Tuesday, October 30, 2012

#inktober Bat Spider hunting and breeding behaviours

Left: Bat Spider in flight
Right: Close-up of Bat Spider head

I was thinking about different animals that were considered "Halloween-y." Spiders and bats were at the top of my list. But then I thought, how about a hybrid Bat Spider? Then I started thinking about all the possibilities and unique evolutionary traits of such a strange creature. Some of my random thoughts are recorded below:

The first recorded encounter of a Bat Spider was in a deep cave amidst the jungles of South America. The entrance was draped with spider webs, and the ground was littered with the desiccated remains of unidentifiable animal corpses. The ceiling was a writhing carpet of many thousands of spider-like creatures. The villagers were extremely shocked when the spiders lept from the ceiling and dove directly at their faces. With deadly accuracy, the spiders darted nimbly after their fleeing prey. They maneuvered through the air like hawks with the aid of spider-spun wings stretched between their legs. As soon as the first sparrow-sized spider sunk its oversized fangs into its victim, a quick and potent neurotoxin disabled his muscles and he collapsed to the ground, foaming at the mouth. He was immediately swarmed by the rest of the bat spiders and the other villagers were able to escape.

While the adult variety of the bat spider is remarkable for its hunting prowess, its behaviour while still in its larval stage of development is truly terrifying. A female bat spider will spin a thin nest on ceilings or overhanging surfaces onto which she spreads her small spider eggs, forming what looks like chocolate sprinkles on a whipped cream topping. The larvae will burst from their eggs when they sense the heat of a living creature pass by underneath. The unsuspecting animal is then assaulted in any available orifice, usually the ears, nose or mouth, but also any open wounds that they find. Death usually results from suffocation or self-inflicted head trauma trying to dislodge the nearly microscopic invaders. The flesh of the dead animal is then used as nourishment for the voracious appetite of the young bat spiders. The most horrifying aspect of this method of laying eggs is that often the mother will place her nest above the head of a sleeping animal, and the larvae will enter the body and brain cavity while it is still unconscious.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 19, 2012

#inktober 18: No good deed unpunished

So my good friend and fellow BYU artist Meredith (@LaFemmeAtomique) posted an encouraging tweet aimed directly at me. There's no way I would let such an act go unanswered. Let this be a lesson to all of you potential do-gooders out there.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

ArenaNet Art Test 2013

This is where I'll be putting my WIP images for my application to the latest ArenaNet internship program. It was a huge relief when they moved their deadline from Oct. 20 to Nov. 14.

I've been learning a lot as I've been going along, and learning is good. Not always the easiest or most fun thing to do, but that's how it goes, eh?

Concept provided by ArenaNet:
3.5 weeks worth of modeling/sculpting
detail of wear/tear pass 1
detail of wear/tear pass 2
detail of wear/tear pass 3
tweaked proportions, details, fabric
retopo, uvs, baking: front
added alpha cards and misc accessory stuff

#inktober 17: Ermagersh Pernda

Shoutout to my newest Twitter follower: @meister403

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

#inktober 14-15: random sketch + Krang

Melancholy deer creature

Shredder: Don't you know how to say please?
Krang:    No, but I do know how to say NOW!
Shredder: Close enough.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

#inktober 13: Brooding Ninja Turtle

Some days I'm reminded of all the different ways my life is going horribly. That's what he's thinking, maybe.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

#inktober 12: Quick Venom Bust

A quick sketch that I felt like inking. Venom was so much cooler than Spider Man: he was like an alien ninja.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Missed opportunity, but better late than never #Starcraft #Muppets

Today's Inktober is brought to you by the famous Starcraft celebrities Sean "Day[9]" Plott and Nick "Tasteless" Plott. The idea for this sketch came from a silly forum post that outlines in great detail how Sean is actually a muppet. Since Sean and Nick are brothers I went with a kind of Bert and Ernie vibe. And trumpets.

Image found at: http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs3/1273760_o.gif
The "missed opportunity" part comes from posting this today, this being the 10th day of Inktober, and not yesterday, which would have been day 9.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Inktober day 9. Nothing special

Yup. Just a quick sketch, although I can say from experience that going in for a drink and missing the straw is incredibly humiliating.

Catching up on my #Inktober posts: days 5-8

I spent the weekend hanging out with family celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving and enjoying the LDS General Conference weekend. I was still sketching throughout, but I didn't have access to a scanner or Photoshop. Enjoy the art dump!

A style-exploration-type sketch of good ol' Wolverine, probably my favorite Marvel hero (he's tied with Batman as my all-time favorite hero).

We watched Disney's Tangled, and my nieces were eager to sing along to all the songs. Granted, I probably could have, too, but I chose to remain silent.

A preemptive bird sketch, in anticipation of the upcoming turkey feast that my sister was preparing. I think I was experimenting on shading for feathers.

If turkeys ever won any award, it would be for the most awkward-looking bird ever. Their gaudy-colored faces are saggy and wrinkly. They're fat and oddly proportioned. There isn't much else to say, BUT they are really fun to draw. :D

Friday, October 5, 2012

#inktober Day 4: The Man's Battle

When I was growing up I always thought MegaMan and BomberMan were related. Kids... they are so dumb. Either way, if it came down to a Battle Royale between these two retro heroes, MegaMan wins for two reasons: a) BomberMan only has ground-constrained bombs that explode in cross-shaped configurations. b) MegaMan can jump.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Getting Adventurous! #inktober day 3

I wanted something more exciting with more contrast. Well, there's nothing like Adventure Time to channel excitement and contrast.

There's some cool artwork on Twitter with the #inktober hashtag. You should check it out if you're into that kind of thing.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

day 2 #inktober

Calgary is getting colder. Cold is not my favorite.

Anyway, here are some of my thoughts/critical analysis looking at these past two days:
- line quality needs work
- lack of contrast in value and shape
- my artsy signatures are pretty sweet
- I need more Sharpie markers

Monday, October 1, 2012

So it begins... #inktober day one

I've decided to commit to a daily draw-a-thon for the month of October that is known as "INKTOBER." The format is very unforgiving, in that once you put a line down, it's there for good. Which is something that I struggle with... (aka commitment issues, but that's a topic for another day) This whole Inktober thing was conceived by the extraordinary Jake Parker, and he has written quite eloquently concerning the concept:
It’s a month long appreciation of the art of drawing in ink and the practitioners that embrace that art. To celebrate I’m posting one ink drawing a day for the entire month. No pencils, no water colors, no photoshop, just the unadulterated black and white beauty of thick black ink on crisp white paper. Drawing with ink means commitment. There’s no hemming and hawing as to which pencil line you’re going to use, no sitting on the fence of values, no pussy footing with color. When you make your mark you better mean it. It’s black and white. True or false. On or off. And that’s what Inktober is all about.
INKtober rules:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).
2) Post it on your blog or tumblr, twitter, facebook, flickr, or just pin it on your wall.
3) Hashtag it with #inktober
4) Repeat (you can do it daily, like me, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. What ever you decide, just be consistent with it. INKtober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.)
Parker, Jake. "INKTOBER DAY 1." Agent 44: The Art Blog of Jake Parker. Web. October 1, 2012. <http://mrjakeparker.com/2012/10/01/inktober-day-1/>
(ya i just used MLA format whatuuup)

So even though I made a whole bunch of mistakes on this beastly fellow, I resisted the temptation to touch things up in Photoshop. My hope is to publish a post daily and by the end of the month maybe see some form of improvement. #HopefulYetDoubtful

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