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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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October – Lunch Break Challenge Top Four:

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

October’s outcome was remarkably similar to last months sketch collection, in that it had no true theme, I struggled to balance drawing time with other obligations and that it ended with a mass of anime character studies. However despite all of this much like September I can look back and be extremely proud with much of what I was able to achieve. The reason for this is that although there was no overruling theme to my daily drawings, when I look back I can see that one did unconsciously emerge, and that was the theme of “new”.

Lizard StudiesOctober Sketch 01 & 02 – Lizard Studies

When I say that “new” was the keyword of the month, what I mean is that the subjects I happened to choose to draw (offend on a whim based on my mood), where of creatures or characters I’ve never drawn before, or atleast attempted to draw in awhile. I had noticed that when deciding upon animals to draw for these daily sketches all of my subject species have been either mammals (my comfort zone) or birds (my favourite of the animal kingdoms), as such I decided to kick start October with a weeks worth of reptile studies, specifically lizards. My aim was to draw them fast and loose, learning how to capture their form and textures without going overkill on individual details of each and every scale. After a weeks worth of sketching I am rather pleased with the results, to the point of choosing the two above as the first half of this months top four. However it is an area that I can still improve upon greatly.

WolvesOctober Sketch 03 – Wolves

Even though I did just state that mammals are my comfort zone when it comes to drawing, there are still many mammals that I have never been comfortable drawing, atleast from memory, and as such these became the next area of focus. One of these mammals are dogs, something I have always sucked at drawings (maybe because I’am a cat person?), and as such typically tend to avoid, as such I decided to spend some time this month looking at the original dog, the wolf. Like the lizards above I am very pleased with the results, however much worked is still needed if I want to draw them from memory and incorporate their features into future creature designs, the whole reason I am doing these daily lunch break sketches.

October Sketches 04 & 05 - Kiba & Shino

October Sketch 04 & 05 – Kiba & Shino

I know I’m breaking my top four rule again this month by including a fifth image, however these two anime sketches where supposed to form a set of three depicting the three members of team 8 from Naruto. Of course as you can see there’s only two and that’s because I absolutely hated my drawing of Hinata due to some irreversible mistakes (I use ballpoint pens for the linework), and as such it got thrown away. Regardless of the loss of Hinata (who I promise to retry again in November), I was still very proud of my Kiba and Shino so I decided to include them anyways. Why are these “new”? Well even though last month included a bunch of Fairy Tail character portraits overall anime/manga drawing is still very new to me and remains a focus of mine as I continue to practice drawing human anatomy. Shino and the failed Hinata where also my first ever attempts at drawing these characters, and as such “new”.

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September– Lunch Break Challenge Top Four(ish):

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

Here we go month number three and these weekday sketches are now fully apart of my daily life, even on my laziest of days! However despite saying that I did miss another three days this month, one thanks to an injury, one to work and the third due to a worrying case of drawers block, where I seemed to struggle to draw anything to a quality I would deem uploadable. But regardless of them three unfortunate days I do feel like I’ve had a really good month. Despite that one day of drawing amnesia I feel like almost all of the drawing I did this month has been of an improved standard to the norm, hopefully as an indication that this “lunch break challenge” is doing its job and helping to improve my illustration skills.

Unlike last month where I primarily looked at fur and mammalian form, this month did not have a set goal, but rather lots of weekly themed sketching bundles instead.

RatsSeptember Sketch 01 – Rats

While Septembers batch of drawings did not have an overriding theme, this study of two rats dose follow directly on from August’s theme of mammalian anatomy, where I tried to take what I had learnt from August and use on a series of rodent sketches. These two rats where the final in that series of sketches and by far my favourite of the bunch. While I am not overly proud of the close up of the rats face, I do quite like the full body piece as I feel this best reflects my new-found understanding of how to sketch fur and its form.

Birth Anatomy - PelicansSeptember Sketch 02 & 03 – Pelicans

These next two drawings (here merged into one) was from a week where I found myself obsessed with drawing Pelicans for no particular reason aside from the fact that I was getting bored of drawing furry mammals. What I like about these sketches is the simple application of colour, done here with some highlighter pens  I found stashed in a draw at work (with permission of course). This series of sketches was also a good refresh in practising how to draw birds in flight, one of the ultimate tasks I one day hope to master.

