Aquatic Owl

The adventures of Ol’ Hooty!

Following Equal Opposites is another post in a similar vein. Except this time we’re looking at a range of different materials, which includes the previously discussed use of Faber Castell Polychromos with cartridge paper. The result is heavily carried by the use of ink but that could just be the subject matter. That said, it does have a texture which I’ve tried to preserve in the scanned version but remains a nuisance. Mostly because I think I’m used to not having that texture.

Not that it looks terrible.

It’s just that I think I still value bristol board for its smoothness. On the other hand, I would always encourage artists (of any level of experience) to try different combinations of materials from time to time. In the two-three hours I spent with this owl I learned a lot. Which is why it’s important to actually work on things, rather than just think about how they would work together and create assumptions from that. Mostly because you’ll never know unless you try. It’s not a combination I would avoid in the future, either. Just one that requires a different subject matter or a different approach to really come together. So it’s still useful even if not immediately so.

These posts remind me of the old Unreleased Artsyness sketch dumps I used to do. Which I wouldn’t be entirely opposed to doing again, but they’re kind of unnecessary nowadays as I tend to share a lot more of what I’m doing in a shorter time frame than before. But such is the evolution of distribution on this crazy artistic journey.

Mixed up confusion.

Mixed up confusion.

The leftmost sketch is a mirelurk from Fallout 3. An interesting if not ridiculously complex creature that may not be instantly recognisable- especially concerning their face- as I was working with three different pieces of concept art simultaneously. I also have no idea what a mirelurk face looks like. All I know is that (unlike the rest of their body) it is squishy and should be fired upon mercilessly. Those claws aren’t just for show- they hurt! They’re probably pretty tasty, too. That’s how I’ve always envisaged the consumption of mirelurk meat.

Again- not that it looks terrible.

But I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with anything that I do. Which is why I continue on this journey trying new things, combining different materials, and generally looking to improve anything and everything I do. It’s an impossible dream, too. I realise that. You’ll never stop learning unless you simply give up. Which I don’t really have any plans of doing any time soon. I’m still willing to give it a shot, though. Right in its stupid, squishy, entirely vulnerable face. Then I shall have crab claws for dinner! Unless they’re horribly irradiated, which they probably are given that mirelurks don’t look like any crabs I’ve ever seen. At least, not after I used the shampoo for two weeks. Weird times they were.

Mostly I’m just glad that we’re still seeing a steady flow of creative content coming through. I want to improve the level of quality present on my personal site, while I also want to bring more quality creative content to Moggie’s Proclamations (and even Twitter). It’s quite the investment, though. So it’s going to take some time to get everything under way.

Have a nice weekend, all!


Art, design, and the like found herein (unless otherwise specified) is drawn and owned by David Wilkshire (also credited as Moggie) from 2006 to present date.

Fallout 3, Mirelurks, Molerats, Vault Suits, and all associated trademarks and devices are owned by Interplay/Bethesda.

Ancient Evil – 2012 – Marker – click for full view on site!

The joy of varying skin tones!

If that was the first thing you noticed about Mumm-Ra- I’d be surprised. Given he is, for all intents and purposes, a walking corpse, who has managed to unnaturally elongate his life to thwart those blasted ThunderCats! Or that’s what he’s doing these days. I’m not entirely sure if that was his original purpose for doing it.

It probably wasn’t. He does seem a little power hungry.

This is a piece which returns to a style (and material) that hasn’t been as prevalent in my creative endeavours as I would have anticipated. It’s been a while since I’ve approached anything with marker, mostly due to the inability to decide exactly what I want to do with them. This particular piece doesn’t help with that, either. As this combination of materials is reliant on the heavier shadows from using liquid ink alongside ink pens.
That said, I am satisfied with this piece (and the presentation therein) and I’m hopeful for what I can do with marker in the future as a result of it. I’m still not sure if they’re going to have as significant a role as other materials, such as, say, pencil, which I do believe is still one of the stronger options I have. But I’d like to explore my options with them.

Maybe even try a few different kinds of markers, too.

I’ve been known to lean towards Tria Letraset markers. But maybe I’ll try some Copic markers (beside the Copic Ciao which I already use), or maybe explore the broader range of what Letraset have available. Such as their ProMarkers. Which are actually quite reminiscent of the older Tria Letraset markers I used many years ago. Still, for now, this is a piece that I hope you’ll enjoy and one that I think is a worthwhile addition to my personal site.

Have a lovely week, all!


Art, design, and the like found herein (unless otherwise specified) is drawn and owned by David Wilkshire (also credited as Moggie) from 2006 to present date.

ThunderCats, Mumm-Ra, and all associated trademarks and devices are owned by Ted Wolf.