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Musical Demon

mandolin-pencilsThis year, I’m making it my business to step up the portfolio game and try to get more commissions/freelance work. I still love drawing more than making jewelry, hence, wanting to get more drawing jobs.

Last year, I kinda beat myself up over doing “pretty, detailed, predictable stuff”, I second guessed myself a lot and held myself back for no reason at all. I like doing pretty, detailed, predictable stuff and even if it’s predictable, I should still do it. I’m pretty sure the only person who’s judging me is me anyway.

I’m in the process of inking this and it’ll be colored with watercolor. I want to do more digital work, as my traditional stuff doesn’t scan very well but I can’t help it. I still love traditional media even though it looks awful on a computer screen ;__;

Image and character © Indira Jainanan

Heirophant – WIP

hierophantThe first drawing is from March 2013. The second drawing is from today (September 27, 2014). I’ve learned a lot since then. I always wanted to color the original, but I never liked the way it was drawn. Fortunately, I’ve been on a drawing spree and I was in the mood to redo this.

Image and character © Indira Jainanan

It’s a Process…

baahisketchesIt’s been a while since I posted anything, methinks. I should remedy that.

I’ve gone through a bit of time where I haven’t drawn anything. Maybe about a week or so? I haven’t come up with any finished pieces since the beginning of October. Other than that, it’s been mostly sketch sketch sketching away. I truly admire artists who can totally finish a piece every week or so, but I’m just not like that. I’d love to be like that, but at this moment, I’m not. I don’t know how they do it. Whatever they’re eating or drinking… I want it.

More often than not, I feel like I have to bash my head against my desk to get ideas to tumble out. It’s not to say that I dislike drawing and it’s a chore, because the situation is quite the opposite. I love to draw. It’s my life. I can’t see myself doing anything other than that.

The first image, all in red and white, I literally had to beat out of my head. You don’t even want to see the previous attempts. They were rather sad. The second drawing that looks like a funky mock-up for a band t-shirt (or so I have been told) came much more naturally. I wanted to redraw the face I had been struggling with the previous night and it clicked. Then I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of the picture. I wish this sort of serendipitous moment happened to me more often.

I’m not a doctor, but I do believe the prescription is more drawing. More drawing, more fucking up, more realizing what works, what doesn’t work, how things are supposed to look, more reference, more trial and error.

I know this blog is supposed to be about me saying “Hey, look at me, I’m awesome!” but I’m only human. I’m also a melodramatic perfectionist, so that definitely does not help.

I don’t remember where I was going with this, but I think the bottom line is that art is not as easy as people always assume. It’s not just “Oh you get paid to doodle all day! that’s not a real job!” A good friend of mine, who wanted to get more involved in drawing, once told me “I’ve been trying to take up drawing and you know what I realized? There are a lot of things that can go wrong!” It was so simply put, but I have never heard anything more accurate.

NYCC Commissions

nycc13I did a LOT of drawing O___o

1)A cute couple, wherein the girlfriend was going to kill her boyfriend with a hidden blade XD

2)A really cute Lumpy Space Princess cosplay! (seriously she was fucking adorable!)

3)A girl wanted a chibi drawing of her and her boyfriend getting married!

4)Homestuck yaoi! (Hey, I don’t judge.) Kankri and Karkat

5)A guy went around Artist Alley with a Hobbit’s journal and commissioned people to draw LOTR stuff in there. Natrurally, I had to draw my homie, Gandalf. Because I love drawing wizard hats.

6)Eridan from Homestuck

7)Abbaccio from Jojo

8)Mikau from Legend of Zelda which was THE best one that I did in the entire con. That guitar was a pain in the ass, but worth it!