Anime Study - Fairy Tail CharactersSeptember Sketch 04 – Fairy Tail Characters

Finally during the final week of this month I decided to break away from the animal anatomy studies and instead start to look at improving my human anatomy understandings, in particular faces. However rather than rush straight into drawing realistic human faces, a subject I’ve never been particularly good at, I instead decided to give anime another crack. The anime I decided to look at for practice was my new favourite series Fairy Tail (Sorry Naruto you got trumped) and since I could not decide which one to pick for this blog post here’s my favourite four out of six (one got ruined when I attempted to colour it in… badly). One noticeable character above is Juvia who was the first female anime character I’ve ever attempted to draw.

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August – Lunch Break Challenge Top Four:

by on Aug.31, 2014, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Month number two into my “Lunch Break Challenge” and I’m still going strong, although I regrettably lost two days this month due to higher priority obligations. However despite that minor set back I still felt that August was an extremely strong month for me, particularly in terms of progression. Unlike July, where I was mostly drawing subjects on a whim, this month was far more structured. My aim across August was to really get to grips with mammalian form, particularly in regards to drawing hair, which minus a couple of fan art sketches was a recurring focus across all of this months sketches. Below are my top four sketches from Augusts furry collection…

Highland Cattle August Sketch 01 – Highland Cattle

Following on from the ungulate sketches I was doing towards the end of July was a two day stint of drawing highland cattle. The sketch above was my second attempt after I deemed the first one to be a catastrophic failure due to various anatomy scaling issues. This second attempt however turned out to be a vast improvement although still far from perfect itself. It was this sketch which would lead to my goal of focusing on studying how to effectively draw the form of hair over an animals muscular anatomy, and to look in further detail at what relationship hair and body has when dealing with an animals form.

Raccoon FacesAugust Sketch 02 – Raccoons

Wishing to move away from drawing farmyard animals and inspired by the Rocket Raccoon character from the (awesome!) film Guardians of the Galaxy, I decided to look at the facial anatomies of raccoons. For these speed sketches I particularly focused on how their hair gives raccoons their iconic triangular shape and masked eyes. I also wanted to focus on their whiskers, an important part of many mammals anatomies that I had always tended to leave out in the past out of fear it would “detract from” their form, rather than enhance it.

Porcupines August Sketch 03 – Porcupines

In an attempt to challenge myself, and to move away from my comfort zones I decided to draw an animal I’ve never attempted before, the porcupine. I felt that the porcupine was a great example of a animal that uses hair, and quills in this instance, to expand is overall form away from its actual body, where you need to focus on the structure of these instead of its musculature in order to capture the true form of the animal.

HedgehogsAugust Sketch 04 – Hedgehogs

The Hedgehog felt like the next logical step to follow on from the porcupine, and has been a target animal of mine to draw ever since setting myself these daily challenges. For some reason the hedgehog has always been an animal I’ve struggled to draw, especially from memory. While I am very happy with these attempts I still don’t quite grasp how to truly draw their anatomy and as such its an animal I will continue to look at into September.

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July – Lunch Break Challenge Top Four:

by on Jul.31, 2014, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Phew, my first month of “lunch break” sketches is complete, even if they weren’t all strictly timed to be done at lunch, although atleast I did manage to hit my quota of drawing one every Monday to Friday. I really enjoyed doing these and is definitely something I shall continue to do over the coming months. July’s sketches where a real mixed bag, with no overall theme. Lots of animal anatomy studies, most focusing on a mix of farmyard animals and birds, in particular Ostrich’s and similarly structured species. In addition I broke these studies up with a bunch of fan art sketches as I continually try and learn to draw in an anime/manga style. Looking back over the last month there are lots of sketches I am extremely happy with, so here I thought I’d upload four of my favourites and my thoughts concerning them…

Eren Jaeger (Titan)July Sketch 01 – Eren Jaeger (Titan)

Starting off the second week of sketches was this, my first fan art piece of the challenge. This character study is of Eren Jaeger in his Titan shifter form, the main protagonist from the amazing anime series Attack on Titan (COME ON SEASON TWO!). While it may not be a perfect representation of the character, with a couple of scaling issues, what I do really like about it was that it was my first attempt at merging ballpoint pen linework with pencil shading. I personally think these two mediums work really well in conjunction, with the pen highlighting the form and shape against the subtle pencil shading, which can often become lost and overcomplicated when drawn entirely in pen.

