Wow, this is my first post in a long time. I finally got a digital camera about 2 or 3 weeks ago, so now I can actually post stuff more often! Yay!
So a few months ago I had a class project to design a calendar for a book club, so my concept was to do a calendar for a "book of the year". I came up with a fictitious "gothic" children's book as the book of the year. I'll start a new topic to show what I did for the calendar, but in this topic, I'll show some old doodles and show off my "roots". I pride myself in having different styles in everything I do, from having different tastes in clothes, music, and even drawing styles.
Gothic is one of my styles, and as you can see, even that style has different styles in it, from Western to Japanese influenced. But the problem with having different styles (for me at least) is that I can't summon the right one when I want to.
These were done when I was in the 10th grade. Not to date myself, but that was 4 years ago. Where has the time gone???
Note: I am not inspired by Tim Burton. At the time I did these, I believe Corpse Bride came out, and I saw it and I liked it a bit but not much. It might have influenced me, possibly, to draw in an elegantly macabre style, but I've been interested in dark but beautiful things long before seeing Corpse Bride.
Also, I'd never seen The Nightmare Before Christmas, except for a few minutes of it when it was on t.v., when I did these. I'd only actually seen it a few months ago when I did the calendar project. I actually bought it to influence me on purpose, since I'd been rusty with the gothic style. Yes, when I did the gothic children's calendar, the last time I did anything like it was these doodles from the 10th grade! Anyways, enough babbling. Onto the doodles! (I don't have a scanner, so I took these with my camera, which came out dark, so I did a quick and bad editing job to present them here).
Not much to say here. I like her, but the hair doesn't seem natural. Looks a bit like dreadlocks. For some reason, I think of bugs when I look at her. I think it might be the eyes.
I've gotten older and a bit more experienced, so looking back at my work, I can notice goofy amateur errors. The house behind the girl shouldn't be so close to the gate! No house has gates right in front like that.
I don't read it, but I stumbled onto Squee a few years ago exploring the Internet, so I drew this with that image in mind, but it's not Squee. My local Borders does have a Squee graphic novel and I picked it up and read a bit of it a month ago to see what the hubbab was about. It was okay, but the writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez curses too much. I much prefer Invader Zim.
These three characters in frames were just random characters that I came up with for no real reason, though they look like I've spent time on them! I think I should do something with them, like a comic. I believe I've drawn them once or twice more because I liked them. Just by looking at them, they have such personality to them that I can imagine stories with them.
This girl is holding a lunchbox with Japanese katakana characters that phonetically sound out "PUFFY" which is this music duo I just adore. When I think goth, I think PUFFY! [/sarcasm]
I think I was going for a count with this.
I was going for a 1920's flappergirl socialite thing, but ended up mixing it with a gothic Victorian element. She's supposed to be smoking and flicking off the ashes, but I forgot to draw the holder, or I did and drew it wrong. I looks like she's got a sterotypical wand and is performing magic. Sucking is a lot of fun.
Awwww, baby! The diaper on the left leg side should curve with the leg. The right toe is too big and looks out of place compared the the rest on that foot. The left hand's index finger looks like a thumb!
The hat does not fit the head at all...
Sometimes I doodle several things on one page, so here you can see a girl's forehead on the man's elbow. I erased the rest of the girl for this presentation but could not erase what overlaps the elbow. I don't know if the hand is right or not (but it is
the right hand
You can see the doll's left arm bottom seam, which means the arm is tilted, which was not my intent. I meant to draw the top seam for the left arm and so it looks awkward.
A ballerina dancing on a tombstone. I don't know what I was thinking, okay? The girl looks like Amy Lee, which is weird because I don't like Evanescence. They're okay, but overrated for no good reason. They have a "gothic" image, but Amy's lyrics are contemporary, present day stuff. I don't get it. Like the video for Call Me When You're Sober, she's vampire-like with minions, but the song's about the guy getting drunk...? But that song didn't come out when I drew this, but my point's the same. (Side note: I saw Tarja in concert in NYC last week, and they actually played Bring Me to Life while we were waiting in front of the stage. What an insult! People compare Evanescence to Nightwish and vice versa and that was just insulting to Tarja! I don't think she picks these songs, because they also played Bjork's Army of Me while we waited, which is a good song but isn't anything like Tarja.) The arms are too long, and I think the left side of her chest sticks out too much.
A girl influenced by the style of Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi. The hairstyle is even one that Yumi Yoshimura had in 2004. It's hard to see, but that's a rose on her shirt.
A bit out of place; a nerdy/punk boy. Also influenced by Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi with the hands. The right hand pinky it too big.
Comments and critiques welcome (although I think I took care of most of the critiques)!