So, I lost inspiration in the first pass of this. The face, while interesting, wasn’t selling the mood, and the more I looked at its foot, confusing chest, and wonky skull, I was bugged by them… In part because I put the drawing away from me upside-down and noticed these errors. So what was I to do? I always sketch in ballpoint pen and I rarely/never have enough time to try drawing digitally. But then it hit me that while I was unconsciously following the tips given to me by multiple artists, I might as well do something Chris Sander does, that my bestest best friend shared with me.
Sticky-note edits. The foot still needs work because me no comprende foreshortening, but I think it’s better than the first pass. Wanted the overall feel to be more eerie, scary, and unsettling. In the first pass I tried seeing if I could infuse one of my original characters (concept-wise; the “flying serpent”), but the face was too inquisitive than manipulative, as his fingers implied. Fixed the head and added an expression. Still can’t draw humans, so I drew a few to find a pose that worked.
Pass 1 - Too willing/”hopeful”
STICKY NOTE - Pass 2 - Too un-engaged/uninteresting; Not enough going on to count as subtle
STICKY NOTE - Pass 3 - Ehh… Too curious
STICKY NOTE - Pass 4 - Defeated. Awesome.
Next pass, I intend to add chains, maybe a lantern or two, and other things lurking in a hopefully dark scene. Eventually I want to color this and what usually stops me from trying to color is “too many mistakes and once the drawing is ‘finished’, there’s no going back”.
This whole time, for the “flying serpent” character, I focused too much on snakes and how to make them scary (since snakes don’t scare me—born in the year of the snake and have an affinity for them). Over time, I puzzled out that lots of deadly, frightening animals aren’t scary to an animal lover like me, but what they CAN do to me is terrifying, and I might play this angle more over how “undecorated” he looks. I seem to prefer this over his “cat skull with floating eyes and long tongue” design.