As you can see the today’s PaintLog is online a little bit later (and perhaps a little bit shorter) than usual. I had to work yesterday morning and just didn’t find the time afterwards.
The Mermay gone on the one hand it felt a little bit like a delight. On the other hand a little bit hollow since I’ll have to orientate myself again on which of my OCs and topics I shoul work next.
Technically, there were a whole weekend plus a holiday last week but I didn’t really find a start into „not drawing mermaids“ again.
At least I managed to do two new drawings in the end and a third one is in the pipeline right now (it will be published on my birthday on Thursday).
This painting is an entry to vitranas_arts Junicorn challenge, featuring the first week’s Earth theme and accompanying subtopics. It’s one approach out of three.
The first approach would’ve been a full scale painting I didn’t feel I’d manage at this time and in time. It was similar to this one whereas the 2nd approach would’ve been totally different, just depicting some mini unicorns on the ground level of a forest.
Right at the start I had the idea of a scene with my OCs Raven and Samandra. For this third approach I kept this thought but transferred it towards a journals‘ entry.
„Being a fabric mage means knowing where to get your magic stuff to weave into your clothes. So, Samandra wrote down any bit of information she got to look it up again whenever the need arises.“
Amphibia and The Owl House spoilers ahead
In the last two weeks I did two Amphibia x The Owl House (x Gravity Falls) crossovers. Because of the fun ot it and because there were even more ideas, I created one more crossover shenanigan.
This time a spoiler warning and a CN tag seemed appropriate (although most of the fans probably woulde have watched both shows/seasons finales by now).
I’m following a lot of The Owl House and Amphibia accounts on Instagram and Twitter and it’s always exciting which anticipations the fandom is coming up with. I often don’t know where they are getting those ideas from in the first place but their reasoning always seems logical enough to (almost) follow them.
In these cases there were a wildly spread fan theory that Anne (Amphibia) would lose an arm during her show. At the same time there was one that Luz (The Owl House) would get possessed by The Collector (or rather The Collector in theis physcial form can only exist by possessing somebody (and this being Luz)). So, this painting again is dedicated to all the fans who expected one of those two things happening but got … err … disappointed will be the wrong word … again, it (luckily) just wasn’t meant to be canon (yet).
As hinted last week, I’m going to bring this year’s Mermay to a close. As much as I love the Mermay as glad am I not to draw only mermaids for a change. Still, although I actually did some new paintings since last Sunday, we are not quite there.
Therefore, for a last time this year this PaintLog (the first half of it) will deal with the Mermay, the recap I promised you.
With the second half we are getting back to fanart again. Amphiba came to an end, so did season 2 of The Owl House. Additionally, I made use of my short vacation by binge watching the show Gravity Falls.
You will find the results of this combination below and on the respective pages, of course.
The main thing was: To have fun!
And fun I had. I enjoyed to create the prompt board together with my collab partner Potato, to draw the prompts, to come up with the texts, the ones for the general board as well as the ones for the weekly introductions. Thank you Potato for co-hosting this Mermay!
Goaling four major paintings and sharing one small detail every day turned out to be exactly the right thing. This way I managed to come through the Mermay quite well despite tigh working schedules in May.
Mentioning these … yeah, at some points in time it was stressful. I started around Easter with the first drawing and until the second week I was way ahead of the calendar with my preparations. Still, from week 3 onwards it initially often was a day by day drawing. Only the vacation of the fourth week were able to fix this.
However, it was a delight to finally see the paintings coming together. Which one is your favorite? Tbh, I like „The Heart inside our Caves“ the most. Like in last year’s Linktober, I created some short clips that will show you the drawing progress of each painting and there also is a collage with every painting shared this Mermay.
Looking at the four paintings in retrospective, I come to think that you clearly can spot how my time schedule influenced the work progress. The first two already were quite elaborated before their respective week even started, I just had to hide the details I didn’t want to share on the particular days.
Week 3 is starting with Nessie, the background came quite in the end. Week 4 starts the same way (with the Little Sea Witch) but as soon as I found the time, the whole background was on its way and only needed slight alterations.
Last but not least a shoutout to everony who participated in our 4WeeksMermay. It was the first time we were hosting it and perhaps there will be another one next year.
It was great to see all the other entries, the fantasy and imagination you put into the combinations of the prompts.
Thank you so much!
We would be happy if you’d join next year again!
Mermay 2022 paintings
Amphibia, The Owl House and Gravitiy Falls spoilers ahead
As mentioned above, last week I felt the fanboy vibes again – threefold!
It all started with the finale of The Owl House’s 2nd season finale (but is rooted back to the one of Amphibia too). In the final scene we see a newspaper article featuring a picture of Anne Boonchuy and the question if her being lost in a frog world has been a hoax.
The same moment the image of Camila contacting the Boonchuys jumped to my mind, and this way Luz finally meeting Anne. Luz of course would be enthusiastic about a world with giant snakes in it (the very first episode of her show introduced her by throwing snakes).
