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07 June 2014 @ 11:10 am
Just an Anna doodle!  
I really need to improve my drawing and concepting and all that industry-related jizz jazz. This dumb thing took me an hour and a half, and catching her likeness was a bear. But when it all shook out, I kinda like it, so...win/win? I may do one a day for a while, to get my drawing hand back. Or not, we shall see...


(click to enlarge)

All Photoshop, instigated on tumblr.

PS...my paltry Society 6 store is running a free-shipping promotion through tomorrow. There's not much in there, but I thought the Anna image made a cool phone case, heh! If you're curious as to what's over there, this is the link that will get you the temporary discount. And if you want to see something particular, gimme a holler.

Have a great weekend, babies!
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Teritmn1966 on June 7th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
I really like it. The way her red hair and lips stand out, and the way the cross washes out all the color, making her eye look especially creepy. I also like how you drew the sharp angles of her face. Well done!!
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
You darling, darling person! Thank you. :D (I have it in my stupid brain that you and amberdreams WILL get your commissions this year. Dammit. I'm so embarrassed about my tail-dragging...it's criminal.)
Teritmn1966 on June 7th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'm positive you'll make it. :) And that it'll be awesome, just like you!
comachomaisky on June 7th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love the green shade on her eyes :)
I desperately need a breakthrough too *weeps*
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
Man, that elusive breakthrough. It's so hard. Here's what I did with this one, though: a meme-ish thing went around tumblr and I decided to do it, with the personal agreement that I would only work ONE HOUR on a piece. (Almost made it, this time...)

The genesis of the idea is here on my tumblr. Folks sent me a character and a color palett, so now I'm gonna try to chug through those, a few at a time. The challenge for me, in part, is to practice my drafting skills, which have gotten woefully rusty. I can draw underpinnings for a painting, but drawing for drawing's sake? I have no style, no panache! It's sad, really. And also, to do something fun with the colors and concepting. The instant feedback you get on tumblr is ego-boosting too, so that's a positive component. Maybe you should give it a whirl! Don't think too hard on it; JUST LET YOUR FINGERS FUMBLE!
comachomaisky on June 7th, 2014 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for telling me about the meme! I don't know, maybe I should do it, since I want to doodle around but don't have tempting ideas... I want to do things differently for my bigbang art, and definitely need practice. The only problem is that I tend to overthink... let me think about it :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:36 pm (UTC)
No, don't think about it; just dooo eeeeet! ;)
Snick: Annasnickfic on June 7th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
I really like that! I confess, I am always extra pleased to see art of the ladies. Love her hair and her cheekbones, which IMO are always two of Anna's most striking features.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
I didn't get the face shape quite right, but I gave myself a time limit so I got close enough! I love the female characters, I do! Just not as much as ol' S&D, but the ladies deserve cred too. OF COURSE. Thanks, snick. :D

tifachingtifaching on June 7th, 2014 03:30 pm (UTC)
Lovely picture. I really like the way the cross is superimposed over her eye. Striking.

I wish the phone cases came in Galaxy style. I'd be all over Sam and the heron. I love that bit of art SO much. The boys fishing too. You do good work. :)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
The cross was a last-minute "Oh, this is sitting here not doing anything..." situation. I wanted to give the piece a little depth, a little more meaning. Thanks, tif!

(I don't know how Society 6 decides what products it'll offer. That site is still a bit of a mystery to me, I'll be honest. I'm crap at marketing and branding! But I'll let you know if they start to offer things for the Galaxy! I might order a case myself! My boring old black one is getting pretty beat-up...)
jessm78jessm78 on June 7th, 2014 03:36 pm (UTC)
That's a really good likeness of her, I really like it :)

Thanks for the link to your store. I seriously love your art, you're very talented! The "Better n' Pie" one is great... is that supposed to be Dick Roman's head in the box? Hehe. And I love that one of Sam with the heron. Beautiful work.

