Fiddly squiddly sticks

Hello. I like to draw and take photos. I also go on occasional adventures.

Inspiration blog

I watched this video by Sycra on Youtube where he was explaining the reasons people have art blocks. He explained this process where you’ll have a period of time where your hand improves really fast, but that’s followed by a phase of your eye improving. So you get to a point where you are better at picking up what you’re doing wrong, and you kind of feel deflated. That’s where I’m at right now. Over the last year, I’ve improved A LOT.But now that I’ve been immersing myself around other artists again, my eye has improved a HELL of a lot over the last 6 months. So now I can see how stiff and kinda stagnant my stuff is.

Soooo I saw this other video from another artist went through their warm up process, just trying to use shapes in creative ways, or drawing faces they might not usually try. So I had a crack at it. It was really fun, and I think I’ll keep doing it as often as I can. Not necessarily to post here, but I wanted to share this one anyway. I like where it went, and I’m gonna try some interesting facial expressions next time.

GOD THIS IS A LONG BLOCK OF TEXT SHUT UP.

FINALLY DID THIS. I feel so accomplished. I was thinking of drawing each of them, to forever immortalise my buddies.

FINALLY DID THIS. I feel so accomplished. I was thinking of drawing each of them, to forever immortalise my buddies.

This is totally what happened before the C9 vs LGD series

Asks are bugged so posting like this. Just felt like doing a warm up sketch, and ZEUS DEMANDED TO BE DRAWN.

I actually also made a video of me sketching this, yes I finally figured out how to operate a simple screen recording device. I will probably do this more often, so look out for links to those in future posts.

This is why I voted Crystal Maiden for Arcana. SIGH no ice queen for me.

ooh if you're doing art requests, can I request some mirana looking like the number one princess?
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Going back through my inbox to pick up some old requests, sorry I’m such a butt at replying to all of them. In my head, when Mirana is not being Warrior Princess, she is Super Fabulous Sexy Princess.

My submission for the Dota 2 collab being run by cottonwings! I’ve been trying to practise gesture drawing more, since I feel like anatomy is no longer the limiting factor in my art. My stuff has been kind of stiff and lacking any kind of movement, so I’m hoping to start exploring gesture more once I have the time. I feel like this is closer to my real style (i.e. the style I have in my mind’s eye) than I’ve ever been, so I’m happy for now!
If you haven’t already, sign up for the collab! Deadline is soon, but doable at this point still.

My submission for the Dota 2 collab being run by cottonwings! I’ve been trying to practise gesture drawing more, since I feel like anatomy is no longer the limiting factor in my art. My stuff has been kind of stiff and lacking any kind of movement, so I’m hoping to start exploring gesture more once I have the time. I feel like this is closer to my real style (i.e. the style I have in my mind’s eye) than I’ve ever been, so I’m happy for now!

If you haven’t already, sign up for the collab! Deadline is soon, but doable at this point still.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Good luck, Talented Tentacle Artist!
squidsticks squidsticks Said:

Thank you kind anon, for the luck and for referring to me as talented :’D

Sup guys! Since I somehow keep gaining followers, I just want to say that there’s going to be very little activity here for the next few weeks. I’m in the final stages of submitting my PhD thesis, so I’m going full lockdown. Temporarily deleted my Facebook account, no Dota, no social life, no fun… I’m sorry that I’ve been a pretty lousy friend to my Tumblr buds recently, but I will return victorious! As DOCTOR SQUID.

In the meantime, if you want, you can follow my inspiration blog, squid-dreams! I’m still curating that as it’s a good little distraction when I need 15 minutes. I’ve added a bunch of stuff to the queue there, so if you’re looking for some neat artwork, go follow. I like to think I have semi-decent taste, maybe.

Anyway, gotta get back to the grind stone. I will see you all in a month!

A summary of my current feelings

In response to a Reddit thread asking you to draw your favourite hero wearing your normal build. DON’T MESS WITH THE HOOD (of Defiance).

Drew a QoP portrait, because WHY NOT. She is a beautiful lady. Dedicated to the boyfriend, whose favourite player is Mushi and is totally going to pay £10 when his QoP set comes out.

Tried some blending with this one, I really like the outcome. Mirror’s Edge is an old favourite of mine, so this was awesome to paint! I’m really liking these challenges as it addresses something I’m usually not great at, which is colours. MOAR PLZ.

If you're still doing that meme - would be nice to see 8 for Venge
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A perfect palette choice, my dear Raccoon! This was super hard, very much a deviation from my comfort zone, but in a really good way. I got a few more requests for this thing, so keep an eye out! Feel free to continue requesting too!