I decided to grab an old old OLD story idea of mine from high school and try to breathe some new life into it. It was, at the time, a weird Evangelion rip-off. Now, I’m thinking dragons. Because I’m always thinking dragons. But in a more modern setting.
I’ve been needing a new project to chew on, and I think I’m gonna try this out. It’s something my husband and I can both work on, so yay for that :D I don’t know exactly what I’ll do with it, but I’m excited to do some world building to get my creative juices going. This idea is one of the few not based on characters from an RPG (I usually play WoD or Exalted or Shadowrun), so I’m pretty excited about it. It’s mine, all mine!
Anyhow, I’m hoping this will help pull me up out of my creative slump. I’ve been pretty quiet lately due to a lot of life stress happening. I’m sorry if I’ve been bad at keeping in touch or answering asks or what not. I’m just…generally terrible at being social :< It’s been a hard year for me, but I’m trying to crawl back up out of my shell.
I urge all the artists out there to take a moment to read this artist’s tale of misfortune. They were “hired” to do some high profile work but ended up being harassed, having their work stolen, and never receiving payment for their effort. PLEASE be careful when doing freelance work. There are a lot of unscrupulous people out there who are looking to take advantage of a struggling artist. A lot of businesses have little to no respect for the skills we’ve honed through years of practice and very expensive schooling (in some cases). Always read your contracts before you sign. Be aware of your rights. Don’t do work “for the exposure” because it’s never going to be worth your time and exposure doesn’t pay your bills. Try to help other artists if you see them falling into this trap. Stuff like this shouldn’t happen and we should be diligent in making sure these sorts of shady people don’t get away with treating us like this.
The Inktober books are in! Here’s a preview of the ENTIRE book. Order HERE.
I bought this yesterday and I’m super stoked about it! Jake Parker’s Drawings was an AMAZING book, and I very much recommend it for artists to pick up! Such a great collection of different subjects. I love that he’s got great cartoony characters right alongside kickin dinosaurs and amazing mechanical contraptions. Such inspiration! You will not be displeased!
I opened a mix of possible commission options you can order from me! <3
If you’re interested, just shoot me a note on DA!
Things I need from you: Your chosen commission option • Your wished character + references • any further wishes for atmosphere/pose etc. • your paypal name
Payment: Via Paypal (I’ll give you my paypal in response to your commission note) • I will start with your commission when I received the payment • When I received the payment I’ll note you and start working on your commission. I’ll show you the sketch so you can still wish for few changings if required
Additional Characters are + 40% of the respective option
Resolutions: Between 900 x 900 px/ 1000 x 900 etc.
(I will also do slight nsfw / kink stuff, depends on what exactly you wish for, we’ll talk about it! )
Thank you very much! <3
I’m reblogging this to spread the word that this very talented artist is open for commissions! I’ve had a rough year with commissions, some are still out close to a year after I initially commissioned them. But I commissioned Risto last month and I had a WONDERFUL experience! They were super professional and great with communication. Work was speedy and I got sketches not long after my payment. The final product was incredible and everything I wanted and more. I cannot recommend Risto enough. This is a great artist to patronize! :D
(This is not my art, btw, it was done by the incredible Boggle the owl, whom I reblogged it from)
Anxiety! This is my life right now. To be honest, this has been my life for most of this year. It’s been a rough year. I’m still right smack in the middle of this feeling right now. I’m about to ramble/vent some, so if you don’t care about personal stuff feel free to stop reading.
Since about April I haven’t been able to do anything to escape the anxiety that has loomed up like a dark cloud over my life. I’ve tried and here and there I’ve found momentary reprieves. But inevitably the clouds thicken up again and I’m smack dab in the middle of the storm again. And no matter how much I try to focus on good stuff, I just can’t stop my brain from worrying over every little bad thing. Both my husband and I are stressed, so we aren’t really very good at helping eachother through this. We both need someone to lean on.
I know this will pass in time, but I don’t know when and that’s hard to deal with. Last year was such a great year! I made so many new friends when I returned to the internet. Everyone welcomed me back and I was so damn happy! But now I’m in this anxious/depressed pit and I’m not even communicating properly with all those friends I made. And I’m having trouble making new ones because I just can’t remember to answer notes and mail and I just have this overall feeling that I want to run away and hide under a rock.
To all of you out there who have been so kind to me, I’m very sorry if I seem anti-social or stand-offish. I’m just not good at being social. My social anxiety is pretty bad on a good day, and when you mix that in with all the other stuff going on I’m pretty much impossible to talk to. I’m just not good at this stuff.
I think the thing I lament the most is my art. I just can’t art right now. I try and try, but nothing works. I’ve got a couple of commissions hanging around my queue and I just can’t seem to finish them. I want to draw for myself sometimes, but then I remember that I have someone else waiting on me and I just end up running away and not doing anything. I’m working on breaking this cycle but it’s HARD. Needless to say, I’m not going to be taking commissions again for a long time. I hate the thought of disappointing people. That just makes my anxiety that much worse.
Uuuuuuuugh! This sucks. I don’t want anyone to think I’m putting this here to get attention or asspats. I’m just venting in hopes that it will help spur a bit of change. Maybe this will help me get over that wall. I guess I really just want to say that I’m sorry if I’m pushing anyone away. I don’t mean to and I’m going to try to stop doing it, but it’s going to take me some time. Thanks for sticking in there, guys. I promise I’ll have more art for this thing eventually. Sorry there’s so little going on here :P
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any fairly polished art and even longer since I’ve posted any work art, so let’s do that today! To the new people who aren’t aware, I’m the Art Director for a tiny video game studio called Minicore Studios in Austin, TX. I head a team of four (including myself) incredible artists. We’re working on a video game called Laika Believes (you can read more about it here if you like). The game should be out on PC this December!
