My very first picture... man, I sucked back then. I still do, just not as much. You can tell straight away I just copied a sprite, but that said, it was still the best thing I had ever drawn in my life.
Second picture. Again, I copied a sprite and put my own touches on it, and drew a much better hand, though it still looked like crap. It just looks wrong compared to my more recent drawings. There's a mistake in this picture; can anyone spot it?
|Darkmark holding some plasma|
I drew actual legs here, as opposed to disembodied feet, and it turned out quite well. I also made the saddle a little smaller, and changed the style of the boots, but totally screwed up the little plasma fire. It should've been bigger, I suppose.
|Manny drawing his sword|
His right arm looks wrong, but it kinda worked. Not much else to say; the sword is pretty mediocre and the colouring's a bit too defined from shade to shade.
Aside from where I screwed up the tail, and his left arm, and the crappy flail chains, I like this one. Notice that the legs are slightly exaggerated compared to other pictures; this is deliberate.
You can see already that the picture quality has improved since the paper is less obvious. I tried a different style for the fins, more like on today's Yoshi, but it just didn't look right, so I went back after this picture.
Who is it, you ask? It's a character that won't appear in the Cursed Yoshi series for quite some time yet, called Melinda. Notice the fangs, and the claws, which I think I drew fairly well.
|Neo Darkmark - Line Art*|
This is explained in Cursed Yoshi, at some point or another. Neo Darkmark is Darkmark, but in a more powerful, magic-vulnerable form visible here. I saved an inked copy so I could consider CGing at a later date, but also to show you what one of my pictures might look like before I add any colour.
|Neo Darkmark - First Shade/Preshade|
After the preliminary shading, this is what one of my pictures might look like. Notice that I added an aura to the picture, though it isn't the full aura, which I will get around to drawing some day.
|"I could easily destroy you all".|
After I do the detailed shading, the final version of the picture looks like this. Out of all my pictures, I love this one the most for some unknown reason. I suppose it's the shading that turned out so well, or how black the eyes are, an effect I achieved by using up half a cartridge of pen ink. And damned expensive ink at that. But it was worth it.
|Darkmark with wings|
Those look familiar? The sprite version of them came from Final Fantasy Five, and got recoloured and added to the Darkmark construction kit. I decided to draw them the way I wanted, and came up with this. Those wings are cool, particularly the membranes.
And those arms... I lost count of how many times I erased them and redrew them. Detail ain't my thing. I'm never going to draw folded arms again if I can possibly avoid it.