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Grotesque Moi! #7 Project Update

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?

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Sketching An Imp Head On IPad Pro

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.

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Practice Work 1

I’m working on the mushrooms for “Relative Perspective”. Each time I try to do them I’m finding they don’t match the realism level the rest of the piece already has.

I decided to find photo examples to study.

I think I finally understand their intricacies now. What do you think?

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What’s Been Happening? 

Hi everybody!

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.

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My Ipad Was Almost Mine

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!

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A Quick Update

I’ve finally joined the Apple community! My wife and daughter recently got me an Ipad Pro. Now I can create digitally untethered, Yay! I can’t wait to see what comes of this!☺

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Illo Journal Project Update #8.1

So I’ve found that the image is not saving the same as it was created due to screen height, angle and filtering. I am reintroducing the geographical map of Ba’anta. this is much closer to the original tonal values. Constructive critiques and comments are stil very welcome!

Revised Brightness

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Previous Brightness

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Illo Journal Project Update #8

I present to you, with revised techniques, the “Geographical Map of Ba’anta”. I’ve used more subdued colors with the more saturated colors used on the points of interest. This piece was started with the techniques that I’m trying to adjust my style to. There are no figures in this one, which another area I’m also working on. Constructive critiques and comments are very welcome.

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Illo Journal Project Update #7

Ba’anta is divided basically into these regions:

The Tuac Mountains are to the northwest. Betkur is the river running from north to south through this region. The D’tir River crosses from east to west in the northern section. Lake Nor sits atop Mount Kar and flows down the mountain to the southwest. Lake Kir branches off the Betkur River to the north of the lake and returns south of the lake. The Moru River runs from the Betkur southwest to the Odi Ocean bordering the southern end of the Tuac Range.

Detral is a low valley region east of the Tuac Mountains. There is the small Mek Range in the northwest corner. East of this range is the Bol Forrest that reaches to the Umbur Ocean. The River Trel runs from north to south and divides the continent. To the east is the Great Sudr Lake, which flows west as the Tomal River, south as the Bez River and east as the Vor River.

The Sul’r Island are off the west coast of Ba’anta. Mount Tel sits in the southwest corner of the continent. It’s bordered by the Moru River to the north and the Betkur River to the east. the Tem Plains are to the east of the Betkur and is bordered by the southern River Trel. The Nir Forrest reaches from the River Trel to the Bez River. It is bordered by the Kauld Sea to the south. The Fra Plateau is in the southeast corner of the continent. Lake Eir flows from the top of the plateau southeast as the Ul River and Falls to the Umbur Ocean.

More details to come as we delve into each region.

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New Journals 1

The first journal has been working so well and I’ve had new ideas that I don’t want to loose. I’ve decided to start a couple of new ones.


The journal with the circular paterns will be the new home of the story that has Stinger in it.

The other new journal is planned to be used for new ideas.

Also, these two are set up left handed.

I’m glad I finally decided to do these journals. Looks like it’s time to get drawing!