Apparently Friday is #OnceFanArtFriday. This time the arbitrarily assigned weekly themed drawing day is not of my own invention. I figure I draw so much Once Upon a Time fan art anyway though (so far at fairly random intervals) that I may as well participate. I did have an idea for a more complicated drawing to do but I didn’t get enough sleep last night and I was just too tired to manage it. So instead I settled for another simple portrait. That’s pretty much the default for me. For today’s portrait I chose Merlin. He’s a new character on Once Upon a Time but I quite like him so far. I’m not quite sure whether he can be trusted but I am fairly certain that I’ll still like him even if he does turn out to be a villain.
I’ve always liked Merlin anyway. I decided to show my husband the 1998 mini-series with Sam Neill that I saw as a child. That was pretty much what spawned my love of Merlin, though I’m sure I liked him on general principle before that. Wizards are pretty cool after all. Maybe I’ll draw Sam Neill’s Merlin one of these days too.
I ended up having a bit more of an artistic day today than I anticipated. Long before my usual designated drawing time I had already completed a few different sketches. Shortly after I arrived at work today one of my co-workers asked me if I could draw princesses. I shrugged and asked what kind of princesses. That was probably a silly question. She was obviously referring to Disney Princesses. You never know though. Anyway, it was something I hadn’t really tried yet so it piqued my interest. Apparently her daughter’s birthday is coming up so she wanted me to draw a Disney princess for her. She didn’t specify which one and she also mentioned that her daughter really liked something called “Monster High” which I had to google because I had no idea what it was.
After some consultations with various co-workers I decided to draw Jasmine from Aladdin and someone called Clawdeen Wolf from this Monster High (which appears to be more of a toy line than a show). The tricky thing about drawing at work is that all I had for looking at reference pictures was my phone. That’s not exactly ideal since it has such a small screen and I have to touch it every minute or so to keep the screen from going black. It was still fun to try though. I don’t have very much practice trying to copy different cartoon styles. It’s quite different from drawing subjects from photos. I definitely still need to work on my line confidence though.
In the end I decided to draw Belle too. I think my logic was that she might go better with this Clawdeen Wolf character. I’m not sure how sound that was though. I wasn’t very happy with how that one turned out. The proportions got screwed up and I was struggling to fit in on the page. That very much seems to be a recurring problem for me. I’m starting to wonder if I’ll ever be able to eyeball these things or if I just need to plot things out a bit better before starting.