For Anne’s part, however, it may be important to know that it felt like half of the fandom shipped her with one or the other of the other two girls who were stuck with her in Amphibia. But it wasn’t meant to be canon up to the end whereas Luz, of course, came back to the human realm with her girlfriend Amity.
It was the first time I drew Anne. I drew Luz before and even other Amphibia characters, but not Anne. I tried to do this in my own style but to keep the „Disney roundness“. Because in the show the eyes (in her normal form) are just little black dots, I had to search the internet for information about their colour and in the end it turned out that they are brown. The Amphibia Wiki didn’t mention which brown, so I chose a tone of the same brown she has as hair colour.
The same time I came up with this idea, already another one sneaked into my mind but I wanted to share the Amphibia x The Owl House cartoon first.
There are several references to Gravity Falls in The Owl House as well as in Amphibia, Stan and Soos have versions of them in both realms and it’s as good as canon that he ince was married to Eda Clawthorne from The Owl House. So, we can assume, Gravity Falls is part of the same uni/multiverse.
This being a great basis for my second crossover cartoon. Things to know if you don’t know the show: Dippper (the guy to the left) actually never had to leave the human realm. On the other side, almost hte whole show he had a big crush on the girl Wendy (who was 15 at this point in time while he was nearly 13). Of course, he didn’t came back from Gravity Falls with a girlfried.
Because by now Dipper and Mabel would’ve been almost 23 years old, I tried to paint them a little bit older than in the show. Dipper got some hair on the chin and I shortened Mabels hair. I also abandoned the ribbon. However, she is wearing a pig ear pendant, referring to her pig Waddles, of course and to once more underline her weirdness.
As with Anne I had to investigate on the eye colour. With Dipper (and mabel) it was brown again and this time I chose the same brown that I used as basic hair colour of Anne. I also noticed that Mabel and Dipper have got the same basic skin and hair colour, making things quite easy for me because I already had the whole colour palette at hand.
🇩🇪 Das neue Jahr ist natürlich wieder voll Karacho in die erste Arbeitswoche nach den Feiertagen gestartet. Dies bedeutet, ich sitze zwar bereits wieder an neuen Zeichnungen dran, habe diese aber noch nicht vollendet.
Das ist aber insofern von Vorteil, als dass es mir die Gelegenheit gab, den Jahresrückblick 2021 nun endgültig abzuschließen. Denn eine Collage fehlte noch: Die Best of 2021.
Wie auch in 2020 findet ihr hier meine persönlichen Favoriten über alle Themen verteilt. Die meisten davon habe ihr bereits in den anderen Rückblicken gesehen, folgt ihr zu der oben genannten Seite, erwartet euch jedoch auch dieses Jahr ein etwas tieferer Einblick zu den jeweiligen Bildern.
Hier gehe ich nicht nur darauf ein, was auf den verschiedenen Bildern zu sehen ist, sondern ebenso auf deren Entstehunsgeschichte, besondere Herausforderungen beim Zeichnen, sowie kleinere Geheimnisse und Eastereggs, die sich im Bild wiederfinden und die ihr vielleicht noch gar nicht entdeckt habt. Da sich außerdem ein guter Teil Fanart unter den Bildern befindet, solltet ihr jedoch mit Spoilern zu The Owl House, Amphibia und Arcane rechnen:
🇬🇧 Of course, the new year has started full speed into the first working week after the holidays. This meaning that I’m already working on new paintings, but I haven’t finished them yet.
Still, this is an advantage insofar as it gave me the opportunity to finally conclude the recap 2021, one collage still missing: The Best of 2021.
As in 2020, here you will find my personal favorites across all subjects. Most of them you have already seen in the other recaps, but if you follow above-mentioned link, you will get a deeper insight into the respective paintings.
I’m not only going to explain what can be seen in the various paintings, but I also will talk about their creation process, challenges in drawing them and small secrets and eastereggs that you may not have discovered yet. As there is also a good deal of fanart among the paintings, you should beware of spoilers about The Owl House, Amphibia and Arcane:
🇩🇪 In der vergangenen Woche war ich auf verschiedenen Ebenen, auf die ich nun nicht einzeln eingehen will, einigermaßen gefordert. Dafür befinde ich mich nun im (hoffentlich wohlverdienten) Jahresend-Urlaub.
Somit möchte auch ich euch allen frohe Feiertage wünschen! Bis dahin ist es zwar noch ein paar Tage hin, aber just heute war es mein Turn, einen Beitrag für den SchleFaZ–Adventskalender zu leisten, den einige von uns SchleFaZianern dieses Jahr realisiert haben:
🇬🇧 In the past week, I have been somewhat challenged on various levels, which I will not go into more detailed. But: I am now on my (hopefully well-deserved) end-of-year vacation.
