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I’m back from LA. I did not have a great time. Suffice to say, fewer co-workers would have resulted in more fun.

      It took some effort, but I managed to make time for some art. It was a huge challenge and it definitely cut into some much needed sleep; but I really wanted to stay active.

      After a Miserable week, I finally flew home in time for the last day of NOVAcon!! A friend of mine had a booth their to sell copies of his book. We had an awesome time, even though I was running on fumes by then!





       Of course I gave Chris the custom piece of art that I made of one of his characters. Which led to me sitting in his booth drawing Cosplay of some people! Everyone was awesome and encouraging. It was a great experience.

Sorry, booth lighting wasn’t the best, lol



    The entire thing made up for a really lackluster trip. I’m glad I went.

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Atmosphere

        It has been EXTREMELY hectic for me lately!! I’ve done something that I have wanted to for a long time; I’m an artist now, you guys!

     I left my job last month. And to be honest I was pretty terrified. Actually, you can make that present tense, because I still am.  With all the nonstop working and commission begging, being freelance has lost some of its luster. 

       If it were guaranteed it would definitely be easier. But at some point in my life I had to take a chance on me. I believe in myself and my talents. 

         So this picture… yeah, I’m doing characters for pay, lol. It’s not drudgery though. Actually, it’s kind of fun and exciting to do this one because its for a friend! Plus next month is Inktober, my favourite holiday.

         On the face of it though is that I noticed that I still have people wanting me to draw for free. It’s weird. Do they think I shouldn’t eat or something? I can’t understand it. But being upset about it is pointless. I’m just going to keep doing my best.

         To be honest, I’m another rung closer to where I want to be. My art matters to me. I’ll need to get a LOT more prolific in what is produced with no loss in quality.

           Hopefully I can get picked up to do more covers and character designs. Wish me luck! 

Do Over

.   Let’s try this again, shall we? I’ve been very VERY busy. I have to have no less than five original pieces done by Friday at the latest. That’s a lot of late nights! Am I up to it? We’ll see…

      Aside from the Native American image and this one, which I JUST completed, I also have three more characters and a montage group shot. I’m trying not to freak out. One gets presented at NOVAcon next Friday. Yay!!

     The best I can do is keep my word though. I hate hearing stories about artist who can’t make  a deadline; its okay to do work out of your comfort zone, just to wrap your head around certain concepts. But there’s no excuse for late work. Sacrifice and do your best!

     Now, back to work…

Pluses and Minuses

     Happy holiday!! Or it would be if I weren’t on a train headed to work. 

     You might be tempted to ask how that happened, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyway it’ll give me the chance to do some artwork in peace. So there’s that…

     Today’s image is from a manga/anime/live action movie, Rouroni Kenshin. It’s actually from a cosplay done by a new friend. And it allowed me to blend a few skills I recently acquired.

      As some of you know, backgrounds aren’t a major part of my art. I detest landscapes, probably stemming from having grown up in one. I’ve gotten better of course, but it isn’t an image of choice.

     Still, my work shouldn’t suffer because of personal bias. So I practice it occasionally, to keep my skills up. In this image I needed to give the feel of a snow covered forest; easy enough, but making it feel like a Shinto shrine clearing took a little research!

     I was happy with the result, and moved on to the character himself. Trying to create texture for his clothing wasn’t as easy as it first seem. I haven’t drawn a lot of silk in awhile. 

     After that my next big hurdle was his hair. Depending on the look of the scene, you can often get it completely wrong. There have been times when I needed a more realistic look and ended up with something out of a comic book. 

    And there’s the real issue. The great thing about talent is that you start out ahead. You can intuit things that others have to learn and practice. 

    However, the downside is that unless you really pay attention, you can easily become a creature of instinct. Getting simple things wrong because you didn’t think ahead can lead to disjointed images.

   If you’ve got the talents, congrats, but don’t forget to learn the skills.

Double for Something!

    Just when you thought I’d posted for the week, BAM!! This time I decided to show you guys a picture I made for fun. I do that a lot, don’t I?…

     Anyway, this one is to snub my nose at someone who told me that they hated all the ” muscled up dudes in bras” that I draw. Hey what can I say? I’m a contrarian. 

Because of that, all I heard was “don’t do that!”. And because of THAT… you get this.

     So to recap; I love all women. Amazing, interesting and my drug of choice 😉. But I draw strong women because they’re strong women. 

    Okay?

    

Interest

     This picture is for a customer based off of a REALLY crappy photo. I mean flip phone quality! I definitely need to update my requirements for images.

   All in all, I’m okay with how it came out. The person it was presented to was ecstatic I’m told.

At the end of the day, that matters quite a bit.

    Also, this was the first image I’ve created on my new artdesk! It feels official now.

     In the interest of full disclosure, I also had to put a white light LED bulb in the lamp I bought. I didn’t realize how off I was seeing colors until I corrected them. See the yellow? Ew…

   Second layer is prismacolor pencils in case you’re wondering. I get amazing depth in my images this way. It makes a HUGE difference in the overall look.

  Also, no more expensive artist tape, especially since I get better edges with painters tape, hahaha. 

    Some of the time was spent just getting her face right. Again, using a small image and trying to get it photo accurate was an enormous challenge. Apparently, it looks like her; the relief I felt made all the little struggles worth it.

     So after a few more touch ups, I’ll spray it with fixer and it’ll be on its way.

Show [No] Go

       Travel has been a big part of the last few weeks of my life. It’s good to be home, in a lot of ways.

      My life studies are still going on. I’ve gotten a little better, though I won’t pretend to have mastered anything yet. Work in progress, right?

     It’s not skin tones or their shading that bothers me. It’s hair! I’m finding that while there is one overall dynamic to doing it, variation on the theme is extensive!

    So these images have allowed me to get somewhat better at creating realism.

      This sketchbook is clearly filling up a lot faster than others. Maybe I’m getting better at making casual art? Who knows…

     I have a lot of work to get caught up on. Maybe I will have time to draw again in a few days. Things are THAT hectic. It’s hard to find time for my own art while working on stuff for others.

      It could be worse I guess. These were problems I wanted last year, lol. Unforseen consequences.

     So. This picture took me almost an hour. Not bad. 

    See? Practice pays. 😉