Ostrich Leg StudiesJuly Sketch 02- Ostrich Leg Studies

This sketch was done as part of the randomly themed Ostrich and llama week, and as the name suggests it details sketches of Ostrich anatomy studies, focusing particularly on their legs and feet. I wanted to focus on the legs as it was an area I was struggling to get right in a previous days drawing, and if I could get the understandings correct here I could apply it to future creature designs and even Dinosaur sketches.

Cassowary's July Sketch 03 – Cassowary’s

I really like these Cassowary sketches as I was able to shade and colour them using nothing but basic office stationary; black, blue and red ballpoint pens, a pencil and a yellow highlighter. What I also liked was the realisation of how reptilian and Dinosaur like birds truly are, particularly when they have bald heads and bony crests like these. This sketch also sparked the inspiration for a brand new creature design, which I have begun work on.

Rare Breed SheepJuly Sketch 04 – Rare Breed Sheep

One of the very last sketches I did this month is one of my very favourites, some anatomy studies of sheep, particularly rare breeds of sheep. My aim for this piece was to get not only a better anatomy understanding of both sheep and ungulates in general, but also to focus on their wool and how it coats their bodies creating their form. I feel that this, along with the Cassowary’s above are my two strongest animal anatomy studies from July.

Looking ahead into August I’ll be concentrating on allot more animal anatomy studies as that is an area I really wish to improve upon. However I will also begin to look at the human form, both through real world observation and through the anime/manga drawing style.

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The One Hour Lunch Break Drawing Challenge:

by on Jun.29, 2014, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Site News, Studies & Sketches

Greetings, Since designing the Snow Calcibus and explaining upon the Calcibus mythologies this site has regrettably remained update free over the past three months. However this lack of original content has partly been due to an expansion in my use of Twitter as a means of image sharing. During this three month lull, I have been using my time to focus on improving my basic drawing skills as well as continue to develop upon my sideline writing project. In this time I have been primarily focusing on mastering the anatomies of the many animals that I have always seemed to struggle at drawing (looking at you the ungulates) and its my goal to continue to develop these skills until I can get them embedded within my drawing memory. In addition I have also been attempting to accurately draw Anime characters (exclusively Naruto at the moment) as a starting point to help develop my human anatomy understandings, particularly faces and characterisation. Twitter has become a great easy access tool for sharing these sketches, especially as most of them have occurred during my lunch breaks at work.

To help further my development I have decided to turn these random sketch hours into a consistent trend. So starting from tomorrow I am beginning my “One Hour Lunch Break Challenge”, in which every week day (where possible) it is my aim to put aside an hour and use it to sketch (I say at lunch but doubt it always will be). At first I will continue to hone my anatomy skills, on top of some occasional fan art, before I once again begin developing genuine new content (still got a back catalogue of concepts building up).

Below is an example of one of my most recent lunch break sketches. Unlike the normal pencil sketches that I upload onto this blog, these have both been drawn in Biro, my preferred speed-sketching medium. What I like about using pen over pencil in these situations is that when I make a mistake (which admittedly is rather common, hence all the practising) I have to roll with it, further highlighting the problem in the finished sketch and pushing myself to avoid the same issue with the next attempt.

Wild Boar - Anatomy Studies Wild Boars – Anatomy Studies

So Please join me on Twitter and Instagram for daily updates of my newest drawing project. Plus stay tuned on this Blog for future updates over the upcoming summer months.

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Battery Life:

by on Oct.23, 2013, under Aliens & Monsters, Beasts, Character Design, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes, Prop & Technology Design, Robots & Cyborgs, Sentients

Chub ConductorChub Conductor

The Chubs are a race of soft, cube shaped, biological machines originating from an alternative universe to our own. Originally created by a mysterious race known only as the Farmers, a race famed for their bio-mechanical creations and hordes of living machines. The Chubs where originally created as living batteries, able to supply power as an individual unit or form together and act as a single generator. Like most of the bio-mechanical creations produced by the Farmers the Chubs where alternatively designed to be fully independent living creatures, even to the point where they could reproduce. Their face like patterns resembles shifting emoticons portraying the Chubs mood and they could move around independently by bouncing or rolling. Despite their living status they where programmed to do their job as batteries and had little individual intelligence. However an unintentional glitch meant that when enough units formed together their networked minds would merge to form a fully sentient hive mind. Noticing this and respecting the life they had created the Farmers freed the Chubs from all programming shackles and where even given their own homeworld, the Chub Domain. Even with their freedom many of the hive minds where still happy to do their original purpose. In our own universe it has been made illegal on many worlds to import them as escapees can cause chaos with many considering them vermin. When left to their own devices they can form complex societies and take on a variety of forms to suit their needs. Despite their soft bodies each Chub has enormous strength, able to happily stack up to twenty high, allowing them to build their autonomous forms.

