Two Bound To The Flame character portraits in a row! IT MUST BE CHRISTMAS
This one’s of Queen Melilana, Rowan’s mother. I wasn’t entirely sure how to go about drawing her so I did a sort of young brunette Galadriel. Again, she turned out a bit younger than I intended. I guess I just suck at drawing people over thirty.
Something’s a bit odd with the proportions, I think, maybe in the diadem and certainly in the arms…Arms which I redrew over and over until my hands shriveled up and dropped off, so I’m just going to leave it as it is.
As requested, one of Rowan with his father, Halbryn. The old king wound up looking less like a wizard and more like Theoden,whoops, but overall it’s satisfactory to me. The colour scheme of the clothing is based on that described in part one of Bound To The Flame: gold vest for the king because he’s king, and I wasn’t sure whether to put Rowan in blue (because he’s a healer) or silver (because he’s a prince), so I just said, Screw It, Do Both.
I’m doing artwork stuff for erinkenobi2893‘s story, Bound To The Flame. This is for a character, Rowan Jaentyr; I’m experimenting with different takes on the provided description.
Thirteen and a half thousand words of I-meant-to-publish-this-last-year.
Yep, that’s right: the sequel to Let’s All Be Heroes was finished last July, but somehow hasn’t been published until February. I shall tarry no longer! Here it is, in all its satirical-fantasy-glory, Born To Slay Dragons.
Here are the first couple paragraphs, presented in what I believe is called “advertising”:
Drake strode down the dusty dirt path that led to the village gate. He was quiet as per his habit, focusing on the sights, sounds and smells surrounding him. The cruel undertones of the children’s laughter. The tired sighs of the dogs lying lazily in the sunlight. The various depths of the shadows that grew shorter as the sun rose higher. The flecks of dust in his lank hair as he swept it behind his ear.
Drake Gellcomar was a fairly odd boy, and not only because of his highly perceptive senses. More thoughtful than the other boys of his age, he cared for more than merely hitting things with large, wooden swords. Aged fifteen, he was skinny and nimble, with long, dark, greasy hair and deep black eyes. His father, Bershond Gellcomar, swore that he looked Elvish. Drake wasn’t sure of that. He hadn’t met many Elves, mostly on account of them being legendary and generally mythological beings.
Wow, okay, this is seriously cool.
The Liebster Award is an award which is attributed to relatively unknown bloggers with less than 200 followers, and wow I still can’t believe I’m writing this but yeah, I was nominated by the excellent jcwriter678 over at Just Plain Writing, check them out and stuff and wow still not believing it.
1. Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
2. Answer the ten questions which are given to you by the nominator.
3. Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers
4. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
So yeah, answering the questions:
1. What is your favourite film?
Ahahaha, Lord of the Rings, hands down, for every reason in existence.
2. What is your favourite book?
See above answer.
3. What country would you most like to visit in the world?
Atlantis. Oh, are we talking about real places? Okay, New Zealand. It’s got mountains and forests and deserts and fjords and is basically an entire planet squashed into 270 square kilometres of gorgeous. So, yeah.
4. What is your aim in life?
Hm. If we’re talking about plans for the future, then my plan is to move to New Zealand (for reasons previously mentioned), get a house in or on the outskirts of a forest (with possibly an astronomy tower I would use as a study or even a room that’s part treehouse), and write fantasy and science-fiction books for a living. Possibly I’d also own a ginger tabby cat named Finrod.
5. If you had a dinner party, what fictional characters would you invite, and why?
Whoa, big question. Let’s see…Merry and Pippin, because they’re good at Food, the Doctor because he makes any party instantly awesome, Gandalf because the guy seriously needs to take a break, All The Valar, and Batman because he’s rich and would pay for it all.
6. What is the most shocking thing you have ever witnessed?
It may not count because I was too young to remember it, but 9/11.
