Art Discovery: Iterative Drawing by Sycra

Art Discovery: Iterative Drawing by Sycra

I came across a video by Sycra about his Iterative Drawing method. He considers himself more of an analytical person – not “naturally” artistic – and Iterative Drawing has helped him become a better artist while appealing to his analytical personality.

You can watch the video on YouTube – Sycra describes what the method is around 9 minutes in. It’s basically drawing the same small thing over and over, each time analyzing what could be better about it and then doing that. So don’t bother drawing a whole detailed figure – you’re wasting time. Draw a bunch of hands first, then move to heads, then something else. This lets you skip over those 10,000 hours you supposedly need to become really good at something.

Artists can also iterate color – develop a good color sense by trying out different color combinations in quick succession. I love doing this – it’s just super fun to see all the colors at once, like when I drew original characters for the Avatar universe.

Artist profile: Yoyo the Ricecorpse

Artist profile: Yoyo the Ricecorpse

My partner introduced me to Yoyo the Ricecorpse, who he found on Tumblr and who seems to be everywhere! Y.T.R.’s super-cute, off-kilter drawings and animations are immediately evocative. Her works can be anything from a 3-minute action-packed music video animation, to photo-illustration hybrid GIFs, to watercolor-and-ink characters.

It was SUPER HARD to narrow down just ten images, I am not even kidding. Below these are all the links, including Yoyo the Ricecorpse’s Etsy store!

from The World and Under Part 2: No.8 Ramen House (click for more)
DANCE DANCE DANCE (click for more)
Travel Bun in Venice
Magical Bud (click for more)
from The Life of Eggie and Toastie (click for more)
HI BUD (click for more)
from Little Girl (click for more)
Space Bug
from Winter Blues
Pixel Ramen Friends

Links for Yoyo the Ricecorpse (check them all out – they all have different things):

Tarot Feature: Shadowscapes Tarot

Tarot Feature: Shadowscapes Tarot

(crossposted at Ridley the Fool)

I love Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s Shadowscapes Tarot so much! Actually, I already wrote about it in 2014 but I wanted to bring it to your attention again because it’s lovely. (This post has all-new images, so be sure to look at both.)

What I notice this time around the “scapes” part – the landscapes and how many of the cards show two or more “worlds”, like sea and sky, and how the main figures on the cards often occupy the space between. Click on the images to see the details at Pui-Mun Law’s website, Shadowscapes.com.

Also, see her YouTube channel for some cool painting videos!

Shadowscapes Tarot, The Tower
Shadowscapes Tarot, The Star
Shadowscapes Tarot, Two of Cups
Shadowscapes Tarot, Three of Cups
Shadowscapes Tarot, Queen of Pentacles
Shadowscapes Tarot, Page of Swords
Shadowscapes Tarot, Two of Wands
Shadowscapes Tarot, Three of Wands
Leda with Horns finished and for sale!

Leda with Horns finished and for sale!

I finished digitally inking my Leda sketch and now it’s in my Redbubble store!

I’m learning how to use the free program Krita, which I will review in upcoming months. The brush I used was “Pencil_2B”.

I am so happy to have another artwork in my store, although I hope with a commitment of fifteen minutes of art per day I can work a little faster than one finished project every two months ^_^;;

Artist profile: Heather Penn

Artist profile: Heather Penn


Heather Penn is an L.A.-based game and webcomic artist. She was the environmental artist for the Kickstarter-funded game Classroom Aquatic and is now art director and lead artist for Overland. A lot of her art looks 2D but is actually 3D! She does do 2D art, though. Penn has started a blog for her upcoming webcomic, Protean Sea, that I will be checking out when it starts.

Here are a few artworks by Penn that I like a lot! You can click on some of them to go to their Tumblr posts.

Selections from the Tea Spirits calendar
Tea Spirit – Persimmon
unnamed Tea Spirit for 2017
from Protean Sea
from Protean Sea
Tea Spirit – Sleepytime
a “failed” Tea Spirit that didn’t make it into the calendar

Links for Heather Penn:

Tarot Feature: Tarot of the Magical Forest by Leo Tang

Tarot Feature: Tarot of the Magical Forest by Leo Tang

(cross-posted at Ridley the Fool)

Tarot of the Magical Forest, by Leo Tang, is a deck featuring cute animals. The animals’ wide eyes have a touch of creepiness to them, but not so much that it’s off-putting (to me, anyway).

Strength is my favorite, and is my favorite Strength card of any deck I’ve come across – so cute and really only possible in an animals-only deck.

The Hanged Man bat, likewise, is clever.

The Major Arcana show several kinds of animals, but the Minor Arcana have just one type of animal each:
pentacles = foxes
swords = cats
cups = rabbits
wands = frogs

Below are some other cards for your perusal. You’ll notice that there are two editions – the one with the swirls is the 2005 Taiwan printing and the one with six languages is the 2008 Lo Scarabeo edition.

The Chariot
The Hermit
5 of Wands
10 of Cups
4 of Swords
My art: Leda with horns sketch

My art: Leda with horns sketch

The working title for this is “Aries Leda”. I was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Study for the Head of Leda, the hair of which has always reminded me of ram’s horns. (The horns were very challenging for me, very geometric.)

Leonardo’s Study for the Head of Leda