This is some concept art I created for a mini-boss from one of the levels. The actual in game asset will be drawn by Jeff Flanagan, one of our animators. This character is static, but will have a swiveling turret weapon for shooting. The idea for this was that it is essentially a huge robotic Sphinx cat. I had a lot of fun with this guy :D If we had more time it would have been neat to see this dude prowl around a level. As it is, I’m sure it’s still going to be pretty rad to see in game.
I’m not great at descriptions, so that’s all I’ve got for now. Enjoy!
PROJECTS! I am a professional collector of projects. Here pictured are all the masks/costume things I have bought from Missmonster over the years. Oh gosh, SO MANY! I’m so ashamed to report so few of these have been tackled so far D: I have this tendency to collect projects then get too indecisive to actually get started on them. Since all of these pieces (except maybe the Baku, which she’s just started production of) are no longer made/limited editions, I’m super hesitant to paint them and possibly fuck them up. Recently I realized that this is a stupid way to think because if I don’t like the paint or fuck it up I can just REPAINT! DUH!
So with that new mentality in mind, I think it’s time to dive into some of these masks. I love painting 3D objects (I used to paint a LOT of Warhammer minis) and I know it’s gong to be fun painting these guys. If you notice, I’ve already laid a layer of gray down on the mask in the front middle position (next to the bird). I’m thinking of doing teal accents on that one. In any case, the reason I’m posting here is to remind myself that I need to GET ON IT! These gorgeous sculpts deserve to be painted and displayed for the world (or whoever comes over to my house) to oogle.
And on that note, if anyone out there who collects these or any other sort of masks has any tips for wall displays, please let me know! I don’t want to just hang them from a string. I don’t like the way that tilts the face down and I don’t want to see the wall through the sockets if it can be avoided. So yeah, anyone out there have display tips?
Kickin off some character posts, FINALLY! I’m usually very timid about sharing my characters cuz I just don’t think people will find them all that interesting. But I hope this will be fun. I’m starting with Shadowrun characters since they’re on the forefront of my mind. First up is my dragon girl Maryn. I have to warn you guys, she’s a bit Mary Sueish. She wasn’t meant to be. She was originally made for private games between myself and my husband only. She’s featured in a few games with friends, but I tend to play her a little more subdued so as not to hog all the attention. This is a various assortment of Maryn doodles from the past couple of years. All of this is my artwork. Now on to the words! I’m not the best writer, so go easy on me, please!
Maryn was born in Dallas, TX. Well, she was hatched, really. Maryn is a dragon. Most of the time she just looks like a blue elf, though. Dragons typically take the form of the creature that raises their egg, you see. Normally a pair of dragons would take their egg to a Great Dragon to be raised and taught. The hatchling would become the type of dragon that cared for them rather than the type that laid the egg initially (ex. a western dragon egg raised by an eastern Great Dragon would be born as an eastern dragon). Maryn’s sire wanted to experiment and see what would happen if a metahuman raised a dragon egg instead of a dragon. Thus, when Maryn was born she was every bit dragon only in a soft elven body. The only features indicating her draconic heritage were her pointed teeth, short curved horns, and blue skin.
She was raised by her surrogate father in the Tristar mage Enclave in Dallas. She never met either of her dragon parents growing up and has no idea who they are. From a young age Maryn showed promise with her magical abilities. She was taught by some of the greatest mages in the city and she picked things up very quickly. But she eventually became bored of being sheltered away, and, as teenagers are sometimes wont to do, she left. Well, she ran away is more like it. She left in the night and hopped on a tram and rode it until the track stopped. Which happened to be in Rowlett, a very rough suburb of Dallas.
She was found by Sergei, a Russian elf decker, who took her in and gave her shelter. From there eventually Lonnie and Batou joined the group and they formed a growing Shadowrun team. Maryn has made it her goal to remove racist gangs from Rowlett so that the largely metahuman population can live more or less in peace. She has taken over control of an orc gang, now called the Dragon Teeth, and uses them to keep things safe more or less. She works to improve conditions for the residents of her corner of the city while still maintaining her reputation as an accomplished Shadowrunner.
Maryn is generally a good-natured person. She spends her time as an elf and very few people know she’s actually the young blue dragon that’s claimed Rowlett as it’s territory. She’s not very good at wearing her dragon form for long, so she doesn’t do it very often. Maryn is fun and a little ditzy and loves spending time among her friends. She also collects boyfriends like other dragons collect treasure. She is in a polyamorous relationship and is quite happy with it. She probably drinks more than she should.
If you have any questions you feel like asking, please don’t hesitate to do so :) My ask box is always open! Sergei is up next.
Oooooh my gosh, guys, this is SUPER exciting! I’m way excited to see a project like this coming from one of my favorite artist people! Sfe is rad as hell and already has a kickin webcomic called Kyle and Atticus going on. Anything he works on I’m automatically interested in. I don’t yet know Rachel, but I’m sure she’s one rad gal too! The idea of this anthology gets me all jittery and excited. You better believe I’ll be all over whatever crowdsourcing thing they do. If I had my shit more together I’d attempt to participate, but I know for a fact that I’m not there yet. I am 110% about seeing more queer characters from all over the spectrum in comics and writing. They’re an awesome part of our society and they should be an equally awesome part of popular media. This is gonna kick some ass!!