Longtail tumbled away from him. Rusty scrambled to his paws and looked around. Longtail was crouching three tail-lengths away. And, dangling from Longtail’s mouth, Rusty saw his collar, mangled and broken.
At once, Bluestar leaped down from the Highrock and silenced the noisy crowd with a thunderous caterwaul. Rusty and Longtail remained fixed to the spot, gasping for breath. Clumps of fur hung from their ruffled coats. Rusty could feel a cut stinging above his eye. Longtail’s left ear was badly torn, and blood dripped down his lean shoulders onto the dusty ground. They stared at each other, their hostility not yet spent.
Bluestar stepped forward and took the collar from Longtail. She placed it on the ground in front of her and meowed, “The newcomer has lost his Twoleg collar in a battle for his honor. StarClan has spoken its approval—this cat has been released from the hold of his Twoleg owners, and is free to join ThunderClan as an apprentice.”
There's a couple of reasons I decided to draw this scene - but the biggest one is that I finally found a program to let me record drawing on my phone, which means I'm finally able to make speedpaint videos now!
I dunno how often I will, this one took a good bit of work, but at least I have one done now.
Here it is if you want to see it: LINK HERE
Like I said, it's my first speedpaint, so let me know what you think or if you think I should do anything differently for next time. I think the speed of the video might be a bit fast - I forgot how my constant zooming in and out for detail on my little phone screen would be rather jarring sped up. Any feedback like that is appreciated. ^^
Onto the drawing itself. When I was picking a scene to draw for my first-ever speedpaint, I figured there couldn't be a more iconic scene to choose than this. The scene where the young house cat Rusty has to fight to defend his honor in a battle against a wild warrior cat, and he makes his first mark on the Clan he has found in the forest. I sort of drew this scene before, but only a quick shot of Rusty in the sunlight after the fight, not him actually facing off against Longtail.
I tried to stick pretty well to the text for this one, though I wasn't looking at it the whole time so I might've made some mistakes. For whatever reason, the bit with Rusty having a cut over one eye always stuck with me, so it's one of the few scars I've incorporated into his design that actually comes from a battle from the books. He has the scar on his ref sheet, but here it's a fresh cut, and I think it adds to the sort of beat-up but not out of a fight against real enemies look of the scene. I tried showing Rusty as sort of an awkward, lanky older kitten with the bigger head and ears and longer legs and smaller muzzle. Not sure how well I succeeded, but I tried. I also tried making Bluestar look a bit older and scrawnier, and she's got white on her face.
Forgot to show Longtail's shoulder bleeding into the dust, but we'll just say it's his other shoulder.
His torn ear is there, though, and some other cuts, and both of them are tensed up and glaring each other down with their pelts and tails all poofed out. Rusty also gets his neck fur sticked out weird since his collar only just came off. I was a bit lazy with drawing the collar itself since I basically forgot it until the last minute, but eh.
The background was a touch lazy as well, I'm mostly happy with it but eh. It's ThunderClan's old camp in the ravine, with walls carved into the dirt by a long-ago dried up river, and undergrowth from the earth above the camp walls draping over the sides of the walls. The floor of the ravine is mostly sand, but with tufts of grass and some bushes in there as well, and of course we've got the Highrock that Bluesar is sitting on, with the lichen draping over the entrance. I'm not totally happy with how the dirt walls or the Highrock turned out, but at least the cats look good. ^^
Overall, I'm really happy with how this turned out.
I just hope the speedpaint turned out so as well, and that you all like it. ^^