(23) Gunfights

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For those paying attention to how my number these, just ignore it for now. There’s this system I have and a lot of work went into the original system, but with the way how life is working out right now, I can’t find the time to properly rearrange everything, so the original system will have to do for now.

I may change things in the future, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

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So gunfights.

I don’t know if you can tell but I don’t draw guns often, I’m more of an RPG weapons kind of gal. So you can imagine my struggle when I saw this prompt.

I knew for one thing, whatever gun I drew up will be extremely basic, so I knew it couldn’t be a gun-centric imagine. Besides if I don’t draw guns often, how much better would the gun action poses look. Overall, the creative juices weren’t plenty.

Then brainstorming branched out on a tangent, of how I can really play around with this concept since the “badass route” had nothing but roadblocks. I decided to play on the aggressive nature of guns, but instead of your usual bullets and oozy liquids, how about compliments?

I saw this thing on Twitter a couple of months ago, and it was just someone threatening a buddy of their’s with love and affection. It when along the lines of, “Nothing’s going to stop me from sending my love and affection your way so square up!” It was super off-putting, but at the same time you couldn’t help but feel flattered. (And don’t worry, it was a wholesome exchange, no danger there) Honestly, I found it hilarious and oddly wholesome and endearing.

With that in mind, I tied it back to this prompt. Pairing wholesome compliments for your loved ones with the aggressive imagery of guns. It’s a weird pairing, I still can’t wrap my head around it, but it’s done now. This is now a thing.

That being said take the time to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. With or without the intense enthusiasm, your call.

… No matter how many times I play with the idea in my head, this is still a weird match up. But anywho!

That’s all for now, talk to you guys next time!

(17) Indifference

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Indifference is the lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.

It’s something we all experience at different points in our lives.

We all face through our own struggles and sometimes we have too much on our own plate that everything else gets placed on the back burner, and in the worst-case scenario, eventually, we no longer care and give up.

Honestly, to be indifferent is a terrifying feeling. To completely lose interest in the things that were once important to us is awful. I want to be excited about life. I want to be able to look forward to my future. I want to see myself succeed and be happy. To completely lose motivation for all of these things is terrifying. And it’s amazing how quickly that nonchalant feeling can creep up on you.

If you’re expecting any of kind of advice to handle indifference, I don’t have any, I’m no expert. It affects everyone differently. But if I did have to say something for myself, I would say is try to find something so great that it will cancel out any kind of negative emotion. My desire to see myself succeed and be happy overpowers any kind of roadblock I face. Believe me, that is definitely easier said than done, but it’s what keeps me going and pushes me back on track. But it’ll be different for everyone, so all I can say is do your best to focus on what want in life. As long as the end goal is solid, you can take any method to get there.

For this illustration, while brainstorming I quickly found out that indifference opens a lot of doors in terms of interpretation. But I believe one way to view indifference is that it’s the act of turning your back to anything that could possibly better your quality of life, and choose to completely emerge yourself in the obscurity and negativity that plagues your mind.

The post played quite the low tune, but then again every high we experience in life we’re bound to come across a low one every now than then, and that’s perfectly fine!

Well, that’s all for now!

Until next time!

(14) Black

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With the prompt being the color black, my mind started to think of things that were related to the color, such as gloomy things, black cats, the night, etc. However, like usual, I didn’t want to do what I immediately thought of. So with some time spent browsing on the interweb I realized instead of using black as the subject matter, I can try using black as part of the technique.

In the end, I decided to use black as the negative space, complementing a white line drawing. Though for the illustration to be a bit more dynamic the line drawing definitely needed to have a more complex image that required heavy details in the line art.

In the end, it was a fun image, and it’s quite different for me in the sense that when I make a line drawing it’s usually inverted with the black line art and the white background, but this time around the black really needs to be prominent, and this was a solution.

Also, this was a new experience for me in the sense that when I usually drawing characters like this in casual wear they usually stay in their original pencil drawn form, so it was something else to see it taken into illustrator and have the drawing cleaned up. It’s definitely something I want to explore more in the future.

Until next time!

 

The next prompt is:

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(12) Brown

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When I first saw the word brown I immediately thought of chocolate, however, I did several illustrations with chocolates already so I thought it would be best to switch it up a bit. Then after browsing through Pinterest, I saw this cool image of a display of brown books like at those stationary stores and I knew I was set.

