It’s Friday, which means … time to show off artwork!
I’ve been playing with this landscape on and off for a couple of weeks. I figured it was time to buckle down and finish it.
This was based on a screenshot from Destiny 2.
It’s a pretty area in game, but as you can see, there’s always room for improvement.
And now, for some sketches and things!
Character concept from a not-Destiny sci-fi. Just trying to nail down what the characters look like. The robots still look too Ghost-like, so I’ll be doing more concept sketches here in the next few weeks.
Since I’m redoing some Sonic fanfics as Real People Books, I get to reimagine these characters as humans. And they make awfully cute humans. This pic was just traced over a base and done anime because it’s fast and easy. I’d credit the artist who did the base, but I can’t track them down. It’s all over Pinterest, though.
Concept for the absentee father of the heroine of my last Destiny fanfic. I have this thing for forbidding, grumpy dads who are soft, sweet marshmallows on the inside.
And that’s all the art for this week. I’ve been grinding away at revisions on Guardian’s Wager, the third After Atlantis book, in every spare moment. And in every other spare moment, I’m writing this not-Destiny story that amuses me massively. You should have heard me boring my husband to sleep, explaining about the orbits of Jupiter’s moons and why Callisto makes the perfect hideout.
Fanart for the book Starship’s Mage by Glynn Stewart. I had known of this book’s existence for a long time, but didn’t actually pick it up until a friend recommended it. It’s science fiction with space ships and stuff, except the only way to hyperspace jump between stars is to have a Mage use magic to do it. So the ships are all engraved with runes on the inside, and in the ship’s center is a simulacrum of the ship that the Mage interacts with to Jump. Magic and the runes it runs on work like circuits and computer code, so it’s very logical. I’m very pleased with book 1 and will probably have to read the whole series. The heroes are in constant hot water because they are just trying to do the right thing. I LOVE that.
Also, I sent this to the author and made his day. 😀
This is a comic making fun of the Christmas event in Destiny where you make cookies out of bits of monsters. World of Warcraft had this same kind of event, so I think they must just be how videogames do Christmas-themed quests. These are a couple of characters I’ve been working on, and I wanted to draw the girl with the scars to see what she’d look like.
Here’s a few artworks I’ve done in the past week or so:
This is the scattered bits of things I did over the last two weeks. The kids and I have all been sick, and it’s kind of knocked my art drive out the window. Trying to get my groove back, though. I’ve been trying out a new art program, Clip Studio. I think I like it, and it’s only 50 bucks, as opposed to whatever the heck they’re charging for Photoshop these days.
Only one pic this week, but I worked on it all week. As you can see here, each step took a day. In the case of the shapes stage, two days.
I was practicing figure sketches, and I liked this one because it kind of tells a story. So I turned it into a full pic. I also tried doing all the shadows with the pen tool, mostly because of this tutorial:
See how the black shapes and the gray shapes in the first stage are on separate layers? And he colors on them separately? I wanted to try doing that. I’m afraid my first try was pretty tame, but I want to continue experimenting with this technique.
I’ve also been scribbling out a new fanfic. I noticed that it was getting kind of long, so I checked and realized I’ve written 30k. Pretty much just for fun. I love it when a story has that much pull. So I’m tossing it online, slowly, until I get it finished. Fortunately, the last third is in sight, so it’ll be done in a few more weeks.
Lately I’ve been trying to improve my neglected art skills. If I drew as much as I wrote, I’d be fantastic by now.
Anyway, the internet is awash in tutorials. People are so generous with their knowledge! So here’s three landscapes I’ve painted lately, with the tutorials I used. You know, in case you’d like to try them, too.
I’m trying to do very different color palettes and styles, here. Keeps them different and interesting. Eventually I’ll work up to painting landscapes from real photos. 😀
Been working on my landscape pic a bit. I tinkered with the background mountains, finally had to eyedropper colors from the original photo. I felt like such a failure, but I just couldn’t eyeball the color. I kept making it too green. Turns out it’s grey-blue and dark gray-blue.
Here’s a closeup of the dragon.
I’m really enjoying painting from a model. It makes the shading so much easier! I put a guy on his back so the dragon’s look wouldn’t be so threatening. It goes from “Rawr I’m going to eat the kid” to “Oh noes we’ve been discovered!”
One of my relatives posted a bunch of pretty fall landscape pictures. This one caught my eye, for some reason. Maybe it’s the fence.
A while back, James Gurney did a workshop where people were to go out, take a picture of some spot in their town, then work from that photo and a model of a dinosaur, and paint the dinosaur into their town. The idea has intrigued me, and I decided to try that.
So I busted out one of the few interesting dragon models I happen to have around here. Changed it a bit, of course, since it’s a copyrighted design. All I need is the lighting on it, anyway.
Landscapes are a lot more interesting when stuff is happening in them. 🙂
Been thinking about lots of stuff lately. Like Nanowrimo and what I’m going to write for it. I’m thinking of a zombie story.
When we visited Arizona, I studied the colors very closely. The Sonoran desert is highly colored. You always see deserts on TV as being all one color–brown, maybe, or yellow. The Sonoran desert is all primary colors, assuming your palette is the rebel colors of red, blue and green. 🙂
Trying to get back into the swing of things. I should be writing or drawing or something else productive. Instead, I’ve been building a series of networked cities in Sim City 4. That’s constructive, right?
Here’s how it’s coming along. Still rough, but starting to come together. I gave the dragon some love and it shows. Also I really dig the sky. I might open up some more areas in it to the left, because it’s such a huge dark mass.