Chub Conductor - Stages

Chub Conductor Development Stages

Like what I did with my previous piece, the Lancer Snails, here with the Chub Conductor I have also taken snapshots from each critical stage to record and visually present my works development.

Semi-Fun Fact: The blue pickaxe is a direct reference to the Diamond Pickaxe from Minecraft, a game that helped influence the Chubs final block-like form.

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Om Nom Nom Nom – The Cookieback Whale:

by on Mar.19, 2010, under Beasts, Creature Design, Environmental Designs, Fiddzy's Artwork, Landscapes

The image below was my entry into this weeks ConceptArt.org C.O.W contest, C.O.W. #170- The Real Cookie Monster. The goal of this contest was to redesign the Cookie Monster Muppet from Sesame Street fame into any kind of creature, just as long as its blue.

Umm-num-num-numThe Cookieback Whale

The Cookieback Whale is an immense cookie obsessed leviathan, inhabiting is own twisted micro-universe known as the “Cookieverse”, a vast Confectionery filled bubble, stuck between universes. However although isolated and remote the Cookieback Whale can open portals directly into the cookie jars and containers of our universe and beyond, dragging their contents back into its dimension. This ability to harvest cookie’s from an near infinite number of universe’s has allowed it to stockpile billions upon billions of its favourite food source, which coalesce into gigantic “Biscuit Belts”, and even entire solar systems that remain perfectly persevered for it to endlessly feast upon.

So the next time you notice that someone has stolen the cookie’s from your cookie jar, don’t blame your friends, family or that pesky mouse you have been chasing for all these years, instead know that the Cookieback Whale has paid a visit, and shall most likely return again if it smells its most favourite food of them all…. Cookie’s.

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Sentient Space Vermin:

by on Mar.09, 2010, under Aliens & Monsters, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients

The two creature designs below came from the work produced for this weeks conceptart.org Creature of the Week (C.O.W) contest, C.O.W #169 Beautiful Rebirth. The aim of this contest was to pick a monster from fiction that has or might off scared you, then redesign it as a cute and beautiful creature. For my entry I picked the small yet deadly aliens from the Critter film series, a race of hairy, toothed and ugly murderous alien rodents.

Cute CritterBeautiful Rebirth – My Pet Critter

This first image was my entry into the C.O.W Beautiful Rebirth contest. Taking the Critter alien and merging it with hamster like qualities to give it a cuter more innocent appearance, then imagining what it would be like to take it and give it a makeover, with pink candyfloss like hair giving it embedded beauty while still keeping the essence of the creatures unpleasant nature.

KrytammerKrytammer

Liking the design so much this second image was a redesigned version of my C.O.W entry, used to create my own horrid alien rodent, the garbage eating Krytammer.

For many species living on a world used as a galactic dumping ground for old battered spaceships and satellites sounds like hell, but to the Krytammer their homeworld of Ninni-ninu is paradise. The reason for this is that to the Krytammer and all other indigenous life on Ninni-ninu, having spaceships fall out of the sky is completely natural, infact its been going on for so many millennium that life has managed to evolve to not only survive but also thrive on the decaying derelicts. For the Krytammer it has shaped them into industrious scavengers, which when combined with their fast breeding patterns often mislabels them as vermin, especially when they get offworld.  

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Alien Waters full of Alien Sharks:

by on Jan.18, 2010, under Beasts, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Continuing with my project of studying both human and animal anatomies, I have started to look at the apex predators of the sea, sharks! Particularly focusing on the hammerhead shark, which is undoubtedly one of the best looking things in the sea, aside from the blobfish that is (but we’ll come to that later, hint hint). However rather than just copy some direct anatomy studies, I decided to mix both study and imagination together creating the Drakes… (No not male ducks)

X-faced DrakeX-faced Drake / Double Hammerhead Drake

Greeneyed DrakeGreeneyed Drake

Arbiter DrakeArbiter Drake

Semi-Fun Fact: The design of the Arbiter Shark was inspired by a combination of the facial structure of the Elite species from the Halo franchise, as the name might allude, and the jawbone of a sheep.

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