It has been….a really long time since I sat down at the computer to do some art. Some of that because my computer has been brain-less for months. And lots of stuff going on in the real world that has been zapping my energy. So I’ve been in a little bit of a dry spell creatively.
But, now, I’m back! The main thing fueling my creative juices at the moment, is that I’ve decided to stop making excuses, and participate in Camp NaNoWriMo this year. I hate that NaNoWriMo is in November. I have to many things going on at the holidays to even consider taking a month off to write a novel. But then my friend Joi pointed out that they have started Camp NaNoWriMo, which takes place in June and August. Alas, there go my excuse.
So, I am in the midst of finished up an outline for a book I plan to write in June. I really really just want to complete at least one book before I die. Many if I have a chance, but I’ve got to get over my block and finish the first.
My notes have been filled with sketches of the characters and pieces. I’ve worked out a thumbnail for what I would like to do for the cover, when the book is done. (Note, I have no idea what I’m calling this book yet.)
I will probably work on the cover after finishing the outline, to give myself a break. I would like to have it done before I start writing, so I have some visual motivation/inspiration for the story. In addition to the cover sketch, I started painting a picture of the main character. I won’t give away any details, but I will say she is pissed off in this picture, I don’t want to be in the shoes of the person she is glaring at. I may get it done tomorrow.
This is an image I started in 2008, but never completed. This last month, I’ve been trying really hard to go back to some old incomplete images and get them finished. This was the first one I finished. Chocolate-chip cookie for me!!
I was inspired by the Grimm version of the story, this scene in particular:
“Arriving home, the man gave his stepdaughters the things that they had asked for, and he gave Cinderella a twig from the hazel bush.
Cinderella thanked him, went to her mother’s grave, and planted the branch on it, and she wept so much that her tears fell upon it and watered it. It grew and became a beautiful tree.
Cinderella went to this tree three times every day, and beneath it she wept and prayed. A white bird came to the tree every time, and whenever she expressed a wish, the bird would throw down to her what she had wished for. ”
This is what it looked like in 2008 when it was “abandoned.” Obviously it went though a lot of changes. I liked the color scheme, but the layout was very boring.
I added her mother’s tree, and tried to make her pose more natural looking. When I started, I thought this picture was very nearly done, but I spent probably another 12 hours on it. Painted in Photoshop as usual.
This image popped into my mind this weekend at church. I was very down and tired and just emotionally drained. As I was praying that God would give me the strength to get through the day, this image came to me.
I sketched it in ArtRage with the pencil tool in about an hour and a half. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to just leave it as is, or to add color. I really liked how the sketch turned out, but I decided to go ahead and color it.
The sketch was done on a top layer, so I just started to lay the oils down underneath it to add the background. I used the big roller brush to lay down a lot of color, and then smoothed out the rough parts using the palette knife. Then I used the square oil brush. Since I liked the sketch so much, I decided just to leave it visible as the top layer.
Here is the finished colored version. I still can’t decide which one I like the best.
I bet you did….
Recently finished watching all four seasons of Doctor Who, so I have Who-brain right now. I’m dying cause we just down graded our cable service, so no more BBC America. So I’m missing the final specials of David Tennant. Stupid Sci-Fi (er SyFy) Channel.
Yes, I am sad, very sad to see David Tennant step down from being the Doctor. But I am willing to give Matt Smith a chance. I hope that he will wow me and make me forget all about David Tennant. I loved Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor almost as much as Tennant, so I’m willing to believe it could happen.
I just don’t know yet how I’m going to watch the new season when it comes back. Sigh.
I just finished reading the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik, and I absoluetly loved it. I’m a sucker for historical fiction, and for dragons, so this was right up my alley. I could resist creating some Temeraire inspired art, in fact I think I will do a couple of illustrations from the first book to add to my portfolio. But here is what I would do if I got the chance to re-make the cover of the book.