After a few delays in working with the Angela Renard as Lara Croft project, the project is now officially completed. I’m really quite happy with the outcome of the image. It’s not often that I go as far as adding shadows and highlights to an image, let alone attempting to do a tunnel scene. From now on, all my future digital edits will be processed with a combination of Illustrator (for line art) and Photoshop (for in-depth coloring). Now that this project is out of the way, work will resume on the following digital edits: Clara and Stephanie at the Beach and Thank You Very Much! Work will also resume on a long overdue art trade involving a human character, in addition to a request I owe Wolfie-Jake. For those who wish to see the colored Angela Renard drawing, the unveiling of this image will be postponed until I have some additional digital edits completed.
While the unveiling of the Angela Renard drawing will be on hold, and with four projects to keep me busy, I’ve also taken the time to work on some side projects. One such project is a sketch depicting Rob von Raccoonavania with a sinister-looking smile--a project I call Five Nights at Bullet-tail’s. This sketch was inspired by the popular video game fad Five Nights at Freddy’s, the title screen in particular. In future, I may begin writing the parody as part of my upcoming web comic “The Tumbleweed Rangers.” But unlike the video game, where the protagonist is the night watchman, the antagonists (Rob’s enemies) are the night guards. More of the story will be revealed in a future update. For now, only Rob’s face has been put down on paper. Progress on this project has been slow, what with my concentration being centered on some fan art of two original characters alongside my character Stephanie von Raccoonavania.
To add on to my growing collection of fan arts of original characters, my second side project is set to feature Stephanie von Raccoonavania, joining a professional wrestling match with two rising stars: MysteryFanBoy's original characters Tori and Jasmine Mofeta. The story behind this sketch is that the Mofeta sisters are prepping for a wrestling match, but they need a third player for their team. Stephanie reluctantly signs up, following an incident where she beats up a pervert who’s been following her around. The Mofeta sisters would catch sight of this and come to the belief that Stephanie is the right material for their wrestling match; it was a matter of getting a third player or forfeiting the match entirely. So far, Stephanie and Jasmine are close to being completed; just got to add the missing parts to their arms and hands. Work on Tori remains incomplete, with the exception of her head and neck. More progress will be made over the next few weeks.
Having done many drawings of Rob, the other Tumbleweed Rangers characters, and fan arts of a limited variety of original characters, and with some consideration, I may attempt drawing some vehicles for a change of pace. Now unlike my attempt with my rarely used character, Northern the Steam Train, I am thinking about drawing a steam engine with a more British feel to the design. My efforts on drawing steam engines have been limited to North American designs--the 4-8-4 northern types in particular. My next attempt at steam engines, should I commit to it anytime soon, will involve sketching out a British tank engine, one that is of LNER (London & North Eastern Railway) or LMS (London, Midland, & Scottish) design. Can’t decide which one to choose from there; both railways had interesting classes of tank engine designs, from suburban, heavy freight, or banking (or helper in US railroad terminology) tanks.
Beyond that, I’ve gotten around to ordering a drawing tablet. It should arrive in a few days; really hoping to speed up all my digital editing projects with this purchase, and to attempt going paperless with all future projects. In some previous attempts to go paperless, and with a computer mouse no less, I found it rather difficult to achieve. Despite this, I have a few projects that remain unfinished where I was using the mouse to adjust vector lines; these projects will be finished using this same technique, while my newer projects will be done with the drawing tablet.
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