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Blind Ghost

The Alphabeasts project has run its course, but I'm catching up and completing the series after the fact. Something had to give the last six weeks, and it wasn't gonna be me! In case it ain't obvious, Te-no-me is the ghost of a blind man, with his eyes on his hands.

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Alphabeast: S is for Salamander

Fire Elemental!


I haven't posted any of my Alphabeasts here on the blog since I is for Imp. So if you've missed J-R, check 'em out at the Alphabests Tumblr page.

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eMinis Sculpture: Sunlight Spirit

My daughter, Emily decided to contribute this week to the Alphabeasts project with one of her eMinis sculptures. "L" is the letter this week, so she chose Ljósálfar, a Sun Spirit from Norse mythology.


If you like the looks of this, check out her eMinis etsy shop!

Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Alphabeasts: I is for Imp

Once I'd decided to draw an Imp creature for my Alphabeast entry this week, I knew I wanted to keep it simple - no composition, no black areas, just character and goofy fun. I began with a quick blue line rough in Manga Studio. Nice and loose, but the gesture and construction is there. I was shooting for a rough look on the finished piece, so tried inking with the brush tool in MS, but didn't like the look at all (above). So I inked with the pen tool as usual. I think I lost something in the tongue and while the hands are still expressive, I wish I'd done better. I added some details as I'd intended and some that came to me while inking. I changed the swoop of the tail. Since I gave up the rough look in the inks, I decided to give the colors a rough, chalky look. Though some coloring was done flat initially, and I used the opacity flow marker tool in Photoshop, the chalk tool was used for the rest, whether darkening areas as I modeled or lightening for highlights. I colorized most of the lines but kept his eyes and hair black to pop 'em.

I wanted a general light fleshy tone, pink in particular spots, a yellowish cast to the lighter areas. The purple-blue shadow was the final touch to balance the mainly warm tones used throughout. He turned out fun! But...NSFW?

Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Two Alphabeasts: From Start to Finish

I couldn't find time to draw up my "G" Alphabeast til that week was nearly up, though it was one I'd been looking forward to for weeks. I finally drew and posted it just under the wire late Sunday night: G is for Gallu. Gallu are underworld demons from Mesopotamian mythology, beasts which haul off unfortunate victims off to the Realm of Death. Rather than drawing a single demon, the image that popped in my head immediately was a bevy of beasties below the surface in the dark, threatening the innocent above. My roughs/pencils were very loose... ...even more loose than I thought they'd be, looking back again. Yep, I inked from those squiggles, and perhaps I was able to because I did all the inks immediately and wanted to produce it quickly, saving most of the drawing for the inking stage. Which turned out like this: If I'd allowed myself more time or return to the piece to make a more finished art print, I'd vary the creatures more, change the composition slightly here or there. And what I'd envisioned as a single color for below the surface need a few spot colors added to separate and pop elements. I may darken the dirty purple, gradate from that color above to a deep, dark red below. For "H" I was able to complete on the day intended, as new Alphabeasts are technically due and best unveiled every Monday. Maybe my Babooon Monster, or Hihi is more baboon than monster, but he's pretty gnarly, I think. I used a small bit of reference, but only as a loose guide; I determined the angle and pose separately. Again, my rough is on the scant side, just enough to go on... I did most of my drawing in the inks, figuring details, shapes, approach and shadows on the fly. As much as I like the black and white line art (it stands on its own, I think), I already had a plan for the colors, which were fun to do. Double light source, cool from the left, warm from the right, a more neutral dark brown in the middle, with a bit of yellow, red, pink and magenta to pop the violent eyes and add some spice. Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Alphabeasts: E is for Eleionomae

Eleionomae is a Greek creature, a marsh nymph who often misled travelers with their illusions. The illusions constituted images of a traveler's loved ones. These nymphs also lured young, virgin boys and seduced them with their beauty. I had a couple other layouts and concepts for this, but they weren't working out; would take more time. Since I colorized the line work for the image above, here's the line art... Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Alphabeasts: D is for Danava

Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Alphabeasts: C is for Cacus

Cacus is a fire-breathing giant (son of Vulcan) who met his end at the hands of Hercules. Above is my take on him. Before coloring him up in Photoshop, can you guess (from the images below) how I inked it: brush, dip pen, or digitally? I drew it at first with the border all around in case I decide later to keep it, but originally envisioned the drawing opening up and blowing out the border with fire. Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical creature or beasty any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out A-C creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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Alphabeasts: B is for Bloody Bones

It's week 2 for the 26-week Alphabeasts project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical creature or beasty any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. For my part this time: Bloody Bones.

My goal is to mix up the medium or approach as dictated by the beast I choose each week, experiment and explore, but always with an eye on simplicity, design, composition and color. This dude was drawn in Manga Studio, colored in Photoshop. These creatures are open in most cases to wide interpretation. Rather than going with the pile of bones or skeleton in the kitchen cabinet, I opted for the bloody skeleton hovering over a pond. So much fun, and just in time for Halloween!

Check out the cornucopia of creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday!

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Alphabeasts: A is for Amala

Artist Ben Towle's Animal Alphabet drawing blog (which I totally missed!)  was so successful he and pal, Andrew Neal are following up with a new blog: Alphabeasts, where artists draw a new beastie every Monday. The drawings gotta be new and the creatures' name must start with the designated letter for each week. My first entry: A is for Amala...

Amala is a Native American myth, likely inspired by the myth of Atlas. He holds up the flat Earth on a spinning pole, but this image came to me first, so I drew it up right away. Atlas actually holds up the Heavens, but is often depicted as supporting our world or a globe representing all the heavens. Maybe I'll sketch up Amala with that pole sometime...

Check out all kinds of crazy creatures by a plethora of finger-painters at the Alphabeasts archive every Monday. And join in any time - the more the merrier!