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Snagglewumpus by zillabean Snagglewumpus by zillabean
More practicing with brush pens. The brand I'm currently using is the Prismacolor Premier and I really love it. It's smooth, allows a degree of control that's a little easier for a shakey-handed person like myself, and can deliver both thick and extremely fine lines.

I threw this guy together just for fun so I could practice my linework, and I actually splashed some really outrageously bright colors onto it in Sai, but I ended up swapping it out for sepia tones because it just looks more organic. It also distracts less from the linework and serves to enhance rather than confuse it.

ANYWAYS... um... I've decided that this is a Snagglewumpus. I don't know what that is, but he LOOKS like such a thing, so there you go.

[Snagglewumpus 2012 JS] - [Jan. 2012]
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deviationaddict Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, I thought you used the computer for those thick and thin lines. Very nice work.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not this time, it's all traditional brush pen, baby! I mostly use digital these days due to cost/ease, but seriously NOTHING feels quite like traditional tools.
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Chinesegal Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This creature looks like it's from Alice in wonderland.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, a bit!
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tekkimonsta Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is it me or this critter looks fluffy
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turnboltsrobotarmy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this brings me so much joy!I would buy of print of this! when I first started drawing you and miss monster were two people that inspired me to keep working on my art style !
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StevenRoy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my! The stripes, the fluff, the big claws, the lean flexible build, the long neck, that face, that faaaaaaace!

This has gotta be one of the most huggable-looking yet magnificent beasties I've ever seen!
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well thanks!
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RealNoir13 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aaaah, you use brush pen so well!
I bought some after looking at your awesome works done with brush pens, but all what I do with them is all messy! xD
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, that's ALL I got when I started, too! It takes a LOT of practice but trust me, you'll get it. It took me many, many experiments and a lot of failed attempts! Keep at it! I'm still not good enough to do commissions with it, I don't think!
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RebelLucario Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, neat. I agree with your choice to swap out for sepia tones. Looks great. I also second Nookslider's comment.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
He sounds like the furry brother of the Jabberwocky.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha yes!!!
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Prisma colored pencils; it's a great brand :D
However, I've never tried my hand at brush pens (very seriously anyways). They're hard >XD
Great quality and love his anatomy X)
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brush pens take awhile to get used to.
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NihiloNeko Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As does every medium I suppose :)
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing looking inks! I used a brush pen once and enjoyed it, but I've never stayed long with any traditional media - I'm a slave to digital in the end.

But, for a brief time there I had a lot of luck with a manga pen I bought on reccomendation from an amazing manga artist. No digital inks have the same look, so I probably should use it more often...

Aaaanyway, I love the ink here, and the creature itself is adorable and I want one.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I still love traditional media, even though I'm primarily digital as well. There's just something about physically holding REAL STUFF that's just... more organic and smooth and comfortable. Digital's just a lot more varied and easier (for me), but it never feels quite the same. I generally like to use a combination of both.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I definitely sketch better on paper. But inking and everything else is all digital for me. x3
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I still ink traditionally, though lately I've been trying to learn it on Sai since it lends a different look. Or sometimes I ink in Illustrator.
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sketchaddict Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very tasty delicious line weights here. :d And I'm totally digging the stripey horns and tongue on this guy! It's a really fun design, and the sepia shades leave me imagining all kinds of fun color combinations. I've always loved how you draw muzzles and claws, so this guy is seriously easy to love. <3 I enjoyed taking a little sneaky-peak at your faint construction lines, too. Watching your process would be totally entrancing to me. I'm a bit of a silly fangirl of your art, and this is my first time ever commenting on ANYTHING.
Keep up the good work! :]
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awwwwwww what a nice compliment, thank you! I appreciate the love :)

I've been told I'm entertaining to watch draw because I doodle pretty fast, but I often don't end up with what I intended to do exactly ;)
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SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
What an adorable looking fellow! :D

And you're right about the linework, the muted tones really do help to draw more attention to it.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, before it was awful pinks and fuschias and greens and nonsense haha.
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richpuma Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, that's not look like a traditional art

but you are really skillfull
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, but it IS traditional! It was done with brush pens.
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correcaminos74 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
great work
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Lunore Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, you have shakey hands too?
I've always had that problem, but for some reason it really shows when I use paint.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty shakey, yeah.
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Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Snagglewumpus is a highly endangered and majestic creature that can only be found in three blocks of downtown New York. This beautiful beast survives by tricking tourists out of their money in illegal street games of three-card monte, which it will use to buy the food it desires more than anything in the world-quadruple stuffed bean and cheese burritos.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Possibly.
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Dragon-Paragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly a noble creature.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Is that his tongue or is he consuming a lizard?

Cool stuff. :)
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The world may never know.
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Atimist Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ZOMG that's the thing that lives in my closet, leaves hair on all my clothes!
Beautiful work here!
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I shall look up the brush pen you used!:shakefist:
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TrezhurIsland Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
wow, your lineart looks so nice!

Did you use the double-ended marker or one of the illustration markers? (I'm trying to look them up on the net and I found this page: [link] )
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's an illustration marker. It's more pen-ish, definitely not one of the fat double-end types.
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TrezhurIsland Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
awesome, thanks ^^
I'd really like to give it a show sometime ^^
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Shirakei Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Reminds me something.
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Yes, a Snagglewumpus
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Shirakei Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Sorry?
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That-one-gal Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
I always love your drawings with the construction lines still in them. I always enjoy seeing how characters are constructed and yours are always so clean looking! Are you enjoying SAI so far? I've been thinking on getting it myself.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sai is pretty awesome, I'm loving it! It's so much more organic than Photoshop; people were right about that. It's nowhere near as powerful though, and a lot of stuff I still end up doing in Pshop.
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Nyaasu Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is exactly how I feel about OpenCanvas. I want to ditch Photoshop for it, but there's so much it can't handle as well.

Inking with it though, is amazing. Worth every single penny.
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I do all my inking in either Sai or Illustrator these days (pending on the look), or just plain actual ink pens :D
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Wolf-DX Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks awesome
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Raptor85 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww i've always wanted to try out prismacolour's but you can't seem to get em here in sweden ._.,
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zillabean Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe online!
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Mail order
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