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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.

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Update on "Diamond Tears."

Face and body complete (will probably do some touch up at the end).  Still have to complete the drapery, rose, and background.

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After sketching this about a thousand times, I finally broke down and used a web cam to get a pose.

No, this doesn't look like me.  :P

Digital painting in progress:  Diamond Tears.  Click for larger.

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Hello, friends!  

So, I know it's been awhile since I've posted artwork here, so I thought I'd post a few of the character portraits I've completed.

I have two left, but here are the four I've completed so far. You guys know the drill in how to enlarge. :)

[ profile] timelord1's Maeve Kennock, [ profile] dulcinbradbury's Aileann, [ profile] just_the_ash's Moraiwe and Angamarth (a special order), and [ profile] timelord1's Roghrid.

I also started a new painting to try to coax my muse out of hiding. Well, it's sort of a new painting-- this is actually a redo of an older piece that I never finished.  I call it Masquerade.  I'm using more of a color-sculpting technique for this one, rather than using a tight line drawing and building on that.  Keep in mind that this is VERY rough still, just blocking in basic colors and shapes.  This painting has now gone through three re-works.  It started off similar to this, with her standing in a maze of arches, in the water.  I then moved her into open ocean, with the ruins of an arch in the background.  But I think I like the more claustrophobic feel of having her standing within the architecture.  I also changed the color scheme a little-- she was wearing a purple gown before, but it blended too much into the indigo/violet shades of the background.  And I changed her pose.  She will still be standing in seawater, and the mask will be weeping.  No clue how long this one will take me, as other projects will take priority, but it'll make a good warmup piece to work on at the beginning of art-days.

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So after almost a month of struggling to create artwork every time I had time to sit down and attempt to work on projects, I finally had a wonderfully smooth day with few interruptions and ACTUAL DRAWINGNESS.

I did rough line art for all-- read it, ya'll, ALL-- of the outstanding character portraits.  All in one day.

I'm gonna post them here because, well, I'm so happy that I actually got something done without, you know, erasing it five thousand times or getting dragged away two minutes after beginning work, that I could scream.

Fair warning-- these images are still very rough.  They need a lot of work.  But I completed stage one of portraiture and kicked serious ass today, so you all get to see them.

If Photobucket ever finishes uploading them, that is.

Several unfinished drawings beneath cut. )

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So, over the past two days, I've done some work on the three crowdfunding pieces I have currently in production, as well as the Prize Drawing piece.  

As I mentioned previously, I've finished "Starcrossed."  

I did the flat colors for "Trickster."

I worked on the background cliffs in the waterfall painting. 

And, I did the inks on "Firespirit."  This is being done for the winner of the last prize drawing, and will be available to the general public.

All three of these crowdfunded pieces are still open for funding!  U.S. Contributors who contribute $3 or more will receive a complimentary print of the image they helped to fund from Zazzle, and all contributors will receive a full-sized image download.  (Size of print depends on amount of contribution; sizes start at 4x6.)  Once a piece is fully funded, the full sized image will be released to the public.

Current funding stats are as follows:

"Starcrossed": $4 of $40
"Trickster": $0 of $40
Waterfall painting (as yet untitled):  $0 of $100

If you would like to contribute to any or all of these projects, click the "Tip Jar" icon, which will take you to PayPal.  Please be sure to leave me a message to let me know who you are and what you're contributing to, so I can be sure to send you your perks!

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This is my current backlog list, as of 3/5/12.

(In order of request)
1) [ profile] timelord1: Maeve Kennock 
2) [ profile] just_the_ash:  Moraiwë and Angamarth/double portrait
3) [ profile] timelord1:  Roghrid
4)[ profile] timelord1: Raichior
5)[ profile] erigeneia:  Naia
6)[ profile] dulcinbradbury:  Aileann


EDIT:  "Starcrossed" is now complete, but is still open for crowdfunding!  Go to the link provided to see a preview and help to fund the project for release (full size and high resolution) to the public.

1)  Color character illustration for Portrait Adoption. (Not showing because I am very dissatisfied with it right now)
2)  Prize Drawing Winner Artwork (for [ profile] minor_architect)

Meh.  I've been rather lax with the crowdfunded pieces.  Might devote a day or two this week to focus on them.

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"Trickster" has been inked!

Click the thumbnail to go to the landing page for current crowdfunding projects, which links to the full sized images currently in production.

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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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Having seen [ profile] meeksp post a chart of her current art projects, I thought it might be a good idea to create a list of my backlog here so I can keep everything straight.  I can't figure out how to do the nifty chart graphics (it might be something that needs to be uploaded, or something only available to paid users) but I can do lists, so here it is.


Discounted Character Portrait Days (in order of request):
1)  The Uilebheist for [ profile] timelord1
2)  Angamarth for [ profile] just_the_ash
3)  Moraiwe for [ profile] just_the_ash
4)  Seamus Kennock for [ profile] timelord1
5)  Maeve Kennock for [ profile] timelord1

Crowdfunded projects based on Free Sketch Day sketches:        


Prize Drawing Winner illustration based on FSD sketch:

1)  Color character illustration for Portrait Adoption.

So... ten projects at the moment.  Need to figure out how to divide up the work throughout my days so I can get them all done. 

EDIT:  Because I'm braindead, I forgot to include the icon commissions from a friend who is building a web site.  Approximately 8 icons.  I'm writing this here because of said tendency to be braindead, so I don't forget.  :P
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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, to give a bit more variety, I thought I'd test working three crowdfunded pieces simultaneously. I will be doing two digitally inked and colorized pieces and one digital painting. And you guys get to vote on what I'll be doing!

So, go check out my last two FSD compilation posts, linked to here, and vote for three images each. The winners will be the next projects I commence with. Voting closes at 10 p.m. tonight, and results will be announced tomorrow at 10 a.m.

