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More background work on "Ocean Lord."  

The ocean is done.  Now for the stormy sky.

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This is my next project:

This is a sketch I did several years ago with the intent to turn it into a painting. 

Starting with the background; still very loose and sketchy, just blocking in the basic colors at this point.  I'm going with a cooler palette than I used in my last painting.   I'm going to call this one "Ocean Lord."

Will post updates as the painting progresses!

Like what you see on this blog?  Feel free to tip the artist!  Contributors who are in the US will receive a free print of their choice, either of an already completed work, or the work in progress contributed toward, once complete.  Also, size of print depends on contribution amount and sizes available. So if you tip, please let me know in a private message so I can contact you regarding your print.


Oct. 22nd, 2012 07:29 pm
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New art completed!

"Trickster."  This print is for sale on Imagekind.

Click for larger.  

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I've been getting myself back into the game artistically since getting back to Texas.  I have yet to dip back into the crowdfunding, though, and I'm afraid it has more to do with a lack of confidence than a lack of desire or need.  

I desperately need to raise prices, because I need the money--especially after the insane number of medical bills I have incurred and am still incurring--but I'm afraid I'm going to shoot myself in the foot by doing so.  I have tentative plans.  For one, I'm considering hosting weekly $5 Sketch Days, rather than Free Sketch Days, but taking the first five prompts for free.  Detailed black and white drawings will ordinarily go for $50 and up, depending on complexity, and Discounted Character Portrait Days will be re-instated on a periodic basis at $30 per portrait.  I'll also offer story illustration, both black and white and color, for $50 and up.

I have to remind myself that even these prices are very low for a professional, but I still have this nagging voice in the back of my head that tells me my work isn't good enough to charge that much, that no one will want to pay that much.  It's a voice that I'm determined to ignore.  

I hope to be delving back into the crowdfunding sometime this coming week.  I may test the waters with a $5 Sketch Day.

But anyway!  I also come bearing artwork.  Paintings and fan art sketches.  As always, click for larger.

Ghostlight.  This is for sale as a print Here.

Woman of the Mists.  This is for sale as a print Here.

Dean Winchester from Supernatural.

The Eleventh Doctor, from Doctor Who 

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Update: 3/5/12:  "Starcrossed" has been completed.  Funding currently stands at $4 of $40.

UPDATE:  2/27/12
"Trickster Fae" has been inked! (Click for full size)

This is the landing page for my three current crowdfunding projects.  I will continuously link back here with updates.

The center image is the only one with a title-- "Trickster."  If any of you have suggestions for the other two, feel free to comment!

Current status of each (clicky to enlarge):

The funding goals for these three images are:

Waterfall:  $100
Trickster fey:  $40
Kissing couple:  $40

Funding stats:
"Trickster": $0 of $40.
"Starcrossed": $4 of $40
Waterfall painting (as yet unnamed):  $0 of $100.

If you would like to contribute to any or all of these projects, please click the "Tip Jar" icon below.  Also, please be sure to leave me a comment or a PM to let me know you contributed, and for what project, so I can be sure to send you prints of the projects you contributed to when they are complete!  (Sorry, I can only do U.S. shipping at this time-- I can't afford international rates)  When a project is fully funded, the full sized image will be released to the public.

Any contributors will receive the full size, high res file in a link, and U.S. based contributors will receive a print of the project they donated to.  Size of print depends on donation.

I'll also use this as the landing page for "Firespirit," the Prize Drawing piece I'm creating for [ profile] minor_architect.

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It's been a very productive week, with three character portraits completed, fourteen sketches for Free Sketch Day, and two crowdfunding projects and a prize drawing illustration started.

Character Portraits:

From left to right (from the last two weeks):  [ profile] timelord1's Rowenne Kennock and Jaerus, [ profile] ellenmillion's Torn World character Ivarra, [ profile] timelord1's creature the Uilebheist, and [ profile] just_the_ash's character Angamarth.


Prize Drawing Illustration:

I completed the line art for [ profile] minor_architect's prize drawing illustration.  I'm calling this one Firespirit. (Note: nudity, so full size sketch is not work safe!)

Crowdfunded pieces:

Blocked in the flat colors over the sketch for the waterfall painting, as yet untitled.

