Friday, 30 November 2012

DOLL: Amethyst

Amethyst Doll, final & original sketch
Watercolor & acrylic-based india ink
December 2009

NOTE: Normally I prefer the sketch to be on the left with the finished work on the right...blogger wouldn't let me do that without a huge gap, so this post is what it is.  Sorry about that.

I like cute things.  I grew up in the 80s with things like She-Ra (before I knew she was an Amethyst knock-off), Rainbow Brite, Sailormoon, My Little Pony, Jem & the Holograms, Charmkins, Care Bears, Herself the Elf, etc, so I'm also a fan of splashy colors.  Needless to say, I enjoy drawing "girly" things sometimes & the above dolls rather prove that :)

I'm also a fan of huge hair (well, in drawings, anyway - I, all too well, remember the huge hair of the 80s...the hairspray companies made BANK back then!!  Rock-solid bangs standing a clear 6 inches high?  Please no one bring that style back...).  Comic-style huge hair tickles my fancy for some odd reason & if you've looked at enough of my work, I'm sure you've noticed by now that I do, indeedy, love me some huge hair :D

The final piece wasn't supposed to have a sparkly magic effect, but due to a nasty error (which was me blowing at a piece of cat hair on the paper IN DIRECT LINE with the acrylic pen nib...whoops!), I had to cover it up with a silver sparkle ink.  Looks just like sparks under the right light.  As the artist, though, I just see MISTAKES!!!  That's the joy of creating, I suppose - learning & making oneself better through error :)

These dolls are insanely fun to draw, much like the super deformed anime style - both are highly enjoyable.  It's a great little exercise to "unwind" with, so to speak, when not wanting to do an overly complicated, more realistic drawing.  I've known a few artists who have abandoned their 'comic' style for a more 'cartoon' one.  Hopefully I can maintain both styles without losing interest in one or the's tough sometimes.

DISCLAIMER: Amethyst Princess of Gemworld is © DC Comics...and they didn't do a thing with her in YEARS, only to reboot her in an almost-unrecognizable form.  I don't think I'll be producing any "Amaya" work as my heart & devotion belong to the original.  I'm a stickler that way ;P