I really should make a secondary art blog…
And then I realise…I ain’t got time to maintain both of them. So instead, you get the occasional sketch thrown in amongst a gazillion reblogs. I figure it works, tbh. If it doesn’t, well, there’s the unfollow tab to your righthand (or lefthand, depending on your settings) side there.
I’ve had the background/foreground of this piece sitting on photoshop (first CS2, then 3 and now 5) with absolutely no contextualisation of framing the characters as they should be. It’s been one of those “Goddamnit why so frustrating?!” pieces that has been the bane of my days for a good long stretch.
Incidentally, I find particular poses incredibly difficult. Even with photographic references, I find some way to fuck it up without trying. 99% of what ends up in these blogposts is art I’m actually too tired to go back and take yet another pass at. There’s only so much of a headache I want to put myself through, and a lot of the times it’s like my muse is going “You could stand to spend the next eight hours fixing this one line right here…” and my brain is going “No, fuck you.”
Story of my life…
These are the human equivelants of Sunshine & Ten Cents from TUGS. I’ve been drawing them as humans since 1991. I lack the part of my conscious mind that allows me to draw machine-type things. I can’t do it, I’ve tried and believe me, it’s hilariously terrible watching me attempt to draw anything machinery/nautical. I did it ONCE…and I never could again. I fear the ability was beaten out of me a long time ago.
But I digress.
I won’t go into the details of how much this piece has eaten away at my sanity for the past three years (I actually DID have some left!), but I finally managed to draw this pose exactly freakin’ right, and managed to get their ages back to what they were originally, 9yo/12yo respectively.
I’ve also gone back, thrown the current uniforms out the damned window and gone back to a highly-simplified design I once drew them with very early on (1993 - 1996). It’s funny how old sketches work better when they’re re-drawn and re-applied to current artworks.
In any case, sorry for my ramblings. It’s mainly for those few followers watching me to see if I produce actual art for the more competent end of the TUGS fandom, but y’all are more’n welcome to appreciate the sketches. Or not. S’all the same to me in the end <3