This is gonna be a lengthy post. just letting anyone who reads this know...
Quick backstory: So I draw stick figures. I started posting my stick figure sketches here ~ 2 years ago. I didn't keep at it for long though. Not gonna lie, looking back at that time, they weren't that great. So, seeing all these guys posting stuff that looks straight out of comic books, I decided I would try to convert my stick figures into humanoid figures. Again, looking back, the results weren't pretty (well... At least to me. If you really look at this I guess it's... Competent somewhat at least? I still don't like it much though). The original "earth master" conversion attempt I drew is below:
What irks me about this is that even as I was drawing this, I knew it wasn't what I wanted it to be. But I guess I couldn't do any better. And another thing that grinds my gears, the proportions are weird. It almost looks inhuman.... You know, the exact opposite of the outcome I wanted to get with this.
Something I've wanted to do for almost a year now was to give this justice, redraw this so it looks at least a little more like what I want it to be, and then come back. So, recently I've finished my second attempt of converting this character in particular. So here it is, tada, before and after, all that stuff:
I'm not saying this is perfect (it's not lol), but it's a HUUUGE step up from the original, in terms of just artistic skill in general, and what I want it to be (for example, now the hair is punny because a few parts of it spike twice, creating a mountain-like image). There are still some things I want to find space to include from the original (for example I want to incorporate that giant logo in the top right into her design), but this alone is a giant improvement for sure.
(before I go on any more, a side note. I use the naming scheme "_____ master" because I don't actually know what to call these characters :P Yes, the ones I've been drawing for years... Yeah... So far I've only come up with a name for 1 of them, and it was while I was still posting content here... So no progress on that part yet...)
I also made a drawing with a little more info on this character. A side view of the head/face, and an updated version of her mask that she can be seen wearing in my original:
So, where's the original stick figure that all this started from? I dunno, that was a while ago :v But just yesterday I've converted this humanoid into a stick figure (full circle my dudes)! And it's a pretty decent adaptation too. This one has a new version of her scythe (I couldn't figure out a way to put her scythe into version 2), and she is also wearing the mask (which is what the thing at top right corner is supposed to mean).
Another big reason I wanted to try drawing humanoids (as some of you may have noticed already) is because when I draw stick figures, their accessories blend in with the body sometimes, and you can't tell what's what, or exactly what you are seeing. Doesn't help that there's no color whatsoever either.
honestly, I wouldn't even be super sad if no one reads this, or even cares, or that this gets buried with only the default 2 or 3 views. For a while I've just waned to get it all out, and now I have. This is the bulk of this little entry I've done. But I feel like I want to put something new here too. Just to show some of the other things I've done. So this is some bonus content.
I made the black fire character around the same time as the earth character. He was the second character I tried to convert over to humanoid. It... Also wasn't that great an attempt. But as with the earth master, I've recently re-drew him, and this one... Actually perfectly captures everything I wanted from his original stick figure, and more. So here's version 2 of this (I really don't want to show version 1 >_<):
Of course almost nothing is without it's problems, but I'll really only need to do some tweaks here and there to the design and this is perfect. The only "big" negative is the way I actually drew him. Similar to the re-done Earth master, I think I have a problem with drawing legs or something...
So yeah, there he is, complete with a sweet hood, a subtle diamond aesthetic, and mouse-trap shoes. I think he's my most developed character. So here's a stick figure version of him (I had the stick figure design for him done prior to this renewal, unlike for Earth Master). Don't mind the other character in the picture, it's just something else I came up with, along the road:
So there's a look at his hair without the hood, wearing his ownmask, and an attempt to show his black fire. The other person there is his ally/partner (their affinity is either "energy", kind of like Green Lantern's constructs, or illusions and magic). So yeah, that about wraps it all up.
Here are the guys I tagged when I made these submissions. Would be cool if any of them stumbled upon this massive info-dump: @rocketraccoonthingy@kfhrfdu_89_76k, @quinnofthestoneage, @masterkungfu, @flumox56
I don't know if i'll be back here posting stuff, but who knows. I've warned up to Comicvine at least a little bit more. Maybe once I get a drawing pad and can make digital art, i'll get way more confident and excited to post what I've got here. Maybe even get known more widely for this. I dunno. I'm getting ahead of myself definitely XD So yeah, I just wanted to right this wrong of mine, and this isn't really directed at anyone really, aside from the guys I tagged.