Hello there and welcome to prompt #153. Gotcha!
Did I get you? It’s actually #136. Alright. Hilarious joke. Let’s open it up- Oh we have four. “Milkshake”, “Music”, “High-heeled shoes”, and “Smile.” Four is always both exciting and terrifying. Here we go. Let’s get to sketching. With the combination of “milkshake” and “music”, I can’t help but think about those really old- Well, not really old- Those sort of vintage-y… 70s…? like milkshake restaurant sort of things. What are those called?
Milkshake bar? That doesn’t make sense. Or maybe just like a diner. There we go. I think of like a 70s diner. It’s got a jukebox, it’s bumpin, people have high-heeled shoes, on they’re smiling because fun times. So after sketching all of the items as they are just to maybe get some inspiration by sketching different items for like music, different smiles, high-heeled shoes- Which high-heeled shoes, the anatomy, a little interesting.
Sometimes it’s kind of funny to… exaggerate high-heeled shoes. I was thinking of jukebox, but I thought I would give headphones and a… boombox a try, just to see if maybe they inspired me to do something else. But no, I really had that diner situation in my head. But honestly kind of felt cliche giving a girl high heels, making her serve milkshakes. It just seemed really typical. So I thought
“What if I gender swapped those two roles and had someone more feminine in the typical male uniform and had someone a little more masculine in the typical female uniform.” So after sketching some ideas that weren’t really landing it for me, some smiling food and a possible ant Illustration that I just wasn’t feeling, I decided to go with my original sloppy sketch of an idea. [Music] So drawing these two characters was really fun. I really wanted to make them quite opposites. One is very round the other very slender and lanky. I wanted them to be pals. Maybe they are best friends at work and just have a lot of energy and just make this illustration really fun and joyful and happy because why not? It’s been a while since we’ve had just like a character design prompt, so it was really fun to draw these two just how different their two shapes and designs are yet their personalities are very similar. Like I said, they’re are probably best friends. They probably both hate this job, but they try to make the best of it so they like to do really silly goofy things and try to get away with as much mischief as they can to enjoy their job because I’m sure being a server isn’t the most fun job…? I’ve never worked that job, but I can’t imagine it being much fun. Even with music going on the background I’m sure there are lots of poopy customers. So like I said I wanted to go for that typical, is a 60s?, diner. 70s? I’m not really sure. I just kind of looked up “milkshake diner costume” and just went with a very basic design, but, like I said, I had so much fun drawing these two.
It’s just so much fun. The costumes are really corny but something a little different than what I’d normally draw. Normally I give people Chuck’s, some jeans and a t-shirt and call it a day. You know, dress my characters up like myself, not necessarily like something else. So it was really fun to do this fluffy little dress and this typical guys uniform with a button-up. They’ve both got their different aprons on. So real quick, let’s go over where each prompt is just to let you guys know that I’m not cheating. Of course we have our milkshake being that served up on the platter with some french fries. Our high heels are of course being worn by the character on the left. Music is the jukebox, which you will see later on. And smile is of course they are just having a blast of a time at work. When I started inking this piece, I was kind of torn about what size micron to use. I think I’ve been kind of going through a line art identity crisis lately. I think I’ve been having issues with my line art looking just a little bit on the sloppy side, so I figure using a thicker pen it would make it easier to control and fix mistakes because if you have a very thin line and you need to fix something you’re going to notice it gets thicker in parts but if you have a very thick line and you mess up it probably isn’t as noticeable if it gets thicker in areas. In the end I did decide to go with an 0.5 micron. I was almost going to do an 0.8, but I figured that was absolutely too thick. When I was done with the line art I was honestly not that happy.
