Dec. 3rd, 2011-- UPDATED CHALLENGES!


Love creating artwork but you can't find that extra-little push you need to get going? Looking for a community of artists to share your progress with? Want to press your foundations and aesthetic choices to the max?

Look no further! Open Crits is now a WEEKLY DESIGN CHALLENGE that will push you to get back to your foundations to enforce well-rounded drawings. All artists are welcomed, though for now the assignments will be geared more toward animation-themed work.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

August 2010 Prompt



Resources/Ideas for the subject:
So, the votes are in and the August Prompt is going to be (as if the above didn't already tell you) :


Feel free to get as crazy and creative (like you need to be told, you saucy minxes you =P) with this as you want! This is a pretty widely range topic, so I can't stress enough submitting resources/ sources with whatever work you submit, incase it is unfamiliar! This is a great opportunity to share books that you've thought were interesting too! Again, there is no limit to how many pieces you can create,so just have fun!

Also, if anyone would like to present ideas for future prompts, just let me know, and we'll add it to next month's poll. The next poll will go up in a week or so, but feel free to message me anytime with ideas!

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Journey of a Dream take II,... or maybe 4

So I went back to my idea and decided to play around a little, this time with watercolors. These four mini pieces were a lot more fun to do then the first go around, and if I did many more studies like this, I could see myself getting to a finished piece, BUT July is almost over and I'm restless, so I'm looking forward to next month's prompt.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Tattoo Design Clean

I cleaned up the design for the tattoo, anyone have any tips to make the bellows on the accordion look any better? i'm also quite pleased with the design. Anything else anyone sees?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tattoo Design

This isn't related to the prompt but I wanted to get some advice on a tattoo that i'm designing. The character in it is the two-headed boy. If you're Neutral Milk Hotel fans you'll understand the tattoo from the outset. If not, the song itself is posted here.

This is just to show about how it would be placed on my body.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Aponibolinayen_Watercolor Underpainting_WIP

This is somewhat of a coloring experiment for me. I did a watercolor under painting and I plan to finish it digitally. I'd like to incorporate some of the texture and pooling that watercolor offers. Hopefully it goes well, so we'll see. Otherwise, I'll fall back on the original scans.

As for the fixes, I hope the hair makes more sense now that I added lines to indicate strands and added a unified value. I tried to fix the boob problem, but it seems like it always seems more disproportionate when I'm looking at the scanned version. Hopefully I can fix that in post, so that this girl can live in harmony with gravity.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Journey of a Dream

I went with a experimental digital painting on this one. I was influenced by the legend of the dream catcher from the the Ojibwe tribe.
It is said that the dream catcher, which was given to the people from Asibikaashi or spider women, has several gates. The dreams must journey through the catcher to get to the child, but only the good dreams can survive.

I started with circles as the gates, eight to symbolize the number of legs on a spider. Then I added the wave of dreams being purified as it streams through the gates. I added more web influences with the raining lines. And created a background that felt very dream-like to me.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hurl Non-Prompt Post

Hey there, this is Hurl, the demented squirrel. It is just a random piece done recently for no specific reason. I had the initial idea of having a little squirrel running around with the mouth of a hippo and decided to go with it. I got inspired to do this after I watched a video on of Bobby Chiu giving a tutorial on character design. I initially wanted it to be more realistic-looking, but it came out more cel-shaded-like, which I took a liking to. Originally done in pencil then colored in Photoshop. :)

Spirit Bear Finished

So after working on a couple different versions of a big bear all constellation-y and mystical, I wasn't very happy with where things were going, and decided to loosen up. I started to just have fun doing a more developed version of the laughing cub in one of my sketches, and then decided to take up Rachel's idea of him laughing so hard he falls over... AND I FELL IN LOVE. This was so much fun, and was exactly what I needed to get a little closer to these guys. He's such a funny, chubby little mirth-maker.  So thanks, Rachel =) You helped me definitely key into getting behind these guys.

- - - UPDATE - - -

Hey there folks! In preparation for next month's prompt, I've added a poll onto the side. Feel Free to vote, or Comment here with your own suggestions, and I'll add it to the poll!

Also, feel free at any time to email me with suggestions for the prompts, or anything else! If you've got more ideas to keep the creative juices flowing throughout the month, let me know!

Lastly-- just a reminder that if you want to post work besides the prompts, go for it!  =D

Woosh-- annoying update is ooverrrr.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Instead of doing a Native American inspired piece, I decided to do a piece on a native Filipino folklore of the Tinguian tribe. It's about a woman named Aponibolinayen, the most beautiful woman, who is a character in many Tinguian stories, but this story is about how she is given away in marriage. In a marriage ceremony in her honor, an old man is given in sacrifice. His head is placed in the ground from which a spring of water flows from his blood. His body is used as a tree to shade the girl and beads form from his blood.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Spirit Bear Sketches WIP- July Prompt

Just a couple more quick sketches. Yadda yadda. couple minutes. I like the grumpy one in the corner.

Antelope God

I took this cue from the pottery on the top of the blog. Also avatar a bit too.

I am... not entirely sure what this is. But I sort of like the idea. I'm just not terribly clear on what the idea is. Quick sketch in maybe 30 minutes?

Totem Pole Critters- Sketch -July Prompt

I'm sort of imagining these along the lines of the guardians from mulan, the cartoon characters that spring forth from their traditional chinese stone counterparts. Except these spring out from the totem poles. These were specifically inspired by this totem pole:

Friday, July 2, 2010

July 2010 Prompt


Native American influenced Artwork or Totem Poles


Spirit Bear Sketches WIP- JULY PROMPT

Just some quick sketches in Photoshop. I was thinking about doing Totem Spirits as real animals, taking an influence from real totems. Here are some of my references so far.
Black Bears
Totem 01
Totem 02


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