Hey all. It's been awhile since I last drew anything, and i really wanted to start again.
I will try to post at least one thing a week (here and to my blogspot: http://sanitysake.blogspot.com/).
Last night/this morning I thought I'd do an exercise to see what I could come up with - I'm quite pleased considering how it's been a loooong time since I last drew/painted something with my tablet. For a while I was afraid that I was rusty beyond repair, but I mustered up. I love drawing creatures and am having a lot of fun doing this (means a lot to me 'cause it motivates me to keep drawing more often & improve).
Originally I just wanted a snake-toad hybrid which is why I only have references for those pulled up on my screen. I started off with a round pinkish blob on my canvas and it happened to look vaguely like a cat, and I thought, why not? So I blocked in some more with a hard brush to give it a more defined cat shape and went from there.
Since I still wanted it to have a rather toady appearance I shrank the height and modified its limbs to resemble a toad's posture. However, I imagined this to be a small (squirrel sized) critter that is capable of running and leaping around quickly so I gave it a more upright position (monkey-like). I fussed around with that for some time and flipped the image horizontally every now and then to keep myself in check. I almost scrapped the tail but decided to keep it since I figured it would be very helpful for balancing and wrapping around twigs (like a chameleon) and whatnot. I wanted the main focus to be directed to its face so I put a bit more detail in there.