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Guild Wars 2 Commission Process – Multi-character “Poster”

Guild Wars 2 Commission Process – Multi-character “Poster”

I recently started a commission project I’m excited about, and thought it might be fun to chronicle the process here! I’d like to try and do things like this more on this blog. I plan to update this post with future progress of this piece, Thank you very much again to the commissioner for such...Continue Reading
Paint-ober 2021

Paint-ober 2021

During October, I tried a self-prompt monthly challenge that I decided to call “Paint-ober!” I checked to see if this was an official or unofficial prompt anywhere, and didn’t find much for it. I’m sure it’s been participated in before, but it doesn’t seem to be very popular. I’ve never been interested in completing a...Continue Reading
ZBrush Sculpts & Sculpt+Paintings

ZBrush Sculpts & Sculpt+Paintings

I really enjoy using ZBrush as a kind of digital maquette – it was fun to explore the possibilities for Vaknaa’s design this way. Particularly with her head crest feathers. The above painting is painted over a rough sculpture of her. This is another sculpt+paint of Vaknaa. The rest are sculpt+paintings of Aurelle. The hair...Continue Reading
Guild Wars 2 ZBrush Sculpts

Guild Wars 2 ZBrush Sculpts

I ended up doing a few sculpts this past spring/summer, enough to split the ZBrush sculpts into two posts! In this one I’ll post a few of the GW2-related posts. Guild Wars 2 Charr Guardian Sculpt+Paint Guild Wars 2 Charr Guardian sculpt+paint.         Sculpt for the above sculpt+paint! Click on the thumbnails...Continue Reading
Blender Sculpts

Blender Sculpts

Earlier this year, I had a hankering to try and learn 3D sculpting. ZBrush is the go-to program for this, but because I wasn’t sure the laptop I was using could handle it, I became interested to try Blender first. I was also interested in checking out Blender’s sculpting tools, because I had heard they’ve...Continue Reading
GW2 Roadrunner Mount Painting! | Plus thoughts about cynicism in current entertainment media

GW2 Roadrunner Mount Painting! | Plus thoughts about cynicism in current entertainment media

I was inspired to paint after seeing the new mount option in Guild Wars 2! It’s a “roadrunner mount,” but I was very excited because it reminded me of a mount idea I had a while back: This mount idea is based off a greater prairie chicken, which is one of my favorite chickens! They...Continue Reading
It’s 2020! Five years! Let’s start posting again with some artwork of Vaknaa

It’s 2020! Five years! Let’s start posting again with some artwork of Vaknaa

Wow! It’s been five years since my last post to my sketchblog. Are blogs still a thing? Do I even know anyone who still keeps a blog? I don’t think I do! I’m kind of drawn to the relative anonymity this blog must have now. I loved blogging, and the only reason I stopped was...Continue Reading
Sunny afternoon sketch

Sunny afternoon sketch

The commission I’m currently working on uses a lot of dark values, and I am having a heck of a time trying to see the details in it when it’s so bright and sunny today. Did some idle doodling instead while seeing if some cloud cover would roll in, but I think I’ll have to...Continue Reading
Two against one

Two against one

Late night sketch before sleeping. Not my best composition, but it was fun to sketch.
Kurt Sketch

Kurt Sketch

One hour warm-up sketch.
It’s Christmas!

It’s Christmas!

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays! To commemorate the soon-to-be started New Year, I managed to do a summary of art compilation this year. I like doing these, but haven’t put one together for a year or two. I actually made the layout to this in 2013 with the artwork I did that year, but I...Continue Reading
Corveil & Vaknaa Sketch

Corveil & Vaknaa Sketch

Frustrated with this sketch.
Exodus Portrait

Exodus Portrait

Oh my gosh, why is it so hot tonight. Here’s a portrait of Exodus finished toward the end of summer. I changed his ears to be more goat-like, as I want his species to mainly have goat and ram influences. The horns were originally going to be some kind of armor (I know, armor on...Continue Reading
Shiek Process Video

Shiek Process Video

Some fan art of Sheik’s Hyrule Warriors design from about a month ago! Made a process video of it, and uploaded it to YouTube: It always kind of amazes me how much I enjoy video editing when it’s just for fun, and not for work/a job. I’m making some hastily put together ref sheets for...Continue Reading
Recent Work