And completed the line art for Trickster.

Remember, the waterfall painting and "Trickster" are open for crowdfunding!  Contribute to whichever one you like by clicking the "Tip Jar" icon.  Be sure to specify what you want tips to go toward, and let me know what your LJ ID is so I can keep track of everyone and send out perks when they're ready.

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[ profile] minor_architect won the Prize Drawing yesterday!  This person will receive a digitally inked and colorized image based on the below image (click to enlarge):

As no one voted for the next crowdfunding pieces, I will begin work on these three:


The first one (the landscape) will be digitally painted, and the other two will be digitally inked and colorized.  
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So, I thought I would put together a little tutorial on how I create the character portraits for my weekly Discounted Character Portrait Days. I create these images in Gimp using a Wacom tablet; this tutorial will focus more on technique and less on the technical aspects of the program and tablet.

This is a portrait of [ profile] timelord1's character Jaerus. She gave me a detailed description and a picture reference for his armor, which can be found here under the first character description. She also specified that she pictures Jonathon Rhys-Meyers in the role, so that gave me an idea of what the character will look like.

Click image for full size.

The very first thing I do is scour the web for references. As she has given an actor as a reference, I look for images of him. In other character portraits, I try to think of appropriate actors/actresses and use them as references. I don't always aim for a strict likeness; sometimes the reference is used very loosely just to give a *feel* of the character. But in this instance, I'm trying to give more of an impression that the characterresembles the actor, without really going for a tight likeness.

There are a LOT of images under cut. )
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"Frozen" is now complete!

Tomorrow, I will be uploading to Zazzle so I can send out photo prints to people who contributed to this project.  I will also upload it to ImageKind, so it will be available on a variety of professional-quality prints as well, including canvas prints.  

I'm going to post a small, watermarked thumbnail version and a larger detail clip.  The image is half-funded; another $20 will completely fund the piece, at which point I will make the full size, full resolution file available for everyone to download for printing, desktop use, what have you.  Contributors also get a complimentary mini photo print from Zazzle if they so wish.

Thank you to everyone for your support and enthusiasm!

large detail crop below cut. )

To contribute to this project, click the Tip Jar icon.

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"Frozen" is now inked!  

This project is half funded.  Another $20 will fund the colorization.  All donors will receive a full sized image link of the final piece whether the piece is fully funded or not, as well as a 6x4 photo print from Zazzle if they choose to opt in for it.  

Click the image to see a larger size.  Click here for a full sized inked image:

Click the Tip Jar icon if you would like to contribute to this project. Please remember to give your LJ username and specify that you're helping to fund "Frozen" so I know who contributed and to what.  Also, if you would like one of the prints mentioned above as a donor perk, please PM me to let me know where to send it.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day!


Jan. 12th, 2012 08:23 pm
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Had two commissions from this week's Discounted Character Portrait Days.  (The sale is going for the rest of the day, so feel free to put in your requests!  Prices are $5 for black and white portraits, $20 for digitally inked and colorized, and $50 for digital paintings.)

Click the thumbnails to enlarge.  Both of these are requests from [ profile] timelord1 for her [ profile] ethian_wanderer project.  The first is "Lavinnia" and the second, "Lily MacTalla."


Also, [ profile] timelord1 was the winner of last month's Free Sketch Day Prize Drawing.  She had asked for "TARDIS" as her prompt, and so:

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So, my friend [ profile] timelord1 has a large, multiple-story writing project that she's been working on for quite some time, a fantasy she calls "Lost in Ethia."  She's decided to start up a Livejournal for it-- [ profile] ethian_wanderer

She has not posted any of her stories yet, as she has just opened the LJ today, but she will do so soon.  I've been following her fan fiction (set in the Doctor Who universe) for some time now, and she is a very talented writer.  I'm looking forward to seeing what she does with this project.

In her words, "My original stories are cheeky high fantasy, taking place in a place called Ethia, featuring an ensemble of characters, with lots of humor, action, drama, romance and angst as well as a boatload of original and varied-ly borrowed mythology, from Celtic to Japanese, a little bit of Greek but mostly all from inside this bizarre head of mine."

Some character art and descriptions under cut. )


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