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Announcing the Twitter “Summer” Santa Art Trade 2013!

11 Jun

The Twitter Secret Santa Art Trade is back — this time for summer! (Hence the clever title – Thank you @riththewarluid!)

“But Misha — what is the Twitter Secret Summer Santa Art Trade?”

I’m so glad you ask, non-existent person! The Twitter Secret Summer Santa Art Trade (abbr. SSArtTrade) is when artists (who are on twitter) draw art for each other as a Secret Santa present (which means they don’t know who will be drawing their character) during the summer time, as to avoid the busy rush of Thing To Do around December.

I believe @LoreliAoD originally came up with this idea, and has hosted it in 2009 and 2010. I organized another one back in 2011, and now am trying my hand at it again this summer!

This is the 2013 site. And if you’re an artist type, feel free to join! Just send me a tweet before June 15th, and make sure you have some character references ready to go!

Happy Drawing!

– Misha

Announcing the Twitter Secret Santa Art Trade 2011!

16 Nov

That’s right folks — the Twitter Secret Santa Art Trade is back!

“But Misha — what is the Twitter Secret Santa Art Trade?”

I’m so glad you ask, non-existent person! The Twitter Secret Santa Art Trade (abbr. SSArtTrade) is when artists (who are on twitter) draw art for each other as a Secret Santa present (which means they don’t know who will be drawing their character).

I believe @LoreliAoD originally came up with this idea, and has hosted it in 2009 and 2010. She’s a bit busy this year, so I volunteered to take over organizing the site, while @Technophobia will be handing out assignments.

This is the 2011 site. And if you’re an artist type, feel free to join! Just send me and/or Technophobia a tweet before the 20th, and make sure you have some character references ready to go!

If you want to follow the fun on twitter, search for the #SSArtTrade2011 hashtag. I’m sure you’ll find some interesting tweets as it gets closer to the deadline!

Happy Drawing!

– Misha

Secret Santa Art Trade 2010

18 Jan

Recently, I participated in a Secret Santa Art Exchange on the twitters, hosted by Loreli. Art was distributed on the 24th of December — what a great Christmas present!

If you follow the blog Manalicious, you would have already seen the piece that Vidyala (the former Pugging Pally) did for me. However, I will also show it here because it is smexy:

Mishaweha by Vidyala

Mishaweha by Vidyala. It's my favorite armor set! Also - totems! ❤

I absolutely love it! I’ve even made it into my current twitter/gravatar icons! So thank you a bunch, Vidyala!

But as this was an art trade, I too had to draw someone all pretty, and that someone (picked out by non-artist Technophobia) was Fyreuni, of Daily Quests fame! I had tons of ideas for what to draw (with most well out of the bounds of my abilities/time to complete them, which is why Vas wasn’t drawn. Sorry!) In the end I came up with this:

Fyreuni

She's wearing the priest Tier 11, as requested. It's a pretty set (for priests), even if it has a couple dudes looking into pools of water on the shoulders.

It’s not too bad if I dare say so myself, though I’ve vowed never to draw tier gear again! So many details! I’m much more of a lazy slapdash artist myself.

I’m not that happy with the background, though. I decided to put her in Vashj’ir, which is notionally the zone priest Tier 11 armor is based on. However, Vashj’ir’s plantlife isn’t exactly pretty, and the colors ended up being a little too similar (I’m horrible with color schemes!)

So just because I can, here’s a version of the picture with Fyreuni in the Mac whitespace:

Fyreuni in Macspace

Fyreuni in the place they filmed those Mac commercials.

The purple on her arm is indeed shadowform. I’m pretending the spell rapidly moves up from her hand to cover the rest of her body, instead of being instantly applied. I had put more shadowform over her body, but it hid the ‘details’ of the armor (and also The SA said it looked like she got covered in some sort of purple mud. >.> )

I’ll close with a small sample of the many, many sketches I did of Fyreuni in the weeks before starting the finished drawing. These are just the ones that I did at home, and not while at work (since I didn’t feel like taking work materials home to scan!)

These were drawn on wedding thank you notes I had messed up:

Fyreuni Sketches 1

Sketched Fyreuni heads, now with scribbled notes!

Fyreuni Sketches 2

More Fyreunis, now with cute poses!

Fyreuni Sketches 3

More Fyreuni, now with slightly more detailed armor!

Fyreuni Sketches 4

More Fyreuni, now with sketchy Tier 11 armor! (This sketch was the main basis for the pose, and the first time I carefully studied the Tier 11 armor)

That’s all I have to say about this year’s Secret Santa Art Trade! Here’s the page with a list of participants and links to all the art that they made. You should go check out all of the great art there!

-Misha