March 2021

July 9th, 2021

Am I several months late updating? I sure am! Fear not, I shall fix this problem. One day at a time though, because I’m a bit busy atm. I do want to get this blog sorted before this month ends too though.
So you’ll get March today, April tomorrow, etc.

While reminiscing and looking at old art, it got me thinking about my gradual adventure into creating a fursona, starting when I was about 9-10 years old and browsing art sites for the first time. I had no idea what a furry was, but I thought fursonas sounded cool. Thus I decided to create a squirrel-cat with purple fur, a blue gradient tail and rainbow markings. A series of changes and redesigns lead to me ending up with Red, my longest-running sona, in the middle there. And of course, since 2017, Caby!

You can check out Borb’s version of this right here, and her less linear, fluffy journey,,

No real story behind this one, just an experiment in colouring and lighting! A rather judgmental and a slightly more badger-esque cammy dressed in white. I like the general look of this one, despite the fact it makes no sense.

A piece of scenery for a change, something I drew while running a short quest for Cammy. Adventures in Pinede leading an otter lad down into a glowing cavern surrounded by bio-illuminescent lifeforms and a big, curious dragon! Considering this was for the most part a quick doodle, I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I did a couple other pieces that I’m sure will pop up somewhere on Somnol at some point!

Had the sudden urge to redesign my simple, cartoony self-portrait selves I used to doodle occasionally in high school. So here she is! Both in casual mode and comfy mode. I always draw myself with a round head and sleepy eyes, I’ve been told it’s accurate. Big eyebrows are a must too, of course.

I have an overabundance of traditional art supplies floating around in my room, despite the fact I rarely use them anymore. It’s more of a space issue than anything, I’ve no space on my desk for that sort of thing, so I have to go out of my way to set up my easel to draw, and it’s just easier to do stuff digitally when I’m usually already at my computer anyway.

Ramble aside, here’s a traditional piece I did of Fintan, looking very orange indeed. I had no eraser and am horribly rusty, so he came out a little wonky and scratchy, but overall I’m pleased, and I’d love to do more in future. Should be getting my desk replaced with a bigger one soon, so who knows,,

Last but certainly not least, a request from my family, who have been watching a lot of LOTR, to draw our two guinea pigs as a dwarf and a hobbit respectively. For those unacquainted, Rosemary is the orange and white one, and Marple is the black, orange and white one.

I had a lot of fun with this one too, and went a little crazy with the background, but it paid off and the drawing was a hit! And one can only hope that the piggos liked it too :3c

February 2021

March 10th, 2021

Wew, ten days into March already. Oops. All good though, better late than never, it isn’t the longest anyone’s had to wait for me to update this,,,,

So I didn’t draw a whole lot this month. My February folder is kinda sparse and sad. But! As a positive(?) I also didn’t post much of it, so I have plenty for this post. First on the block, an Eloise I doodled after realising how long it’s been since I drew her. A lot of lads that I need to draw more,,,,

Including this lad! Yep, drew Dai again, experimenting with the style I use for Pinede lads, I aim to make it a bit more solid and realistic, take more inspiration from the animals I draw. Think I did alright with that here, was nice to draw a bird lad too, don’t do that very often.

And more Pinede! Just some random rabbits this time, inspired by listening to an old Welsh lullaby. Did this mostly with a pencil brush and a watercolour brush, with a few strokes of a textured brush for the floorboards. Wanted it to feel warm and traditional. I still like this a lot, wanna do more indoor scenes. And more outdoor scenes.

More scenes in general, really.

Cammy and I have been playing a whole bunch of Stardew recently, including starting our group farm back up and dusting off the cobwebs. You can read more about that and see some screenshots by peeking at his blogpost about the whole things. At some point I started picturing our farmers as Bunny and Setter, and just had to draw it. Don’t like how Bunny turned out, but Setter’s always a cutie, so all is well.

An exciting update to the group, long time member Taywen has both got himself a fursona and started work on a site of his own. I won’t link it here because it’s still in the works, but it’s looking great so far. And he’s another lad who’s learning HTML as he goes, always good to see.

But yeah, here’s a doodle I did of his fursona, next to the reference sheet he posted in the server. I don’t know who the artist is, so I can’t credit them. The doodle is currently his icon :3c

And lastly, my absolute kryptonite as of late, Elder Scrolls. Most recently Skyrim, hence the dragon. But yeah, I’ve been playing a lot of Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim lately, and having a good old time.