Recent Work

Some recent finished work:
Pink Cat Soldier Finished + Dragon Guardian Sketch

Pink Cat Soldier Finished + Dragon Guardian Sketch

Finally finished the cat soldier :) Some closeups: Started this sketch on Sunday. Need to work the composition, particularly the lower right corner.
Some finished art

Some finished art

Some recently finished work: The humanoid form of my dog character. I’ve always had trouble drawing him in this form because of the dark eyes, think this is the closest attempt so far :) Spontaneous illustration featuring Hollis Fan art of Murkoph from Ashley Cope’s wonderful Unsounded webcomic :)
Bird WIP

Bird WIP

I recently remembered this sketch I did back in February (the sketch is below) that I meant to finish but had forgotten about until I remembered it while falling asleep last night. Thought it’d be fun to finish it now!
WIP

WIP

I don’t know why I’m too lazy to take progress jpegs of things haha, probably because it clutters things up in Bridge. Here’s a sloppily cropped wip of one: Corveil and Hollis. Another unplanned drawing that I ended up rendering, so the full composition bothers me :(
Fisherperson

Fisherperson

Did this sketch earlier today, I think it was about 2-3 hours at the most? It started out Vale-like – I just really like this hairstyle – but I didn’t want another animal-eared image. So this is either an example of the kind of citizen who lives in Vice’s country, or even his sister. I...Continue Reading
Fixing up Vale

Fixing up Vale

This is one I started at the beginning of the month, but I really disliked the colors. I tried to remedy some things today: Here’s how it looked before: Something about it still dissatisfies me, though – I think when I did the original drawing I didn’t plan it very well so the composition is...Continue Reading
Lanterns

Lanterns

Started this earlier tonight instead of doing something productive…
Seawater

Seawater

I did this supposed-to-be-a-quick-sketch that I spent longer on that I should have. You know how they say to add a figure to add interest to landscape/environment images, but this – looks much better to me – than this. I even tried moving the hawkman around (he was originally much larger and in the top-half...Continue Reading
Lots of sketches

Lots of sketches

I was pretty productive today! This is a very quickly done character concept, I don’t think it was more than 3 hours. It still needs to be refined. This was the first thing I colored today. I wanted to sketch and try a more relaxed technique of just starting with color, adding line occasionally on...Continue Reading
Loomis Costume + Sketches

Loomis Costume + Sketches

Update: I didn’t work on it that much more yet, but here’s how it looks now. Color sketch of Elsium from the other day that I disliked where it was going. One reason being he looks rather fat/pregnant, hah. This was a very quick environment/color sketch, but I like how it turned out.
Elsium Sketches

Elsium Sketches

Boy do I love sushi, but it sure makes me feel unproductive, and … yawwwn … tired. Going to bed now. Update 2: I had tamagoyaki, soba noodles, eel rolls, lots of different kinds of masago, an amazing cabbage salad with peanuts… ahhh.
Lamplight

Lamplight

I forgot I also started this last night. I’ve finally got a name for this character. Vale! One of my few girl characters who actually looks somewhat girly.
Sketches

Sketches

Contrast sketch
Color sketches

Color sketches

Update Ended up starting a new painting instead.
Things

Things

Three-legged bird Relatively quick sketch drawing Noel with her giant stuffed bird friend And again Trying out a new brush
Sketches and WIPs

Sketches and WIPs

Red dragon sketch Crop from a potential wip Wanted to try drawing a dress. Sketch of Noel with the bird character Random doodle
Sketch And Skullbird

Sketch And Skullbird

Started quite a while ago, but picked it up again and think I’m finished with it. Drumstick! On a living creature this time.
Doodles

Doodles

Can’t draw dragons yet one scribbles itself out once in a while. It makes them cry. Random bird creature
And now

And now

An intermission of goldfish.
And many more images

And many more images

      About an hour   Elsium, a character design. 30 minute sketch before bed of Exodus Scene idea depicting Elsium Quick idea Arquel vs some mechanical thing Long doodle of a cheerful skullbird Idea for a bird mount based off the Greater Prairie Chicken Drawing from several months ago, couldn’t decide if it...Continue Reading
Lots of images

