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shannon kao.
i draw things occasionally.

asks and such are always welcome!

a couple warm-ups! I have a bad habit of naming my files before i decide what to draw so these are “streetstyle.png” and “nest.png” respectively. 

yay life.


again for squarerootofapencil who i’ve been forcing to give me prompts, haha. i should probably also say that this style is pretty heavily inspired by quentin blake

i don’t really know how i feel about the dark background so here are both versions. dedicated (?) to squarerootofapencil :D

cactii! dang i’m kind of into this style. however i seriously need to go through and delete extra brushes i keep downloading more and using like, one brush in a set of fifteen.

it’s meant to look like a whale but i am not sure if that is being conveyed haha. this was like 80% lasso tool and 20% eraser.

i’ve been doing these color study things as a warmup. ref on the left, my speedpaint on the right. the top two (most recent) are done without colordopping!

refs: big sur, tea room, rainy day

process for that last drawing! i did color keys for this one i’m so proud. anyway i just really like seeing how a pretty awful sketch can turn into a not-so-terrible final piece!

Reblog This Post To Receive Critique on Your Art Blog


This is a new iteration, the list has been scrapped for the old ‘reblog and’ post.

Reblog this post to your art blog, and I will give you feedback on the content of your blog. I’ll tell you what works, what needs improvement, and how you might go about making those improvements. I will not discriminate based on genre, media, or aesthetic, everyone will be evaluated on their own terms.

Selection will be based on the order that people reblogged the post in, and the post will be tagged with the artist’s url for their convenience. PLEASE make sure you reblog TO YOUR ART BLOG. Reblog the ORIGINAL POST from Starving Artist’s Sage Advice, this makes things less complicated for me! DO NOT LIKE THE POST IN ORDER TO BE CRITIQUED, THIS WILL NOT PUT YOU IN LINE TO BE CRITIQUED. THANK YOU. The critique will cover the body of your work. If you’d rather I critique a specific piece, please submit it to the blog with what you’d like to have feedback on as an image file.

oh man, i’m last in a huge queue, i’m sure, but this would be so great.  (also if anyone sees this and just wants to… throw critique at me, i’d love it! anon is on also!)



i have a night vale drawing i really want to do but i think i’m currently just not good enough to pull it off, boo. SO my fallback frustration-drawing is, of course, trees.

this was fun though! i’m probably gonna put together a process gif because i really love process gifs. 

at one point in time, the brick facade must have been filled with bankers, or lawyers, or insurance men, but now it looks empty to all but a few. this little one stops here every day on the way home from school. on the days her mom can greet her halfway, she’s pulled away with “come on” and “hurry up” and “what are you looking at, anyway?” but even without her tugging mother, she eventually walks past.

after all, she has homework, little brothers, and responsibilities to go home to.

until one day in early spring when the rain is too cold and the wind is too hard, and the kids at school were a little too mean, and the zipper on her backpack broke besides, so that the red and blue-green trees with their constant rain of light seemed warm and welcoming instead of strange.

and so she walked up the steps, and into the woods, and when she turned back the city was gone.

hello this is perfect everyone should read this.

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