An Alien ATC and Some Keen Resources!

Melba T
2.5″ x 3.5″ Copics, Microns, white gel pen

A persistent rumor in scientific circles is that a small creature with one large eye appeared on the Saturn space station one day. If it had a small craft of its own, they never found it. It didn’t speak, but displayed an uncanny affection for Melba Toast, an old earth delicacy which the lead climate engineer had been hoarding. They named the creature Melba T and studied it for three days. When the Melba Toast ran out, the creature disappeared as mysteriously as it had arrived, with no witness.

Melba T was created for a “People of Planet X” swap, as mentioned in the last post. I think the curve of the white highlights is one of the keys to an effective eye. I use a Signo Uniball white gel pen. The tip clogs frequently but it is the best opaque white I’ve found for this purpose (some might prefer white paint with a brush).

And one more thing. I am going to try to add a new art resource to all of my blog posts, something I’ve actually used and found helpful. After I’ve done a few I’ll create a page and put them all in one place.

Helpful Art Resource 01

While reading up on noses recently I came across a very charming and effective online art instructor called Stan Prokopenko and his channel, ProkoTV. These two videos helped me with noses more than any other video or written instruction:

Proko: How to Draw a Nose: Anatomy and Structure

ProkoTV: How to Draw a Nose: Step by Step

(Let me know if you watch them!)

Thanks so much for visiting! A few Melba T progress pics below.

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15 thoughts on “An Alien ATC and Some Keen Resources!

    1. The Beast Tender Post author

      Thank you! Indeed I have, and hope to start one soon! I just have to narrow down the focus and figure out how best to document the process, too. Starting is hard. :)

  1. Elena Caravela

    Cindy, I adore Melba! She is wildly creative, and quite impressive because she mangages to emote beautifully with her interesting though different array of features.

  2. Rita

    Hi Cindy, I’ve tried twice to subscribe to your blog but I never get any email in my inbox to confirm. I also tried to follow you on Flickr. I’m new to Flickr so not even sure if that’s possible. Bottom line, I want to see your posts! Help.

    Thanks for the links. I can’t wait to watch them!


  3. Nuno

    I love the intermediate pictures. They describe the process perfectly! Thanks for sharing.

    And thanks for the links, too.

  4. shirley

    Awesome. Your creativity always astounds me, Cindy!! I love it. Thanks for poppin’ in and visiting..your words of support mean a lot!

  5. clara nilles

    Wow what lovely eye! This is probably your best eye ever…..they pop!
    I also love the color scheme….white/yellow on citron green…..and really nice pattern background too.

  6. Jill

    I’ve got my eye on you, LOL. Finally found some white gel pens yesterday. Oh, and some Copics, too. Spent the evening experimenting with them. Will need lots more practice!

  7. linda (dots n doodles)

    Melba looks a little sad, although I can’t see why with those lashes! It is always a treat to see your posts, always so imaginative, I don’t know where you get all your inspiration from.

  8. Mom

    Looks like not only your Mom enjoys your talents & the list continue to grow!! And I see that Bert & I are nit the only ones who think about writing that book-that I know will be the 1st of many once you start in that direction! Love, Mom

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