That’s right this series is still going.
It’s prompt number 132. Let’s see what we’ve got. Oh my goodness. We have “Swordfish” and “Alarm clock”. Alright. Here we go. So going into this prompt, I knew that stylizing a swordfish was going to be really fun. So I was pretty excited about that one. And also look how adorable this cute little doodle of an alarm clock is, I love it. Though I wasn’t sure, even at this point, what I was going to do. I was really enjoying drawing that swordfish and then I got dad jokey and I drew a sword that had a handle that looked like a fish. So it was a sword fish. Ha. Get it? And although I am very into drawing what the prompt wants you to draw and not doing some sort of loophole situation. I kind of fell in love with my swordfish doodle and I got kind of carried away with it. So next thing I knew I was drawing this shark boy person… furry. I’m just joking. And they’re going on an adventure and they have their swordfish and their little pack of things and at this point I wasn’t entirely sure how to include the alarm clock, so I thought maybe maybe the shark boy has a companion. Like-
Like a guide through his adventures and for some reason it’s an alarm clock. Moving on from that idea, I drew a swordfish that was looking at its alarm clock. Maybe it was just woken up? I don’t know. I was so set on the shark boy that I kind of didn’t put a lot of effort into the other sketches. I also drew a swordfish version of the shark boy and made its nose really long or whatever that is. Just the swordfish bit. But I wasn’t in love with it. I had fallen in love with the shark boy, and I think that’s what I was gonna do. Actually- Actually, I know I know that’s what I was going to do. I did it-
I did it. I just really liked the pose I had for the shark boy and the adventure. And why was he sad?
And what was up with the alarm clock? I really wanted to figure out what I was going to do with the alarm clock and even now it’s kind of like “Eh, I’m not really sure what I did with the alarm clock, but that’s okay.” So I pretty much just recreated the sketch that I put into the 500 drawing prompts sketchbook. The pose and everything is pretty much exact. I just really liked the way it turned out. He looks like he’s trying to be strong but he’s hesitant because he’s sad. Why is he sad? I guess we’ll talk about that. But there is one thing I did change about this version. Instead of having this character wearing the bag full of goodies and things and having the alarm clock talked to him, I had his bag on the ground as if he threw it to the side ready to attack whatever he’s going to combat with. And while he is in combat with whatever monster he is attacking There is another fish going through his things and robbing him. So this poor little guy is just-
He has been- He’s been having a lot of bad luck and that’s probably why he’s so sad. In fact I imagine that maybe he was being held by swordpoint by this pufferfish and then in the middle of being robbed this monster came up, So he had to just throw his bag to the side and let the poor puffer fish have his way with his stuff and then he had to defend herself and not die and attack this monster. So he was already in tears from being robbed and this monster comes up and he’s just having the worst day ever. This poor cute little shark boy.
He just can’t get a break. There’s also just a few random details in here that I just did for fun because I wanted to. This shark boy is crying and I know tears are liquid. So you would think they would just go into the water with no…
no visual visual. But I thought it would be more interesting to have bubbles coming out of his eyes just to suggest more that he is crying. And then I thought it would be cute if maybe some passing-by fish got caught up in those air tears. So they were just swimming by and then suddenly they hit this bubble and now they are floating away in these tears. Kind of a random unrelated detail but I had a lot of fun with it and it’s just kind of silly. As far as the rest of the contents in this shark boys bag goes. I had a bag of gold because any adventurer needs money currency. Something to buy more goods with. A map of course, because again any good adventurer needs a map to wherever they are going. Not really sure where they’re going. In fact, I was thinking about the shark boys story and things were getting kind of weird in my head. What’s new? I was thinking what if because this seems to be the only humanoid fish character in this scene, maybe the shark boy is half shark half human. I don’t know, maybe his mom married a shark and they did it and made a shark boy.
