I’ve kept this quiet for as long as I can! I’ve begun working on some side projects for Grotesque Moi!. As I get image(s) and info for the new stuff I’m creating. I will post updates as I have something worth posting.
This is a rough sketch for a possible comic I’ll be creating. It will be part of one f the character’s back story.
I thought that I would share some updates with you! I’ve been more quite lately and I can finally tell everyone what I’ve been up to. Most importantly for the last few weeks I’ve been designing and hand crafting anniversary cards for my wife and daughter. (Yes! Our daughter has participated in every anniversary since she was born!) photos and videos of the cards to follow in a different post.
Illustration number seven is still in process. I plan to continue it to completion. There are another six illustrations lined up to make the first set of thirteen.
I had to rework parts of the background and struggled a bit with the main figure.
It’s still on the schedule for completion.
Commissions are still open for Fantasy Creature/Monster Portraits!
A calendar of the first thirteen creatures is to be designed and offered either in the XT Illos Store or through an on demand print site.
Three more waves of thirteen creatures to be created.
A new calendar is to be created at the end of each set of thirteen creatures.
Eventually there will be four calendar options.
Fifty two creatures to be combined in a card set to be offered on a crowd funding site.
Grotesque Moi! to continue production.
Ba’anta world building development to pick back up.
Some of the creatures developed in the Grotesque Moi! project will be representative of the races in Ba’anta.
Visual novel with Creative Idiot E to begin development.
Patreon promotions to be ramped up.
Exclusive content from Grotesque Moi! is already available.
Free original content reference videos are already available.
Art Markets/Cons Vending results year one.
Art markets have had very little flow of people attuned to my style of work and no revenue for my illustrations.
Cons have had a good flow of people interested in my work and the revenue was barely better than the art markets.
Increase con vending over the next year and try bigger cons.
Overall production to slow down.
Revenue is currently to low to support projects.
Part time schedule to resume to allow hours for non-art work.
look for more art revenue options for current XT Illos lines.
Test other optional lines.
Special occasion cards test market.
Offer special occasion cards in XT Illos Store.
Grotesque Moi! stickers test.
Twenty minutes or less videos to start production on this site and Patreon.
To catch everybody up, we’ve been getting things together to start doing indoor and outdoor events. We attended our first artist’s market a couple of weeks ago. This was at Argosy Market:
Today we were able to show some of our work at The Bubble Hut. It’s on display until Friday afternoon! If you’re in the area please stop by and get a refreshing bubble tea, check out our display and maybe order som prints or your very own commission!
Meet Sal-Broga! He is an acolyte of the Anuran race. they are a mix of green frog amphibians and humanoids. They live in close communities and have a strong familial bond in their culture. Anurans value societal structures, knowledge and nature. To show the importance of family and nature they use the symbol of the tadpole in their important buildings and equipment. Its to remind them of their simple start in life.
Hi, Grotesque Moi! fans! For the second February update here’s a couple of sneak peeks from the next creature illustration commission WIP. It’s coming along well and should be finished soon. What do you think this one might be?
I guess since I draw and have for most of my life usually with a No.2 pencil (or a 4H most of the time) and scraps of paper, I have to try the drawing tools more. So on this IPad Pro I used the Sketching tool with an HB pencil option. It works a lot like a real pencil. The line quality is good. Scribbling, hatching, general basic shading works pretty well. Once I started blending, though, everything turned out more like paint and not so much a drawing. Still I like the results of this piece.
I originally Left my working lines on the right side so that anyone interested in how I created this image, could see how I designed this piece. It’s another in the latest project I’m developing. This is the Imp. A vicious little tormentor that loves to pull evil pranks on the unsuspecting travelers.
I thought I would ask you what’s happening in your world. Aside from the recent holidays, what events are influencing you? Is there great positive things going on? Maybe it’s not so positive. It’s ok, you’re welcome to share that, too.
Many of my friends are gearing up for this year’s convention circuit. Either submitting work, getting notifications of their submissions or preparing for an upcoming convention.
Some of my friends are dealing with tough life events. Physical or emotional pain has entered their lives. Stress in dealing with these situations, trying to erode their peace of mind.
For myself, it’s a mixed bag. For the negative side, problems from a old injury have come back on me. Sometimes there’s pain for days, even weeks. My real world paying job is affected because of this. I’m stressing over where my future is going. What about my family? How will I continue to be able to support them? Will I return to having constant pain? How much this is triggering my blood pressure and depression. A lot of heavy things.
On the positive side I’ve celebrated 20 years of happily married life with my wife! Both her and our daughter are my whole world! I’ll be turning 54 soon. I’m reworking a piece of fantasy art that was started as a pencil sketch in ’96. I’ve posted progress photos of it before here, “Relative Perspective”. I’ll post updates of it later.
Here are some photos from before:
I hope all is well with you and your world is great! If it’s not, I hope you find a way to get peace and balance. May the right side always win.
Well, after experimenting a little with my new Ipad, it turns out that the Ipad is really helpful for doing school work. In particular IB Art classes. So it has been quite useful for my daughter. I got to play around with Garage Band before the second wave hit. It’s OK though I still have old school illo journals to work in!