Hello, strangers! Apologies for the absence; my laptop’s motherboard packed up and it took an extraordinarily long time to get it replaced.
However, I’m back now, and I will be cracking on with my other works-in-progress (The Worm, the Lana Del Rey model, Elsa…). I’ve also started a new mini project, which shouldn’t get in the way of the other projects.
Anyone who’s seen my Twitter feed may know that I’ve started shipping Evy and Dr Chamberlain from The Mummy. I’m planning a fanmix also (hello, 8tracks!), so this is really intended to be cover art for that.
Just to clarify, this isn’t meant to be abusive. There’s no way I’d support anything like that, and Evy’s certainly not a victim here (it’s not in her nature to be submissive, anyway). It’s more like intense mutual dislike with a bit of paradoxical lust thrown in. It stands to reason theirs would be a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship.
I’ll say it again: no abuse. This isn’t Harley Quinn and The Joker. This is, at least, mutual if a bit screwed up.
Anyways, thanks to those who’ve stuck around, and those who actually followed/liked my blog during my absence! Your patience is appreciated!
So, here’s where I am on my painting of Elsa (and Anna) from Frozen. Doesn’t look like much now, but I’m hoping the looser style I’ve adopted will prove more productive.
Back again. Intended to post more. Life interfered.
Anyway, a few days ago, I decided I should attempt traditional media again, as most of my work over the past year has been digital. Since I’ve been playing Assassin’s Creed III lately, I decided to draw elk.
Above are the original pencil sketches; below are the shaded versions.
These were shaded in Photoshop (apparently, I can’t completely stay away from digital media). These are actually something of an accident. I initially intended to use the drawings as a base for full-colour digital paintings, but then I started experimenting with the dodge/burn tools on the original drawings. I’m pleased with the effect, overall.
Look familiar? I edited some of my sea photographs and added some (sad) poetry.
- Despair – H.P. Lovecraft
- Caged Bird – Maya Angelou
- Departure – Edna St. Vincent Millay
- Break, Break, Break – Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- The Prisoner of Chillon – Lord Byron
- Alone – Edgar Allan Poe
- A Daughter of Eve – Christina Rossetti
This is my first attempt at modelling a human head in Blender. And yes, it’s Lana Del Rey. Or at least it will be.
Apologies for the lack of updates. My personal and professional life just keeps getting in the way. (The Elsa painting is still in the works; I haven’t forgotten about it.)
I’ll be starting 2016 with a few new projects. The first (seen above) is a digital portrait of Elsa from Frozen. Obviously still at the drawing stage, but I’m happy with it so far and am ready to make a start on the underpainting.
The second project I have in mind is a series of Harry Potter illustrations. These would be both of individual characters and important scenes in the books. This’ll be a long project as I want to cover all the books in the series.
Also, not really related to art, but I plan to spend more time this year on game design/development, as well as concept design, so expect a few small video game related projects to pop up here and there!
A hectic month has prevented me from posting or creating much, but I do have these to share with you:
I was getting sick of all the festive cheer, so I retaliated with two of my own Christmas card designs, which are available on my Zazzle and Society6 stores.
I now have a tumblr blog! I’ll be using it for things that don’t fit in with the content of my main blog; mainly fan art and other fandom-related things, though I’ll also use it to promote this blog.
There’ll be more informal posts on there too, so be warned that there’ll be occasional non-worksafe content and language.
Semper in Exsilium… now on tumblr.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? But, I’ve returned with… something.
It’s a load of quick colour sketches of scenes that have appeared in my dreams. None of these are from recent dreams; a few of these are years old but I’ve depicted them as well as I can remember them.
So, some explanations, starting from the top left and going clockwise:
- A tall weathered house (that would probably be structurally unsound in real life) surrounded by a thick mist. I never actually ‘saw’ this house from the outside in my dream, so I had to just work out how the house would’ve looked. In the dream, I was looking out of the top window, down at the mist… and the wolves. Yes, wolves. White wolves.
- An expanse of pink and purple flowers, with an overhanging willow, next to a large black tower. Not the best depiction I could’ve made, admittedly. An usually pleasant landscape for one of my dreams, or at least it would be were it for all the wasps (which I’ve left out) and large black snakes hiding under the flowers (which I’ve also left out).
- A black tower (not the same one as the previous scene). Maybe it would’ve been more interesting to show the interior: a small sitting room on the ground floor, a spiral staircase and a surprisingly large library at the top. I liked this particular dream but sadly it hasn’t recurred.
- The ‘pipe sea’. Just what it sounds like – a large, dark tunnel filled with water and marine life. I’d almost class this as a nightmare, given my previously-attested feelings towards the sea, but it was actually more interesting than anything else. Although, the whale gave me a hell of a fright.
- The moon. That’s it. That’s all I dreamed about that particular night; sitting on the moon, alone. Not much to say other than it was quiet, dusty and very cold.
- Another simple dream – I was sitting in front of an open door, with a vast (and mostly grey) ocean right outside. At some point, I found I was able to control the waves and spent the rest of my dream amusing myself doing just that. Well, until I tried making a tidal wave. I succeeded. It was scary. Then I woke up.
- A long, high, winding, narrow path, above a petrified forest. If you’ve ever seen a real petrified forest, this looked nothing like it. In my dream, it was as if all the trees had lost their leaves and turned to stone. While the path actually doesn’t look that narrow in the sketch, I can verify it was just wide enough to walk along it one foot in front of the other. That, paired with the fact that the petrified trees looked very hard and sharp made this one of my more unsettling dreams.
At some point I hope to do something more with these scenes. Perhaps I could include these in game, since I’m currently learning how to use Unity? Or just a series of landscapes? Whichever I end up doing, I’ll post the results here. I’ll also sketch more of my dream scenes, as I’ve a lot more than this. I’ll endeavour to include my more horrifying dreams next time!