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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