Go figure.) a friend of mine even wants me to do some pin striping on his Telecaster!
This pleases me, and reminds me that I am, in fact, not as awful as I am made to believe! Possibly… Maybe… I’m not honestly sure yet.
Anyways… I’ll stop crowding your dash now and just… fade away into guitar-painting obscurity.
You know, I don’t think I’ve ever said anything about this…
Last April, I seriously injured my arm. It didn’t heal quite right, so I went to see an orthopedic doctor about it. Apparently, I’m very lucky man; most people that sustain this type of injury lose all functionality in their wrist. It’s inoperable. So, while he had a few theories, it’s kind of a medical mystery how my arm is still functioning. The doctor had never seen anything like it. More accurately, all four doctors that saw me had never seen anything like it. They wanted me to do a MRI scan, largely out of scientific curiosity. So I did. I get the results next week.
But lately… my arm has been getting really sore. Very tired. And for all the embarrassment and stress I feel about drawing… I’m forced to admit I really don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t draw. Who would the Heir of Rick be without his arm?
It’s going to be a long week.
These feels… they seem familiar…
Although I don’t have an inoperable injury (At least… I hope I don’t…), I do have rather bad carpal tunnel in BOTH wrists, and my entire right arm occasionally decides to cramp up to the point that I can’t even sip tea with my right hand, because I can’t hold the cup… and I’ll have to pull over and take a break while driving, because I can’t grip/turn the wheel properly.
I draw, I write, I do archery, I play games with friends, I play violin, I’m learning guitar, I work on guitars and computers… those are… very hand/wrist-intensive things, and if/when I lose function in my wrists/hands… I literally can’t think of a single thing that I love that I’ll still be able to do.
I’ve learned so many things, I DO so many things… but I’m one strain, one injury, one screw-up away from never doing any of them again.
But man… I can be stubborn, determined, and very creative with how I do things that I can’t normally accomplish (such as playing guitar with my FREAKISHLY SMALL HANDS… ahem), so if/when I do lose that functionality, I will adapt, I will learn, I will DRAW WITH MY FREAKING TEETH LIKE A PONY… or I will simply do nothing, and try to help those that are struggling with similar issues.
If you’re HALF as stubborn or determined as I am… I expect to see a pencil in your mouth, mister… and if we both lose our abilities, heck, even if I still have mine and you lose yours… I challenge you to draw a pony with your mouth-pencil, because I know it’ll still look better than mine, and it’ll force me to say, “Dang it… now I actually have to try harder to catch up to him!” and it’ll keep me going.
And hopefully… that’ll keep you going as well.
For now, just do me a favor, will ya?
Don’t strain, don’t stress, don’t take big risks.
Give. Yourself. A break.
And maybe, JUST MAYBE, you won’t have to worry about learning to draw with your teeth, and I’ll have to keep worrying about trying to draw as good as you can…
Much love, friend,
Can I vent in my secret grotto of an art blog? I’mma gonna vent in my secret grotto blog. I got like a hundred things to draw. I really don’t know why people keep coming to me for…
Late to the party. And too lazy to finish coloring… I’m a bad person.
But you guys are great. Just sayin’.
Can I vent in my secret grotto of an art blog? I’mma gonna vent in my secret grotto blog. I got like a hundred things to draw. I really don’t know why people keep coming to me for requests/commissions. Part me feels flattered that people want me to help…
I did a gift avatar/emote drawing for a guy on Twitch.
A while later, he and another streamer were trying to commission me for things, and I just… kinda crumbled.
I don’t know what I’d charge, how I’d charge… heck, I wouldn’t charge! I’m not good! Why do you want art from ME?!
But Rick, man… your at is good. I won’t flatter you too much and call it amazing… but I’m also lying when I say it’s only “good.”
And Bluey manages to do these odd poses and funky expressions that I can’t seem to do no matter how hard I try… you’re ability to draw weirdness exceeds mine. I accept this.
You’re both good.
You’re great, even.
And you may never realize it, or believe me, or anyone else when we say it… but you’re wonderful artists and you deserve every commission.
And even if what you draw for a request SUCKS in your mind… there’s an 80-90% chance that the person who requested it, ya know… likes your art, and won’t care if it’s the worst thing you’ve ever put out, because you drew it for them, and it’s all beautiful to them, because you made it for them. And that’s what matters.
My “gift art” that I do for other people is usually considerably better than anything else I draw, and although I HAVE done a couple of commissions… I ended up not charging the people after seeing/hearing their reaction and how much they loved it.
So I ain’t exactly the powerful voice of experience here… but I am good at giving useful advice. Even if I fail miserably to take my own advice…
Keep bein’ awesome, fellas.
(Saphire Lolipop is best poni… Silly Scatterbrained Hoers is also best poni…)
Started on Mirror’s Edge recently and couldn’t help but draw a pony-fied version of Faith, the runner you play in the game.
I can’t say I’m happy with how it turned out, but I don’t hate it, so it’s good!
I’m not sure if you already know this, but I’ll submit this anyways.
So I was messing around on Twitter and I saw/remembered this tweet about a fox, living in Africa, that has BIG BAT EARS and (I’m not kidding) they actually exist:
I think I found your new pet! (Sorry for not posting…
Fennec Foxes, mate. Here to take over the world. One dastardly cute pup at a time…
Y’all are a bunch of sweethearts. Thank you.
Figured I should upload something, so why not a wizard, eh?
Following my logic there? No..? Good. Cause there wasn’t any logic there.
Made for TheFatWizard ala http://www.twitch.tv/thefatwizard
I spent the good part of 4 hours doing this simple drawing.
Mostly because I was massively distracted, tired, and hadn’t drawn anything in over a month…
… Other excuses are available. I’m still slow.
Carry on with your scrolling.