This prompt was really fun to do in the sense that I love stationery and stationary stores. I could spend hours in there just looking at the different notebooks. Though when I did buy a couple of notebooks I could never bring myself to write in them because I didn’t want to ruin the designs I liked so much. Which in the end defeated the purpose of getting those notebooks in the first place.

But back to the illustration, instead of those fancy designs, I would usually see in the stores I decided to make the notebooks have a more minimalist look to them like those notebooks you would see at MUJI. Their notebooks are stripped down to the essentials to give off this clean and simple look, which in a way makes them really appealing. A mature vibe if you will. And I wanted to mimic that look for this illustration.

Also to give the visuals another level I added some texture so you can really feel the notebooks with your eyes. Because another great thing about notebooks is not just their aesthetics but when you actually get hold one and flip through it. A good notebook will have a sturdy cover as well as quality parchment. Also, if I’m going to make an illustration about notebooks you can bet that the notebooks themselves are of the high-quality variety.

This is really making me want to explore some local stationary stores, but with my budget I know I should hold back.

That’s all for now!

Until next time!

 

Next prompt is…

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(10) Moonlight on Snow

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I’ve become addicted to painting my illustrations this way.
This style somehow creates the atmosphere I’m looking for.

I don’t know if you have ever taken the time to look at it, but seeing moonlight on the snow gives a homely kind of feeling. Something warm despite it being below zero degrees Celsius outside.

Though I’m not entirely a fan of snow, I do appreciate the beauty it provides. A lightly snowy evening authors a more serene and romantic setting, than an evening during the summer days.

Well, that’s all for now.

Next prompt is

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Hoooo….This will be an interesting one.

Until next time!

(9) Fragment of a Dream

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The concept of dreaming has always been fascinating to me, especially since my dreams are always so vivid and catches me off guard the next morning. I used to think dreams were small predictions of the future, but as I’ve gotten older and gave dreams more of a passing thought, I think dreams reflect more of your current mental and physical state.

Also, just to put it out there I’m not sourcing anything, this is purely just an opinion and me just entertaining reoccurring thoughts of mine.
I have no knowledge in terms of how our minds work nor do I know the science behind it.

Back to my original point, I remember reading somewhere that even though you dream yourself going through an experience, you don’t actually FEEL it unless you know what the pain feels like in your real life. Which is crazy, because it’s so true! I remember being in a fist fight in one of my dreams but I never felt the pain because I had never been in an actual fight before, so in the end, my brain couldn’t even find a reference to recreate the pain.

Another thing about dreams that always catches me off guard is how wild your brain will go with your subconscious thoughts, and to the extents, it will go to exaggerate them. I remember briefly looking at a post on twitter and though it felt like nothing at the time, apparently it bothered me a whole lot more than I realized.

At times it’s also like a slap in the face. Mainly for those thoughts, you purposely try to push back in your waking life. Your brain will bring them right back to the surface in your dreams. It’s a stressful experience, but I feel I always have something to learn from it.

In terms of the illustration, when creating it I was thinking along the terms of despite some of our dreams being elaborate and vivid we only remember small chunks of it, a fragment of the entire picture if you will. And despite the experience being a small portion of the entire dream, they hold some significance because each bit reflects something in our waking life that has scared our subconscious.

As fascinating and exciting dreams are, they also terrify me. The subconscious sure is a wild place to be.

The next prompt!

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Until text time!

 

(8) Sleepiness

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When you’re life is a constant hustle sleepiness catches up on you some point in your day. It always gets me on the commute. Before I would be too nervous to sleep on public transportation, but especially in high school, it became a valuable aspect of my day. When assignments kept me up at night, I knew the 1-hour commute would help me get ready for the day. Though it’s not an ideal way of living, it definitely helped me out!

After having done #AdventureApril I wanted to try out the style I used for that for something that wasn’t fantasy themed, and I have the say, it definitely gives off a different feel.

On a side note, I still can’t get used to making my own gradients. Though the final product is quite lovely, the process was so awkward. It took me a good while to finally figure out what I was doing, and a little longer to achieve the exact look I wanted. I guess I still have a ways to go.

Well, that’s all for now!

The next prompt is,

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Until next time!