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#characterart

I love having too many projects to do. Doing nothing but commission work can become overwhelming. Being able to disengage and switch into different modes and produce something that still aligns with my goals or progression is important to me. I have become so much more aware of the training and practice I have neglected.. Basic drawing mistakes I haven’t readily recognized. Things feel like they’re coming to a head now, because I feel like I’m trying to make up lost time. Trying to find some anchor points to not get overwhelmed has become important to my process and approach.

In this case, two things are aligning.
Happy with recent progress on form and structure basics, I’m moving to conquer my anxiety involving digital colouring. I love painterly effects, and I’d love to be able to align my capabilities to produce work like that. But, baby-steps first. One of those is capturing the basics of light and shadow lying on surfaces by using simpler cell-shading techniques. Since I’m also in need of updating my banners for Twitter, Facebook and business cards, I’ve redrawn my plate-wearing aarakocra with the crazy beaked mace for the occassion (the wings on the original creation from 2017 looked like what happens when you leave chicken far too long in the fridge).

Next step is Bob Rossing the new birb on the block.

I’ve got enough on my plate to last awhile now. The next Wednesday update may end up waiting a week or two.

*cracks knuckles*
Signing off, for now.


#weeklywednesdays

I’ve been neglecting my baby.

I haven’t been using this site as actively as I could, and I’d like to make today the start of a regular update schedule where I’ll be sharing content with you guys weekly. Hold me to that. I will art-dump all over you guys.

A freakish amount of change occured in late 2018: September 14th marked my last day in retail, officially closing that chapter of my life to begin work doing what I love: full-time, freelance art. I made a bunch of headway getting my art to stand out in front of thousands on my various social media platforms, (FB, Twitter, Instagram), and there I connected with two long-term content creators who seriously loved what I produce, and have been clients since May 2018. One of those creators, Caley McCready, publishes an open beta TTRPG system called “Elemental D6”. In the words of its author: “Elemental D6 is a roleplaying system that allows players to explore the Ardemare galaxy from the bow of their ship, sailing through the deep ocean of space, propelled among the stars by the galactic winds. It features strategic combat and playful, creative experimentation with control over the elements via ki manipulation”. The world has been an expressive, fresh take on the usual TTRPG fantasy campaign setting, with Spelljammer-esque physics and Trek-like discovery. The world is meant to be cerebral, vital and unfamiliar, and Caley has given me a ton of leeway when it comes to the creatures I’ve produced for him.

Supported by patrons, Caley requested a recent piece to reference the face of Krystina Arielle (cosplayer, TTRPG nerd, Sirens of the Realms, Critical Role, Ironkeep Chronicles) depicting the human form of his Nahuali race, an anthropomorphic being that shifts through three different forms (still a work in progress – if you love cats, you’ll appreciate the last picture):

These pieces were produced on my new Cintiq 22HD, purchased just before the Holidays (I wouldn’t want to be without it now). I couldn’t be happier with the responses I recieved from both Caley and Krystina, or the leaps my art has made by taking time for real development. Investing my time into the things I want to do is happily paying off.

I promise to keep you all updated as the weeks progress. #weeklywednesdays

-John