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Fanart, food and further

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

I’ve started a new illustration project a few months ago, once again fanart-based and following the ABC. It’s a good frame to get me drawing: serialised, with a clear end point, and otherwise completely open; which is why I always add another “rule” or two to get some more focus. In the last one it was two characters per letter, with a secret connection between each following couple. This time it’s a character, a verb, and a giant-sized food item, all starting with the same letter. It’s strange up in my head, but also very organised.

Here are the first five. In days long past I would upload each one in its own blog post, but today, with so many quick channels for sharing things, it feels more cumbersome than ever to start a new post for every single piece. That’s my long-winded way of inviting you to follow my Facebook page if you want to stay up to date.

ABChow: A ABChow:B ABChow: C ABChow: D ABChow: E

Let’s see, what else is new…

Up to Four Players

We’re just starting a new story arc over at Up to Four Players. It’s one about conventions, fandoms, cosplay and family, and it has a lot of colourful hoops. Like, A LOT. Many more than I would have put there had I given some thought to how long it’s going to take to draw all of them in every single panel. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, or at least slightly averse to the colour magenta.

Up to Four Players 76: Comic Can't

Noisy Person Cards

James and Kat, from the podcasts One Shot and Campaign that I must have mentioned before, are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for their new game NPC – Noisy Person Cards, a party game for improving your character voice acting. We at Up to Four Players tried the beta version (see us on the Tube) and it’s super fun, so I’m really looking forward to the final product, which will include a lot more illustrated cards from various artists, myself included. Check out their Kickstarter page, and if it sounds like something you might enjoy, consider backing!

Completely unrelated to their game, I’ve also done some more fanart of their Edge of the Empire party on the Campaign podcast, with clear Zootropolis influences. How awesome was that movie?

Furry Crew of the Mynock

See ya in…a few months, evidently!
Aviv

Inktober 2015

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

October ended a couple of days ago, so now I can safely – and astonishingly – say that I’ve done all 31 days of the Inktober challenge.

Inktober is a cool initiative by one Jake Parker, which challenges artists to do one ink drawing a day throughout October. Why? I’m not entirely sure. But as I often struggle to find the drive to draw outside of work, or other art-related structures, I like taking on these kinds of challenges: they encourage me to draw where I would otherwise slack off, and they’re not too restrictive or demanding that it becomes a chore rather than a fun “extra-curricular” activity.

I first tried the Inktober thing last year, with a bit over 50% success rate. This year, in addition to attempting the whole 31 days, I challenged myself further and decided to use nothing but ink; even the preliminary sketches were done with a ballpoint pen. As someone who likes to play it very safe – both in art and in real life – it was not an easy task, but I’m happy I stuck with it. Interestingly, on one hand it made me plan ahead more and think before even the faintest of lines, and on the other it pushed me to be bolder, accept mishaps and find a way to work them into the piece.

Here are some sketches that that I particularly like, and you can see the rest on my Facebook page. Which one is your favourite?

Inktober 02: Dinner Inktober 05: Mad Moxxi Inktober 24: Bite Inktober 30: Gus the Entrailtainer Inktober 19: Audience-Participation Pony

A-Z Characters – The End

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

ABC Characters

A little over two years ago I started sketching on my iPad and thought, “hey, this seems like fun, if only I had some project that would make me keep at it.” A similar project I finished before went through all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, so I decided to take the same route, but change the language – and the complexity. Instead of illustrating drawn-out, grammatically-acrobatic sentences, I focused on two characters per letter, the goals being: having fun, trying different styles with the iPad (using a Wacom stylus and the excellent app Procreate), and of course covering as many fandoms as possible.

In the beginning I chose characters pretty much randomly: I just listed all the names that came to mind, picked two that seemed fun to draw or would work well together, and threw them on the canvas. But after I posted B, and someone pointed out that so far there’s a vampire slayer in every illustration, I thought it would be really cool if there was some link going through all the letters. Nothing too obvious, like a small easter egg that only I would be aware of, until the big reveal at the end.

I quickly gave up on finding a vampire slayer for every letter in the alphabet, but since the link so far had been between two characters, I decided to roll with it: a thematic link between every two characters from consecutive letters (A and B, B and C, without using the same character for two different links). Sometimes the connection is very general, like “comic book characters”, and sometimes quite specific. For some characters it came almost naturally, and for others I had to force connections on quite a narrow list of options. I’m proud to say that except for the few impossible letters at the end of the alphabet, I always picked characters solely for the letter I was working on, without planning future links. Handicap, yo!

Here’s the entire series. You’re welcome to go over the letters and try to figure out the links before scrolling down to the table that lists all of them. And you can see all the illustrations in this nifty page my husband wrote for me.

A B C D
E F G H
I J K L
M N O P
Q R S T
U V W X
Y Z

Below is the list of links I had in mind. Did you get all of them? Found others that fit even better? What’s your favourite letter in the series? Tell me everything in the comments.

Cheers!
Aviv

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Between the letters The characters The link
A-B Abraham Lincoln/Buffy Vampire slayers
B-C Batman/Cyclops Comic book characters
C-D Chikorita/Dolf Children’s cartoons characters
D-E Death/Edward Pale, dark and scary but ultimately adorable
E-F Elrond/Frodo Lord of the Rings characters
F-G Falcore/Gizmo Fluffy, friendly monsters
G-H Ganesh/Horus Beastly Gods
H-I Hawkeye/Ironman Avengers teammates
I-J Inigo/Cpt. Jack Sparrow Dread pirates
J-K Jayne/Kaylee Serenity crew members
K-L Khalisee/Lockheed Dragons!
L-M Lara Croft/Mario Loved video game characters
M-N Marie Antoinette/Napoleon Famous French folk
N-O Nessie/Ogopogo Lake monsters
O-P Obi-Wan/Plato Wise masters
P-Q Pocahontas/Quetzlcoatl Pre-Columbian America figures
Q-R Qetesh/Rush Stargate characters
R-S Rumplestiltskin/Snow White Once Upon a Time fables
S-T Snape/Trinity Just pale, dark and scary
T-U Te’alc/Uhura Token black characters
U-V Ursula/Voldemort Evil magic users
V-W V/William Wallace Idealistic freedom fighters
W-X Wolverine/Xavier X-men
X-Y Xena/Ygritte Awesome warrior ladies
Y-Z Yoda/Zoidberg Look weird, talk funny
Z-A Zelda/April Drawn to guys in green

Z for Zelda and Zoidberg

Monday, August 25th, 2014

That’s all, folks! 26 letters down, only 784 days since I started this project. So let’s call it a monthly project and consider me doing pretty well on deadlines!

I’ll upload a nice final post shortly, with all the letters and an easter egg I’ve been keeping a secret all along.

Z for Zelda and Zoidberg

Previous letters

X & Y

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Whoops, missed uploading a letter, so here are both X and Y, featuring a nice selection of geek culture from all over the place. Special guest appearance: Jon Snow unconscious on a horse!

X for Xena and Xavier

Y for Yoda and Ygritte

W for Wolverine and William Wallace

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Well well well. Starting to near the end of this seemingly eternal project, where the English language dumped all of its least necessary letters. But I have some ideas for them already, and hopefully I can pick up the pace towards the finale.

W for Wolverine and William Wallace

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