It’s Raining Men

It’s Week Four of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Manuary! This has been an interesting week for drawing. I have a single standout favorite this week, and I think it will probably be my favorite for the whole month. It’s just so cute!

This week in art

I did a few more tutorials this week, simply because I was running into character prompts that left me at a bit of a loss. That said, I found a few that were really fun. Overall, this month I’ve found that I enjoy drawing males more than I expected to. They are not as difficult as I had built them up to be in my head.

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So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 11: Dwarf

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This little dwarf came out pretty cute! I was going for a bit of a stockier body, but I was more or less happy with him. The braided beard was definitely the hardest part of the whole drawing. I had to redo it a few times. I started out with his hair braided too, but it got so wonky that I ended up erasing and drawing in just long hair.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 12: Ranger

This one was another try at my elf. The one leg got turned kinda strange, but I like the way he came out. I think he was actually a little better before coloring, but that’s mostly because I’m still working on getting better with my markers.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic markers.

Manuary Day 13: Robot

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I know, I know, Alphonse Elric is not technically a robot. If you don’t know who Alphonse Elric is, go watch Full Metal Alchemist. Brotherhood. Right now. I’ll wait.

Okay, now you understand what I mean. But he IS an animated metal suit with a soul, which, depending on how you classify a robot, is pretty close. This drawing was done off a tutorial of course (I hate to say it but I am not that awesome on my own lol).

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 14: Gargoyle

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How cute is this little guy!? I had a good time drawing this one. The references I used were super cute, but I decided to go with a more prickly expression and claws on his little feet. Still cute though!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 15: Dragon/Lizard

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Dragons are hard. Dragon people are even harder. But I kinda like it. Very chibi with the giant head and little body. Drawing the snout was the most difficult part, but it came out better than the last time I tried to draw a snout. So, success.

Drawn on copy paper with 2B pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 16: Bard

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Ahhhhhhhhhhh! This bard came out so much better than I expected. I was attempting to draw from reference but I had a bit of trouble with the instrument. It’s not awful, but I think its distortion has to do with my drawing surface. The top of our desk tilts a bit toward the back, so when I’m looking at certain drawings they look straight and even. At least until I pick them up. Oh well.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 17: Giant

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And now we come to my favorite drawing of the week. I know it’s a bit gory, but omg I laughed so hard when I drew it. This one was done with a tutorial for the giant. It can be found below:

But when I was working on the giant, the mister said I should put a chibi beside him to give some size perspective. I started out with the little mad chibi to the right. But then I started thinking…what’s she mad about? And the expression…the “oops” look in his eyes. I had to. I just had to.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic markers.

Next Week?

Next week is the final week of Manuary. I’ll have the last seven drawings next Thursday, along with the new list for Lovey Dovey Month! But first we have a demon, ogre, cat man, alien, minotaur, mage and a tribal drawing coming up. Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Manuary2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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It’s Raining Men

It’s Week Three of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Manuary! I have had a great time this week, trying new poses, new fantasy races, and I even drew my husband’s original character.

This week in art

Hands are still a major hurdle for me, but I’m not giving up on them. Every day I get a little bit better at them. I’m still striving to include them in every drawing until I finally figure out what works and what doesn’t. Right now, that’s mostly what doesn’t. A lot of times, I manage to get the shape right, but then the size is either itty bitty or way huge.

Oh well, I still had a good time with my prompts this week. The knight, in particular, was more difficult than I anticipated, but I think I did a pretty good job of following the tutorial I found for it.

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At least it wasn’t like this tutorial.

So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 11: Cowboy

This one is based on my husband’s original character, Beetle Habuki, from a D&Desque game that we play.

I’ve attempted him before, but I think this is the best I’ve done yet. I had some fun playing with different kinds of markers, but I found that my Copics really are the best. I really need to get more colors, they are just super expensive. Worth it in the end though.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, Copic markers, and Crayola markers.

Manuary Day 12: Superhero

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It’s a bird…it’s a plane….it’s Captain Awesome! He looks totally stoked to be him, doesn’t he? I think the best part about this picture is the cape. The cape came out SO good. And just look at those pearly whites. He’s going to give Superman a run for his money.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic markers.

