I've been looking at some more tutorials for different techniques. Most recently I looked at this tutorial for how to make pixel art clouds quickly. The clouds to the right were made following that tutorial, and sure enough, it really was quick.
Anyway, on to more art!
I made a huge mistake about a year ago, and cut my hair. I had been growing it out, and I cut it off on impulse. I have regretted it ever since. Short hair is fine, I had short hair just about all my life, but I wanted one of those fancy updos for my wedding so I started growing my hair when I got engaged. Well it got a little past my shoulders, and the one hairstyle I always wanted to do (but never could) was the look on the left.I know that Lady Gaga had this style awhile ago, but I'm pretty sure Lady Gaga made the bow bun using some kind of fake hair extension/wig/witchcraft. I wanted to do it with my own hair, but I cut it off before I could. I see tutorials on Pinterest for it, but my hair is just to my shoulders (not nearly long enough to be able to do the bow bun yet), but someday I'll get there. I did this sketch thinking that if I can't have the bow bun on my head yet, the ladies in the game should be able to get that option too. This is a blonde option (maybe modeled after gaga), with longer hair, but I'm also looking at doing one with shorter hair. Also with the way our customization is looking you could have the hair be any color of the rainbow!
Today while I was waiting for some chicken to finish baking, I kicked back on our couch and looked out the window at some beautiful clouds. I had done a tutorial that showed a quick and easy way to make clouds (as I mentioned above). I started out using those same principles here, but I decided to embellish them a little. That tutorial really is a good way to get the outline down for a cloud, but I wanted to give it a little more texture and variation in the colors. Even still it took about 10 mins, so it wasn't a huge investment in a sketch.
The items on either side are some tiles I made made using my normal canvas of 32x32 pixels. It's not a ton of space to work with, but I like a good challenge. The tile on the left is a leaf I doodled one day. I like the chocolate brown background on it too. The right is a flower, but it is modeled after a tulip. I've always loved them, and someday I'll have some of my own, when I have a yard I can garden in.
The last little thing I wanted to share is a part of a centerpiece from our upcoming wedding. I can't believe it's less than four months away already. We're planning to make sprites and then use perler beads to make them. They'll be fairly big once they're completed, and every table will have a different character. This is a Kirby with the ice ability that i sketched out on my tablet. This is the original size of the sketch. Thankfully I get to have it zoomed in. My sight close up is good, but probably not that good.