And here’s the full page of the expressions of Dark Bean (feel like I’m talking about coffee when I type that 😂☕️). The other page is just a vague idea of how her darkening veins would appear during this transformation.
I’ve loved doing this so much I’m considering creating another character sheet sketch of Sabeen in her regular form and then one of Carmine and Shika as well. I also have a new character that I dreamt up and I’m already in looove with the incredible oddness of her story so I would like to see if I can’t get a design for her out on paper (I really need to do one for all my boys too! I love them, but I’m so bad about feeling motivated to draw guys 😩).
However, still making sure responsibilities are taken care of first and, of course, all my responsibilities hit me smack in the face during the worst month possible. So I’m kind of all over the place with finishing art trades and gifts, packaging them up and finding time to ship them out, as well as everyday, no fun responsibilities 😝 which is the main issue. Hope to be back creating more sketches I can show soon 🙌💗
Christmas disaster advent calendar DAY 4:
My mum, who didn’t drink, got more than a little tipsy at a neighbours house Christmas Day, so I set the table and put out the servings for whole family and sent someone to get her. She stumbled in, said what a good job I had done , I had even remembered her candles, she then noticed I hadn’t lit them so reached forward with a lighter just as I was leaning over to pass something to my husband, whoosh, my hair caught fire, long curls up in flames.
Every day leading up to Christmas I’m drawing a real life Christmas disaster for the @gumtreeuk advent Calendar. Each mishap has been kindly donated by a Gumtree customer.
Trying to understand facial expressions better for my OC’s, but primarily working on Sabeen and her dark form as that’s kind of the one that’s been holding my attention at the moment. I had to google miscellaneous anime references to really gain a better idea of how I wanted Sabeen to emote in her dark form, but I didn’t use any particular reference for any one particular expression. It was a lot of piecing elements I liked together because I didn’t want to stray far from my own style. When I tried just copying a reference to practice, I found myself dissatisfied with the approach in general. I knew it wouldn’t feel like mine, and I was okay with doing that for practice exclusively, but it still didn’t feel right to me, like the style was off since it wasn’t what I’m used to doing naturally (I didn’t take a picture of the practice piece). So after that I went with whatever felt most natural to me, gaining pose ideas from anime pictures and then photographing myself in a similar pose, but one that was more akin to what I had already imagined and then using that to really develop more of what I wanted.
Ironically enough, with all that said, this sketch doesn’t show I’ve been practicing expressions well 😂🙌 but it’s an important blank stare, nonetheless.
And just in case you’re wondering, those aren’t cracks in her face, I’m just horrible at portraying dark veins 🤣
Hope ya don’t mind it, but expect more ‘Bean spam in the coming days/hours 😉💗 been working on her a lot lately as well as developing new characters and trying to finish older works 🤯
Working on plenty of things at once, but I can’t show any of them right now. So here’s my OC Sabeen with a new design I’ve been playing around with for her (it’s not a revamp on her character, just another form).
Been kind of a difficult week for me, mentally, so I’ve been taking time to myself to unwind and to not really hold any lofty expectations over my head. While I was taking a slight break from all of my bigger projects, I decided to just draw some carefree, random designs for my OC. She has a darker transformation, unlike the previous one I’ve shown; this particular form she is unable to control so I was trying to play with the idea a bit and give her more of a distant, yet still easily ticked off appearance 😜 she’s a super angry Bean in this form. I’m not settled on the hair turning a deeper red from her previous magenta, still fiddling with a few ideas, but I wanted to see how the black and red would look on her.
Honestly, I’d like to be able to reveal more of my characters and their stories and really bring each of my creations to life in someway for you all because I feel like that creates an ability for others to really connect with them. But I find fear tends to hold me back greatly on this matter. I know my character designs are unique because I work tirelessly on them to make them something I, personally, haven’t seen before; with stories I’ve never heard that typically (but not always) have relation to real historical events. However, I know those qualities tend to make an OC a target for copycats and art thefts.
Which scares me 😱 these characters are my bebes! I’m sure most artists feel this way and can relate, but how do you find yourself overcoming that fear to reveal and sharing it anyway or do you hide your character’s stories as well? And what’s your opinion on the matter in general? Remember, no attacks, be kind and play nice 😉