Scorpion

I made this piece back in June and I genuinely love Mortal Kombat, especially the characters they’ve developed and managed over 20+ years. Scorpion is probably one of my personal favorites because the lore behind him is just… so interesting. Losing his family and then later on losing his own life only to be resurrected and manipulated into believing Sub-Zero, his rival due to the manipulation, killed his family and clan.
He is probably one of the best characters when it comes to lore, just knowing how he’s been misdirected without even truly knowing he was. The way they played him off, even in the later games, I truly love because you’re visibly able to see how his character develops. From being a specter with fueling rage to later be turned back into his human self and even then he decides to rebuild his old clan from the ground up while also having to live with the fact that he was controlled and misguided. Mortal Kombat 11 came out and honestly, was a little disappointed with how they made his character. Spoilers! They killed him off rather… quick? But it wasn’t all too quick either, I’m not entirely sure how to piece it together but they way they killed him off just didn’t feel all to right, but I suppose it’s fine due to the fact that his old self was there in his final moments, listening to his final request before finally dying off. I will say again, he is probably one of the best characters in the game with some of the best lore and I just love it.

 

Check

“You can run king… but be careful of a checkmate.”

      Check is a piece I had created a couple of years back and never finished. I rediscovered the piece of paper and decided to redesign it digitally instead. Check is about the victory for the red side after removing their most powerful enemy, the queen, resulting in the isolation of the enemy king. I couldn’t decide the motivation of the red queen’s action so I tried to make the drawing and quote as vague as possible for open interpretation.

For the drawing, I used FireAlpaca for most of the drawing and Photos near the end for color changes. For this piece I really wanted to focus on the lighting to make it look more ominous or evil. I did this by using a dim candlelight, dark contrasting shadows and almost black backgrounds. I used Photos as a last-minute edit to quickly make my shadows slightly darker to fit my needs. I also added a vignette and selective focus to further emphasize the candle and the queen. Overall, the drawing took longer than I had expected since I wanted to make this drawing’s colors neater than my previous attempts, but I am quite happy with the end result. Maybe I’ll make a short cliched story with this in the future.

MHA Fan Art for Pride Month!

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Hello everyone! It has been an incredibly long time since I last posted, sorry about that! I haven’t had much time with school, but now that it’s summer, I’m excited to start up again! Today I have (another) fan art for a show that I have been very fond of for a long time: My Hero Academia! I think I’ve already explained who these characters are in another post, so lets just cut to the chase.

If you didn’t already know, June was pride month, a time for members of the LGBTQ+ community to be proud of their identities and celebrate who they are. I know this post will be a little bit late for pride month, but still, people should be proud of themselves any day of the year! Unfortunately throughout history, people of the LGBTQ+ community have been ridiculed, discriminated against, and treated terribly to say the least. Although we are still far from an equal, peaceful world, I am happy that today these people can find a place to be themselves and not be ashamed of who they are. The rainbow flag represents homosexuality but also the LGBTQ+ community in general, so I based this drawing off of those colors to make it look like Eijirou and Katsuki were painting with the pride colors.

On to the details of this drawing! This piece took me FOREVER! Probably about six hours in total over a course of two days. I used my new painting software, Clip Studio Paint, to make this drawing. I had been using FireAlpaca for five years of digital art, and I figured I needed to move onto a more sophisticated program. CSP costs about $50, but I waited for the Black Friday sale where it was only $20! If you plan on getting this program, I would recommend waiting for the holiday season or keeping up with the CSP website to look for any good sales. For this drawing, I used the same drawing tablet I always had, the Wacom Intuos Pen tablet (I finally learned the correct name for it).

Overall, I really enjoyed drawing this picture and making all the different painting effects. I’m still trying to find a shading/lighting style that I like, so this was fun to play around with. If you want to see my drawing process for this painting, please click the link to check out this cool GIF I made of my progress shots!!

The steps I take are:
1. Basic sketch aka just randomly thinking out the composition
2. Rough sketch
3. Detailed Sketch
4. Lines
5. Flat colors
6. Flat shades
7. Blending shades (the longest part of coloring)
8. Lights
9. Background
10. Paint splashes/effects and other details/fixes

Sky Lanterns

Greetings people of the Earth and other places, this is my first post on the site so welcome! I drew this picture using FireAlpaca, a free digital art program, and my Huion tablet. The drawing took a week to finish because of my procrastination. The picture shows Chinese sky lanterns which are released for good luck. I struggled with the water but I believe the outcome came out nice once I added the glow from the lanterns and reflections from the land. If I could fix something I believe it would be the lighting as it could have much darker shades in areas like the woods or better shades on the bridge.

I focused on colors when I was painting this. I knew the lanterns would be a bright warm color like orange or red so I used contrasting dark cool colors like blues or greens. For my lanterns, I referenced real sky lanterns and other artist’s interpretations of them. The words on the lanterns read hope, dreams, blessings, and happiness. For the girl, I referenced traditional clothing from different eras and chose the simplest design for myself. At first, I made the top piece blue but then proceeded to change it to red to match the lanterns and so she is more noticeable. Overall, I like the piece as a whole and I would recommend you peeps to try consciously choosing a palette and manifesting it into a nice piece.

D.I.Y. Jewelry Tray

I am going to show you how to make a jewelry holder out of popsicle sticks.

