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6/14/15 03:12 pm - Portrait of Isabella Brant

Practicing my sketching by sketching a sketch by Peter Paul Rubens. Woo. (And I didn't want to rip the page out of my sketchbook to scan it, which is why there's a shadow on the left side.) Plain old yellow #2 pencil on toned sketch paper. Sketch. Skeeeeetch. THAT WORD HAS NO MEANING NOW

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5/24/15 08:47 am

You know what I'm finding a hard about painting a scene set on a comet? The fact that our normal cues for distance--color, focus, haze, etc.--are based on ATMOSPHERE.

Still going to cheat and use a bit of all that to give that unconscious sense of distance, but not so much it'll be too obvious. Hopefully.

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4/9/15 09:47 am - woo

I have taken the plunge and bought art panels (three!! they suckered me in by charging way less for the third panel if you get an entire 3-panel bay!) for FenCon, another local con, in September. Now I have to think of stuff to draw for it.

I'm basically looking at the style I did for the pieces I put into the ConDFW art show here and here. Perhaps 3 larger pieces (16x20"ish), 9 medium ones (8x10") and 6 smaller ones (4x6" or 5x7"), to allow for a range of price points. If I get really inspired, I can do small artist trading card size ones.

Anyone got any ideas? For men or women, basically inspired by figure drawing? Naturally, now that I HAVE to do them, I'm fresh out of ideas. :( (well, I'll spend a few hours this weekend going through my pose reference pieces and pulling out ones that seem inspiring.)

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3/15/15 03:15 pm - IT NEVER RAINS BUT IT POURS

Only think: once ConDFW ended, I had nothing to do and no obligations at home after work, so I spent a lot of time sitting around catching up on TV and reading. And now, I've got a costume to make, a painting and an ebook cover, and I'm working with a new paranormal romance author to make a few ebook covers for her*. Woo!

Not complaining by any means! Actually rather happy, as I'm saving up for a Cintiq Companion 2, due to be released sometime this year, and I've got a long way to go on that!

* Under an Assumed Name, actually, as Toby is currently sniffing around for new jobs, and I don't really want my legal name attached to fun-but-sleazy books that might be Googled by potential employers. Once he's either hired or has decided to stay at his current job, I'll connect my name and that name publicly. Toby thinks I'm being a bit paranoid, but YOU NEVER KNOW, HUH?


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2/11/15 10:48 pm - guys hey guys

art art art art art
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2/9/15 10:43 pm - art

Moar art, but it looks tres crappy because the scanner is a piece of *(^(^(*$@@# that didn't pick up ANY of the subtle shading.

Note to self: if you want to do subtle shading, USE DARK PAPER.

If it doesn't sell at ConDFW, I might see if I can take it a service bureau that will photograph it or use a drum scanner to get a better scan. If it sells at ConDFW, then I GUESS YOU'LL NEVER SEE HOW GOOD IT IS IN REAL LIFE.

AND HEY SHE NEEDS A TITLE.
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2/8/15 04:14 pm - i made aaaart

art! art! art!

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1/26/15 10:45 am

[personal profile] yhlee commissioned Sewing Box Designs to make an outfit for a BJD* based on a painting I did of the main character of [personal profile] yhlee's novel-in-submission Ninefox Gambit.

The finished result.

* Ball-jointed doll, for those unaware.

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10/3/14 02:03 pm

A while back I bought a set of Photoshop actions that mimic cartooning and painting on photographs, and they do work. Some actions work better on some photos, some actions work better on others. Here's a representative example of a few.

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6/7/13 01:39 pm - This post is just to say...

...well, not to say much of anything but to serve as a place to store a copy of a painting that I fell in love with and want to remind myself exists later on, when I can see if there are prints available or something like that.

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