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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.


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!