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November – Lunch Break Challenge Top Four:

by on Nov.30, 2014, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

November was a change of pace month. After spending the first four months of this challenge drawing primarily animal studies, and after coming out of October which contained quite a few sketches I’d sooner forget, I decided that I’ll spend a month away from the wildlife and instead concentrate on a bit of self indulgence sketching of some of my favourite fictional characters. Like normal I’ve included allot more than my top four, however two of these where drawn specifically to be included within the sets they are shown in below.

Naruto Shippuden - Team 8November Sketch 01 – Team 8

Following on directly from where I left off in October, my first batch of sketches once again looked the Naruto Team 8 characters of Kiba Inuzuka, Shino Aburame and Hinata Hyūga (who I left out last time due to her drawing having far too many mistakes). However this time I’ve attempted to draw their older Shippuden portrayals and am personally really pleased with the results, considering them my best Anime/Manga drawings to date. However I still feel that Hinata is the weakest of the three and as such I will be focusing on learning to accurately draw female characters allot more in the future, as for me drawing woman is a far greater challenge than drawing men for some reason.

GrootNovember Sketch 02 – Groot

(Here comes some ego rubbing) While it may not be 100% perfect I will admit that I am very proud of this Groot speed sketch. I absolutely love this character and his design and sketching him here was an absolute pleasure. This image also holds a special place because not only did it kick start this months trend of adding in small splashes of colour into each sketch but It also managed to smash (and still maintain at the time of posting) my Instagram “Like” record, a record coincidently held by my raccoon studies from way back in August. However it was not all smiles and sparkly pollen, I did attempt to post this sketch along with a drawing of baby Groot and Rocket Raccoon, however both sketches encountered issues giving me a firm reminder that there’s still lots to learn and ways to improve.

Godzilla'sNovember Sketch 03 – Godzilla’s

My final themed drawing set of the month was of these three Godzilla sketches, with each Godzilla representing one of his designs from the original three film era’s the Showa, Heisei and Millennium era’s. They where not intended to be colour studies, as such the little hints of colour where just their to help make them standout and have a bit more life in them. I quite enjoyed drawing these three as it allowed me to continue my character month theme whilst also incorporating a touch of animal/beast.

Red PandaNovember Sketch 04 – Red Panda

Speaking of animals this final sketch of a red panda was my only non fictional character illustration of the month and actually one of my all time favourites. Done as a bonus experimental piece one weekend this panda, drawn with ball point pens and office highlighters, is one of my first true colour studies done as part of this Lunch Break challenge and is another piece I really enjoyed drawing. It has also set the standard for next month where I once again intend to primarily look at animal anatomy studies.

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Animal, Mineral, Vegetable?

by on May.17, 2011, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

This whimsical pot clad creation came from a simple sketch drawn while thinking up new idea’s for future Calci golem designs (Bone, rubber, stone), and my own personal interest in the biology of the Portuguese man o’ war, a colonial organism made up of not one individual species, but several, known as zooids. It was this idea of a symbiotic relationship among two distinct species, as well as a species relationship with an external non-organic structure, as seen in my Calci golem designs, which lead to this alien oddity, the Klingting.

Terracotta Klingting

The Klingting is not one, but two drastically different species living in a symbiotic relationship that together form a single colonial organism. The two creatures that make up an individual Klingting are, the Kling, a bulbous fish like animal with two arm-like eye stalks, and the Ting, a green gelatinous slime mold decedent.

Both species survive together in a perfect state of mutualism. The Kling provides all the benefits of a complex organism, such as, sight, the ability to communicate and in the case of the Kling, sentience, all of which is shared through a neural bond between the two. It also provides the Ting with food in the form of its waste and a special sugar it excretes. The Ting in turn provides the Kling with a liquidity home, a means of terrestrial mobility, a boosted immune system and further protection from its ability to form inorganic shells. If separated both will eventually die, although the Kling can sometimes survive if it finds a body of suitable water.

The Klingting communicate with each other by drumming on their inorganic shells, hence their onomatopoetic name Klingting.


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The Sketches Behind the Sketches:

by on Jul.31, 2010, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Here is a collection of some of my most recent study sketches, that where drawn primarily as background preparation for some of my newest creature designs including the Bone Calcibus. Others such as the tree frog illustration where done solely for fun and general study.

