Happy Mothers Day!

Apparently it's mothers day very soon so in the interests of all those who have `complicated' relations with their mother, here's an updated version of a picture I did a few years ago from my alien species, `Critterz' series, and some of the original sketches on paper I used to work from.


My Drawing process

I draw out a very, very rough lot of shapes first off to see how the image is positioned. Sometimes this helps to clarify an idea I have. Working digitally now means I can sketch in elements and apply them where I want later. 

I'm still getting used to drawing conceptually on the Wacom tablet. Really it's much easier to draw (conceptually) on a one but there's a sort of mental hurdle to get over as much as I try to deny it.  I'm just used to paper. It's ridiculous I know, but there really is a mental divide I've noticed between those of us who are relatively late to computers verses younger people who have grown up with them.

I really wish I could `cntrl - Z' my mistakes on paper rather than using the eraser, now that would be cool.

The original `Red' version where I think I went a bit overboard on making it too alien.

The original `Red' version where I think I went a bit overboard on making it too alien.

Final version...

After mulling it over I decided the original colour scheme was a bit too intense for an image about nurturing and motherhood. My ideas on what was `alien' got in the way of seeing the image for what it really was - and so, softer colours that I still hope, portray a sense of the alien as well.

And here's the final, rendered image. Updated with some colour tweeks.

And here's the final, rendered image. Updated with some colour tweeks.