Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Live drawing portrait

Drawing people's faces, especially from life, is interesting. You start out by following shapes, and even though each shape is right, it doesn't look at all like the person in front of you. But you have to keep going, because at some point, like magic, it happens! I love it when it happens.
Sometime it doesn't happen, and then I have to start over again. I'm guessing that with practice it will get easier to make the magic happen more often.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Yacumama

This is the last of the Magical Animal Alphabet series! If you're wondering what about Z, then Z is here.
Yacumama is a giant snake-like creature that lives in the mouth of the Amazon River and is the mother of all water creatures.

Magical Animal Alphabet: Xecotcovach

Xecotcovach is a mythological Mayan bird, one of several enemies of humans. It was sent, along with the others, to destroy humans before they could gain control of the Earth. Unfortunately they failed, and look where we are now...

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Wumpus

The Wumpus is a mysterious monster that lurks deep inside a network of rooms. It was originally developed as a text-based game written in BASIC! Magical indeed!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Vucub-Caquix

Vucub-Caquix is a Mayan bird demon. He was powerful and pretended to be the sun and the moon of the twilight world. Some evil twins managed to somehow defeat him and became the true sun and moon of the present world. Thankfully, not before he fathered Zipanca, an underworld demon deity, and Cabrakan, the Earthquake God.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Ushi-Oni

Ushi-Oni is a Japanese bull demon that exists in various versions. Some are menacing and some are beneficial.
The most famous one is thought to ward off evil spirits. This is the kind I made for U.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Tanngnjostr

Tanngnjostr, teeth grinder, was one of two magical goats (his companion was Tanngrisnir, teeth barer) that were cooked and eaten every night by Thor, only to be resurrected the next day. Magical indeed.

But of course, all goats are magical, in my opinion.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Sarimanok

Sarimanok is a colorful rooster bringing good fortune. He was originated in the major island of the Philippines, Mindanao, by the Maranao people.