I mentioned before that I have some new things planned for this year.
The first new thing is a plan to create coloring pages of the original released art!
The original line drawings will be converted to ink line drawings. The scenery and creatures / monsters will be simplified to make them more appropriate for coloring pages. The pages will be made available for digital download by purchase through my store here on my site!
Next is new watercolor art of all of the released art!
It starts with the ink drawings from the coloring pages! Using watercolors, the images will be brought to life!
Follow that with stickers!
The creature / monster watercolor art will be converted to stickers! This means the scenery will be removed giving the creatures / monsters a chance to really shine. There will be two sizes to choose from! Sets of three will be available for purchase through my store, as well!
How do you feel about stuffed toys?
Grotesque Moi!’s released creatures / monsters are on their way to become a bigger part (ok, a little bigger part) of our world! I’m working on the basic form designs to turn the released creatures / monsters into really great stuffed toys! You will be able to carry your favorite creatures anywhere with you! There will be one size for most of my creations available for purchase in my store, too!
The Grotesque Moi! illustrations will continue!
More Grotesque Moi! illustrations are on the way! The first one is close to being finished! there is also two more ready to start!
The show season is well underway! We have applications out to some of the bigger ones and waiting to see if we get in to them! Meanwhile, we are lining up events, markets and shows! Keep an eye out for where we’ll be next!
I’m starting a new topic blog that I will add to from time to time, more likely as the subjects come up. This will be where I share lessons I’ve learned along the way, techniques I’ve picked up or improvised with or circumstance that affect the creative process. You are welcome to comment and share any relevant posts either here or on social media. My wish is that this becomes interactive and informative! The first installment is below.
1st Topic: How Is Your Support System?
This subject comes up often in groups. Today it was more direct. Before I elaborate I want to get these questions out to you for your perspective. How is your support system? Are you getting the moral support that you need to help you pick up that banner and fight on? If so, please describe how you found it and tell what you do to reinforce that relationship. If not, please share how you recharge the will to push through the obstacles so you can move forward. Are there other forms of support that you have in your creative process? If so, can you describe what it is and how it impacts your creativity? In most cases it will be obvious but for the uninitiated this could be the creative lifeline they need to get to the next level.
I often run in to the situation where my vision and long term goals don’t mesh with others around me. Many people expect to see immediate results. If there’s no apparent progression they want to abandon the goal for something more secure. “This is a commodity and needs to show profit!” Actually, this is a long term investment that matures over a period of time. “When will that happen?!” It really all depends on when like minded people find the work and you interesting enough to want to be a part of it. It may take a short time or it can take years. To be honest, it can take more than a life time or not at all.
The question at this point needs to be,”Why are you doing this?”. If you’re chasing fame and notoriety you may find it but more often you won’t ever get the chance to see it. It’s a pipe dream. So, why do it? If you create then you know the feeling of being compelled to to bring things to life, into the world. For some, it’s a drive that can’t be ignored. Pouring ones being into something that speaks strongly to them is a very powerful experience that not everyone gets to be a part of. The higher version of this is when you raise a child up to become the person they are to be. This also happens when you mentor someone to bring them up to a new level. It’s very similar.
Why would anyone put themselves through this if there’s no guarantee that there’s any form of reward for all of the hard work? “Why not just create the things that are easy sales like impressionistic paintings, still life, animals or portraits? People will buy those?” There’s absolutely nothing wrong with creating any of theses, if that’s what you are compelled to do. I’ve actually even tried it for the sake of sales, because it’s what was selling. Except that mine didn’t sell….. at all…. It was because I didn’t have passion for that type of work. My vision is in Fantasy Art. I love the whole illustration process and making new creatures.
I feel there is so much storytelling and so little time to tell it. It will be done through images, illustrations of the world I’m building along with the creatures. I feel that they need to be presented to the world so that everyone will know their stories. The point to this is that it requires conviction to the work you want to create. Sticking to it all the way to the end for the sake of the story and the creations is the reward. Everything else can come after.
What’s your experience? Has your path brought you to this same point? Or, have you arrived at a different place?
