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Commission: Hogwarts' Student
I was contacted late last year by a client who wanted an illustration of their friend dressed as if they went to Hogwarts, with some LOTR references included as well if possible. This is a small version of the end result! (full sized files are for recipient only!) I went with a more book-friendly design (in the HP books it always mentions them wearing jeans and other regular items of clothing underneath their robes) with the robe tinged green to suit the client's friend's Slytherin alignment. The wand is modelled off of Gandalf (the Grey)'s staff in the LOTR movies; the ears denote an elven lineage; and the bonzai ent in a cauldron is a nod to Guardians of the Galaxy XD

I cannot say enough how proud and amazed I am to have been asked to do a commission and hopefully it will not be the last! I had a bunch of fun looking through references and trying to capture the correct essence and spirit of the character. I also learned just how much I can do if I push myself :3 Of course, I could still probably spend 20 more hours on it polishing and polishing away, but having a deadline is sometimes a good thing~ XD
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So it's a little bit late for a Happy New Year but here it is! 2016 saw me go from someone only just confident enough to share their silly drawings with the world to someone who was actually given real money to make a painting for someone. A huge thank you goes to that someone; I learned so much working on a commission about myself, the way I work and what I can do when I put my mind to it. Who knows what the next year will bring, but as a teaser, here's a small sample of the current Works In Progress that will hopefully see completion sometime in 2017 :) Happy New Year everyone~

2017 To-do List by SimplyCookie


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TAoRW: Character Sheet: Introvixen
The Adventures of Retail Warrior
This is a rather silly but very fun project I've been working on, making comic-book-style superheroes based very loosely on colleagues/events from the local shop I work at. I decided to try and develop a hyper-stylised art style to fit the comic-book theme and put into practice a lot of what I've been learning about character design and the design process. Each character's aesthetics stem from a collection of shapes and colours that fit their theme, a process I decided to try after seeing this (foxprints.com/tracy/character_…) in tracyjb's wonderfully educational journal entry (tracyjb.deviantart.com/).

Introvixen (formerly Sunday McNuggets):
Oh where to start :3 Introvixen is an alien (technically a Zarblogian, though humans are incapable of pronouncing it right) who crash-landed on Earth. Her opinion of our planet isn't exactly high: it's dirty, and smelly, and full of humans, which she tries to avoid in most cases. In fact, she was mid-way through her attempt to leave when she happened to have some chicken nuggets, which were so delicious she decided to stay after all. Somehow (please don't ask xD) she managed to get a job at the local shop, where she has managed to find a group of humans that can be considered as tolerable \:D/ She is especially close with Timber; in fact she's the only character who doesn't realise that he's not human, due to her limited exposure to our species~ (this misconception doesn't even change when he transforms into a tank)

To the superhero group she brings a huge amount of potential, but doesn't often use it f^^ She has immense psyionic capabilities but doesn't like using them to manipulate 'icky human minds'. She also has considerable control over gravity, but mainly uses this to float above the ground so she doesn't have to get her feet dirty.

Other trivia: she is incredibly good at throwing (being able to accurately hit a target from as much as 596 miles away) and this was the talent she displayed during the 'talent' section of the Miss Andromeda competition, which she has won four years in a row. She is currently hoping to add Miss Milky Way to her collection of sashes~ 

Comments and con-crit greatly appreciated <3
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Darcey Portrait WIP - fixed
So here's a fix of my earlier Work In Progress of a portrait of Darcey Bussell. When I started working on the painting I wanted to jump straight into values practice, so I did the sketch very quickly and looking back on it I should have spent more time getting the proportions right f^^ But now I've learned a lot more about how Photoshop works and various different functionalities that can help me fix the mistakes without having to redo the whole painting, I can get a fix up :)

Also at some point this is supposed to be coloured but... I guess I'll be leaving that for another day f^^

As always: Wacom Bamboo and PS. I don't want to estimate how many hours I've spent on this (because it's an enormous amount DX) but the fix was very quick so that's something \:D/

Comments and con-crit greatly appreciated <3
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TAoRW: Character Sheet: Rainbow Dash
The Adventures of Retail Warrior
This is a rather silly but very fun project I've been working on, making comic-book-style superheroes based very loosely on colleagues/events from the local shop I work at. I decided to try and develop a hyper-stylised art style to fit the comic-book theme and put into practice a lot of what I've been learning about character design and the design process. Each character's aesthetics stem from a collection of shapes and colours that fit their theme, a process I decided to try after seeing this (foxprints.com/tracy/character_…) in tracyjb's wonderfully educational journal entry (tracyjb.deviantart.com/).

Rainbow Dash:
Rainbow Dash is a fast-paced debuff-based character who disorients and stuns the crew's enemies with her dizzying speed and super-sonic-karaoke skills.
Her superpowers include Penny Sweets Sweep, Supersonic Boom, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the lyrics of every song played on the shop radio.

Comments and con-crit greatly appreciated <3
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So it's a little bit late for a Happy New Year but here it is! 2016 saw me go from someone only just confident enough to share their silly drawings with the world to someone who was actually given real money to make a painting for someone. A huge thank you goes to that someone; I learned so much working on a commission about myself, the way I work and what I can do when I put my mind to it. Who knows what the next year will bring, but as a teaser, here's a small sample of the current Works In Progress that will hopefully see completion sometime in 2017 :) Happy New Year everyone~

2017 To-do List by SimplyCookie


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Clarissa Gillingham
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
I am an aspiring artist, hoping that with enormous effort and hours of hard work I can draw something awesome!
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50 Watcher Milestone! Chibi Neko Noire 2P Thank U by RobotCatArt
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Makinakya Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome to DA ^-^
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SimplyCookie Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the welcome! :D
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