Lots of images

Alright I’m just going to post these all at once
stuff

stuff

I was so tired tonight, came home to sketch, and somehow this happened.
Birds

Birds

Two suits I’m a fan of Ernst A trusty avian steed!
Blademaster

Blademaster

Imaginary blademaster sketch
Quick coloring practice

Quick coloring practice

Edit: Oh this is wonderful! It’s so easy to rough in color this way. I am very happy :) It’s great for sketching ideas. I don’t know how much/if I’ll use it on finished pieces, though.
practice enviros and a character sketch

practice enviros and a character sketch

I don’t know what I’m doing, but it’s fun to try these. Click for a slightly larger, unblurry version. Totally don’t know what I’m doing here Sketch sketch
concept sketches

concept sketches

More random designs! These are relaxing to do at the end of the day. This brush is very fun! A little hard to control, but think I’m getting a feel for it.
concepts and chickens

concepts and chickens

Two random birdlike concepts. The left one started with some scribbles without much thought and it turned into a vaguely wrathlike thing, and it just developed from there. It’s a ram man I’ve been able to head out to the east end of LI a couple times recently, and took some photographs and videos of...Continue Reading
bird

bird

Bird creature. It’s mostly done but it still needs some small refinements (mostly the hands). I’m trying to develop a design that merges a bird form with a human figure without it being extremely creepy. I did a colored one a while ago that was way too human, and it even creeped me out in...Continue Reading
creature sketch

creature sketch

I did the basic shape of this while having a sporadic email-chat conversation, so it’s not as clear as it should be.
enviro sketches

enviro sketches

Was experimenting with the brushes I made. Fun!
dragon fruit and magicpicker

dragon fruit and magicpicker

Did a shortish dragon fruit still-life study tonight. I wasn’t planning to since I am extremely tired today, but I wanted to do a little in case they don’t look as fresh tomorrow. They are so gorgeous fresh. Ever since I painted the onion, I’ve been drooling to paint a dragon fruit. They have the...Continue Reading
Observational onion drawing

Observational onion drawing

I was looking at some onions after dinner and felt like doing a short observational drawing. One layer, no adjustment layers or filters or anything, one simple brush (a square brush) – really basic. It’s been forever since I’ve done an observational drawing that wasn’t a quick gesture, this was fun.
fun with brushes

fun with brushes

And this was from earlier today: Made another fun brush. Fast sketchpaint to try it out. No reference, very obviously, haha.
Toby Sketch

Toby Sketch

Toby sketch from Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility.
sunset sketches

sunset sketches

I was too tired last week to upload these, some really simple and quick sky/sunset sketches from last weekend. Some imagined, some from photos, one from observation. They’re roughly ordered from the last one I did to the first. Imagined Imagined Looked at a photo for the colors From a photo Outside my window. It’s...Continue Reading

This has convinced me that it is generally a bad idea for me to work on sketches started many months ago…
Bird

Bird

Another ‘giant doodle’.
Belgian Bearded de Grubbe Bantam Hen

Belgian Bearded de Grubbe Bantam Hen

10/15 Update Revised the little Belgian Bantam ;) Older version in the full post.
Japanese Bantam

Japanese Bantam

Another chicken study from that chicken encyclopedia of mine, this time of a Japanese Bantam.

7/30 doodle that went on for far too long
Osiris and Gospel

Osiris and Gospel

finished an art trade of my friend’s characters (: it was good practice for action poses, which i need to work on more

update: Character design by Ryan Melley! Though I kind of altered/butchered parts of it unintentionally haha (supposed to have green skin, for one) but this is what came to mind when I saw the sketch. Is it done? I don’t know.
Sette Finished

Sette Finished

Version with close-up Finished the drawing! Again, this is Sette from the webcomic Unsounded. Had a lot of fun coloring this one, think I learned some new things. Namely, some color restraint. Original WIP Post: Working on some fan art for Ashley Cope’s newly launched webcomic, Unsounded, which you should go read RIGHT THIS MINUTE...Continue Reading
Landscape Sketches

Landscape Sketches

Paint sketch-things of some mountain-like things with inaccurate lighting. I’ve never done a landscape like this before, but someone showed me another artist’s process that made me want to give it a quick try. Click the link to see more.
Another Scolipede

