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Updates #1

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.

Grotesque Moi!

  • 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!
  • Future Plans:
    • 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.

XT Illos

  • 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.
  • Video Production
    • Twenty minutes or less videos to start production on this site and Patreon.
      • Process Videos
      • DemoVideos
      • Promotional Videos
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Grotesque Moi! Update #21

I’ve been working on the next creature illustration for Grotesque Moi!. As it usually happens, I’ve come to a point where I have to work out a design change.

My original sketch had the stinger and claws turned the wrong way.
First I inverted the stinger then adjusted the shapes.

Next are the claws. This is where I’m still playing with the design.
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Grotesque Moi! Update #20 Id

I’m happy to finally present to you the inspiration that started this project. I present to you Id! The physical embodiment of the Freudian model of id, ego and super-ego. There is much to share about him that I will be posting in my Patreon. I can say that he has been around since before I understood who or what he is. It is truly thanks to Id that I’m here to share all of these things with you, today! Without further ado I give you Id!

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Site Update! #1

Hi everyone!

I wanted to give you an update on things. First of all I have been busy putting things together to show my work in artist’s markets and planning to do some small (and possibly some large) conventions through this year and next! My daughter has joined me with her work this year and we’ve been showing together! I’m really enjoying having her share something that is so much a part of me! I’m looking forward to having her with me next year, as well! I’ve got my blog page back on my site and added Mailchimp for email signups and campaign notifications for everyone That’s signed up,

To set up for the artist’s markets and cons I’ve been making our:

  • Table runners
  • Banners
  • Signage
  • Adding mounts to table cloths/ banners/table runners/backdrop
  • Creating banner extensions for the back drop
  • Making the backdrop’s length adjustable for height restrictions
  • Making the backdrop banner’s length adjustable for width restrictions
  • Designs token coins to use at shows
  • Creating picture frames for the first three Grotesque Moi! illustrations (still working on this one, maybe 1/3 of the way there)
  • Designing a couple of table displays for prints
  • (Here’s some pix of our artist’s market setup!)
  • I will post more about the things I’ve been working on individually in future posts.

    I hope you’ve had a great summer and are ready for the holidays!

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    Grotesque Moi! Update #19

    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!

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    Grotesque Moi! #15 Project Update

    The latest creature entry for Grotesque Moi! is a frog person. The race is Anuran and can be found in murky bog marshes or subterranean grottoes. The color illustration is in the works and should be completed soon!

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    Grotesque Moi! #2

    Welcome to Grotesque Moi! 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.

    Please Note!

    Before purchasing a tier, please contact me by email to go over the contract. Once it is complete you will be able to purchase the tier and begin the illustration process. Richard.Thaxton@xtillos.com

    Tier 1

    First level commission for the Grotesque Moi! project. The business contract will be negotiated before any work starts. This work will be produced through a digital media painting method. This canvas will be illustrated vertically. Character is in a full body illustration.  The background is subdued in a slightly out of focus vignette style. Completed purchase will include one 16″x20″ canvas print of the illustration, one 8″x10″ glossy stock print of the illustration, one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! postcard and one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! business card. 

    Tier 2

    Second level commission for Grotesque Moi! project. The business contract will be negotiated before any work starts. This work will be produced through a digital media painting method. This canvas will be illustrated vertically. Character is in a full body illustration.  It has minimally illustrated foreground and background. Completed purchase will include one 16″x20″ canvas print of the illustration, one 8″x10″ glossy stock print of the illustration, one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! postcard and one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! business card.

    Tier 3

    Third level commission for Grotesque Moi! project. The business contract will be negotiated before any work starts. This work will be produced through a digital media painting method. This canvas will be illustrated vertically. Character is in a full body illustration.  It has a fully illustrated foreground and background. Completed purchase will include one 16″x20″ canvas print of the illustration, one 8″x10″ glossy stock print of the illustration, one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! postcard and one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! business card.

    Tier 4

    Forth level commission for Grotesque Moi! project. The business contract will be negotiated before any work starts. This work will be produced through a digital media painting method. This canvas will be illustrated horizontally. Multiple characters up to 5 are in full body illustrations.  It has a fully illustrated foreground and background. Completed purchase will include one 16″x20″ canvas print of the illustration, one 8″x10″ glossy stock print of the illustration, one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! postcard and one glossy stock XT Illos/Grotesque Moi! business card.

    Glossy Print

    This is a quality art print of one of Grotesque Moi!’s illustrations. The image is corrected to 8″ x 10″ and is suitable for framing. Please allow up to two weeks for order processing. Thank you!

    I look forward to creating your fantasy creature illustrations! Thank you for stopping by!

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    Grotesque Me! Coming Soon!

    Hey Guys! There’s something new coming! Stay tuned for info and updates!

    If you are curious please like and follow me here and on most social media. Thank You!

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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.