The first of its kind. Look, don’t ask. So maybe this kid is on the search for his parents. Maybe he was dumped into the water and never found his real parents and he’s on the adventure to find his real parents. And because he is half-human half-fish. the other fish don’t accept him for who he is because he’s part of the enemy because so many humans eat other fish. So because he is part human, he just is always getting attacked and bullied by other fish. Even by small little puffer fish that are much smaller than him, he gets bullied.
I mean, he’s a shark. He should be able to defend himself, right? As far as the alarm clock goes. I was going to a few options in my head as I colored this. I think the idea that I decided to go with is that this shark boy is super into waking up on time or just waking up early, He doesn’t like to sleep in he likes to get, I don’t know, things done in the daylight…? So he has his trusty alarm clock with him to make sure that he always wakes up at a certain time during the day on his adventures. Even adventuring, he makes sure that he stays on schedule. He’s that kind of guy. I also thought instead of him having a bag of money and a map and all this different stuff, maybe he was like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” where he just really liked human-made things. So because he is a half human half shark character, he is really fascinated with human things because it reminds him of his family. Or I guess it makes him think of his family even though he’s never met his parents. He really wants to embrace that human part of his life. And so he picks up random things that he finds on his adventures and keeps them in his bag. So honestly that seems to make the most sense if he’s the only humanoid fish character in the ocean. But I also really like the idea that he likes to wake up on time. So I guess we could also combine the two ideas. Why not? As far as the coloring goes for this illustration, I wanted to make this the really deep dark sea. Because this is the bottom of the ocean the fish around him are going to be not very colorful. I think for the most part fish in the deep sea are pretty… white? They don’t have a lot of pigment in their skin because they don’t get sunlight or something. So they’re all white with slight peak hues to them. Except, of course, for that weird Lantern fish-ish monster that’s attacking the shark guy. He kind of looks like he could be a dog and he could be his friend.
A little dogfish Lantern guy. Overall, the color scheme of this illustration is very similar to my normal. I did really have to resist making the fish orange to complement the blue. I just really thought they weren’t going to-
I just thought it would be really obnoxious and too cartoony for the vibe I was trying to create for this illustration.
I think that making them white and pink really helped. I guess this more adventury creepy subtle feeling that I was trying to go for this illustration. Which of course meant that I also had to make the alarm-clock red and then the gold coins were reflective on the sword, so I made the gold sword.
I meant I made the sword gold. I also kind of wish I made the alarm clock of gold just to match and then also maybe just give more meaning to the alarm clock.
So I kind of regret making it red. But what can you do? You guys know I love my limited color palettes so I couldn’t resist doing this, but I always end up doing blue red and yellow and if it’s not blue red and yellow it’s probably blue and orange or some kind of Dookie green and maroon color. But that’s fine. I really like the way this piece turned out.
It’s very earthy, but also I think it’s playful. I’m obsessed with this Sharkboy. He’s just so sad and feel so sorry for him. I’m very curious about the rest of the story. So if you guys have any ideas or if you’re curious about making your own story for the Sharkboy.
Leave it in the comments below. Let me know what that alarm clock is for. I’d love to hear your opinions. Oh, and because I felt really cop-outy for making the swordfish a pun and not actually a swordfish I put a swordfish in the background swimming by just to say that I drew a swordfish. Cop-out? I don’t even care. I love this shark boy guy and I stand by him. Alright. See you guys on the end card. [Music] Last week’s prompts were “Smirk”, “Game of marbles” and “Crumpled paper”. Let’s look at the featured artist. First up we have @RayneBowNom, who created this role-reversal with marbles and the humans The humans are the game of marbles and it’s both terrifying and hilarious Seriously, this illustration is so goofy. How could I not feature it? Next up is @trins_doodles, who has been joining in the prompts for several weeks now and I’ve been enjoying all these illustrations.
So I had to feature them finally. Just look at this illustration. We have a teacher who looks like they have lost their mind from these kids. Or wait has she lost her marbles? Ha. Every character in this illustration is packed with personality. We got sass and sadness. There’s just so many little fun details, I love it. And that’s it. Good luck on this week’s prompts and I will see you guys in the next one. Stay Golden! Bye. [Music]