Steampunk Rabbit Experiment with Whirligig

So I’m on this steampunk kick.  And I had planned on a horse next.  But then I saw this floppy-eared bunny in a pile of prints I ordered from deviantART.

Exhibit one:

too cool to care, by Duckmad

Which led to:

Steampunk Rabbit Initial Ink

Probably should have left the tilt of his head.  Oh!  I should mention the other piece of the puzzle – the whirligig, which happens to be the optional whimsy theme/prompt over at the Web of Whimsy, a neat monthly challenge I joined for the first time last month.  I wanted to give the prompt a shot because I didn’t use it for the last one.

This drawing was much more troublesome than the llama, sheep and kangaroo. I didn’t really like most of the progression of this one.  Not loving the color exactly. And eek, the swirlygig is crooked (I know, I should trace a circle.  But I don’t like to use anything mechanical, generally.  Which is silly.  It’s steampunk, right?) Oh, and the whirlygig should have stayed black and white. But I like some things:

Steampunk Rabbit Final (?)

And then I thought hey, I can fix the swirl and maybe help out the color with a background, after I scan it. So I did. I tried a few background colors, mostly dark, as this rabbit is far too dressed up for the morning. Also, he tends to sleep in quite late most days and rarely ventures out before evening.

Steampunk Rabbit with Digital Help

I think it’s a big improvement, though it could probably still use some work. Maybe a gradient background or some stars or something, it’s far too flat as is. But I must go to bed, alas! Let me know what you think!  Be brutal. I can take it.


16 thoughts on “Steampunk Rabbit Experiment with Whirligig

  1. dthaase

    what a marvelous post – so fun to see the creative progression and I love how you incorporated the prompt ~ I could see the final piece as a children’s magazine cover – splendid!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thank you so much! The Web of Whimsy is one of my new favorite things and I am spreading the word. ;)

  2. StrungArt

    I love the steampunk bunny :) What a great combination! Your colors are just gorgeous, and I have to say I love it best with the white background, it just shows him off really well, although I think your idea for a graduated background could be really awesome too, or maybe some kind of glow of lighter blue around the bunny itself? Would love to see what you do next :) xx

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thank you! It’s so nice to get an outside opinion. Do you ever stare at a thing for far to long and then have no idea what it is anymore? :)

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Yes, I am quite certain he believes he is entirely distinguished. Nice to see you, Ruth!

  3. Manni

    I really love him and the colours. I think a lighter background would work better. A gradient sounds good. Maybe some clouds behind him to break up the solid background. Anyway look forward to seeing the finished piece.

    I usually find that I need to take a break from my work for a week or two before I can be more objective. I also often have more than one version of a piece.

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Great ideas, and thank you so much for visiting. I’ve been on this strange whirlwind lately where even though I know I’ve left a previous piece unfinished, I am on to the next one in a flash. Hmm, maybe as things slow down in the winter I’ll go back to a bunch of older things.

  4. Karen S.

    Oh yes, I agree it would be a delightful cover for a child’s magazine, in one word bootiful! Just learned that today!

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