(Because these are scattered across my drives it's difficult to find them in proper order, the DA backups as well do not have the original dates on them any more.)
Some of my earliest attempts at digital art, I started with a mouse (green dragon) but got a tablet a few years later (purple dragon).
I also did some small animations from time to time.
(I've found even more dragons in my archives that I haven't posted yet, - shocking I know.)
Even moar dragons!
Some really old scans that I found forgotten in a folder, I just liked drawing creatures, and wings and stuff, also noodly dragons were a favourite because you can make such fun shapes with them. :ablobcatbongo:
I can still remember other art I had as I look through these, which is why I keep digging around. I'm sure I'll have tracked them all down soon... :artpeek:
Digging through my old files I found a few more sketches of my dragon chara.
I was really trying to find a style I liked for her, but I just couldn't hammer it out properly. I wanted something I could easily chibi-fy for silly little doodles etc. but nothing really clicked.
And, like everyone else with a character, I tried adding personal touches to the design as well. Everything was very well thought out, but still, I just didn't have the connection I saw others have.
#ArtAdventCalendar Day 2.
Photoshop CS2, 2014. This one was a quick study that I've never really posted since, as it felt fairly unfinished. It was inspired by the Akira Kurosawa film "Ran" (1985) that I had seen for the first time that week. The imagery just stayed with me so much that I bashed this out from my head in a couple of hours.
No print of this one, but you can get others here: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/helenmclaughlinart
#ArtAdventCalendar Day 1!
(See here for what on earth this is all about: https://earthskyart.ca/artadventcalendar/ )
Starting with an early one, from 2013, Photoshop CS2. I had just started getting into digital painting, and this was a breakthrough piece for me. It took many hours of painstaking zooming in, which I probably wouldn't do these days, but I'm still happy with how it looks.
Print available in my INPRNT shop: https://www.inprnt.com/gallery/helenmclaughlinart/cloudscape
#clouds #DigitalArt #DigitalPainting #OldArt #MastoArt #CloudScape
Just as I'd gotten good at doodling my derpy bear, BfA dropped, and (belatedly) with it, the Kul Tirans.
And holy shit did I fall in love. Not just with the druid forms, but the ladies! I finally saw a humanoid model I actually really loved. I was ecstatic, - but really, really bad at drawing humans...
So to start with, I tried to get familiar with the bear form, since I was maining tank anyways, and it took a fair while to get everything to 'click'. But eventually it did.
Having gotten more confident in drawing my druid, I made a proper ref image, after which I got heavily into making stickers.
Then I decided to re-colour them and pack them into Telegram packs in case anyone else wanted them.
For consistency purposes I also made a colour palette for myself, with the base and line colours, and to make sure I knew what was what I made little icons I could use for colour dropping.
So, having settled on using my derpy druid as an avatar I set out to redraw All The Memes! Lots of silly fun, and I grew really attached to the big bear.
I also used the art in splash screens and thumbnails for my WoW raid recordings.
I believe at this point I had already abandoned DA thanks to them constantly serving up malware to my pc through their adverts. I gave up after realizing that my weekly ritual of disinfecting my pc was their fault.
I think we all have that one older artwork that we still really like. For me, it's this one. Drew this back in July 2017. I just really love the face, hair, shading, colors, the pose, like the whole thing ;; Still makes me happy looking at it. :)
Been digging through my folders, some art was missing from my DA backup folder but luckily I tracked some of it down on my pc.
Some more WoW fanart, my favourite were ofc. Bear and Moonkin, this was still pre-BfA so I was still very not happy with the Nelf model.
Worgen got introduced, and I was really tempted to race change, but the female model looked nothing like a werewolf, and I wasn't sure which was worse, - bouncy boobs or rabid chihuahua.
So just Bear then.
As the years passed (years!) and I mained my druid, I started using the Night Elf bear form for myself online. I never resonated with the Nelf humanoid model, it was just too skimpy and bouncy and just - not me.
But a derpy fluffy bear? Absolutely. I was very fond of my character, and the bear was just perfect.
I started doing a lot of WoW fanart, various Guild shenanigans as well as druid form 'redesigns' (the copy/paste/recolour method was tiring)
A white and red bunny made of polymer clay and designed after the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. Originally posted to Instagram on 20th April 2016. Watermarks have been added where previously there were none.
Posting for Archive.
#Art #Artist #ArtistsOnMastodon #MastoArt #MastArtist #Handmade #OOAK #Miniature #Clay #PolymerClay #PolymerCharms #PolymerClayCharms #Sculpture #ClaySculpture #PolymerClaySculpture #MontyPython #Rabbit #Bunny #KillerRabbit #KillerRabbitOfCaerbannog #OldArt
More from the archives. - Pencil detailing was still my strongest skill, as I actually have fairly shaky hands which really shows when you look at my ink lines. Something that wouldn't really be fixed till I started working digitally with vector lines and stabilized brushes.
On the other hand pencil shading did translate well into coloured blending pencils, which I was getting more confident with.
A lot of my sketches seem to have been lost, but luckily I have tracked a fair amount down in my backups.
