It’s been a bit of a stretch between blog posts, haha. I’ve been a bit busy with freelance and day job work, and when I do have time to myself I have been more interested in going outside for walks and bike rides, knitting and weaving, or drawing privately in my physical sketchbook. But I did want to come back to this, in particular to talk about my journey to draw a tiger every day.
It’s not going great! That’s not necessarily a bad thing, since I have so much else going on in my life. I still take the time to draw tigers when I can, but as it turns out I just couldn’t find an interesting way to keep up with this self imposed challenge. I think there’s something I could say about self imposed challenges, and how there is value in letting them go. I found out my limit when it comes to drawing a specific subject every day, and there is value in that. I came away from this challenge knowing myself a bit better than before.
I still plan on drawing tigers, just not every day, and when I have enough to share I’ll make another blog post about it. In the meantime I have come across a very talented artist who has been keeping up with the Draw a Tiger Every Day Challenge (inspired by onecoweveryday on Tumblr). He has taken to the challenge by playing with different art styles and even accepting requests from his followers. His art is really lovely and he deserves kudos for how far he has come. Go give him a look and maybe a follow!
I hope to have other art to share between all these tigers. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello and welcome back to another round of Weekend Sketches!
This past week I took part in a challenge started on Tumblr called OC Kiss Week, which was designed to highlight original characters on a platform that tends to capitulate towards fandom. I personally used it to get better at drawing my characters kissing, and had a lot of fun with some friends in a private server talking about our OCs with each other and sharing our drawings there. This small group of friends has been more fun and supportive than any fandom I have ever been a part of. It’s a delight sharing stories, drawing fanart of each other’s characters, and taking part in challenges together. It feels like the best example of parallel play, where we have our own spaces to play in but will sometimes overlap our creative games or share what we are building with each other.
Anyways, I could gush about this small friend circle for paragraphs, it’s time to move on to the characters kissing. I was pretty proud that I was able to draw OCs for all 7 days. I think what drove me to draw as much as I did is the fact that all my subjects are lesbians. Draw what you love and all that! I will admit, after the first 3 drawings I started to phone it in with forehead/cheek kisses and nose touching. Drawing kissing is hard and, not to make excuses, even drawing forehead and cheek kisses requires coordinating two (or sometimes three) different bodies to connect in a way that doesn’t look weird. I now know what I can do to improve, and I’m looking forward to what I can draw in the future.
My first drawing is of my favourite demon hunting lesbians Sol and Nyx who are from my upcoming illustrated novel Earthshine. I don’t have much to say about these two that either hasn’t already been said or would just be spoilers. They’re in love. That’s that!
The second is of the main characters in a mecha space opera story I’m developing. Their names are Mel (left) and Harmony (right). They are the mechanic and pilot respectively of their shared mech, and they do not get along at first. This kiss takes place after they finally start cooperating and win a war game together. Harmony decides to take a celebratory hug to 11, much to Mel’s pleasant surprise.
These two are also from Earthshine and are Sol’s moms, the God of The Earth and the witch Yarrow. I don’t have much to say about these two either that won’t be spoilers for the story, but I will say that their relationship starts off a little fraught in a similar way to Sol and Nyx’s.
These two are Crin and Wolf. They are the leaders of a band of lesbian werewolf space pirates from a fun little side project I’ve been building called Wolf Star. Their designs and story were conceived when a friend dared me to make OCs based on various wolf and wild dog species while we were watching a nature doc together. The taller one on the left is Crin and she is a Maned Wolf, while Wolf is a Timber Wolf. These two love each other sooooo much, and I think they are so cute.
These three are from another story I’m developing that I plan to keep very close to my chest, sharing it with only a very select few people (though I might share some drawings here in the future). Their names from left to right are Sylva, Angela, and Gem. They are a trio of witches in an urban fantasy setting. The three of them decided to leave their respective covens behind to become hedge witches and go on a magical road trip together to recover from their strict and oppressive upbringings.
These two are also from Wolf Star. The shorter is named Wild Dog and I have described her to friends as “Tetsuo if he was an angry little lesbian.” She has a bit of an inferiority complex and is often butting heads with Crin and Wolf. Her girlfriend, Jackal, adores her and loves to enable her worst behaviours.
Ohhh these lesbians look familiar, hehe. I landed on these two as my final two OCs to draw since I don’t do a lot of Star Trip art just for fun. I’m feeling pretty excited thinking about Ajo and Kagra since these two finally reunite in Chapter 10 of Star Trip, which I am working on right now!
That’s all for this week of OC art. I think I will be searching for future challenges, since this one helped me break out of my shell and gave me a good reason to draw more of my own characters. Also working on this challenge with friends was a plus. Please check out the art that my buddy Dee has be posting of her own OCs. I adore her re-imagining of The Snow Queen and Gerda. Winter is also a part of this core group of OC enjoyers, and although they haven’t shared their OC kiss art anywhere publicly, they do have a lot of posts on their blog about their characters in general. Give it a look!
Hello everyone and welcome back to the return of Weekend Sketches, the first one of the new year!
I’m trying to start this new year with a spring in my step and renewing belief in my abilities, and one way I’m trying to do this is by giving myself a fun little challenge. Inspired by 1coweveryday on Tumblr, who drew a cow every year for 2021 (The Year of the Cow) I decided I wanted to draw a tiger every day for 2022. Some friends in a closed discord server even supported my interest in the project, which helped me go ahead with confidence.
I love tigers and think they are very beautiful animals. I have wanted to get better at drawing them for a while, but I never really took the time to practice. Seeing the dedication the creator of 1coweveryday showed with his blog and the marked improvement in his cow drawing skills, I saw this as a perfect opportunity. I’ve been cataloguing my tiger drawing challenge on Instagram using the site’s new post from desktop feature (long overdue in my opinion).
The unfortunate thing about deciding to draw tigers for 364 days is that unlike cows, which have many different interesting and unique breeds, tigers only have a handful, and they all more or less look like a big orange cat with stripes. I hope that as I draw more of them I will be able to notice the subtle differences between a Malayan Tiger and a Bengal Tiger, but right now my eyes aren’t as trained.
I’m sustaining my interest in this project by messing around with different poses, art styles, and colours. I’m sure I can keep myself occupied despite the lack of tiger biodiversity.
I’ve already made it to the end of January and into the Lunar New Year, which is officially when The Year of the Tiger starts, and I am proud of that. I could stop here, but I want to keep going and see how far and how much better I can get at drawing these beautiful animals.
After completing January I already compiled all the tiger drawings I did into a PDF which I uploaded to Patreon for my patrons. I think this would be a nice thing to do for each month if I can manage it. Fundamentally though, I’m doing this for me. It’s fun! And it’s reminding me again about what making art is all about.
Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!
When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
He destroyed his cage
The tiger is out.
- Nael, age 6
Hello, my name is Gisele! I'm a cartoonist, editor, and writer living on the cold shoulder of Canada. You can support me and my work through Patreon.