The scene in Skyrim where you capture a dragon and interrogate it, all I could picture was my Khajiit player character, Blivo, petting its snoot and getting all excited over being stood next to a cool dragon. She’s not very good at being stoic,,,

January 2021

February 5th, 2021

5-ish days into February and I finally get around to writing this old thing! A strangely productive yet unproductive month, I doodled a lot, mostly.

So after a bit of messing around and a hard reset on my Clip Studio folder (thanku to both Cammy and dcb for helping me figure out the issue!) I finally managed to get my brushes onto my new set up. I got a new tablet for Christmas, which is pretty hype. Not much to say about this piece, other than it’s a little faux-traditional Bunny I doodled to test my trusty watercolour brush and a new pencil brush I found. Think it came out nicely textured.

Another faux-traditional drawing, this time of Caby, drawn for my current about page on my site, though I shrank that right down and made it all crunchy. So, have the full quality one! It’s a little wonky but eh, suits the aesthetic, I guess,,,

Sort of as practice on my new setup, sort of just inspired by the thick, coloured lineart and shiny eyes on display over on Mab’s Land, have a curious lil chibi Bunny! Not only is this bizarrely different from my usual fare, I also gave her head wings. And by golly I’m keeping em. Not as a constant thing, but they’re fun to doodle, so why not?

Soooo Cammy and I discussed this idea and got rather hype about it. I made up a lil species a couple months ago, very creatively named “Slerrets”, they’re like a mixture between ferrets and sea slugs, with wild colours and glowy footprints, as well as the bendiness and general sass of ferrets.

And while we were peeking through sites we liked the look of, we started missing running a site with a mascot. And, well, perhaps Somnolescent needs one… And slerrets? Slerrets seem like a good choice,,,

Introducing… Bulbo? I think? Name is a work in progress… Anywho, he’s cute! He’ll most likely be appearing on future group projects, such as moving Seamounts to its own site, and perhaps some other ideas in the works~ :3c

Whoof, getting there now…

SO, I’ve been playing a lot of Elder Scrolls recently, as my recent site update might’ve mentioned,,, And during my adventures through Morrowind, Cyrodiil and Skyrim, I ended up with a PC that I became quite attached to. Her name is Blivo Barabiri and she has a Toyhouse profile which you can peek at here.

And of course, I had to make a counterpart for her for Cammy~,,, He’s a bard and a bit of a housecat, spending most of his time in the safety of their cabin and the meadows that surround it, always there to welcome Blivo back home after an adventure~ >:3c

Note the player credits and watermark down at the bottom there, for utmost old web furry aesthetic. I’m easily amused,,,

And of course, I couldn’t make a January post without mentioning our anniversary! Two years of cabycammy and we’re stronger than ever >>:3c

This here drawing was the first full drawing I managed to finish completely on my new tablet, from sketch to colouring/shading. It took some getting used to but I’m very glad I did.

One of the things I drew for him this year, two forest spirits moving across a meadow towards the treeline, nothing but moonlight and their ethereal glow lighting the way,,, Pleased with how this turned out, was a bit of an experiment colouring the background mostly blue, but I think it turned out nicely, very sleepy and a bit cool, neat contrast with the glow bugs.

December 2020

January 7th, 2021

Last post for 2020! It’s a little late but I’ve been busy setting stuff up, I’ll probably post a bigger update elsewhere about all that, so let’s just get right into the art!

Starting off with a bit more Pinede, here’s a character concept I’m working on. She’s an albino red squirrel and she’s blind, but with a penchant for magic, she’s got crazy good hearing too. No name or backstory yet, and the town I’d like her to live in doesn’t yet exist.

She’s cute though,,,

A Penny! A simple doodle that I did to test out the new feature in Clip Studio, the timelapse function. You record your drawing process and it spits out a video for you to do whatever with it, very neat. Other than that, quite fond of the lineart on this, pleasingly messy. Penny’s always fun to draw,,,

Eloise! I hadn’t drawn her in a while,,,
So, basically, while I was going through old art to do some end of the year comparisons, I found some stuff in March where I used this one big, textured brush to draw. Now I still use it all the time for my backgrounds, but I hadn’t used it to line and colour lads since then. So that’s what I did!

This Eloise came out of that, and I think she looks super cute. I should really use this brush more, it takes some patience but it’s fun and I get good results.

Not Pinede but still a fantasy twist! Just something fun to amuse Cammy and I,,, A more anthro Cammy, ready for adventure and magic, with a cape, because capes are cool :3c

A wild mon appears and threatens you with a can of Tab! A spur of the moment version of this goofy meme that he sent in the groupchat. It suited him.

