Art of Tracy MacLauchlan

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I am an animator/illustrator with a love for drawing and character art. I navigate my career by day and work on my animated series project, The Taffetas, by night. This is an informal tumblog where I post my art, sketches, and thoughts.

Contact: TracyMaclauchlan@gmail.com

saetje:

See you all again soon!Going on vacation tomorrow.  Just so y’all know what’s going on if I disappear. Trust me when I say I really need it.In other news, this is the first time we’ve seen the Taffetas project main 5 together interacting in one picture. My heart swelled over that thought. From L to R: Elena the awkward siren, Sapphire the fun-loving gargoyless, Gemini the precocious Atlantean, Veil the uptight elf, and his brother Eschewal (working name, eh) the not-so-uptight elf.In other words: my (and ygrafix's) babies!

morning bump!

saetje:

See you all again soon!

Going on vacation tomorrow.  Just so y’all know what’s going on if I disappear. Trust me when I say I really need it.

In other news, this is the first time we’ve seen the Taffetas project main 5 together interacting in one picture. My heart swelled over that thought. From L to R: Elena the awkward siren, Sapphire the fun-loving gargoyless, Gemini the precocious Atlantean, Veil the uptight elf, and his brother Eschewal (working name, eh) the not-so-uptight elf.
In other words: my (and ygrafix's) babies!

morning bump!

— 16 hours ago with 28 notes
See you all again soon!Going on vacation tomorrow.  Just so y’all know what’s going on if I disappear. Trust me when I say I really need it.In other news, this is the first time we’ve seen the Taffetas project main 5 together interacting in one picture. My heart swelled over that thought. From L to R: Elena the awkward siren, Sapphire the fun-loving gargoyless, Gemini the precocious Atlantean, Veil the uptight elf, and his brother Eschewal (working name, eh) the not-so-uptight elf.In other words: my (and ygrafix's) babies!

See you all again soon!

Going on vacation tomorrow.  Just so y’all know what’s going on if I disappear. Trust me when I say I really need it.

In other news, this is the first time we’ve seen the Taffetas project main 5 together interacting in one picture. My heart swelled over that thought. From L to R: Elena the awkward siren, Sapphire the fun-loving gargoyless, Gemini the precocious Atlantean, Veil the uptight elf, and his brother Eschewal (working name, eh) the not-so-uptight elf.
In other words: my (and ygrafix's) babies!

— 1 day ago with 28 notes
#The Taffetas  #sketchbook  #original characters  #OCs 

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@sayadaramdial : yep! Because llamas are totally his spirit animal!

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They are my favorite animals at our local zoo. They act aloof when I draw them, and they have these beautiful long eyelashes and a big, long snout that makes them seem even more snooty. Physically they’re fairly lean and tall with long limbs (when shaved). But then, at the same time, they are also kind of goofy!

— 4 days ago with 6 notes
#llama  #ask 
I quickly colored the Veil and Gemini centaurs before I went on to finish coloring a Sapphire for our May update. All this centaur stuff makes me remember that I really enjoyed drawing centaurs a couple of years ago (link takes you to my old blogger). I guess we never really change who we are.

I quickly colored the Veil and Gemini centaurs before I went on to finish coloring a Sapphire for our May update. All this centaur stuff makes me remember that I really enjoyed drawing centaurs a couple of years ago (link takes you to my old blogger). I guess we never really change who we are.

— 4 days ago with 14 notes
#draw a centaur day  #centaurs  #fantasy  #fantasy art 

Hey artist friends,

Does anyone have any good suggestions for downloadable watercolor brushes in photoshop?

— 5 days ago with 6 notes
#ask  #art advice  #brushes  #thank you! 
I guess being a centaur is a good time to get back to nature. Or not. Your call.

I guess being a centaur is a good time to get back to nature. Or not. Your call.

— 6 days ago with 64 notes
#draw a centaur day  #centaur  #original characters  #The Taffetas  #sketches  #sketchbook 
Everybody was drawing their OCs as centaurs and I got jealous

Everybody was drawing their OCs as centaurs and I got jealous

— 6 days ago with 34 notes
#the taffetas  #sketchbook  #centaur  #draw a centaur day  #ocs  #llama centaur 
For my friend, Whitney’s, birthday! She’s represented as a cat character on Peter and Company and also has a thing for Tom Hiddleston (who in my mind would be Tomcat HIddleston in the animal world of  P&C haha).

For my friend, Whitney’s, birthday! She’s represented as a cat character on Peter and Company and also has a thing for Tom Hiddleston (who in my mind would be Tomcat HIddleston in the animal world of  P&C haha).

— 1 week ago with 28 notes
#tom hiddleston  #cute  #furry  #drawings  #sketchbook 
Anonymous asked: So...what free pockets of time do you write and concept? I can never find the time!!!


Answer:

To me, concepting a new story, world, and/or characters takes three phases:

  • reading/research/experience : Where you gather information relevant to your story and characters. You’re a sponge, soaking in every aspect of inspiration related from anything from your theme on down to your character’s quirky habits. This is an ongoing process and you should never stop.
  • thinking, ideating: stewing the ideas in your mind, forming learned, applicable solutions. Cutting ideas that don’t fit with your master plan (theme, point of your story, story arcs). Bouncing ideas off of people, feeding budding ideas with new cycles of research. etc.
  • writing down ideas, pitching them: This phase reminds me of inking a sketch. It’s not JUST tracing over ideas I have. This is about refining. Pitching is about knowing my concepts well enough to communicate those ideas (formally or to trusted friends), presenting my ideas, accepting feedback, and starting the process over again.

 I’ll fit research into anywhere it’s appropriate to be on a smart phone or to read a book: waiting in line at the grocery store, for instance. This is my main form of research. For hands-on/experience stuff, I’ll schedule opportunities like visits to museums or events that correlate to my story. I’ll admit the latter happens less often.

Thinking/ideating can happen anywhere; I enjoy it best on long walks, while driving, or in the shower. Sometimes it takes some conscious effort to keep my mind on track, though. If this happens, bouncing ideas with a friend for half an hour or so helps focus me.

Writing is usually what I do “the evening before” our project meetings, but I also squeeze it into lunch breaks. And sometimes I’ll have already done it along the way as I think.

Sometimes even lunch breaks, going to the grocery store, 30 minutes to talk to a friend, walks, etc. are a luxury so my best advice there is: just do the best you can do, at the pace you can do it. Assuming this is for your own passion project without a hard deadline to meet, sometimes all you can do is go inch-by-inch to walk a mile. At the very least you’ll be an inch farther than if you decided to do nothing. And remember: Part of your job is just living life- how else to write believable characters and life situations? - so have fun and take days off despite your busy schedule.

Thanks for the ask! Good luck with your own endeavors!

— 1 week ago with 8 notes
#art advice 
Anonymous asked: Will the project with the kids interfere with your Taffetas one?


Answer:

It only takes away time when we have our evening meeting (my prime time for Taffetas work), and usually the evening before so I can prepare my notes. This meeting only happens once every 2 weeks or so.

I don’t know how or if we’ll divvy up concept art so my involvement in that process will determine how much it’ll cut into my time. It hasn’t taken much away from Taffetas or any other work yet because I can do most research, concepting and writing in weird little pockets of free time during my day rather than the sit-down-and-draw-for-a-solid-block-of-time I still have to do for polished art.

Thanks for asking!

— 1 week ago