January 17
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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!

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The lineart is complete for "Frozen!"

Crowdfunding contributions currently stand at $18.  Just $2 more will fund the digital inking.  Another $20 after that will fully fund the project.

Thank you for everyone who is participating! For the landing page of this project, look here.  

Click the image for a larger size.  And here is a link to the full-size, full resolution image.

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Good morning, friends list, lurkers, and visitors. :)

So, yesterday, I held a vote for which sketch from the compiled Free Sketch Day offerings that I would open up for crowdfunding as a full-color piece.

"Frozen" is the winner!

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*  I will be digitally inking and colorizing "Frozen," a $40 value.

*  The first $5 will release the detailed, full sized line art.  However, I have stated previously that tips from previous FSD's will go towards funding a finished piece that will be voted on, and I have accrued $8 in tips.  So I will release the line art as soon as it is complete.

*  When contributions reach $20, I will release the digitally inked image.

*  When contributions reach $40, I will complete the colors on the piece, and will post the full sized, high resolution image to this blog.  

*  Contributors will receive a complimentary small (6x4) photo print from Zazzle.  If you contribute, or have contributed, and DO want the photo print, please send me an email or PM with your contact info so I can send it to you!  If you would prefer not to give out your contact info and so don't want the photo print, just let me know.  Other sized prints will also be available for separate purchase.

How to Crowdfund this project:

1)  Click the Tip Jar icon at the bottom of this post.  It takes you to a PayPal page.  Any amount is okay-- even a dollar can go towards funding the project.  Please do include your LJ ID in the notes on the PayPal form, so I know who you are.

2)  Please drop me a PM to let me know you're contributing to this particular project, if you would like a photo print, and if so, where to send it.

3)  When the crowdfunding goal of $40 is met, I will be sure to make a post to that effect.  If someone still wants to contribute beyond that point, the funds will go towards the next piece that will be voted on and opened up for crowdfunding. 

Did you vote for a piece that didn't win this week?  For my next project, once this piece is completed, I am going to compile the pieces that were voted for this week, and set them to a secondary vote.  


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Voting is now closed.  Taking comments to screened.  Thank you so much for participating!  "Frozen" is the winner; I'm currently writing an entry for this crowdfunding project, so say tuned!

As most of you know, I've held weekly Free Sketch Days off and on for the last couple of months. They have done quite well, actually. You guys have some wonderful prompts! I've had to put them on hiatus for the time being due to some very time consuming family issues, but things are starting to even out slightly, so I may be able to resume them next Tuesday.

I'm still sort of learning my way around the crowdfunding business model, and have tried a number of things with varying degrees of success. One thing I had hoped to accomplish with Free Sketch Day is a number of completed, crowdfunded works of art, based on your prompts.

So, today, I'm going to hold a vote. I'll post links to each sketch compilation post from the first FSD, so you can vote on which one you'd like to see as a crowdfunded piece. Tomorrow, I'll count up the votes. The one with the most votes will be opened up as my next crowdfunding project, a digitally inked and colorized piece of art.  

The piece that is chosen will be completed in stages that will be posted to this blog. The first five dollars will fund digitally "penciled" line art, refined from the sketch. When funding reaches $20, I will complete the digital inking. When it reaches $40, I will complete the colorization and post a high resolution image for everyone to download. Contributors will receive a complimentary small (6x4) photo print from Zazzle of the completed image unless otherwise specified. Other print sizes will be available for separate purchase as well.  (If you contribute, please let me know in a PM if you want the complimentary print, and if so, where to send it!  Also be sure to specify that you're contributing to this particular crowdfunding project so I can keep track of everything.)

(Please be aware that even though I've done some fan art sketches for FSD, I can't take them on as paid projects, so I won't include them in the vote. Also, "Transcend" was completed already for a prize drawing, so that also will not be included.)

Here are the links:

Please place votes in comments on this entry. One vote per person, please.  :)

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Congratulations to [ profile] timelord1, who won the prize drawing!

You'll receive a high resolution, digitally inked and colorized version of your prompt, "TARDIS," in about a week's time, give or take.

Hope you enjoy!

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Yesterday's Prize Drawing is now closed and comments will be taken to screened.  Thank you for participating!  

Good afternoon, friends!

So, here we are nearing the end of December, as well as 2011. This month has been a rocky one for my family and me, but we've all gotten through it more or less intact. I didn't hold as many Free Sketch Days as I'd hoped, but when I was able to, I was very excited about the turnout and the wonderful prompts given.

And today, being near the end of the month, it's time to hold my monthly prize drawing! The prize is a free digitally inked and colored image of your choice, from this month's Free Sketch Day posts (which I'll link to here). Anyone is eligible to apply-- just leave a comment here and state which sketch you would like to see completed. Tomorrow morning, I will write down all the names on scraps of paper, put them in a bowl, shake them up a bit, and draw one name at random. The winner will be announced in the morning, and I will create and email him/her a full-color, full sized, high resolution piece of art based on the sketch of their choice from this week's FSD. (Please allow at least a week for completion of the image; I'm a very busy gal!)

Here are the sketch compilation posts for this month for the FSDs held since the last prize drawing:




Choose any one sketch from these links and comment on this entry to apply for the prize drawing.

As always, I take private commissions for finished pieces. Also, any tips accrued on this page at any time will (unless otherwise specified by the tipper) go towards funding finished artwork that will be voted on by all of you when the cost of completed work is reached. There is currently $3 in the Tip Jar, so another $17 will fund a completed, detailed black and white drawing; an additional $37 will fund a digitally inked and colorized illustration; and an additional $97 will cover a simple digital painting.

I hope everyone is having an enjoyable holiday season!  Until later,



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