lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
(Crossposting from my dA journal since Dreamwidth allows for anyone to reply)

One of the things I'd like to do this year is commission a picture of one of my characters. Probably either Tonya or Nyalla, and while I have text descriptions for both the place I always get stuck is visual references. Anyone have suggestions for more than just plugging keywords into Google Images? Or any magic sauce for doing that better? I'll probably grab pencil and paper try sketching out stuff, I could use the practice anyway, but yeah my skills haven't improved there since the last time I posted a drawing.

Likewise if there are publicly posted character profiles that you think are good models to follow, I'd be interested in those too.
lilfluff: Red fox boy, excitedly holding an ice cream sunday. Drawn by Tod Wills (aka Djinni on LJ) (Happy Kid)
Check out the nifty new icon on this post. On this post is a happy fox kid (and who wouldn't be when that's at least three scoops of ice cream!) this icon, the mouse with the book I've been using more than the smiley lately, and another new icon of the same mouse suitable for posting about irksome things are all by [livejournal.com profile] djinni.

You can see all 333 icons he did for Icon Day 17 by clicking on that link.

And if you would like one? Icon Day 18 is now in the requests stage.

Please keep in mind that requests (and any linked reference material) need to be all ages appropriate. Additionally any characters should either be generic (A kid with a big candy apple!) or should be your own characters (the mouse in my icon requests is an RP character of mine, a student librarian at Mars Academy). There's a few more rules, but those are the biggies.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Librarian)
Interested in getting yourself a free icon? Tod Wills aka [livejournal.com profile] djinni is doing his eleventh free icon day, this time themed Halloween in July. You can find the details at his Halloween in July post. The icon I'm using on this post is one of his. You can also check out the results of his labor for Icon Day 10.

While you're checking stuff out, Tod also does a really cool webcomic, Ekwara and does the pencils for another nifty webcomic, Crimson Flag.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
Hey, did you like the icons I linked to a few entries below? Todd is running another free icon day (although donations are more than welcome). Strike now before requests are closed. He made a comment on the other post about being interested in breaking 200 requests, now that would be a mass of icons. :}

Want another sample? A while back he asked for suggested Griffons and other animal mixes. Here are the 35 Mixed-Up Critters. I was the one to cruelly suggest blending a hummingbird and fox. *ebil grin*
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Pithani the Librarian Mouse)
Like the icon on this post? He's one of my characters in the Mars Academy RPG, Pithani the student and student-librarian. He's a pretty serious student although he can be playful (he is one of the youngest students on campus), but in the library he's a serious guy.

He was drawn as part of [livejournal.com profile] djinni's 5th Free Icon Day. You can see more of his icon day work at his post Every Icon Day. Just be sure your computer is ready to load 623 icons. :}

And if you like those, check out his comics Ekwara, Crimson Flag which he does with [livejournal.com profile] virmir and Dracula which is based on the Bram Stoker novel.


This is also a sign of how watching nifty people can lead you to other nifty people, as it was a post by the also quite nifty [livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar that first pointed me in his direction.

(And how nifty, the first LJ spam comment that I've caught myself... DEE-LEET!)

Art Site Q

Dec. 17th, 2007 12:24 am
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
I find myself with two questions.

1. Should I make an account on one or more of the several art sites out there. (Heck, ought to just to be able to leave comments if nothing else)

and 2. Which sites are all you folks using? DeviantART seems to be the old standby, but where else are all of you posting things?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
The eagle eyed may have noticed that my default user icon has changed a little. I recently downloaded Inkscape (free/open-source vector graphics program) and as a first bit of playing around loaded in my old icon and created a vector graphics version. Among other things this means that if LiveJournal ever adds svg as an option for user pic formats then my icon could potentially be scaled larger and smaller depending on your browsers zoom settings or the size of the space its placed in. For the current time however it has to be converted to a raster format. So it has been saved and uploaded in PNG format. If your browser is a decent one then it should have a transparent background.

Inkscape looks like it should be a fun program to play around with. For now though I need to get back to my JAVA homework.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
The tachikoma's dream of being heroes in AI Sentai!

Nightmare for some a dream for others, it's the singing catgirl maids of UFO Princess Valkyrie

Despite how often artists want to dress them up that way, Catgirls make terrible maids

However in Neko Nyan Dance we discover that catgirls and magical girls can in fact dance. (Oh and look, it's an original Chocotto Sister music video)

Speaking of catgirl addictions, oh wait you hadn't accused me of that yet? Anyway, watch acatgirl being drawn. D'oh, I'm not a catgirl addict, honest. Let's see, ah here we go, how about a sheep being drawn?
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
*grr* Stupid slow loading page not doing an auto-save....

*mumblegrr* Stupid bleeping *grumble* molasses slow internet connection. I ought to look into how much it would cost to have the two decades old wiring bypassed by something new.

On the other hand since I wasn't able to get some comics archives to load I had time to do another practice drawing. Eep. Well it was better than the one I posted the other day. A little bit better. But I really need to practice figure drawing. The arms and legs just looked wrong. Poor fencer would have fallen on his butt.
lilfluff: On of my RP characters, a mouse who happens to be a student librarian. (Default)
I really shouldn't have spent the money, but I'm already enjoying the purchase. But I think it will be the only splurging for the next few months. I really should be paying down my credit card further.

What did I spend the money on? Here, I'll let this four panel comic explain...



Yeah, that's a sad, sad comic. A hairy eyeball thing, a fox-wolf-anteater-who-knows-what creature, and a woeful self portrait. Obviously I'm still not the greatest artist, nor used to the hardware and software yet. Practice! Practice! Must practice more!

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