Welcome back to yet another post! This time I drew a character from the game ‘League of Legends’. The name of the character is Ziggs. Ziggs is a yordle (yordles are typically a small, cute race). Since League of Legends is a game where you fight/battle to win, of course, Ziggs has to have something to fight with. For Ziggs, his weapons are the bombs he throws.
Normally, I would tell you I started out with sketching. However, in this case, I actually already sketched it another time (and never really finished it). And now, I felt like drawing something but didn’t really have inspiration. Because of this, continuing this piece was a really good option. The sketch I drew earlier can be seen below.
Now that I’ve brought up the topic ‘inspiration’, let’s elaborate a bit more on that. Of course, we all know the situation we are all in now. We spend most of our time at home, public gatherings are non-existent, we don’t really talk to many people except for our domestic circle, etc. (Except for of course the people with vital professions, who are working hard to keep our society from collapsing.) Because of this, we don’t really experience that many special things. The first couple of days or weeks, it seems alright. However, after some more time, it could influence your mood. I myself kind of experience this. I notice a lack of inspiration in myself, as I don’t really experience many things. Most of the times, an idea arises when I’m for instance in the train, or talking to some friends. Right now, I only really see the inside of my own home, the area around my house, where I take walks and occasionally the inside of the grocery store. This isn’t that exciting. Which explains the lack of inspiration.
But enough mumbling about inspiration, let’s get back to drawing. If you read some of my earlier posts, you know what I’m gonna do now: linework. I took my fineliner and cleaned up the lines of the drawing. The linework didn’t turn out to be as smooth as I liked it, but it sure was an improvement compared to the pencil linework. The result can be seen below.
As you can see, I didn’t erase all of the pencil yet. I left some in the background of Ziggs. I did so because I wasn’t quite sure yet what I was gonna do with the background. First of all, I had to give the guy some colour. As I couldn’t quite remember which colours he was, I looked up some references on the internet. However, sadly, there didn’t seem to be agreement as to which colours his clothes are. Because of this, I took my own spin on it.
I will continue talking about the drawing in a moment, but first of all, I wanted to discuss another topic; motivation. So now you’re probably thinking: “you just talked about inspiration, and now you’re talking about motivation, why?” Well, that is a good question. As with inspiration, I think a lot of people suffer from a lack of motivation in the whole situation we’re currently living in. You just don’t feel like going to that online lecture, making that one assignment, working for yet another whole day from your kitchen table or cleaning the house even though no one is coming to see you. To all of this, I can say; I understand you. However, we can’t just let this whole situation control our mood. Of course, things are less exciting than they were before. But just try to be happy that you are still able to do all of these things. You can still learn things, even though we’re in a crisis. You might still be able to do your job, all be it, without the sociability from the office. And right now you might have the time to clean your house, so why not use it. Also, you might find yourself to have some extra time on your hands (for whatever reason). Use this time to learn something new, or do something you always aspired to do. Write that book, create that song, message that old friend or build that shed behind your house. Be thankful for the things you can do, don’t be mad about the things you cannot.
But, you probably weren’t here to read about inspiration and motivation, so let’s get back to drawing.
After some drawing with my alcohol markers, I used my pencils this time. The face of Ziggs went pretty smoothly. I think I got the colours about right. The ears and helmet also went alright but could have turned out better. Right now, I saw that I kind of messed up the linework in some places, but whatever. The bomb on his back also turned out alright. I used some a bit of blending to make the outsides of the bomb a bit darker (creating a bit of shadow). Then I turned to his clothes. As said earlier, weirdly I couldn’t really find which colours his jacket is. I chose to make it green, to match the inside of his goggles. Then I made his armour and boots grey, as they are made out of iron. Finally, I coloured his gloves brown/red, to make it look like leather. So now the colouring of the character was finished. The result can be seen below.
So now the character was done, but it lacked some kind of background. First, let me give you some backstory. Ziggs is a character that is highly advanced in the art of bombs. He even found a way to launch himself up into the air with his bombs. In the drawing, he just launched himself into the air. Because of this, I wanted to create a background that gives an idea that he is flying through the air. To do this, I created some lines in the air, as well as some rock debris from the explosion. The final result can be seen below!
To be honest, this isn’t my proudest work. It feels kind of messy. However, I thought it was still worth posting. First of all, to talk to you again. Also, so that you can see that not all art has to be perfect. If you feel like your art isn’t beautiful, but you still enjoy creating it, just do it! Do whatever you like, and don’t let setbacks stop you. Next time you might do worse, next time you might do better. The only way to find out is to just do it.
All in all, I hope you liked my post. Let me know what you think! Stay safe, and I will see you next time :).