Manuary Day 13: King

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Poor young man, thrust into the position of being king. His crown doesn’t even fit. I really liked this one. There is just something about him that stands out to me. This is one of my top four for the week, along with my cowboy, elf, and orc.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 14: Zombie

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I was sick in bed most of Sunday, and that is the only excuse I have for this poor attempt at a zombie. Since I did not feel like getting up to draw at the desk, I worked on my tablet in bed. I did try out a different program and found that I like it features quite a bit more for drawing than I like Photoshop, so that’s a plus!

Drawn on Surface Pro 4 using Clip Paint Studio.

Manuary Day 15: Elf

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Here we have an elf. Not a Christmas elf, a fantasy elf. A warrior elf. A badass sword-swinging elf. This elf takes no shit and gives no fucks. Clearly, this is one of my favorites this week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 16: Orc

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This little chibi orc is my absolute favorite for the week. I love this little guy so much! He turned out super cute. But he still looks like he will cut you open with that ax, given half a chance. Just like an orc should.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prisma colored pencils.

Manuary Day 17: Knight

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The last drawing of the week proved to be the most difficult. I had no idea where to start drawing a knight. So I looked them up and I found a tutorial for this guy. The tutorial can be found over on DrawingForAll.net or by clicking here.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

Next week, I have some more men in store. It’s raining men up in here! Tonight I’m working on a fantasy dwarf, and tomorrow I have a ranger. Over the weekend, I’ll be doing a robot and a gargoyle, then returning to high fantasy next week with a dragon/lizard, a bard, and a giant.  Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Manuary2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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It’s Raining Men

It’s Week Two of Amazing Mimi’s 31 Days of Manuary! I have been utterly surprised by my success in drawing this past week. I feel like I’ve got a whole new outlook on my drawing style and what my capabilities are.

This week in art

Everything I drew this past week has been oriented on the male form, obviously. For me, this was a major step out of my comfort zone. Every time I start looking for a pose reference, I think: “oh that would be so cute as a girl..” But once I get down to the actual drawing, I find that I am far better at this drawing thing than I think I am.

I did my best to include hands in every drawing. I’m still not great with them. I’m learning a few tricks as I go, but most of the time, there is a major disconnect between what I want to draw and what actually gets on the paper.

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The struggle is real, yo.

Still, I have a lot to be proud of this week, and I did some really fun, cute drawings.

So let’s take a look back at the drawing from this week!

Manuary Day 4: Loner

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I really liked this guy. He’s like…so edgy.

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One other thing I was working on this week (besides hands) is putting more movement into the clothing I draw. I attempted to put in some wrinkles and drapes in all of the clothing. This was really my first serious try at including it on a drawing. I feel like I got a little better at it through the week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 5: Nerd

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“Ugh, look at that edgy guy over there. Thinks he’s so cool…” The mister said this guy was an edgy nerd. I don’t know. I was pretty stoked about the hand on this one! A little more clothing work on this one too, but not as much as I was able to include on drawings later in the week.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 6: Rogue

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Dashing little rogue, ready to stab someone around the corner? Yep, that’s this guy. Sneaky, sneaky. No clothing work on him, but I was still pretty pleased with how he came out. But ugh..the hands! Bleh.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 7: Pirate

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This guy is seriously my favorite for the week. He’s so flippin’ cute! Such a dastardly pirate. He looks ready to use that cutlass to steal your booty. Haha, I keep going back to this one as definitely being one of my best.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker, and Prismacolor pencils.

Manuary Day 8: Villain

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This was another of my favs from this week. Nyah! Going to tie to you to the railroad tracks. Nyahahah! Sorry, but he’s so mischievous looking! Rubbing his chin, an evil mustache, slanty eyebrows, dapper suit, this guy has it all!

