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December – Lunch Break Challenge Top Four:

by on Jan.03, 2015, under Fiddzy's Artwork, Studies & Sketches

Happy 2015 from FiddzyDesign!

December was a bit of a break month, firstly I took a break from the character drawings that dominated November and secondly I took a break from the daily drawing challenges to concentrate on an extremely busy holiday season. As such the number of drawings done this December have not been as plentiful, however I would argue that most of them have been some of my all time best. A true case of quality over quantity.

Capybara December Sketch 01 – Capybara

Red River HogDecember Sketch 02 – Red River Hog

Desert HareDecember Sketch 03 – Desert Hare

The above three bright red sketches all came from a week in mid December where I decided to try out a slightly different style and inject a bit of bright festive colour into my somewhat monochrome sketch collection. It was originally going to be a one off with the capybara sketch, however I liked the end result so much that I continued it a drew the other two. I liked these sketches so much that I couldn’t decide on a favourite and as such decided to add all three to this months top four. However if I was absolutely forced to the final sketch of the desert hare would be the all time winner.

RabbitsDecember Sketch 04 – Rabbits

Allot of my sketches in December took the Lunch Break Challenge (even if they where all drawn after dinner) back to its roots and focused on animal anatomy studies, particularly mammals. Out of all of them, including the red collection above, these anatomy studies of rabbits is my favourite, in fact it may be my favourite drawing from the entire challenge so far. While scaling is still an issue I feel that this sketch best captures the work I’ve done looking into mammalian physiology and fur structure. Plus its of some rabbits, which are one of my favourite animals to draw!

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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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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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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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The Eclectic Graveyard:

by on Jul.07, 2010, under Aliens & Monsters, Beasts, Character Design, Creature Design, Fiddzy's Artwork, Sentients, Studies & Sketches

Bone CalcibusBone Calcibus / Bone Golem

The Calci are a colonial race of microscopic semi-corporeal entities that gather together in the trillions to form the Calcibus, a powerful hive mind which acts as a single voice for the colony, and as such is often viewed by others as an individual entity. In addition to this the Calcibus has the power to incorporate inanimate objects into its body, to create a projective shell for its occupants, and as means of further interacting with the corporeal world. Dozens of myths surround the Calcibus, with many cultures mistaking them for ancient golem or paranormal entities and spirits with rumours that the feared Bone Calcibus are demonic guardians of the underworld. In truth these skeletal wielding Calcibus are often members of a dark Calci cult which believe other lifeforms should be their thralls and hosts. Thankfully the cult is small and isolated, with the greater Calci civilisation being fundamentally peaceful and respectful of other lifeforms and their remains.

The design and inspiration of the Calcibus came form some recent animal skull studies I had been doing over the last month (which I‘ll post at a latter date), as well as the mythology of the golem.

 

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