evolved to wonder

stochastic sketchism.
Jumping on this fanart bandwagon, ‘cuz that bob is adorbs.
I knew Book 4 was already in post, but ye gods, that was fast. Too soon, guys, TOO SOON!

Jumping on this fanart bandwagon, ‘cuz that bob is adorbs.

I knew Book 4 was already in post, but ye gods, that was fast. Too soon, guys, TOO SOON!

A wee fan doodle, as I’m still not entirely over that finale. Jinora was completely adorable in that final scene with her shaved head and new tats. Spitting image of her granddad.
Book three was by far the strongest season of the series, and I love that it ended on such a downer. It’s easy to have a character walk away from their epic showdown with no lasting repercussions, ready for their next bout. Korra’s injuries — and more importantly, the profound, debilitating depression that came with her loss of identity — call for a long recovery, and I can’t wait to see where her character goes from here.

A wee fan doodle, as I’m still not entirely over that finale. Jinora was completely adorable in that final scene with her shaved head and new tats. Spitting image of her granddad.

Book three was by far the strongest season of the series, and I love that it ended on such a downer. It’s easy to have a character walk away from their epic showdown with no lasting repercussions, ready for their next bout. Korra’s injuries — and more importantly, the profound, debilitating depression that came with her loss of identity — call for a long recovery, and I can’t wait to see where her character goes from here.

10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

sunonmywings tagged me on this. Probably not a firm list! In no particular order:

  1. Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn. Eight-year-old me revolved around this book and its animated adaptation.
  2. Ernest Thompson Seton, Wild Animals I Have Known. I cried so much over this book. Lobo remains one of my favourite folk legends — I’d love to attempt a graphic novel adaptation some day.
  3. Clare Bell, Ratha’s Creature.  My favourite series as a kid.
  4. Colin Dann, The Animals of Farthing Wood.I still remember staying up all night to finish this in one sitting. Inspired a lot of badly-written, half-finished novels during my pre-teen years.
  5. Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting.I’ve never cared for Welsh’s other books, but I was constantly picking up and re-reading this collection throughout my university years.
  6. Matt Ridley, Genome.The book that sparked my love of the popular science genre (beyond natural history).
  7. Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works.It’s hard to truly appreciate how insanely difficult it is to design a working visual system or AI. I think everyone should read this one, if only to gain some understanding of what a strange, complicated, cobbled-together meat puppet they are.
  8. J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring.I loved the entire LOTR trilogy, but enjoyed it the most in the beginning, when it was still a smaller story — more focus on characters and adventure, less on epic battles and politics.
  9. Hiromu Arakawa, Full Metal Alchemist.  I don’t read much manga, but I love this series — the world building, the art, the characters. And, fictional relationships of the fiercely loyal platonic sort (in this case, the brothers) are kind of my favourite thing.
  10. Minna Sundberg, A Redtail’s Dream.Gorgeous, sweet, and based on a rich folk mythology that I was entirely unfamiliar with. One day I hope to create something this beautiful.

Not going to tag anyone on this, but pick it up and run with it if you’d like!

Deer folk.

Deer folk.

rufftoon:

Korra book 3 finale.
I think I forgot how to breathe a few times. Studio Mir did some absolutely awesome, gorgeous work. Thank you whole Korra crew!!!

rufftoon:

Korra book 3 finale.

I think I forgot how to breathe a few times. Studio Mir did some absolutely awesome, gorgeous work. Thank you whole Korra crew!!!

(Source: inaabas)

Page o’ foxes.

Page o’ foxes.

The delightfully creative Daily Bird Beast has put out the call for guest submissions, so I doodled up a creaturely Sunbittern. Beastly bird-monsters? No need to ask me twice.
Sunbitterns are pretty rad birds — when startled, they exhibit a threat display that makes them resemble enormous owl-eyed moths.
(Background texture courtesy of Bittbox)

The delightfully creative Daily Bird Beast has put out the call for guest submissions, so I doodled up a creaturely Sunbittern. Beastly bird-monsters? No need to ask me twice.

Sunbitterns are pretty rad birds — when startled, they exhibit a threat display that makes them resemble enormous owl-eyed moths.

(Background texture courtesy of Bittbox)

Messing around some more with MS5 brushes, and out fell a Naga and Pabu. Really wish they’d go back to double episodes — 22 minutes of Korra a week just ain’t enough.

Messing around some more with MS5 brushes, and out fell a Naga and Pabu. Really wish they’d go back to double episodes — 22 minutes of Korra a week just ain’t enough.

Work in progress. Posting this while I still like it — I’m always so much happier with my work at the sketch phase than the final product.
EDIT 2014/07/30: Final version! I’m really beginning to love Manga Studio 5’s new brushes.

Work in progress. Posting this while I still like it — I’m always so much happier with my work at the sketch phase than the final product.

EDIT 2014/07/30: Final version! I’m really beginning to love Manga Studio 5’s new brushes.

Tengu!

Tengu!

Couple o’ Korra sketches. I’m really digging Book 3! The Avatar universe has always had so many awesome female characters, and I love that the most badass of this season’s new baddies is a double amputee woman. Glad to see the gang hitting the road as well — I’ve missed the journey narrative that was such a big part of the original series.

I’ve noticed recently that I’ve been approaching my drawings with a ‘fix it in post’ attitude — half-assing things with the expectation that I can just scan it and re-ink it digitally if it goes awry. Been making more of an effort to get by without an undo button and keep things traditional.

Cheetah-griffin thangs.

Cheetah-griffin thangs.

Dragonified my parrot. Which, it turns out, isn’t much of a change. Unsurprising, given that I’ve long suspected that I live with some sort of dragon-monkey.

Dragonified my parrot. Which, it turns out, isn’t much of a change. Unsurprising, given that I’ve long suspected that I live with some sort of dragon-monkey.