There were some areas where it was just really sloppy. Lately, I’ve also been pressing down a lot more and cold press watercolor paper is very textured. So the harder down you press the more your pen is going to be going in all of these little grooves and go different ways, so I was really struggling with that. It’s something that I think I need to look back- Take a step back from and kind of refocus and practice with my line work. I’ve been scared of it lately. And I don’t want to be scared of it. But after everything was colored I pretty much don’t really notice the line art and I’m really happy with how this illustration turned out. So… Cool. So, like I said, I had so much fun with these two character designs. I just really like the way both of them turned out. They’re just so fun and silly and mischievious. And overall I just really like the vibe of this illustration. It’s simple, but it’s really fun. And I had a lot of fun actually making this piece, so that’s what counts, right? So as I work on this illustration, you will probably notice a theme in this piece. It is… gender, I suppose. Sexuality. All of that stuff.
I don’t normally make illustrations like that, but because I was sort of swapping costumes and going into the realm of gender identity I thought I would just keep that the theme of the drawing. That said, I was looking to make their character designs, like I said, quite different from each other. Is this also a statement about just world peace and accepting people? I don’t know. It really wasn’t my intention. It was just sort of the theme of the illustration and I just kind of went with it. So, this is probably going to be impossible to tell I’m not a music person. So, I don’t know anything about music. But there is a sort of Easter egg in the music that I put on the bottom. It is an actual piece of music. Like I said, I’m not sure how much you can really tell from what I actually put in there because you can only see a couple of chunks. So it’s going to be quite coincidental if someone actually knows, I think, what music I used. But if you do know what song I put in there, I will pin the first person who writes it in the comment because I’m going to be very impressed if you can tell. I will give you a couple of hints because, like I said, I- I feel like it’s impossible to tell, so maybe this will help you out. Now I also don’t want you guys to spend hours trying to find out what it is because that’s not my intention, just if you happen to know what it is, let us know. So the hint is
“It’s by an artist. Not like a classical artist but a modern Musical artist. And the name of the song is very relevant to the illustration.” So take those two hints and do what you want with them. Originally, I was just going to have music notes floating around them but then I thought it would be really cute if I had some sort of circular thing going around the jukebox. And then I thought it would be really cute if I turned the circular thing into a line of music. And then I thought
“Well it kind of looks like a rainbow, how perfect is that?” and I just kind of went with it. It all just kind of came together. I do really like how limited the color palette is on this one, “cause as you guys know, I love limiting my color palette. There’s a lot of red happening. I think the only other color is… Yellow, which I made the French frys and the hair, but there’s so much red. There’s red in their skin, the hair, the costume. There’s red everywhere. And you might be thinking “Their red eyes are terrifying.” but I almost gave the blonde character blue eyes, but I just thought that would be so lame. I wanted more red. I got obsessed with making everything red in this illustration. I should have made that blonde hair red instead, huh? Maybe they’re just having a moment of mischievious where their eyes turn red, but that’s not necessarily their normal color of eyes. Either way, whatever. Let me know if you know the song. Thank you for watching. I’m rambling. Let’s go to the end card. [Music] Just a heads up about the endcard, the next two prompt videos will not have prompt entries because I am going to Australia and these videos are going to be pre-recorded. Obviously feel free to join in if you want to have fun, but they will not be in the video. All right. So last week’s prompts were “Wood fencing”, “Hands”, and “Cave mouth.” Our first featured artist is @gioandrew.arts. I just love the energy in the perspective of this illustration. It’s just so interesting and fun. It’s unique. I love this piece. Is there an adventure happening here? What is that watch situation? What is happening? I’ve got to know the story. You guys are so good at enticing me in your illustrations. And our second featured artist, we have @grumpylee_ , who did a 3d paper cutout illustration. Which I absolutely love. This cat going on the adventure into this cave and the paper cutout look just adds more depth and interest. I love the fence going in front of the cave. It’s just so mysterious. I love this piece and I got to see more cat adventures. What’s this cat’s goal? I got to know. Alright, that’s it. Thank you guys so much for watching and I will see you in the next video. Stay Golden! Bye!