I can’t honestly say that any one of these entities- whether mythlogical or 'real' is ‘cooler’ than any other… so Melvia Means wins by default (as the first person to send me an idea). Thanks for the awesome weedy sea dragon image! I’ve always loved these weird, extra-terrestrial looking creatures, but never thought to put one on a pot.
On the flipside, I’d really like to work in mythological imagery a bit more… and to do so, I’ll need to lose some of my wariness about rendering the human form.
As a self-taught artist, I’m always amazed at how difficult it is to nuance the human face. I’m also reluctant to generate anything that looks like anime… it’s important to me to keep a hard, stylized feeling in my work.
I cranked out a couple sketches- this is maybe the best of the current crop. (Not sure why she came out a palomino)… Still not totally happy with the facial expression… but then again, it’ll probably look totally different if carved into the side of a pot.
I’ll do a similar contest next quarter.