Who says an art blog can’t have music!? Oh, nobody said that? Okay. Good. Because they would be WRONG! 😉
All jokes aside, my followers may be aware that I occasionally make music in addition to art. A while ago, I had a song called Now or Never from Splatoon stuck in my head. I was also playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Leaf at the time, and I found its soundtrack so peaceful and charming. Then I thought, why not combine the two? I worked on and off for a couple of months to create this remix using Noteflight so I could put it on YouTube for others to enjoy. I also drew a cute picture of Cece and Viché (cosplayers of Callie and Marie from Splatoon that appear as unlockable characters in Animal Crossing: New Leaf) to go along with my new song.
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.
I 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!
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.
As Pencil Princess, I present to you “Cooler With Sunglasses,” a short slice-of-life comic strip starring myself, PenPrin.
My last comic, Silent Characters, was partially colored, but I thought I’d try going back to black-and-white for my comics. I really like how the final panel turned out with the gradient background. Everything is drawn in pen, but the text and the gradient background in the last panel were added in digitally.
There’s a reason why I keep my sunglasses on at the end of the school day. It’s usually because I’ve been inside for too long and when I see the sunlight it makes my eyes hurt. Or, in this case, because I’m having an existential crisis? The last panel is my face when I think about how much homework I have to do…
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:
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.