This is one of the first images I did of Melde (that lovely dragonness that's my avatar in the internet world). Back in 2009 she was just known as "Mel," as you can see at the bottom of the image. At the very least, I was good at dating and titling my art during this time. I even would put some sort of description on the most basic of sketches! Poor Melde suffered from the weird long-arm thing I was doing at the time, as well as from my fear of hands. As you can see, I so tactfully hid her hands (which would have looked like mittens at the time) in the coffee. I certainly couldn’t waste good practice by working on hands! This piece also shows my past lack of ability to merge her dragon head onto her more human body. I was just beginning to get into anthropomorphic characters at the time, so I still had a lot to figure out! Hopefully I’ve improved that somewhat! And what’s with the weird Escher perspective on the mug?! At least that is something I know I’ve improved upon today, thanks art school! This era was also a time when I was beginning to get more confident with using colors. The colors on this were a struggle for me, especially knowing that color-normal vision people would be able to easily see any flaws I made. I was learning that it’s ok to ask for help when picking out the colors and that I should also trust my decisions. It’s been and still is a difficult journey.
I also apologize for the poor quality of this image, as well as many of the older ones. The originals are lost in my stacks of sketchbooks so all I have are the photographs I took when the pieces were first done!