Tag: design

Cute Character: Octopus Lady

Cute Character: Octopus Lady

FINALLY! I drew and inked the third fourth main character of my bee detective story, starring Sweetie Bee, Detective Bumble, Bucky Lambert, and now Via Creed!

Octavia Creed
She looks super elegant. My mom says the third eye creeps her out!!

I’d been stuck on this character for a long time, and she went through numerous redesigns (in fact, she was originally a cat. How about that!?) I always knew I wanted her to be a psychic or empath of sorts, and I thought a black cat would emphasize the superstitious aspect of her personality. However, a psychic black cat lady character already exists in a franchise I like: Katrina from Animal Crossing!

Octavia Creed, or Via, for short, is a palm reader and fortune teller whose business is failing. She is patient, intuitive, and comes off as a little weird and cryptic to her friends Sweetie and Bucky. She isn’t one to judge, and does her best to see the good in everyone. She’s very quiet and reserved, and usually not outwardly expressive. Her third eye opens when she uses her psychic powers.

Wanting to stay true to my character’s personality but not seem like a copycat (no pun intended), I struggled to think of another animal that would fit the bill. As Craftie B helped me brainstorm, we thought of an octopus character as a reference to Paul the Octopus, who predicted the results of the World Cup a few years back. In addition, my cast is now a little more diverse — it consists of two insects, a mammal, and a sea creature instead of two insects and two mammals! I got to work, and designed Via! Hopefully I can start fleshing out this story’s world and characters now that I have this sorted out.

Look forward to hearing more about this bee story in the future! Until next time, keep bee-ing yourselves, Citizens.

New Design: On Cloud Nine

New Design: On Cloud Nine

Since I’ve figured out how to color my traditional lineart with online programs, I’ve had a lot of fun making new designs with fun, bright colors. Since I didn’t have too much work to do over Thanksgiving break, it was a great way to pass my time! In addition to the character icons I made for a couple of my OCs, and the art I created for my Splatoon remix, I also made a new work for my RedBubble store. Check it out!

On Cloud Nine

This girl was originally designed back in April of this year, based on the prompt “Keeper of the Storm.” I loved her cloud hair so much that I wanted to draw her again in my current art style! I thought of the expression “on cloud nine,” which means very happy, so I gave her a cute smile. I think it turned out well, and I love the gradient in the background. The artwork is available on stickers, phone cases, and more thanks to RedBubble.

I may be busier now that school is back again, but hopefully I can still find time to draw and create! As always, thanks for supporting me as I strive to improve my art. PenPrin awaaaaay!

Free Icon Requests

Free Icon Requests

Hello, readers! For a short time, I will be offering one free character icon to each of my blog followers, as a thank-you for supporting me. Here are some examples of what a character icon from me looks like:

F-Stop - Icon - Colored and Fixed     Sou Icon - Colored

These are my two characters, F-Stop and Sou. They both happen to be girls, but I can do male characters, too! A character icon is a picture of the character’s head down to their shoulders, a white “shadow” behind them to help them stand out, and a simple gradient background. (It’s okay if their hands, tails, or other special features are in the picture, too.) Here are the steps for claiming your free icon.

  1. You must be following my blog.
  2. Send me, via email or comments, a picture or detailed description of the person/character you would like an icon of. (If you eMail me, you must prove somehow that you are, in fact, one of my followers! Thanks for understanding.)
  3. Please have patience! I may be busy with school, but I will do my best to get these illustrations done.
  4. When I finish, I will post the icon to my blog! Depending on how you contacted me, I can email you the picture or reply to your comment with a link to the blog post. Afterwards, feel free to use your new icon however you like! (I won’t make revisions to the picture once it’s already posted, sorry!)

My eMail address (please only use it for commissions and other important inquiries) is mixquest101@gmail.com. If you don’t want me to post the icon online, or you want multiple icons instead of just one, you can commission me instead. I’m always open!

Thanks again for your continued support. ❤


Where have I been? Who’s this chick??

Where have I been? Who’s this chick??

First of all, the question no one asked, but I’m about to answer: Where have I been? School! I have by no means given up on art, but I have been very busy getting adjusted to a new school and keeping up with a college-level class. I have been drawing in my personal sketchbook and have been creating for my art class, but (as my followers can tell) I haven’t been as active on my blog.

have been in the planning phase for a webcomic that I hope to be able to create, although that may be in the far future. I am also participating in a couple of stories on Storium, so I can connect with other writers and hopefully improve my writing style. I’ve been working on improving my art and getting inspiration from other artists like Kasey Golden. I’m not dead! However, I’ve started focusing more on developing my artwork on my own instead of trying to maintain a regular blogging schedule.

Second question: Who is this girl? Like I said, I have started using Storium, which a friend from my school recently introduced me to. I haven’t begun any games yet, but preparing for them has given me a reason to get back into character design. I wanted to participate in a friend’s science-fiction story, so that gave me a prompt to design a new character! I started thinking about things that weren’t done often in modern sci-fi stories, and then remembered a Kasey Golden video I watched with an alien who worked at a fast food restaurant. With this inspiration, I started designing my own character, and that’s how I came up with this cutie right here!

Sou Icon - Colored
She seems bored. Or fed up with someone? Maybe just tired!

This is Sourelise, or Sou. She belongs to a rat-like species of alien, and she worked in various fast food joints throughout the Milky Way before being hired on a starship. She doesn’t make friends easily, but she’ll have to learn to cooperate with her fellow crew members if she doesn’t want to go back to working at a burger restaurant on Pluto.

I’m experimenting with different ways of coloring, and it’s really fun to use digital programs to fill in my traditional lineart! It takes some getting used to, but I really like the way this piece turned out. I guess you could count this towards my series of animal girls? You know, since she’s based on a rat. Just kidding! I had a great time just designing a character for fun, and I hope to share more art with my followers when I find the time. I may use this character for my own projects in the future, but for now, I’ll just be playing as her on Storium.

Anyway, thanks for following me, even though I don’t post much. It means a lot to have people supporting me on my artistic journey! Until next time (whenever that may be), PenPrin out.