Thursday, December 30, 2021

How's this for Throwback Thursday? I dug out some of my very first paleoart, circa 1992! Paleontology has literally been a lifelong passion of mine, and it's great to say that 30 years on, I'm still doodling prehistoric critters in my spare time. :)

Pterosaur hatching



Brachiosaurus hatching

Tyrannosaurus rex (note accurate number of forefingers)

Woolly mammoths


Very involved prehistoric scene



Wednesday, December 29, 2021

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic OCs! (Apologies that the poses are so samey; these are just rough concept sketches and I was paying more attention to design than composition.)

Argent and Titanium Twinkle came about when I wondered what the foals of Radiant Dawn and her husband Ironclad would look like. I thought it would be fun if they had a pegasus who acted like a unicorn and a unicorn who acted like a pegasus. 

Argent is introverted, thoughtful, and scholarly, and his younger sister's misadventures drive him bananas as he's always trying to be the responsible one. Also his wings don't work, which causes him no small amount of insecurity, but don't let his quiet demeanor fool you; he's received plenty of warrior training from his father, and will become quite the fearsome fighter when the need arises.

Titanium Twinkle, or "Twink" for short, is an impulsive and chatty young mare who doesn't put as much effort into her magical studies as she ought to, but due to her mother being a centuries-old alicorn, she does happen to know quite a bit about general magical theory off-hand. Her older brother's cautious ways test her patience, but working together they learn the importance of a healthy balance of calculation and risk.

Also, their respective coat and mane are actually silver, not gray.

As detailed in a post from about three years ago, I eventually made Equestria Girls versions of these two, and a few months ago I finally got around to writing the fic I was talking about in that post! I'll put it up here on the blog eventually. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Miscellaneous sketches.

These next few include some expression studies for Terra from my Neopian Times writing. Mostly I was just goofing off with cartooniness.

Terra as a warrior rabbit because I just thought it would be fun.

Here is what the tanaaki from the Azhnarroth Duology look like! (The tail got cut off because I reached the edge of the canvas.) With those two back-swept horns, war tanaaki and their riders need to be really in-sync with each other during the heat of battle, which is why mounted warriors like Fraa are held in especially high regard in Graling society, and why Usi has such clout and her own title.

Monday, December 27, 2021

A plethora of paleoarts!

A sphenosuchian, one of a suborder of mostly small crocodylomorphs.

Early mammal and late therapsid. (There's some debate about whether or not Morganucodon should be classified as a mammal. Whatever the case, it was clearly adorable.)

Dimetrodon tends to get portrayed as rather sluggish and a little dopey; I like drawing them as active and intelligent, kind of the big cats of the early Permian.

Two Carnotaurus siblings goofing off with a tree branch.

Friday, December 24, 2021

A few more sketches. Also, merry Christmas!

General Wai Ren from my Neopets fic The Shadow of Takeryuu. I'm pretty sure I'm the only Neopian Times author who's ever been nerdy enough to not only write a fic about her cast of Neopets characters playing a tabletop RPG, but then write an entire separate fic that turned the premise of the RPG campaign into its own real tale from Neopian history.


Thursday, December 23, 2021

Miscellaneous sketches.

One of the characters from the aforementioned dragon story; this is a water dragon who has gone into human disguise as a member of the French court and become somewhat of a ladies' man who doesn't have time for your heroic quests that might mess up his hair thankyouverymuch. The Persian shadow dragon will have to remind him what it means to be a real dragon.

Pre-pre-production sketch of Renny from Blue Diver! She, Kee, and Mireya are actually old character design concepts that I came up with in college, but I didn't actually have a plotline to go along with them. When I began to piece together the plot for Blue Diver, I realized they fit perfectly!

Concept sketch for General Ironclad's sister and her foals from one of my My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fanfics that I will put on the blog eventually. I just really wanted Nebula to have like 80's rocker hair. 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

More Kingdom Hearts Union χ player character designs, some of which I took great artistic liberty with.

Friday, December 17, 2021

We've had some furry new additions to the family, so I thought I'd draw them as Animal Crossing characters. :)


Thursday, December 16, 2021

Miscellaneous sketches, including my sweet boy Mallow.

The above sketch is some concept art for a book I'd like to write someday about dragons in medieval Europe and Asia who have the ability to disguise themselves as humans. The main character is a young shadow dragon from the Middle East who has to journey to various parts of western Europe and find other disguised dragons to help her with some sort of quest or something. I haven't quite gotten the details worked out yet, but there is a djinn involved and it is basically The Arabian Nights but with dragons and rooted in real-world history. Should be fun.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Now that Blue Diver is out, I can focus on some other projects for a while! First and foremost, I need to finish uploading my old tablet sketches, so here is some early concept art for The Voyage of the Kaus Media!

 Also, now is as good a time as any to mention that in the near future, I will be making minor revisions to VotKM! I think the story is fine, but I recently revisited it and realized the prose could use a tune-up. So that's going to be a fun project too!