Thursday, April 16, 2009

Remain Calm Princess!

You may remember this dragon from previous entries on this blog. I'm revisiting this story in my spare time, and trying to finalize a version I'm happy with.


I think I should note that as I reworked the story I found it necessary to increase the dragon's size. So there is a slight difference from my earlier drawings. If you didn't notice, then forget I mentioned it. :)

Below is a character sheet I finished today. I hope you enjoy these!

17 comments:

Joe Sutphin said...

man, thats great!
i love the clothing! i struggle with coming up with great clothing still. very nice, and once again, you have locked onto your style and there is no mistaking your art.
thats a good thing.

Phyllis Harris said...

Your work is masterful! I'm glad you are young because you have a very long and fruitful career ahead of you!
You have an amazing God-given talent, Anthony!!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh Anthony, I'm just going to drool over this awhile and study it. It's fantastic. Truly. The expressions simply couldn't be better - the princess' mouth makes this one of my favorite illustrations EVER. Especially when you add in the happy baby in the background. I think you draw human hands and lovely feet better than anyone I know. Wow. If you decide to make prints of this, I'm first in line.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Joe! This is one of my favorite periods to draw from. The clothes were so flamboyant

Phyllis, you're way too kind! Thank you

Thank you so much Kristi! Your words mean a lot to me. If I ever get to making prints I'll let you know :)

Joe Sutphin said...

have you written a story for these images youve been sharing?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I actually have written a story for the dragon illustrations. My first version written around October of last year but I've made quite a few changes since then (I'm not a very good writer... I'm very visual and the story usually comes from my drawings)

I can't help but think this one is a long way out but it is a labor of love for me, and I'm putting a lot of myself into it - humor, character traits, etc. It's just me!

Alex J Osborne said...

Great drawings Anthony. I love the dragon's cakes. Speaking of cakes, are you going to make the one you promised for my birthday?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

I already drew three dragon cakes for you Alex. what more do you want?

Alex J Osborne said...

one I can eat

Amy Sullivan said...

~Love this~ very very much~

~I have been a "bad blogger" lately~
and have missed so much here in your bloggy~ I have barely been to my own.~
~No worry's~ I will stay awhile & enjoy your talent~ & get all caught up on things~
:)
~amy~

AWells said...

Wow- what great work!!!

Manelle said...

This stuff is great fun. Your character sheet is amazingly detailed. I'm inspired. I want to go work on characters right now, but alas, I have to be sensible and go to bed.

Joe Sutphin said...

Come back Shane! I mean Anthony. (dumb joke, and probably over the heads of most people)
Where you been bro?
throw us a bone here!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you everyone!

Hey Joe! Not a dumb joke. In fact it's one we used to use a lot in my house when I was a kid. Shane was my grandfather's favorite movie and he would always say that line. lol Also, Shane was one of my favorite books as a youngster and I used to draw illustrations from the story.

I've been really busy lately and hope to post something soon. A lot going on. Until then maybe I'll post those old Shane sketches.

Eric Orchard said...

Really amazing! Great, kinetic composition.

Joe Sutphin said...

Thats super funny!!!

Amy Sullivan said...

~Come back Shane !~
:)