Thursday, September 5, 2019

Sketchbook: The Ankh


One of the most recognizable symbols from ancient Egypt and known as "the key of life", the Ankh dates from the Early Dynastic Period (c. 3150 - 2613 BCE) and is simply a cross with a loop at the top sometimes ornamented with symbols or other decorative flourishes. The symbol is an Egyptian hieroglyph for "life" or "breath of life" and, as the Egyptians believed that one's earthly journey was only part of an eternal life, the ankh symbolizes both mortal existence and the afterlife.

A quick practice piece I did just to see if I could get all the lines symmetrical. First attempt.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sketch: Coming to life

Based on the character Bea from the video game "Night In The Woods". A cigarette smoking, Goth toon dragon is trying her darnedest to come to life via lines on paper. This is only the second time I've tried to draw this one. She'll eventually take on a life of her own as I work on developing my own style and make my characters unique.

I've named her "Shamballa".

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Thoughts: Where do we go from here?

SOooo, I've been at this drawing thing for about three months now. Just trying to get used to sketching and getting my mind and imagination to open up. Copying stuff I find interesting. I don't sketch daily but I have two sketchbooks; one at home and one at work when the inspiration strikes me. I've yet to develop my own style or anything like that, that will come much later.

I have sprung for several online courses (Udemy) that I will be taking over the upcoming winter. That's when I'll seriously begin work on developing some usable skills and see if I can't work on my own style and bring some characters to life that I have haunting my brain!

We shall see, eh? So... onward!

-D


Monday, August 12, 2019

Sketchbook: Time to move on...

A couple more head shots of a dragon character I'm working on. I think it's about time I moved on to sketching out the rest of him.



Monday, August 5, 2019

Sketchbook: Someone isn't happy

One of my subjects (Slack Wyrm) letting me know that he isn't pleased over my prolonged absence; it's been a few weeks since my last sketchbook entry here at home (I keep another at work). I've only been at this since the end of May but each new sketch feels more fulfilling than the last.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Sketches: Some Recent Work

One from the sketchbook I did last week and a larger practice sketch of a dragon based character I'm working on developing that I started on today.


Friday, July 12, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Sketchbook: Libertas

Took a break from sketching to immerse myself in some CG over the long holiday weekend. This was my first sketchbook entry since the 2nd.

-D


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sketch: In Flight

My second practice sketch, finished up today. This was my first attempt at shading and I enjoyed seeing the difference it can make. Ah, so much to learn.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sketchbook: Slack Wyrm fan art

Dragons tend to get a bit fussy when it comes to the manner in which they are portrayed in artwork! So you best mind you do not try their patience and do your very best work.

Had a bit of fun with this fan art sketch inspired by the online comic Slack Wyrm.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sketchbook: "We've been waiting"

When you crack open the door the slightest little bit and discover an entire world waiting for you. A practice piece from the sketchbook done at the end of the workday Friday.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sketch: dragon bust

May 29th. Picked up a pencil and began drawing again for the first time since high school. It's just a practice piece but it's the most substantial drawing I have ever done.



edit: Sunday, June 16th. Calling it finished. Silvertone. The dragon.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

CG: "Come, bend the knee"

Composed and rendered in DazStudio. My first attempt at a full scene utilizing that software.

Click HERE for high resolution version (DeviantArt)
"Come, bend the knee"
©2019 Dave Mikulec

Monday, June 3, 2019

Milestones

After years of putting it off, I recently opened my sketchbook and started daily practicing. Scribbles, really. But I'm trying to get used to handling pencils and get comfortable with the idea of creating stuff, the thought of which normally causes me to panic and stop before I start. So... at work this afternoon I decided to take a moment to do a quick doodle and sketch out an idea I had for my next CG project. Keeping in mind that I haven't drawn anything at all for over forty years, I ended up creating my first "dragon" looking creature. Poor thing. I do promise to do better tho.

"Firsties" - an idea
©2019 Dave Mikulec

Sunday, June 2, 2019

CG: Into The Mystic

I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
Then together we will float
Into the mystic

--Van Morrison


Click HERE for high resolution version (DeviantArt)
Into The Mystic
©2019 Dave Mikulec

Monday, May 20, 2019

CG: In Training

After last night I felt compelled to dig out some old renders that I had started on years ago.

In Training
©2019 Dave Mikulec