Hello friends, fans and newcomers!
Life has been great in Austin. Lately the cold weather has swept in, so I never want leave the indoors. This is great for news for art and gaming! I even ended up starting a Twitch account. Yay! Lately I have used it to show off how good I am at instagramming stray cats in Grand Theft Auto V.
Yesterday it was 23 degrees out, not like Austin at all. So, in the midst of a cold Playstation-less Christmas and a freezing New years, I gained the chance to make some art.
Art continues to be one of the most risky enterprises of our age, where it upsets everyone, produces no concrete return on investment, and perhaps most disturbingly, forces us to wonder who we are. Frequently I can’t decide if art is eternal or ephemeral. It is eternal because nobody will remember the business transactions of Salvador Dali, but everyone knows a melting clock when they see one. It is ephemeral because murals get whitewashed every day. Who knows what will last, what will affect, what will die.
Whenever I can’t think of what to draw, I go back to what I know. Usually I set out to draw something or someone I haven’t rendered before, so when things get slow I reel back the pressure to create something new. A few gratuitous fan art pieces came of this, so here goes…
This drawing of Terra from FFVI was my re-imagined take on the character. Terra starts off as an imprisoned powerhouse when we meet her in the game, and usually takes less of a leadership role until she discovers higher powers. I wanted to remake her as more of a badass in human form. Above is the result. Being that I was using watercolor, I couldn’t escape referencing the airy feel of the original concept art for the game from Yoshitaka Amano.
Captain America has been one of my favorite superheroes ever since I got deep into comics. Thematically he syncs with my attitude – he wields a shield, and that’s it. Defense IS his offense. Is that American? Maybe, maybe not. Either way I dig him in most of his manifestations across the years. It charms me how the character he empathizes with most is Aunt May, Spider-Man’s octogenarian guardian.
Persona 4! While we all wait for Persona 5, the best thing to do is make Persona 4 fan art, right? With the above drawing I wanted to nail down the anime qualities but also bring something unclear into the mix. Anime and manga succeed at microscopic clarity, which I try to avoid.
On the topic of fan art. I’m pretty glad the internet wasn’t as big when I was a kid. I did a lot of drawings of Sonic the Hedgehog in 3rd grade. So much that at one point I got in trouble for it. I was obsessed with drawing mostly fantasy worlds of games that had not come out yet, since games were hard to come by in Leadville. So I would spend hours drawing maps for games that did not exist. If deviantArt or Pixiv had been around then, let’s just say I would have had a pro account full of thousands of drawings for all to see. This would embarrass me as a grown lady who only plays Sonic some of the time.
But that is the great part about growing up in a small town. Scarcity and the utter preciousness of technology makes you grateful for later abundance. When I go to HEB in Austin, every single day I see toys and computers that would have made me crazy as a kid. It’s funny how everything that used to be so special is so very AVAILABLE. Those are the only words I have for it.
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