7. If you had the chance to meet your favourite author/actor/actress/sports star/celebrity, who would it be, and why?
I’d hesitate between Christopher Lee, because he’s a fascinating individual (and also is seriously old so I need to take any chance I get to meet him), Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan because they’re really fun and interesting people, and David Tennant because [insert yet another variant of 'this person is really cool'].
8. What is your favourite word?
Oh wow. How about I just list a few? I think I compiled a list a while back, let’s see…”sursurrus”, “hypotenuse”, “polyhedral”,”nightingale”,”phantasmagoria”, “crenellations”, “scoria”, “hyphen”, “dryad”, “equinox”, “argosy”, “peninsula”, “vale”, “anathema”, “tendril”, “serendipity”, “ululation”, “animosity”, “feral”, “dystopia”, “serene”, “briar”, “quoth”, “transmogrification”, “eerie”, “Bayesian”, “autodidact”, “phylactery”, “lithe”…to name a few.
9. What is your favourite animal?
I hesitate between the cat and the peregrine falcon.
10. What is your aim for your blog?
I started my blog as a sort of artistic outlet, I suppose. I have no idea where it’s going from here, but I hope for the best.
Now on to the nominations! Unfortunately, I don’t read very many blogs, so I could only find six to link to that were under 200 followers. Links and such:
Comics and Commentary by Dexter Morrill : Comics. Superhero style.
Wasting Talent: an excellent artist, focusing mainly on pencil sketches.
Child of the Island: Cool/crazy/weird/awesome homemade fairy tales.
Dragons in the Kitchen: Tips for aspiring Dungeons and Dragons DMs.
Majora: Actually a really cool project: this guy is making a Majora’s Mask opera.
KC Rivers: An excellent writer with excellent taste.
And here are my ten questions for these guys:
1)What is your favourite book?
2)What was your favorite fairy tale as a child?
3)Who are your two favourite characters from your favourite book, and who would win in a fight?
4) What fictional land/country/place would you most like to visit?
5)If you were a superhero, what would your power be, what would your sibling’s/best friend’s power be, and who would win in a fight?
6)If you had to invite three real-life and three fictional characters to a game of laser tag, who and why? (and which team would win?)
7)What’s the best/most creative/most insane/funniest practical joke you ever played or saw played on someone?
8)If your dog had superpowers, what would they be and would you keep it a secret?
9)What is your blog’s goal?
10)Who would win in a fight: theoretical superhero you or your theoretical superhero dog?
I look forward to the answers! ;D
A new art style I had an idea for, which seemed to best fit Miss Zanotto here. It’s been a really, really, really long time since I’ve played Psychonauts, but it’s still one of the best games ever.
In other news, the massive project I’ve been working on seems to have hit a roadblock. I’ve got plenty of plot for future scenes, but can’t seem to figure out what is supposed to happen in the next comic in the continuity. I’m tempted to just draw all the scenes I want to draw first and then fill in the blanks; but if I do that, then, as my style evolves, the key scenes will be really crappily drawn while the boring, in-between bits will be gorgeous. It’s really getting on my nerves, as I’ve only been able to draw three pages in three months.
This is hasty concept art for one of the very very minor characters. No he is not a time-traveler from the 80s.
And now for something completely different.
I went to see Ender’s Game on Saturday, and here’s what I think: as a standalone sci-fi film? Not bad. As a series of cinematographic illustrations for a handful of scenes of the book? Pretty darn good. But as the film adaptation of Ender’s Game? An electronic donkey food-trough wiper. Seriously. Major Anderson was decent, and Peter was decent for all ten of the seconds he had on the screen, and Asa Butterfield looks like a cross between Elijah Wood and Benedict Cumberbatch. But if you actually wanted to see an intelligent, rational young boy — or even any of Ender’s actual games — you’re out of luck, because it’s just an hour and a half of having glorious CGI-Outer Space being shoved in your face.
Anyway. Peace and Long Life!