Edited at 2014-06-07 03:37 pm (UTC)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
That is Dick in the box! *cough* (I think that's my second favorite piece I've ever done, period. Based on the pun factor alone. :D) Thanks, bunches, lovely!
Chill McGundear_tiger on June 7th, 2014 03:41 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, me likey! :D Such a lovely creepy eye. And the likeness is fantastic. Also, this is just a portrait and I usually don't like portraits of canon characters because they tend to be boring, but you somehow made it very interesting, with just the right touch. Awesome :D
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
Woot, thanks! I agree; portraits, unless they do something other than just sit there, are boring. I love creating them, but I always hunger for something more out of them. So thanks, bunches, bb! This actually means a LOT to me!
Amberamberdreams on June 7th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
You've definitely caught her eyes and that characteristic gauntness!
Society 6 - ah yes. You've just reminded me why I've never got round to loading more than one design on there. Why on earth does every single product require a new file of different but exact dimensions? Ack, what a pain.

That said, I'd love to see more of your designs on there - mugs in particular... Thinking ahead to Christmas here... I love the Pie one but don't think my SPN friends would like it, as most of them don't approve of Wincest.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 04:21 pm (UTC)
Society 6 is still a cypher to me. But their customer service has been great, so there is that.

So more cute-ish gen things? Can't go wrong there, really.

I've always wanted to do more high-concept Team Free Will things. HMMM! Maybe I'll do a TFW doodle, in the style of Anna today. I think that has legs!

Great inadvertent idea, Amb!
Amberamberdreams on June 7th, 2014 04:24 pm (UTC)
Ah glad to have been of service LOL!
cassiopeia7: &hearts!cassiopeia7 on June 7th, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
Oooo, I love it! Her eyes and hair are especially wonderful, but I'm really loving on that stunned, deer-in-the-headlights expression. Niiiice!

. . . and I love the idea of focusing on a single, really good likeness a day to improve one's likeness skills. Like it a LOT. ('Cause some of us who aren't as crazy-talented as a certain Q person could REALLY use the help! And will be emailing you later regarding that "concepting" business.)

and all that industry-related jizz jazz.

*cough* Someone's been lurking in the porn meme too much.
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
Weeellll, regarding likenesses, there's two ways a person can approach it. You can come up with your own personal shorthand for the characters--kinda like all of tumblr--or shoot for a more realistic likeness. Since I come from an "academic" tradition *puffs chest and adjusts glasses*, I tend to want to catch a realistic likeness. Which takes forEVer for me. Neither way is right or wrong! And sometimes, you can straddle the line, which is probably the most satisfying. :D

Lurking in porn meme? ME?? Moi? This girl right here? Uhhhh....... yeah, okay. Truth.
cassiopeia7: art_sam's sketchcassiopeia7 on June 7th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
LOL, I started out in graphic design, i.e. "Draw a bunch of straight lines and 90-degree angles, then draw some 45s." *snores* Maybe I'm a line-straddler. I try for decent-ish likenesses, but always end up with the guys filtered through my cartoon-y style. Try harder, methinks I should.

borgmama1of5borgmama1of5 on June 7th, 2014 04:13 pm (UTC)
Perfect rendering of Anna!

(I don't understand your comment about needing to improve your drawing?!)
The indefatigable Mrs. Griffinquickreaver on June 7th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
You don't even KNOW how long it takes me to get happy with a likeness and the simple look of the lines! Mark-making is a Thing™ for us artsy types. So...speed. I need to get speedier, really! And that means coming up with a way of doing things with accuracy and confidence, and that always takes continual practice and time. But thanks, B! *fistbump*
de_nugisde_nugis on June 7th, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
It's a lovely Anna doodle. I like her eyes -- she looks both creeped out and otherworldly, like she doesn't want to be what she is.
siennavie: Cookies!siennavie on June 7th, 2014 05:26 pm (UTC)
Oh wow. Her hair, eyes...just striking.
balder12balder12 on June 7th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I love her haunted eyes.
Kallielkalliel on June 7th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I adore the palette choices; great and unusual combination of colors. And her eyes! SO. ANNA. <333
thursdaysistersthursdaysisters on June 8th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
Holy crap it's soooooo good, I love that it's minimalist and that one eye pops out more, gives her an alien look.