And last but certainly not least, a big, comfy group pic I did to celebrate the winter season with the lads. Cammy and Caby’s inn, situated in Caerpinwyd, where they and their friends from across the world of Pinede meet on a snowy winter night to share stories and enjoy a warm drink or two…

This version is shrunk down because the original is utterly massive and too big to fit just about everywhere. Either way, I’m pleased with it, I think I succeeded in making it look cosy,,,

November 2020

December 5th, 2020

Lookie me, late again,,,

Listen, I’ve a good reason this time, the end of last month and the start of this month has been very very busy, and very hectic, very heavy emotionally. So I haven’t really been in a suitable place for writing this sort of thing. Or really doing much of anything,,,

But! We’re here now, so I’ll get this done before it becomes even more late.

So a little while back, as you might remember if you’ve read my other posts, while thinking up characters to liven up our first Pinede town, Caerpinwyd, Cammy and I ended up with this little lady, Sapphire. She was originally a dark brown-ish grey, and that worked fine. But more recently I discovered that raccoons can have the erythristic mutation, and they’re so pretty like that, real reddish blonde fur, so I had to try out Sapphire with that sort of coat. And I’m very sure it’s staying, really helps her stand out.

Oh, and the little doodle in the corner is a style more inspired by the raccoons I saw while perusing the Yerf archives. Also quite like that, I do.

More Pinede! And another redesign, actually. So back in the day, about 2013-14, I had a little world I played with called Gors, and the two man characters I focused on were named Dai and Oke. Dai being an elf with black hair and green eyes, and Oke being some sort of winged creature reminiscent of an owl. Gors went nowhere as most young teenagerhood projects do, and Dai and Oke sat in the back of my mind for a couple years.

But more recently, Cammy and I started work on the second town concept for Pinede, a sort of desert town on the coast named Murad, and a big facet of Murad is its university. While we rambled about a bunch of neat ideas, I started thinking of Dai again, and decided he could be a lad living and working in the University. I eventually settled on a species for him, a serval, because their long, thin limbs and big ears reminded me of him. And as a weak bastard for unique colour mutations, and also just to match his old hair colour, he’s a melanistic serval.

He’s dressed in the loose, lightly coloured clothing common in Murad, and spends most of his time during the day either in the shade of the University, or down in the underground streets where furbearers reside. During the night he enjoys watching the stars up on the University roof or out in the desert~

Oh, and Oke is here too, as a little elf owl, Dai’s shoulder pet. He was mute in the original story, so it doesn’t really hinder him like this, he’s still a bundle of personality! I hope to continue developing them like this,,,

More Pinede! This time part of an art trade I did with another resident doodler, Borb, where I drew her Pinede sona, or Narratorsona. She’s a black-footed cat, or at least looks like one… Her brightly coloured scarf and the sparkle in her eye indicate that she might be a little more than that~

This style is more similar to what I have in mind for my Pinede art, more texture, warm colours and a general traditional look, be it pencil or ink or watercolour. It suits the time period quite nicely, I’d say.

If you want to see her side of the art trade, you can find that here;

Fintan! So damn good

Aaaand another Borb thing, this time a birthday gift, because she had her birthday this month and I felt I should make a little something,,,

A simple, floaty lil drawing of three of her main characters, her sona Polaris, a closed species refugee named Surprise, and a fox bab named Sam! I’ve linked to their profiles because that feels useful.

Pleased with how this came out, it’s a bit more like what I used to draw a lot of, so it was nice going back to that. Minimal shading, bright colours, thick lines, good lads >:3c

Ooooh lookit this, a new Somnol banner,,, One that I made quickly because Cammy realised we had no festive banners and the javascript for the front page was about to switch into the December banners, of which there were like two and none of them were festive.

So here you guys go, a drunk seb falling asleep in his chair while Penny ponders evil schemes she may commit… Though she’s not quite sure, it is Christmas after all,,, Father Christmas may disapprove…

Semi-redraw of a very old and bad painting that’s about two years old, which I’ll post here too. I’d say I’ve improved a little, at least with that Christmas tree,,,,

Uhhhh I’ve run out of actual drawings so here, have a little dude. Wyn with giant, adorable eyes I doodled to post during a conversation about big eyes, or something. About fitting big eyes on the head in a comfortable way? Anyway, he’s cute so here ya gooooo-