omg penis antennae! i totally wouldn't have noticed them. thanx 0kelvin,now i can't look at children's toys anymore
nah,but seriously,they're great. although they don't seem that "my little pony" to me,probably because of the lack of anime eyes. (you know,the "real deal")my fav is the one in the upper right corner. it looks like one of a kind that steals the apples from your favourite tree and then says "i only was hungwyyy" *big eyes*.
0kelvin: I'll reimburse you for your first dose of insulin. And dude... what are you starting here?! Those aren't schwangs, they're like.. little pollen stamen things... which actually is pretty funny, since stamen are like the penises of the flower world. I can't win.
Rook: Agreed, the top left was s'posed to look younger and cuter. I was criticized by my boss for making them look too "scheming" but I kind of wanted them to be imps. ^_^
Carnifex: You saw NOTHING! Oy! I should just make a giant orchid sketch so you all can shout "VAGINA!" too... otherwise thanks for the compliments I *think* they're going to appear in one of the My Little Pony cartoons as exactly the type of character you described ^_^
winjer: Home Movies is alllll gone. I wish I could say there was something awesome to replace it, but Time Warp Trio doesn't hold a candle to it.
Caledonian: Long time no seeeee! You may have to shell out for the blasted Pixies, since they're like only sold with expensive playsets and gift packs. Curse you, careful marketing! I'll let you know if any extras flit my way ^_^
Hurricane: *bows* Thank you for taking the time to look!
SO! To make up for that dose of utter fluff, I spent a few hours at the Harvard Museum of Natural History with the beloved Boston Sketch Group and focused on tonal studies.
Of course, I neglected to bring my conte crayons and charcoal, so I had to call upon cross-hatching to save my arse.
Yo there! Good to meet you yesterday, and hang out a little.
Good looking stuff, I don't think you have problems with your light sourcing! I really like the crosshatching you have going. I'm with Joe, I like the directional hatching you used on the Wood Ibis. Also the Hornbill.
I think your shading is more successful when you're in the zone, focussing on each stroke (or every other!). Less successful when you're not, like the bone-dreaming bat wanna-be (altho the sketch itself is solid, captures its essence well IMO).
Maybe try a variation on the chimp-skull route, light layer of blue first to get proportions, erase gently, then start inking?
I find it helps me when I use harder graphite/charcoal, so I can't get too dark too soon. The lighter I can stay, the longer I can, the more likely I am to get a good proportional base.
But then again your nudes show good quick proportions, so go figure!