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.
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 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!
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.
This example has two of the reference photos I used to Illustrate this fantasy portrait. This is an example of a tier 4 illustration. It has 5 characters and is illustrated in landscape. There are other possible combinations for this tier. Total time to complete this illustration is over 100 hours.
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.
Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you’re enjoying your holidays! Hopefully you have plans for something great this year!
I’ve got a new project that will need your help! More about how that will work in the upcoming posts! I hope to roll parts of it out in stages this year. I’ve been sneaking out images of the plan, recently. It’s focused around the fantasy self-portraits I posted before and some creature drawings. Like this Lupine-Naga:
For now, here’s to many great things for you in this New Year!