Jaime’s knife, some last minute touch ups once the cold weld is done drying to polish off the excess metal around the handle and this will be done and it is so damn comfortable to hold.
This is my friend David; he makes great art, good food, and sturdy knives. I’m very excited to be getting this knife, large knives for fleshing skins or work in the field are both hard to find and indispensable. Once you get used to one you’ll never want to be without!
What they don’t tell you about getting help when the bad days outnumber the good ones is that you’re going to have to wait a very long time for the balance to come around again.
Have patience with the people who struggle with daily life; depression, ptsd, anxiety, and other disorders can be crippling in ways that have to be experienced to be fully understood. We’re forcing our bodies and minds to work when they’re jury rigged together some days at best. There can be rest for many illnesses, but invisible illness rarely gets that need met.
Super adorable chibi time for my friend Lizcuit. It’s It’s Animal Crossing inspired, but things descended into tasteless saccharine pretty quickly. XD More practice with Manga Studio 5 and cartoons.
A firefly icon of Sakara for summer, MUCH better than my old one. And with animated fireflies to boot! If I can pull my brains together I might actually make them buzz around/hover/float and not just flash. My cartooning seems to be the thing that’s advancing right now.
For those late to the party, this is the full stage-by-stage work of Full Moon Friday’s piece. The first five are unfortunately iPhone photos, the last was photographed outdoors with a DSLR camera. I am never scanning real media again unless it’s just to get a sketch in. Watercolor, pen, colored pencil, and a little bit of water soluble ink. That I didn’t know was water soluble until I smudged it everywhere. Oops.
Tried two different color treatments while I learn how to use Manga Studio 5. I hated it at first, but I’m slowly coming around to it. This is all from scratch in that program. I’m used to inking and doing flats in Sai while doing any actual painting in Photoshop CS5. I don’t think there’s anything that makes it stand out from Sai yet, but this is still in the early stages. That said I also try very hard to paint directly; I rarely use layer effects to get the color palettes. For people who do use a lot of photoshop wizardry Manga Studio does basically look like Sai and Photoshop had a lovechild. The one thing I’m still not used to is the ink pen or the stabilizer; it steel feels wiggly and imprecise.
Unfortunately I’m stuck doing these on the laptop; it only as about 3 gigs of usable RAM so it chugs really badly. I have a single digital painting that’s on hold because of this. I normally use a home built high power PC, but its motherboard has officially bitten the dust. I can’t work with the computer flipping on and off. We’re going to buy another motherboard this afternoon, but it still will need to be shipped and installed before we’re back to work. So sorry for the absence.
So this is what four years of originals looks like; this is NOT including any of my digital art (Although there are some real media lines that were later used in digital). It also excludes all my canvas paintings (15+) and the terrifying heap of art in my portfolio that’s from 2007-2010.
There’s 120 finished images in there plus a small scattering of sketches that were used in digital pieces. I’m looking at dividing them up; fantasy and animals going to Etsy and furry being hoarded until I can unload them at a con. Thoughts from fellow artists? Some images might actually be worth matting first, like the tiger and the trilobites(that’s the red peeking out).
Older pieces, those with less skill, or those with fewer hours would be priced lower than those with higher skill and more hours involved.
I am open for commissions again! I am only taking single character digital and digital icons at present, but I haven’t had a disappointed customer yet. Single character commissions can of course be cropped into icons, but they also make excellent budget reference sheets or computer backgrounds. I am a specialist in big cats, but I am well versed in all species. Monsters, mythical beings, and bio-mechanical creatures are also highly welcome. Regular icons are only $15 for the cash-strapped.
Just a reminder that my time can be yours!
Here’s the results for Full Moon Friday! Mixed media; pen, watercolor, colored pencil, two types of brush inks, and a little acrylic paint. It’s totally fraught with mistakes, but there was a ton of learning that happened too so I’m not bitter. Probably the worst thing is that the surface is overworked; I redrew the hands four or five times and you can see the heavy paper texture that resulted from the eraser and me not wearing my smudge guard until halfway through.
But it’s all okay because WEREWOLVES.
You know those carefully composed artist selfie photos of workspaces? Yeah this is the actual reality. Lol. Crap EVERYWHERE. You’d think a desk that big would be enough, but it’s really not. Bonus points if anyone can ID the movie.
This is as far as I got for Full Moon Friday, but I’m pretty happy. You can see where I smudged the red ink and have started working the mistake back into the piece. Part of the fun and challenge in real media is going with it when you screw up and making the art work well in spite of those mistakes.
This is Arjun, a dragonscale plakat betta. He lives in 5.5 gallons with live plants; I consider this to be the ideal setup where space is a concern. It’s a personal choice, but I just love how my fish have thrived since moving them into setups that are not so vulnerable. Even my girls share a 20 gallon where a 10 is considered the ideal size. One thing I love about Arjun is also that he cannot bite his fins off like so many of my long tailed bettas before him. He is quite the little bulldog though, I don’t think I could trust him in my community tank.
Warm up speedpaint; 2 hours in total. The mermaid wasn’t supposed to be Ariel initially (I was going for brunette hair with henna red highlights), but at some point you just can’t fight it. I’m pleased with lots of little things…the toony-ness of the werewolf, the shapes in the tiger, my color sense, and the swoosh of Ariel’s hair.