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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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New Year – New Anatomy Studies:

by on Jan.10, 2011, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Due to an unfortunate combination of work, holidays and a general lack of time I have regrettably been neglecting this site, something I can only apologise for, especially to anyone who has tried to contact me within that time frame. However with a new year comes a new start, and with a new start comes newer and stronger motivation to advance and improve.

So to kick start the new year here’s a couple of my most recent anatomy studies…

Dimetrodon SkullDimetrodon Skull

First a skull study of a Dimetrodon, a long extinct therapsid famous for its sail like back. This quick sketch was done as part of my ongoing quest to learn the fundamental basics of creature anatomy, and how important it is to know what a creature looks like both on the surface and within.

Bridgeman Hands 01Bridgeman Hands 01

Bridgeman Hands 02Bridgeman Hands 02

Secondly these final two studies focus on the human hand, however these are not direct studies of my own but rather studies of the sketches drawn by illustration expert George B. Bridgman, who’s anatomy study books have been an amazing source of study and inspiration. If you are new to illustration or struggling with human anatomy then I can’t recommend enough the worth of purchasing a copy of one of his books, they are 10/10.


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Destructive Protection:

by on Apr.21, 2010, under Beasts, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork

These two new creature designs portray potentially dangerous giants, that while destructive also serve roles which are both beneficial and vital to the protection and sustainability for their homeworld’s in the long run.

The Giant Rencharon of Renchar

The Giant Rencharon are five legged arthropods found on the moonworld of Renchar, a large rocky and metal rich world orbiting the massive gas giant, Nixdra III. The Giant Rencharon’s most distinctive feature is its large, naturally evolved, abdomen mounted, heated plasma canon, a highly powerful canon, even when compared by technological standards. The primary purpose of this canon is to shoot down potential aerial predators, however they can also use it to blast meteorites and asteroids out of the sky when Nixdra III annually passes through the edge of the systems largest asteroid belt. Its because of the Giant Rencharon that Renchar is been labelled a red listed hazardous world, due to the Giant Rencharon often shooting ships clean out of the sky, mistaking them for incoming asteroids, that while inconvenient for mining corporations it provides natural protection for the worlds rich and precious resources.

The Ka Ryygel of Telus V

The Ka Ryygel or “Forest Harvester”, are a long lived and colossal species of gentle giants found on the planet Telus V, where every 600 years or so they all simultaneously awaken from  hibernation and consume almost 50% of the planets thick forests, pulling the trees from the ground with their expendable arms, then roasting all plant matter in a furnace like stomach, before filtering through the remaining ash and charcoal for precious nutrients in an additional two secondary stomach chambers.

When interplanetary settlers first encountered the Ka Ryygel they initially saw them as a global threat and bid to destroy them. However they soon realised that these herbivorous giants actually played an integral role in the planets ecology, in a similar fashion to the forest fires here on Earth, clearing land to promote new growth, then fertilising it with the waste materials and undigested seeds, that the Ka Ryygel spray from the tip of their long hollow tail.

Semi-Fun Fact: The Ka Ryygel “Forest Harvester” was originally designed for the ConceptArt C.O.W challenge #173 – Forest Harvester, a topic idea that was my own suggestion.


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Back to Basics:

by on Dec.10, 2009, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Recently I have decided it would be very beneficial to take a short break from producing new character and creature designs and instead take some time to reinforce and strengthen my drawing skills by going back to basics and working over the winter on some anatomy studies. The Images below are some of these rough sketches, focusing particularly on skeletal structures.

Alien HandsFour Digit Alien Hand – Anatomy StudyHuman Rib Cage & Hand Bones Human Skeletal Studies – Rib Cage & Hand BonesHuman Skulls & Leg Bone Human Skeletal Studies – Skull & Leg BoneHuman Leg Bone Study Human Skeletal Study – Leg BoneTyrannosaurus Rex Skull & Anatomy Tyrannosaurus Rex – Skull & Anatomy StudiesLime Moray Eel Head Moray Eel – Facial Anatomy Study

I find that doing these kinds of studies to be extremely beneficial, allowing me to flex my drawing muscles and  develop as an artist. Over the next few weeks I shall continue to do more of these studies and begin to incorporate them into new designs.