When I started seriously drawing, I would find myself drawing creatures. My mom would ask jokingly, “Why are you drawing them uglies?”. I would tell her because it’s what’s in my head and they’re not really ugly. It is just their appearance. Creating creatures has been a part of my art since the beginning. Dragons have always been my favorite but I like to create lots of other mythical creatures, too.
Frequently I’m asked if I can do portrait work. Usually this is while I’m showing examples of my creatures. I decided, “Why not do something that is mutually beneficial? “. Combining the portraits with my creatures! We can each have a part in creating a unique portrait! Grotesque Moi! was born (or more accurately, hatched)!
Grotesque is a French name for the statuary adorning the tops of Gothic architecture. Grotesque is also a description for that which is not what is sometimes considered as normal. The things that found to be odd, disturbing, abhorrent or unnatural. All are somewhat a description of what Grotesque Moi! is about. Taking what is natural and hybridizing it into a fantastically new beautiful creation! Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.
This is an Illustration project with you the fan and collector in mind. Inside you will find yourself transformed into your favorite fantasy creature! As your guide and illustrator, I will help you find the best hybridized image of yourself as your fantasy creature. When completed you will receive your illustration digitally printed on a 16″ x 20″ canvas ready for you to frame. Each completed purchase of a tier will set aside a block of my time to create your fantasy creature illustration. Below is a breakdown of each tier. There are five levels to choose from. Four are illustration levels and the fifth is for prints when they become available. Please look for details of these tiers represented by the icons below in my store for more information about how to purchase.
Here with your latest project update! I decided to do things a little different this time. It’s time to bring the guys in. I’m starting with one that I’ve been excited to create the finished illustration ever since I created the pencil sketch! ”This is a Lupinenaga:
To learn more about these powerful creatures check out my Patreon and support at one of the tier levels. Each released creature has details and a back story there along with downloads of some of the original sketches for my patrons.
I hope everyone is doing well! I wanted to share with you guys a couple of sneak peeks of the next illustration for Grotesque Moi!. This month’s creature on course to be completed by the end of the month. I want to invite you to my Patreon to help support this project at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. There’s pencil sketches and information of the creatures that are already posted in the project! Commissions and prints are available in the store where on the site, too. Please support where you can. Likes, shares and re-posts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your interest and support!
For this update I wanted to let you guys know that I finally have both prints of the first two images for Grotesque Moi! up on the store here! Creature #3 is in process and I should have something to post on it soon. Also, please support this project on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos so that I can continue to create content for this project outside of any commissions.
I have the latest illustration completed and authorization to post it here for you to see! Below I present to you “Puddle Sprite E”. This is an example of a tier 1 illustration.the owner is very happy with the results!
Below shows a sample of the photo reference along with the illustration.
Hi, everyone!I wanted to give you an update on Grotesque Moi!. Also, please check below the image for some questions I have for you. I’m working to get the final touches completed on the second illustration. I will publish it as soon as I have approval from the commissioner. I’ve set the feature image as the sneak peeks that I posted previously. I’ve found that the image is not being displayed in social media when I put the project banner as the feature image. I want that image to show before the Grotesque Moi! banner for you guys so that you can see how things are going.
The questions I have for you are related to Patreon. I’m relaunching under the Grotesque Moi! campaign. First, would you be interested in supporting me there? The plan is to only have a couple of tiers for support one for US$5.00 and another US $20.00. At the first tier would the reward of a digital download of 2 digital/pencil line drawings that you can develop however you want or a process video for one of the completed images? At the second tier, how does both the first tire options plus a digital copy of the previous months final image for you to make your own print sound?
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?
Wanted to stop by and give you an update on Grotesque Moi!. The first image went great! The new owner is very happy wit the results! Here is a reminder of the illustration;
The next illustration for the project has been commissioned! I’ve already started the process and will have an update soon. Please remember that I’m available for commissions. You can contact me by email Richard.Thaxton@xtillos.com to discuss the contract. Details for the different tiers are in my storefront here on my site.