August 31, 2011
July 29, 2011
painted July 27-29, ’11
At last, it is done. Mostly. I didn’t do anything special with the lighting or adding textures, but I may rethink that. Now that I’ve been zoomed in on her face for so long it doesn’t look right; there are proportions off. I did tweak the placement of her left eye, and that’s about all I can do for now without entirely redrawing it. Which I could do too. But… I wanted to try to make the existing lineart work if I could.
Or you could say I’m lazy.
Mmkay! I’m going to take a nap. I stayed up too late last night watching a friend show me LotROnline, and it looks awesome. I can live with all the made-up stuff, because Glorfindel is actually blonde, and the hobbits are adorable, and the world is really huge and really really beautifully done. As my friend said, they knew they were creating the game for LotR nerds, so it had to be good or else. : )
Then my plan is to practice piano, draw Commander Firestorm, and maybe Ryder. And get Flairé back up to speed on GW.
July 27, 2011
Muila, greyscale marker
July 26, 2011
Progress: July 26, ’11
Hi! Thought you might like to see this intermediate stage of one colouring of this picture. The hair is almost done; just two more layers. But it’s the weird wedge shapes that my colouring formed that look kind of cool… Yeah, I don’t really know what I’m doing, that’s why I’m all like “HEI GUIZ”
I’m also going to colour this with coloured markers (I’ve made several photocopies, and even this one is not the original) and at least one in Photoshop.
Okay! I’m off to finish it!
EDIT: Hum. The finished grey-scale looks okay. The hair maybe looks kinda weird, because I was trying a thing and it didn’t work the way I expected it to. Then I did a really quick one in bright colours (yay Sharpies! Ooh it’s been so long since I used them – wish I had better colours) and… just… whatever. The colour blender that I bought, the thing that I specifically drew this to test out, doesn’t quite work the way I expected it to. Maybe I’m using it wrong. Oh well. Off to investigate.
Also I will do a Photoshop version of this, because this lineart is too good to waste. : D
July 25, 2011
drawn July 25, ’11
Getting started on my art list. This is in first pencil and then ink, because I’m going to colour it with markers. As you can see I am trying to do ‘different line weights’. It’s a new thing for me. How am I doing? And the hair is a different kind, based vaguely on the work of this artist: linky! Obviously I wasn’t actually using it as a reference but I think what I did works well in the picture. I don’t know. Anyway, Muila looks like she’s all dressed up for action. She is an action girl, you know, but she pretends not to be. She pretends really well. Often the people at the Unicornland court forget that she can kick most of their butts in time for dinner. I had fun designing the armour, too.
Colour comes later! (more…)
June 25, 2011
10 Character meme
drawn June 24-25, ’11
Click for insanity. Yeah, I kinda ran out of inspiration at the end… and one of the words is maybe not wholly PG, but some of them are not too bad. I like the one of Math defending me from EbilTam. Also the one where Flairé has to marry someone came out pretty much how I wanted it too, but the one of Flairé and Marteth camping I wish I’d been able to do better. Maybe I’ll just do it as a picture sometime.
So that’s what I’ve been doing instead of writing or anything useful.
If any of the panels aren’t clear, let me know so I can make it clear. : P
Bit of clarification anyway… Layalin isn’t joking when she says she’s going to die too – kalmaeirin elves have a heart condition that means they can literally break their hearts when they lose someone particularly dear to them. Of course, it would not be the fault of a car crash. : P
10 characters for a meme
drawn June 24, ’11
Working on the hilarious 10 character meme. You can probably guess at the answers if you know it already… but they might not be what you expect! I thought some of these turned out rather well. Probably stolen from Colby, but it’s been so long I’ve forgotten. I only just got around to it. : P
Also editting Chapter 2 of the novel. Split it into two chapters, so Tam’s moment of glory is now in Chapter 3. Chapter 2 is still veeeery rough. Not happy with most of it. I may need to chop it out and rewrite it by itself a few times. Wondering how Chapter 3 will go, since I’ve never written it before. Flaer made a long internal monologue about how useless anger is… and then flips out at a dragon for being stupid. What a silly boy.
What else? Um, not much. Obsessing unhealthily over my DevArt. Added like five bazillion pictures to my favourites. Guess I should add more of my own stuff. I think I will stick to colour stuff, because the pencil stuff is not so impressive. More or less. If there’s something on Adhemlenei you think I should post on DevArt, tell me. : P
Also dug up my Tour links again in preparation for a couple weeks from now… Go Andy! And Cadel! And Ryder! Okay, I guess I can wait until it actually gets going. It’s gonna be amazing on the new TV.
September 5, 2010
drawn Sep 5-6, ’10
Ctrl+J is fab.
Tweaks coming tomorrow. And additions.
Can YOU name everyone here?
EDIT: Check the characters page! It is now covered in chibis. Except for the last four characters (Evylyin+Dymunde, Lyra, Lakia, and Cassandra) because I don’t consider them important enough. Comment if you disagree.
And I found a way that’s easier than Ctrl+J to make transparencies. lol.
EDIT 2: I tweaked a few of the chibis on the character page. Marteth’s head looks a little less like a football (still not ideal, though), Anne’s wing is the proper size, Jalril’s eyes are golden, and a few other colour changes. Cheers!
December 15, 2009
Flairé was strolling through a dry, grey, rocky valley on his way south when he heard someone calling. He turned, and five kalmaei, dressed in leather with their hair tied back, appeared on a nearby ridge and hurried towards him.
“Sir?” they asked. “Do you have a moment?”
“What’s the matter?” Flairé asked pleasantly.
“We’re miners, searching for iron in these mountains. But we’ve found something truly bizarre: a child, and we don’t know what to make of him. Will you advise us?”
Flairé nodded, his imagination alight.
They led Flairé to a rough hut, built as a temporary shelter against any weather that wasn’t winter.
Flairé entered slowly, stooping to avoid the low door frame (built that way to keep in warmth) and saw a small boy, less than two feet in height, sitting cross-legged on the floor, clad in dirty colourless rags. The boy stared back with defiant brown eyes glittering from under a thick unkempt mop of black hair. (more…)
December 9, 2009
Years passed around the fledgling people that had appeared on the earth. They encountered the flowers of spring, the shade of summer, the winds of fall, and the snow of winter, and made names for everything they found in these things.
At first, they lived off what they found on the land. But their people, small and scattered as they were, were too many to do that for many years. So it was that Flar, the noble leader of one group, headed a little to the southwest, out of the forest, and built a village to try farming and gardening instead of hunting. His people became great horse-riders, as well. Flar was a good friend of Zela, and still went to talk to her often.
The most northerly group, led by Erd, kept hunting to find food, but Erd himself retreated to one of the northern mountains and built a town of stone there.
The eastern group that was led by the elf named Kiirstril also continued hunting, making their home in caves scattered through the eastern cliffs.
The southern group, led by the logical Nu, took to farming even more readily than Flar’s people. They cultivated a great area of the meadows around the great river that flowed through the region
Then it was that the unicorns came. From the north, further north than the kalmaei had yet ventured, white horse-like creatures with shimmering pearly horns in their foreheads came south and met the kalmaei. Some of them grew to be great friends with the kalmaei, allowing them to ride them like the horses of Flar’s people – though the unicorns were greater than the horses. They spoke the language of the kalmaei effortlessly, and with great intelligence. (more…)