... Sylvain Chavanel
Tam, child portraits
drawn Sep 25, ’11
Tam as a little boy! Ain’t he the cutest?? Man he looks like a hobbit. XD
Things to talk about… well, there were eight altar servers at mass this morning, three priests, and the bishop of this diocese. It was the church’s 100th anniversary. Pretty cool.
Also am about to try LotRO. Join me if you like! (Edit: Am now a level 8 Elf Ranger named Esgalwen of Mirkwood on the server frequented by Wayrifters.)
Also my housemate made delicious food for everyone. That is, she made soup ON PURPOSE. lol.
Also I have been enjoying the Livestream convos with people; now if my internet would stay steady… but anyway, it’s pretty cool. If I started a Livestream for when I get the painting bug, would anyone watch it?
One housemate has moved out, so now there are only 5 people living here. So I won’t wake up the kid sleeping in the living room when I have breakfast at 8:30 now, because he’s moved to an actual room. Huzzah!
Going to have a movie night next Saturday. Going to watch The Princess Bride, and eat cake, that I will bake. I bought a cake mix… now I just need to buy a cake pan. And not an aluminum one, either – I have been informed that they flake into your food and make you stupid.
I’ve been listening to this all day. “So give us love and understanding… Give us hope that’s neverending…”
« Resembling Food
... Rana art by Rose
drawn Sep 18, ’11
A quick, messy portrait of Tam for ye! I’ve found a Photoshop default brush that I really like – it sort of impersonates a paintbrush, particularly when used with several layered shades. Had a terrible time getting his skin colour right; he’s a tanned dude…
I think I actually like the sepia one better, which is good, because the project this is destined for uses it in sepia.
I would like to go back and clean this up; do a real painterly portraity painting of this, because I spent most of the detail work on the eyes (and then you can’t even really tell : P C’est la vie.). Should probably thank this tutorial for being helpful! Also I used ArtsAngel’s painting that I commissioned a while back with reference for clothing, because she did a wonderful interpretation of his clothes and it’s totally canon now and I’m going to try to draw them that way forevermore. Just FYI.
This took about two hours. Only two hours? I’m kind of amazed at that… it felt longer. Well, time… sometimes does fly… when you’re having fun? Because I felt like I enjoyed myself for longer? Huh?
I said I wanted to draw my own folks a bit… Well, here I am.
Guest art is going to go up for the next bit! Results of the other half of the sketch commissions, the ones where I requested something. It’s quite interesting! First up, Rana.
« 10 characters for a meme
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
« Writing update
... 10 Character Meme
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.
... Writing update
painted by Sarah Ellerton (of The Phoenix Requiem and Inverloch)
I always have trouble painting Tam. He is so eclectic, hard to pin down, both in physical space and in imagery… so I got someone else to do it! And Sarah is amaaaazing. (also, fast. She did this in like three days, omg) She got every detail that I specified, and added more!! (omg sexy belt)
One problem – Tam’s a male elf, thank you very much. I see a few people are confused about this. He’s built, for an elf, that’s all. XD
EDIT: They’re still not convinced. Oh well. Can’t please everyone. But I should probably thank them because replying to them led to me joining DevArt. : P
P.S. This art is now on his profile page.