Demo Reel: https://vimeo.com/92283725
So, I haven’t been entirely idle in my absence. Though a good portion of it was me watching Doctor Who and working at my job. Besides acrylic paintings that have yet to be pictured, I have these two digital paintings. You all remember Wayne. A simple doodle that would end up a birthday card.
However, next to Wayne is Jinx, a character from League of Legends. (No, I don’t play, it was a gift to a friend.) This picture probably took at least 24 hrs total, including sketching. I tried to go for a more realistic shading. I learned quite a lot during this process, including a new way of shading, though it does take a great deal longer. I also got to play around with effects and techniques I learned from my days working for Officemax. In the end result, I am fairly pleased with how it turned out.
It’s also that time of the year again. Christmas! I am busy working on Rose Red 2 for my niece so new illustrations will be coming soon. I have four sketches so far but I am still in the process of writing the book. It’s something I hope to finish before November ends (the writing part).
Went to Lake of the Isles with a friend on Tuesday. Ducks came up to use looking for food and I got some decent shots of the female. All the male photos were pretty glare-y. Probably those iridescent photos. We also had a couple of geese swim right up to use.
All the photos have been edited to improve color or cropped a bit. I don’t much like to alter my photos more than that, but there was a piece of grass that really bothered me over the ducks eye so I fixed that.
I forgot to post this after Christmas, mostly because it was a gift and I didn’t want my Aunt to see it. Here I was testing out my Gauche paint I have had since early college. I can’t believe I’ve never tried to use it before. (the projects we did with it were stupid silly and didn’t show me how these could be used so effectively!) Anyway, it had been a bad day that day and this was very therapeutic. I am very happy how it turned out, though the background isn’t my favorite, but leaving it white seemed so out of place.
Either way, my aunt loved it. She does love her raptors!~
I’ve been busy working on my first book in a Trilogy. I finally finished so that a selected few can read it and give me some criticism. This story was created seven years ago, but has drastically changed.
I felt bad for not updating in a while so I thought I would share a couple of doodles for you. The first is Aradia, the antagonist in my story, and Gwenifer the protagonist. I usually can’t draw my characters from my head. I’m much better at drawing what I see…but this time they actually turned out alright.
The second is Zendreal, a sea monster that will appear later in the series. I needed a visual so decided to doodle. I just knew I wanted a huge, endless mouth….then I though of a pelican eel, and that is where the inspiration came from.
I made calender’s for people for Christmas, so here is some of the edited photography. The latter four are ones I just had fun with while at work during a slow day.
For my niece for Christmas I created her an illustrated book written by myself. My niece likes vampires so I created a story around this idea. When creating this story I added elements of something that I loved as a kid, Sailor Moon. I know if my niece watched Sailor Moon she too would enjoy it.
The story is called Rose Red and is based on a girl named Roselyn, who is in fact a Halfling vampire who is destined to become the savior of her city, which is settled on spiritual ground. A crow comes to her and becomes her mentor where she must defeat Mora, Queen of Nightmares and her subordinates, who are human like things with a deer skull as their head. She must stop them from stealing sweet dream energy.
I enjoyed writing this for my niece. At first I struggled, because I had to dumb down my words a bit and making a story like this made me shudder because it reminded me of my old stories which turned out too Mary Sue or the idea too overused. But I forced those thoughts out of my head, and tried to make it my own and something my niece would enjoy and then I finally was able to get past that first chapter and really enjoy writing it. I loved doing the fight scenes (as my current story I am working on doesn’t have many). I added a REAL character for a love interest instead of a stock love interest who I originally had. Of course, this story isn’t about love, just a small element to spice things up. This story is about determination and will and for fighting for others.
I also left room for a sequel for my niece if she should decide for one.
The illustrations were also fun to create, as well as challenging. I am horrible with backgrounds and loathe to even make them, but as you can see in some of them I did create some backgrounds, otherwise they would have looked very odd. Thankfully most scenes were in night so it was mostly darkness. I think I am most proud of the stained glass window of the rose though, even if it is fairly simple. The background was originally going to be darkness, but then I had a vision of her standing before stained glass and it seemed…poetic and very sailor moon-ish. My goal in working with these images was to create movement and emotion. I think I did alright, though it could be better.
Overall I am proud of this project and hope my niece enjoys it. And if I am lucky, she will like it enough for a sequel. :)