Anatomy studies – Human Teeth & ReptilesAnatomy Study – Swine Facial FeaturesAnatomy Study – Tree FrogAnatomy Study – Mammoth Skulls & TusksAnatomy Study – Sheep SkullAnimal Anatomy StudiesAnimal Anatomy Studies

This last image looks the facial structures of three distinctly different real world animals the Babirusa, Turkey Vulture and Lingcod, a mammal, a bird and a fish.


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Pixelated Blobs:

by on Jan.29, 2010, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Sentients, Studies & Sketches

These two creature designs are an extension to shark influenced Drakes drawn previously, only this time (as alluded too) I gained my initial inspiration from the utterly bizarre looking Australian deep-sea fish, the Blobfish, particularly the Blob Sculpin species. Although unlike the shark designs which focused primarily on linework and structure, these alien influenced blobfish where drawn specifically for my development in colour application, using a more defined brush to help minimise the blurring of shades and instead define greater contrast, form and tonal details.


Along with the Drakes the Blobmander hailed from the predominately watery world of Lake Infinity. Although whereas the Drakes typically stuck to the wide open planetary ocean, the Blobmander was a coastal species, found in and around the rockpools of Lake Infinity’s extremely few tropical volcanic islands, some of the only true dry land on the planet. Here offworlder pirates considered their land laid eggs to be such a delicacy that they inadvertently ate them to extinction.

The colour application for the Blobmander is similar to how I normally work, only using a more defined and sharper brush, with an additional emphasis on layering. The creature itself is a cross between the blob sculpin and a Chinese giant salamander, two creatures both sadly facing extinction in the real world.

Opinnanite CaveCave of the Opinnanite

Moving away from the oceans of Lake Infinity to the dark labyrinth caverns of  Phrictuz VII, home-satellite of the primitive cave dwelling Opinnanite. Drawn as a purely digital render, unlike the Blobmander above, allowed me to concentrate on building form with colour rather than with linework. Overall while not perfect I felt it was a good step forward in the right direction, with this design also allowing me to experiment with depth of field, here using a series of 2D layers in a similar fashion as to how I use to build depth in Flash animation. While not designed to be an aquatic species the facial structure of the Opinnanite was based on the illusive blobfish.


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Kaiju Awaken – Attack of the Leeton:

by on Aug.13, 2009, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Sentients

Giant LeetonGiant Leeton

This is the first character piece from my new self directed Kaiju design project. This portfolio project resolves around the design of my own Kaiju, a Japanese’s word meaning “strange beast” or “monster”, a word often associated with the Japanese giant monster movie series such as Godzilla, Mothra, Gamera & Ultraman, the inspiration for this protect. My aim is to create several of these kaiju characters, designed to look realistic yet still quite ridiculous and silly. The artwork Above shows my first monster design, Leeton, specifically drawn to look like a man in a suit as a tribute to the original Japanese monsters.

March of the Giant Leeton March of the Giant Leeton

In addition to designing the Kaiju characters I also intend to place some of them within landscape pieces, another area of illustration I wish to continue to develop and practice my skills within. Above is my first attempt, portraying the Giant Leeton marching through a stormy forest showcasing its scale. I picked a forest scene as its reminiscent to many old Japanese kaiju series such as Ultraman, where they would regularly fight in such a landscape as oppose to the traditional cities that people generally associate with the franchises.


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Citizens of the Space Age – Part 01:

by on Aug.12, 2009, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

This is a collection of “everyday aliens”. Aimed at portraying these galactic citizens of the space age during their ordinary working lives. Additionally these illustrations were not only done to show yet more alien designs, but were also drawn to experiment with some costume design.


Known as a race of financial connoisseurs thanks to their natural skills in banking and commerce, their homeworld Deiluna is famous for its high taxation on almost everything.


Often viewed as slow and dimwitted the Oochereem would instead pride themselves on being patience and practical. They are a long lived amphibious race known for walking along ocean and river beds as opposed to swimming, which they can happily do. They appear to be filler feeders however their membrane and armoured covered mouth instead protects their soft gums from blood sucking parasites.

NorileenNorileen Female

Typically technologically advanced and highly civilised alien races are depicted as humanoids, hinting at a convergent evolution with ourselves. However on earth outside of the primates some of the most intelligent animals haul from the oceans. So with that in mind I set about designing the Norileen, a sentient pinniped and a major galactic power, whether it be via war lead by the males or through diplomacy via the more dominant yet smaller females.


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