Another Scolipede

Doodle that I decided to finish, it was fun coloring practice. I can’t believe I drew it again, I wasn’t intending to, but its design is so fun it just happens.
Frog Sketch

Frog Sketch

Why, if you had a tongue like this, you’d have a friend wherever you went! Quick doodle, considering coloring it because … it makes me smile.
Fat Dinosaur Plush

Fat Dinosaur Plush

I made this for .. well, we’re not technically related, but I would consider her my niece. :) She’s the two-year-old daughter of a close family friend. It’s her birthday tomorrow, and earlier in the week my mom joking said to make her a plush toy, and today decided to try it. I’m happy I...Continue Reading
Character Sketch

Character Sketch

I must admit that it is incredibly fun to line stuff using SAI. I haven’t done a clean, “inked” drawing like this in years. Planning to color it soon.
Another Mini Paint

Another Mini Paint

Yeah, I know. But these small paintings are really fun to try different coloring styles. I wanted to see if I could color this small thing quickly. I’m still not fast but I think I’m getting faster .. somewhat. Coloring with Gimp is so much more fun than Photoshop, it’s ridiculous. ;_;
Cubism

Cubism

Edit: Think it’s done now. /edit A quick concept I wanted to get down, inspired by the cube-filter effect from the Pet Shop Boys Cubism: In Concert (2007). And here’s an alt version: I thought it was getting too busy, so I stripped it back down to the above. I feel like there’s something missing...Continue Reading
Drumstick Plushie

Drumstick Plushie

Looking at the computer has been giving me headaches/making me feel sick for the past week, so while I’ve been off it I’ve been trying my hand at some plushies. Tessa has been making really cute keychain-sized plushies, and it made me really curious to try, even though I haven’t sewn since middle school (and...Continue Reading
Alchemy Drawings

Alchemy Drawings

Well, this first one is Alchemy (an open-source/free drawing program) with some Gimp (an open-source/free digital painting program) paintover. I had a lot of fun with Alchemy. Just let the chaos take over, and it turned into a fish. :) I like the sharpness of this Alchemy tool. :O
Hoatzin Sketch

Hoatzin Sketch

Hoatzin pencil sketch/study. A Hoatzin is a type of cuckoo! A very pretty one at that. It’s the punk bird of the cuckoo world. It’s amazing how much more fun drawing can be on different types of paper. This is on a lightweight watercolor paper.
OpenCanvas

OpenCanvas

Before I switched to a Mac, there was a small, lightweight, little-known app called OpenCanvas that was my digital paint program of choice. As OpenCanvas is not Mac supported, my Mac forced me to learn Photoshop. I’m glad it did, as I grew to really love working with Photoshop. But, I always wondered about OpenCanvas....Continue Reading
Bird Studies

Bird Studies

I did some ink drawings to try out my new Staedler pen. Over Christmas, I received this wonderful reference book of all kinds of different birds from around the world. I went through and chose the weirdest ones that I knew would be fun to draw, so these are all referenced from that wonderful book....Continue Reading
Painted Toucan

Painted Toucan

There’s this old sculpture of a toucan that’s been sitting on my desk behind my computer for a while. I made it a few years ago out of some kind of water-based clay and did not think it turned out very well, so I thought it’d be fun to practice painting on. I’m sorry these...Continue Reading
Skullbird

Skullbird

Skullbird I was playing around and trying out some paper clay that a friend recommended to me. I decided to try doing a 3D version of one of my skullbirds. I was going to add feathers on the elongated parts, but I sort of like the paint job on it now (I did this before...Continue Reading
July

July

Cropping of a late night sketch. I plan to finish this one! Since it is already pretty simple. I’ve been much busier than I’d been anticipating. I’ve done a lot of unfinished sketch things that I might post if I clean them up a bit, and I should be able to finish some little animations...Continue Reading
Two Sketches

Two Sketches

I have been pretty busy this past week with moving and seeing friends before leaving. But now I’m back home. :) Spent most of the day organizing 4 years worth of junk, but here are some late night sketches: Need to tweak the perspective in this one. Sketch of a boy figure. He kind of...Continue Reading