June 2021

Horribly late again? Yes indeed I am! I’ll just make the next few posts in bulk and then set them to post one a day until we’re back up to speed, all good~

At some point, I decided I’d make a desktop background for Cammy’s XP machine, in a style inspired both by art I’d seen on the Yerf archives and also on the countless desktop screenshots people used to post to DeviantART. Therefore, a character done in a faux-traditional style pasted onto a very shiny, busy digital collage background.

I also made one for Lince in the same style! Is only fair, seeing that he also has a good, chunky retro computer in need of a background. You can check out that one in this here blog post, which is an interesting read on top of that.

Much of this month was spent on an art challenge I took on, in which I drew an LGBT couple of my choosing each day using a prompt. I chose Riley and Giulio, the retired pair of artistic dweebs who run the Art Gallery in Apricot Bay. I’m really pleased with a lot of the stuff I drew for it, so it’ll take up most of this month’s entry.

This first one was for day 14, where the prompt was “Lazy Sunday”, which immediately made me picture their regular trips down to the riverbank near the Gallery. Riley doesn’t do lazy, so he’s still up and painting. Giulio on the other hand is happy to be lazy enough for two,,,

This next one is day 22, the prompt was “Swimming”. Cammy suggested to me that they should be swimming in the rain, and it sounded like a fun idea so I took it. I guess I decided to make this image as challenging as possible for myself, as not only was I drawing water, I was also drawing it in the rain, underwater, and also at this curious, dramatic angle. It was all worth it though, because I’m really pleased with the outcome.

I pictured it as Riley and Giulio visiting a local watering hole to splash around and relax, and they invited Colton and Madeleine along too. At some point, it started raining, but Riley and Giulio didn’t mind, and in fact enjoyed it as aquatic mammals. Madeleine on the other hand appreciated the umbrella Colton held above her. Not much rain where she’s from~

Another big challenge I made for myself! This was day 25, and the prompt was “Festival”, so I chose to illustrate some sort of harvest festival in Apricot Bay, inspired by the harvest festival in Stardew Valley :>

I chose the various fruits and veg by finding out what time of year Apricots are harvested, and then what else was harvested around the same time. Beyond that, it was just a matter of trying to keep the perspective decently accurate and fitting the characters on it correctly. Some character sizes are off (Diesel’s supposed to be smaller than Penny, oops), but other than that, very happy with it.

Day 30! The prompt was “Wedding”. Have some context for this, too, the day before’s prompt of “Proposal”.

There was a couple issues with this, seeing that Pennyverse is set before gay marriage was legal. Though I don’t know how closely that universe follows our own history, that seems like a pretty huge commitment for all these funny animal people,,,

Beyond that, my main issue was actually that I don’t feel like they’re the kind of pair to want to get married, even if it is legal. They’re free spirits, especially Riley. But I found the idea of a “wedding party” cute so I went with that. A show of love and commitment without getting the boring old law involved,, (character opinions, not mine, hue)

Other than that, I’m really happy with this drawing. I experimented with some new brushes and lighting/colouring methods, and I think it came out about as good as I could make it, really.

One more Riley and Giulio thing, day 31, a free day. I asked Cammy if he had any ideas and he suggested a Pinede themed one. I was pretty tired out by this one, but I still had a lot of fun with it. Giulio’s design stayed the same, but I gave Riley a more dull, natural colourscheme to suit the Pinede universe, and I of course gave them some new outfits.

Just a relaxing day by the lake, painting and daydreaming~,, And I checked to make sure easels were a thing back then, and it looks as though they were, so that’s neat.

And lastly, a random doodle I did to show Red’s original design as a red-and-white red panda, dressed in the sort of clothes I wore back then for added authenticity. And yes, I had those same shoes with the cherry pattern on them. They were my favourite shoes,,,

3 Responses to “June 2021”

  1. Cammy Says:

    Tomorrow: modern Red >:3c


  2. caby Says:


    modern red :soon:, aw yiss

  3. devon Says:

    I love these wallpapers. They are truly 2004 and textures are neat ( also not to forget, this green is beautiful too!)

    All of pieces for that challenge were great, all of this interaction between characters, very vibey stuff. Market piece and last one, for day 31, are my biggest favourites

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