The materials you are going to need are:

  • popsicle sticks
  • yarn
  • paint (optional)
  • hotglue gun and sticks

Step One- Ring Holder:

In order to make the ring holder you will need three popsicle sticks. Cut the popsicle sticks in half horizontally. You may need to cut one of the popsicle sticks in half vertically in order to match your finger size. Cut the popsicle sticks so that they are about the same size as your finger but a little bit smaller. After you have all of the popsicle sticks cut down to the right size, glue them together so they make a small pillar. When you are done gluing the pieces together grab some yarn. Glue one end of the yarn to the pillar, then start wrapping it around the pillar. Once you reach the top, cut the excess yarn off and glue the end to the pillar. If you do not have yarn or find this difficult you may paint the pillar instead. You may make more than one.

Step Two – The Base:

To make the base of the jewelry tray take popsicle sticks and lay them out. You may make the base as wide as you want (I used eight popsicle sticks for my base). After you place the popsicle sticks down glue them together using hotglue. Then take four popsicle sticks, these will make the border of your tray. Cut the popsicle sticks down to the size of your base. After you have cut the popsicle sticks glue then to your base (along the outside). If your base is wider than one popsicle stick, add as many as you need in order to make your border. ( Optional: you can paint the base and decorate it however you would like.)

Step Three – Necklace Holder:

In order to make the necklace holder, take two popsicle sticks and glue them one on top of the other. Then take two more popsicle sticks and glue them at the top one on each side. let them dry and then wrap it with yarn or paint it. You can decorate it however you like.

Step Four – Assembly:

Now that we have made all of the pieces required to assemble the jewelry tray we can now assemble. Glue the necklace holder to the back of the base connecting it to the border. Now you place the ring holders on the opposite corners of the side where the necklace holder is. Be sure to leave some space so you can put bracelets, and hair ties. You can follow the intructions above or customize your jewelry tray however you please.

Thank you for following this tutorial. I hope you were able to follow it and make your very own D.I.Y. jewelry tray.

DIY Dream Catcher with a unique twist!!!!!

Happy New Year everyone!! I am excited to be on WordPress in 2019 and see what some of my favorite site’s posts this year. I will be starting off this year with a dream catcher DIY but, with a unique twist to start off 2019!! Also, I will be recycling some old materials to save them from ending up in the trash. You can make this DIY from recycled materials and use it as a decoration in your room. I hope you enjoy my post and let me know in the comments below what you think of this because this is my first time making a dream catcher.

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Materials

  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks( 3 to 4)
  • Old headband
  • Old scrunchie or thick string
  • Anything that could be hanging from the dream catcher( feathers, beads etc)
  • Any other decorations that you would like to add(optional, I put a bow clip see picture below)

Step one – Take the end of the headband and connect it together making a circle. Then, hot glue it well enough so it stays together.

Step two- You must use a thick scrunchie if you are using one or you could use thick strings and wrap it around the headband. I think string would be easier but, I went for the scrunchie. If you are using a thick scrunchie or hair tie, cut a slit in the middle big enough so the headband can fit in the pocket of the hair tie or scrunchie. Then close the pocket with hot glue.

Step 3- Here comes the unique part!!! On top of a glass trace the circle of your headband covered with string or scrunchie using hot glue. Then, do patterns in your dream catcher using hot glue. This replaces the string you would normally use to make the patterns and makes it easier to draw on the really difficult patterns rather than making them with strings. You might want to lightly draw your circle and pattern using a pencil first so, you don’t make a mistake. As you can see in the picture, I went for a simple design but, you can make some really nice and complicated ones.

Step 4- Carefully pull the dream catcher pattern out so it doesn’t rip off. Next, using hot glue, glue the pattern to your circle that you made using a headband.

Step 5- Create a small handle using hot glue then glue the handle to the top of your dream catcher.

Step 6- Now, hang the feathers beads and other decorations you have at the bottom of the dream catcher using hot glue. For mine, I used an old Fourth of July red necklace and cut it up and organized it to make it the way I want it to be. You can find these necklaces at the dollar store and they can be used in multiple DIYs.

And that’s it-you are done! I decided to paint my handle brown and that is optional and it is up to you. You can even paint a pattern on the dream catcher.

DIY Decorated Mug

Mug and Marker

Christmas is right around the corner, and mugs are a perfect gift for family and friends. If you want to make an extra-special design, this craft is for you. Simply draw on your design and follow these steps, and you’ll have a fully functional and personalized mug!

Materials:

* Plain white mug (you can find these at Target or Home Goods)

* OIL BASED Sharpies (you can find these at Michael’s or other craft stores)

* An oven

 

The most important part of decorating a mug is to remember to use the right materials. If you’re drawing on a mug just as a decorative piece, feel free to simply draw on your design with a normal marker and you’re done. But if you want to be able to drink from and wash your mug, you have to use special oil-based sharpies. The first step to decorating your mug is to draw on your design with the sharpies. It’s helpful to sketch your design on with pencil first, but if you do make a mistake, rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer will take the marker right off. Some design ideas you could do might be name of the person the gift is for, a special message, or just a cool drawing. Try to avoid drawing where you would hold the mug or put your mouth, to help preserve the design. The next step is very important. You need to bake the mug in the oven in order to set the design. Bake the mug in the oven at 250 degrees for two hours. Make sure the mug is safe to be baked. Once the mug is done, your design should be set to be washed. Be sure to only hand wash the mug, to avoid chipping the design. Once the mug is baked and washed, you’re good to go! Now you have a personalized mug that will make the perfect Christmas present.

 

For more information on baking and preserving the mugs, be sure to check out some online articles such as:

 

https://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Sharpie-Mug-DIY-Project-

https://www.practicallyfunctional.com/washable-diy-sharpie-mugs/

https://destinationdecoration.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-sharpie-mugs/