I liked to do anatomy/pose practices, as well as trying to figure out perspective etc. All the good stuff.
I was also deep in the weeb hole and trying to replicate chibi style in my more simple work. - I used to get lost in detailing and shading (still do tbh) and was enamoured with the sharp simplistic nature of chibis.
So, armed with my new character I did trades and fanarts and whatnot, and it was a lot of fun and I interacted with some really nice peeps. But truthfully, I just never connected with her on the level that other people seemed to be doing with their own.
But still, I doodled and practiced, it was good to have a model (so to speak) that I could just play with. I had other characters, mostly fan characters that I'd doodle here and there, but never an actual 'me' so to speak.
I would see all these characters and I wanted to join in, but I had no avatar of my own. I did a few gift/fan arts, but there was something just missing, like I was sending out art but no one could reply if they wanted to.
So, I set out to design an online 'me' to fix this. It was clumsy, awkward and I was really just stumbling in the dark, but eventually I came up with a character design.
And yes, of course she was a dragon!
Pencil shading/rendering was definitely one of my fav things to do, and I kept trying to push into the sort of dark style of the Batman and later Gargoyles cartoons, which is why I wanted to lean into learning to use inking pens. - But the idea of not being able to erase mistakes was terrifying, which is why it took me a while to do anything other than simple linework.
Still avoiding irises!
This is an old one that makes the rounds every once in a while. Rabbits do actually go around randomly suplexing things.
Some more old art from the DA archives!
My old online name was Dragonlady (or TheDragonlady when that was taken) and you can see why. I was obsessed with dragons when I was younger, as well as dinos, - which are just wingless dragons tbh.
Most of my work was still pencil, but I'd started playing around with inks more, still very hesitant with coloured work but trying.
An old 2015 autobio comic about how Nelly used to sit facing the wall for like an hour at a time.
He was the most ridiculous rabbit.
Shout out to holland lops for being absolute weirdos.
(also note the chewed-up mouldings—the struggle is real)
Some older art from my now deleted DA gallery, some of my first art that got uploaded on the internet.
I used to almost exclusively draw in pencil, but slowly added some colour into the mix, - to start with only on inked art as I just didn't know how to work with coloured pencils tbh. but I gradually got a little more confident.
It would still be about a decade before I started doing digital art.
I drew this with my thumb on my phone 10 years ago in a shocking state of toddler-induced sleep deprivation. Every year since then I’ve shared it As Is. Now you get it too.
This is the only space painting I finished to the point of posting it, from 2020, depicting a stellar nursery.
I have no idea if it stands up, being an imagined scene using Hubble Space Telescope images, amongst others, as inspiration.
Spontaneous reposting based on seeing some cool space art just now and suddenly wanting to do some more...
#mastoArt #SpaceArt #stars #space #art #oldArt #sciFi
I just realised this painting of mine is ten years old this year. It's one of the first I made when I was getting into digital art, in Photoshop CS2, and it was a study of my own photo taken in a zoo in Japan. I still like how I chose to do the reflections, even if I would probably do the whole painting more competently now.
#ThowbackThursday #OldArt #swan #DigitalArt #DigitalPainting #Reflection #MastoArt
I'm in a much better place mentally now, but back then was not a good time and I think these sketches summed it up. I never posted this one before anywhere but I feel this should be posted- regardless of how I felt back then; this deserves to see the light of day.
#posestudy #emotionalrollercoaster #depression #art #oldart #mentalhealth
The 2019 poster got way too messy!
I went out of my way to include ALL the guests, but they just kept updating me with new guests all the time, so I had to do one where I could just easily cut and paste more of them into the illustration.
The Tetris tournament had to be the center piece though, but other than that, most guests were either local or European this year. But there were a ton of them!
Okay, the 2018 poster I actually still like, though I'm not a fan of my old style.
The outdoor motive is a bit more fresh, and I thought it was cool to show off Frog Mario under water.
There was a bunch of guests this year and it was hard to squeeze them all in. The Nintendo Playstation had to go center.
I still worked on paper, so the best part for me was getting all the guests to sign my original artwork. I miss that!
Poster from 2017 was slightly better, at least it had a theme going on.
They wanted me to include the guests: which were a bunch of british videogame devs (some ex Rare people, and some C64 devs), as well as a bunch of American youtubers.
I based the idea on the Japanese SMB3 cover and went all out.
I still think the idea is cool, but what is going on with Donkey Kong?
At least I was improving...
Been doing the posters for the retro videogame convention Retromessa every year since 2016.
This was my first poster from 2016, and it sucks.
Did it all on paper with colors in Photoshop, and it's just a mess. Colors are too dark, the art is skewed(like all my art back then was). I wasn't entirely happy with it even back then, but now I can barely look at it.
No idea why they let me back next year...
One thing I’ve always enjoyed about being an online denizen for so many years, is to see how much artists’ work grows over time. I thought it would be fun to share my ancient history here, chronologically, to see if anyone finds it encouraging or interesting. Here’s part 1 of The Old Art Project because I am bad at naming things. Something from 2002, when I was 21, and something from 2021. I’ll let you do the math. 🐞🪲