So I would also like to wish you all happy holidays! It’s still a few days until Christmas, but just today it was my turn to contribute to the SchleFaZadvent calendar, which some of us SchleFaZians realised this year:
Hatte ich letzte Woche bereits ein „Best of Crissy“ erstellt, habe ich dasselbe diese Woche mit meiner Fanart 2021 getan. Bis letztes Jahr habe ich eigentlich selten Fanart gezeichnet, dann jedoch angefangen, The Owl House zu (binge)watchen und dazu gehörige Werke zu erstellen, um meine Gedanken zu der Sendung zu verarbeiten. Gleiches widerfuhr mir später mit Amphibia und Arcane.
The Owl House war jedoch „die Erste“ und das spiegelt sich vermutlich auch in meiner Collage wieder – 6 von 9 Bildern sind The-Owl-House-bezogen:
Having already created a „Best of Crissy“ last week, I did the same this week with my Fanart 2021. I rarely drew fanart until last year, but then I started (binge) watching The Owl House and creating related works to process my thoughts on the show. The same thing happened to me later with Amphibia and Arcane.
Still, The Owl House was „the first“ and this is probably reflected in my collage – 6 out of 9 paintings are The Owl House related:
🇩🇪 Endlich konnte ich das seit mehreren Wochen angekündigte Arcryla-City-Bild fertigstellen. Dieses hat seinen Ursprung darin, dass zu der Zeit, als das Mayor-Prompt auf besagtem Discord-Server aktuell war, irgendjemand im Scherz meinte, wir könnten unsere OCs in „hot“ zeichnen.
Die Idee blieb in meinem Hirn hängen und diese Woche habe ich sie endlich auch fertigstellen können.
🇬🇧 Finally I was able to finish the Arcryla City painting that I had been announcing for several weeks now. Its origin is that at the time when the mayor prompt was the newest thing on said Discord server, someone jokingly said that we could draw our OCs in „hot“.
The idea stuck and this week I was able to finish this art piece.
After a hard morning’s work in the mechanical entrails of Arcryla City, Crissy sat down for a lunch break. But wherever there is a screw to tighten, Crissy will fix it and even forget about her cheese lettuce tomato egg and mayonnaise sandwich.
Da ich vor zwei Wochen sämtliche Folgen aufgeholt habe, bin ich inzwischen wieder im aktuellen Amphibia-Flow drin. Kaum hatte ich gesagt, dass mein Lieblingscharakter Marcy ist, tauchte vor einer Woche dann ein weiterer Charakter auf, der mir ausnehmend gut gefallen hat: Terri.
Auch von ihr fühlte ich mich dann bemüßigt Fanart anzufertigen:
Since I caught up with all the episodes two weeks ago, I am now back in the current Amphibia flow. No sooner had I said that my favourite character is Marcy than another character turned up a week ago who I really liked: Terri.
🇩🇪Die letzte Woche hatte es auf der privaten Bühne in sich. Auch deshalb hatte ich mir letztes Wochenende eine kleine Auszeit genommen und sämtliche bis jetzt erschienenen Staffeln Amphibia gebingt. Als The-Owl-House-Fan hatte ich auch von dieser Serie immer wieder schon etwas mitbekommen, war neugierig und wollte nun endlich einmal reinschauen. Nebenbei hat sich das auch positiv auf meine kreativen Kräfte ausgewirkt, sodass ich in der Folge meine erste Amphibia-Fanart gezeichnet hatte.
Da es sich einerseits um einen Spoiler handelt, anderseits um eine Hoffnung meinerseits, seid gewarnt:
Möglicher Spoiler voraus!
Mein Lieblingscharakter der Serie ist eindeutig Marcy Wu. Ich kann sie so gut verstehen! Die Tollpatschigkeit, die Probleme, Anschluss zu finden, der Drang, diese Welt zu verlassen und neue Welten zu erkunden, das alles kenne ich nur zu gut (in ihrem Alter hatte ich sogar davon geträumt, eine Maschine zu bauen, mit der man in andere Welten reisen kann).
Wer weiß, was mit ihr am Ende von Staffel 2 und im Verlauf der letzten Folge geschehen ist, oder auch nur die nicht wenigen Bilder gesehen hat, die ebenso herumgehen, wird das folgende Bild von ihr hoffentlich einordnen können:
The last week was a busy one regarding personal stuff. That (among other things) is why I took a little time out last weekend and binged all the seasons of Amphibia that have been released so far. Being a The Owl House fan, I had already heard about this show, I was curious and finally I gave it a try. Besides, it also had a positive effect on my creative powers, as result I drew my very first Amphibia fanart.
On the one hand it is a spoiler, on the other hand perhaps just wishful thinking, therefore:
Warning! Possible spoiler ahead!
My favorite character is Marcy Wu. I can realte to her in so many ways. the clumsiness, the struggle to socialize, the urge to leave this world and explore other ones (I even dreamt of building a machine to do this as I was her age).
Everyone who knows what happened to her in the end of season 2 and in the most current episodes or even only saw the pictures which are going around, hopefully will be able to place this painting: