Tag: cartoon

How to Recognize an Art Student

How to Recognize an Art Student

I’m absolutely ecstatic to present to my citizens this finished, colored piece done in watercolor pencils! Other than my Pencil Princess profile picture, I haven’t ever finished coloring a drawing with watercolor pencils, so I’m very happy with how this one turned out.

Ever wondered how to tell art students apart from “ordinary” people? Now you can with this easy trick: is their non-dominant arm weak and noodley while their dominant arm is super buff and muscular from hours of drawing? If the answer is yes, then you have found yourself an art student.

The reason for this strange phenomenon observed in “art kids” is due to the fact that the non-dominant arm’s only primary function is delivering caffeinated beverages to the mouth if the other arm is busy, while the dominant arm is responsible for many activities (including drawing, painting, browsing memes, etc.)

Below is a depiction of a common art student, wearing a shirt that reads “ANIMU KWEEN” (translation: anime queen). Observe the difference between the non-dominant and dominant arms:

How to Recognize an Art Student

To make others aware of this easy trick (or simply to remind yourself), you can purchase this diagram on a variety of products via Pencil-Princess on RedBubble. The default product is a sticker, but it is also available on products such as hardcover journals and studio pouches.

In other news, the “ANIMU KWEEN” design on the shirt of this art student is available if you, too, want to be the anime queen. If more information is recorded on this strange art student phenomenon, rest assured that you will be informed immediately! PenPrin out.

Cute Characters: Bee Detectives

Cute Characters: Bee Detectives

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These two look adorable together!

In an earlier post, I introduced my character Sweetie Bee (formerly Bumble Sweet). However, she wasn’t actually the first bee character that I came up with! Before I had the idea to make my Pony.Town character bee-themed, I had sketched out several character design doodles, one of them being a detective bee wearing a fedora and a trench coat. This character then became Detective Bumble, the boy standing to the left of Sweetie!

Richard Bumble and Sweetie Bumble are both famous detectives. They’re brother and sister, and although Sweetie is older than Richard, they are commonly referred to as “The Bumble Twins.” Richard’s friends call him Richie, but the public knows him as Detective Bumble. Everyone calls his sister Sweetie Bee. While she’s a little more introverted, Richie is a total extrovert. She is calm, cool, and reserved; he’s energetic, wacky, and a little clumsy. I tried to make the two of them compliment each other!

Originally, other than Sweetie’s ponytail and Richie’s fedora, Richie and Sweetie had the same hair (or… head fur). Thus, I decided to change his hairstyle to make it easier to differentiate between them. I also removed Richie’s trench coat because I thought it would be difficult to draw. I made a lot of mistakes with the inking, some of which I tried to clean up once I had the picture scanned in. Don’t ask me what happened to Sweetie’s bottom-left hand… LOL! In addition, I’d like to point out that in this drawing, there is a total of EIGHT ARMS! Why did I have to give each character four arms!? Just two in one drawing is hard enough to manage, but I had to figure out what do do with EIGHT! Blargh…

I would love to write a story or draw a black-and-white comic with these characters and others. It feels great not to limit myself to strictly human and human-shaped characters like I did for so long! Cartoon creatures are very enjoyable to draw, and I would recommend creating some creature characters of your own to anyone who feels like their art is getting boring. LavenderTowne’s video on cute character design is very helpful!

I do think that, at least for now, I will be sticking to mostly black-and-white drawings. However, once I get a little comfortable with drawing, I might move on to colored illustrations! Thank you, my Citizens, for taking the time to observe my humble works of art. 🙂

Cute Character: Sweetie Bee

Cute Character: Sweetie Bee

My friend convinced me to begin playing a virtual world game called Pony.Town, which is a game where you play as a pony and talk to other people playing as ponies (or “shorks”?) Anyway, to play, you have to create a character. Mine is a yellow-and-black pony named Bumble Sweet, and her background is that she’s a pony who hangs out with bees and makes honey for a living! She’s generally sassy and loves to make people laugh.

Pony.Town Bumble Sweet
For the record, here is my Pony.Town character, “Bumble Sweet.”

Since I didn’t want this cute character to be limited to just Pony Town, I gave her a redesign – as an actual bee. I omitted her neck as a stylistic choice; there’s no tragic backstory behind it! When I draw her, I always forget to add two things until the very end: the wings and her striped stockings. Which is kinda bad, because they’re some of the most important aspects of her appearance! Without them, it’s difficult to tell that she’s a bee.

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She looks like she’s playfully roasting whoever she’s talking to, or maybe just telling a funny joke. Either way, I’d love to hang out with her!

I’d love to use this character and more characters like her for a story. Her design is so simple and she’s very fun to draw! Anyway, since “Bumble Sweet” doesn’t have much of a ring to it, I was thinking of naming her Sweetie Bee instead. What do you think? Please let me know in the comments! Thank you for being my loyal Citizens. Pencil Princess out!