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Parrot Beak & Dragon Ferret:

by on Sep.04, 2009, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Costume Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

Originally designed completely separate from one another, the more I worked on these alien dinosaurs the more I wanted to see the two together. Eventually merging their backstories not just as two separate species but also the individual characters themselves.

"P" the PsittacoduPentorrinexu “P” Vandango the Psittacodu

Able to move as both a quadruped when walking and a biped when running, the dinosaur like Psittacodu stand just above the hips on a standard human. They are logical and bold in numbers, but not necessarily adventurous and often timid if alone. They are long lived with close but small families, with children often born one at a time. The females sported pink plumage and lacked the horns and tail spikes. The Psittacodu where already an advanced and accomplished race long before first contact with the Jeepeg, with a large space navy, consisting of slow and defensive carriers and destroyers.

Semi-Fun Fact: The Psittacodu’s appearance is based on a genus of parrot beaked Dinosaurs known as Psittacosaurus.

Flex the Jeepeg Flex Brotchsteen the Jeepeg

While the Jeepeg may only stand at just over a foot tall, what they lack in appearance they made up for in character. Born in big litters of up to 6 or more the Jeepeg had large but not very close families, with a typical Jeepeg being self driven, adventures, energetic, self and often overly confident. The males wattles and head spikes varied among individuals, and are completely absent in the females, bar two much shorter and rounded head spikes. The Jeepeg space navy is famed for its fast and manoeuvrable corvettes and fighter interceptors.

Semi-Fun Fact: The Jeepeg’s design came from mixing elements from both an eastern world dragon and a ferret. Its name, Jeepeg, is a pun on the file format, JPEG.

Its these differences that have formed the long withstanding alliance between the two races, particularly in their combined military from which their political alliance was first formed. An example of this collaboration is the “ship for hire” (known galactically as shippers) duo Pentorrinexu “P” Vandango and Flex Brotchsteen. True to their species stereotypes “P” is the brains and logic, while Flex is the mouth and motivator, whether it be for a simple ferry service or a dangerous smuggling job.


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Wacky Waders:

by on Aug.14, 2009, under Beasts, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork

Taking a Kaiju break, I decided to revisit my unorthodox bird collection concept, where I would pick a real word UK bird species then attempt to use attributes from its anatomy to inspire a new creature design. The outcome from this attempt is the Black-backed Stilt…

Black-backed StiltsBlack-backed Stilts – Mother & Child

The Black-backed Stilt is a predatory, prominently fish eating beast influenced by the similarly named Black-winged stilt, a small real world wading bird and personally one of my favourite animals. Unfortunately I have yet to spot a wild one yet since its technically only a rare vagrant to the UK, so until then I just got my monster version to enjoy!


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Kaiju Wars – Mutant Mulood vs. Ba’Bate:

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

Mulood vs BaBate Mutant Mulood vs. Ba’Bate

A slightly more experimental piece, this battle scene was originally drawn as a very rough pencil sketch then scanned into Photoshop were it was coloured,  edited and sharpened. This piece features the Mulood “Fungus Creeper”, a creature originally designed as a dungeon dwelling, blood sucking, demonic beast, rather than a city stomping Kaiju. However I liked the design of the Muloodso much I decided to reuse it again here, labelling it as a mutated version of its kind. The Fungus Creepers monster rival, shown here as a veiny spiked leg, is a monster known as Ba’Bate who I intend to design fully at a later stage.


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Dinosaur Goats & Alien Sheep:

by on Aug.11, 2009, under Beasts, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork

Equal to drawing is my passion for wildlife, with the animal kingdom being my biggest source of inspiration. Yet I often tend to focus on designing humanoid and sentient creatures. Therefore I felt it was only natural to finally include some purely animal creature designs.

Crimson Mountian NothCrimson Mountain Noth

While it may look like the hellish offspring of a velociraptor and a goat the Crimson Mountain Noth is neither, instead having more in common with the common canny fox.

Giant OxentrurusGiant Oxentrurus

The Giant Oxentrurus was designed to be the alien equivalent of a domesticated sheep in both function and scale, despite having “giant” in its name. The difference being that unlike sheep the Oxentrurus lacks the ability to grow wool, instead being farmed for its armoured scales which can continuously regenerate after harmlessly being removed. However it is advised not to place an Oxentrurus in with your flock due to their habit of spitting smouldering embers from their snout, a design trait I was struggling to depict.


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