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 9: Vampire

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While not my favorite drawing of the week, this one gave me a lot more confidence in drawing clothing drapes. I actually didn’t have a reference drawing for the pose, but a picture of a figurine. The cape translated pretty well, but the hand not so much. When I first drew him, the mister gave me some constructive criticism. “He looks like one of those guys from Beetleguise with a shrunken head.” Yeah, I definitely had to fix that. The bigger head gave me a little more room to work with and his expression came out better than it was initially, but I’m still not super happy with the hair. All in all, successful for what I set out to draw.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 10: Werewolf

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Between this one, the pirate, and the villain, I am pretty happy with my week in art. This guy was fun to draw, and I really think I made some progress in the clothing department. I can still see areas where I would make changes if I were to go back with a pencil, but overall, the clothing is great. I’m actually pretty happy with the hands too (except that wonky thumb…). The only thing that I’m not thrilled with is the shape of the muzzle, but that was completely alien for me to draw. Otherwise, pretty stoked with the results of this one.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 4H pencil, and Sharpie super fine marker.

Next Week?

Next week, I have some more men in store. It’s raining men up in here! Tonight I’m working on a cowboy, and tomorrow I have a superhero. The weekend and next week mark a return to fantasy with a king, zombie, elf, orc and knight.  Be sure to let me know if you are joining in and share your drawings on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with #Manuary2018.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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Manuary

It’s Raining Men!

Welcome to January all of you amazing artists out there! It’s a brand new year, a brand new month, and a brand new challenge! Let’s jump in with both feet to “Manuary”. That’s right, this month is all about drawing men.  If you’d like to join in, you can download, print out or reference my drawing prompt list here: ManuaryDrawingChallenge. Of course, if you want to join in but you don’t like my prompts, feel free to follow your own!

Why Manuary?

In November, I took the entire month to draw females in monster form. Before that, I drew females a lot. Probably 90% of what I’ve drawn pertains to women. That is in large part because I’m not confident in drawing men. When thinking of a challenge for the first month of 2018, I decided to push outside of my comfort zone and devote an entire month to drawing the male form. I’ve got good men, bad men, fantasy men, monster men, and regular men on the list. I plan to spend January getting better at drawing the forms and shapes the differentiate men.

February is Coming…

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I already have my February challenge started. February will be a month of couples! Given that every drawing will have two people in it, the month of February will only have 14 prompts, allowing two days for completion of each drawing.

But What about Drawcember?

I know, I left you all hanging in December when my computer decided to die. But that doesn’t mean I stopped drawing! There were a few days where I ended up having to combine drawings. For instance, December 16th and 17th, I combined lights and reindeer, then over the last week, I combined the 29th-31st into one big New Year’s drawing.

Instead of posting each drawing individually, I decided to put them into a collage like the one I made for Inktober. I received an amazing set of Copic markers from the mister for my birthday, so a lot of my later drawings are colored with my new Copics. Yay!

Here is the compilation of Drawcember artwork:

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New Artwork:

I’m three days into the new Manuary challenge, so without further ado, here are the drawings I’ve done since the new month began.

Manuary Day 1: Wizard

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I really liked this one. I was going for kind of an Avatar vibe, and apparently, I hit it just right. My brother commented that he just needed a blue arrow on his head. Made me feel pretty good that I hit on the right look.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil,  and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 2: Warrior

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This little guy was a lot of fun to draw. Finding a good stance for a warrior in chibi form is not easy! While I’m mostly working on just drawing men, I’m also trying to improve my hand drawing. I’m trying to draw them in different positions. It’s still difficult, but I think I’m starting to improve.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil,  and Sharpie super fine marker.

Manuary Day 3: Boxer

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I can’t tell you how happy I am with this one. He looks so fierce and cute at the same time! This one was a bit easier with the hands because I could draw big mitts on him lol.

Drawn on 75lb drawing paper with 6H pencil,  Sharpie super fine marker, and Copic Ciao markers.

Next Week?

Tonight I’m sketching out a loner, and tomorrow will be a nerd. Over the weekend I’ll be having some fun with some more fantasy types with a rogue and pirate. Next week I have some bad guys coming up with a villain, vampire, and werewolf! So stay tuned, and be sure to use #Manuary2018 if you’re joining in on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Also, let me know which one was your favorite in the comments!


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