A Shady Character

Face 1
See? There’s a lot of shade!!!

Fine, fine… I know. I guess I was just running a bit behind on my bad pun quota. Anyway, this is the first of a few faces I sketched based on some random pictures, just to make myself practice drawing people.

Skinny Plant

Anorexic Plant
This is a sketch I did at the same time as the tree one. Well, okay, not at exactly the same time. I’m not that talented. Or that ambidextrous.

Anyway, I was planning on posting it right after the tree, but things kind of got a bit sidetracked. Anyway, you can expect another glance at the adventures of Oswold pretty soon. He’s probably a bit more interesting than a plant.

Well, this plant, at least.


Iguana Dragon (small)
(click for larger version)

Since it seems that essentially all variations on the archetypal creature known as dragon have already been illustrated at one point or another, I thought I’d base this one a bit heavily on an iguana. Not that I’m saying this hasn’t also been done before, but I’m fairly certain it has been done a bit less than some of the other types.


I’ve come to realize that trees do not lend themselves well to accurate sketches (without spending an undue amount of time on them, that is). For even if you’re looking straight at the thing during the moments when you’re not bent over your sketch pad, the only mental notes you can ever take back to your drawing hand are things like: “The edge kind of gets really wiggly about here… and then there’s that lumpy darkish bit below the squiggly mottled lightish bit just to the right of that extension with the blots of leafiness at odd intervals.”

And so you sort of improvise within the confines of that general description, until you end up with something that does, in fact, look like a tree, and would probably even have a similar shape as the subject. Though if the tree ever managed to get a good look at its supposed portrait, it would probably give you a fairly condescending bit of glowering and stomp off in a huff.

Leaving you to wonder how in the world it had just done that.