So the other day it occurred to me that, of the Steven Universe core group, Amethyst was the only one I hadn’t drawn yet (if you count Lapis and Peridot as part of the core group, then I also need to do Peridot). I’d started a few pics with her (I have a lot of dropped SU pics in the ol’ work folder), but nothing finished, so I did this quickie as a side pic while working on comic pages. I wasn’t thinking about Amethyst’s gem placement when I started it, but when I realized her gem was being covered up by Steven’s peen I decided to add some dialogue to go with it.
I have a lot of reservations when it comes to doing shows in the CalArts style. It’s why, despite loving Steven Universe, Gravity Falls and Star vs. the Forces of Evil, I rarely/never draw them. I think it mostly stems from my habit of trying to imitate the art style of the source show, and that just not working well with these shows. I can nail the CalArts face pretty easily, but it looks weird on the types of bodies I usually draw. When I try and simplify the bodies, I feel they end up looking weird for different reasons, and I run into all sorts of other problems. I’ve tried finding a middle ground in the past (and here), but I’m still not sure how well I’m doing it. At least I know those three shows I listed (and others like ’em) are getting a lot of content from other great artists who don’t have these same issues I do. ^_^;