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Creator’s Lessons #1

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.

(C) 2020 Richard Thaxton, XT Illos

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?

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New Things for the New Year!

I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start! If you’ve made resolutions, I hope you have a great plan and succeed by the end of the year!

XT Illos has some new things coming this year, too! Before we get to that, I wanted to remind everyone that Grotesque Moi! has exclusive content on the creatures being created over on our Patreon account! There’s also a couple of reference videos that are free to download over there, too!

Speaking of Grotesque Moi!, there’s a couple of new things on the horizon! I’m looking into possibly doing stickers and coloring books. This means there will be a new set of flat color pieces done for these projects.

For XT Illos there will be some new tutorials and processing for some of the projects I’m working on there. The instructional videos will be made available to purchase by download. There’s quite a few projects that I have to choose from!

As for everyone who has been with me from the beginning I have a surprise for you coming up soon over on Patreon! Also, for any who is fairly recent, there will be something for you in the works too on Patreon!

I hope everyone will have a great and prosperous 2020!🎊🎉🍾🥳😁

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Grotesque Moi!

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.

Details:


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.

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Grotesque Moi! Promotion II – Uila – 3

On my website at http://www.xtillos.com Grotesque Moi! has completed it’s first quarter. The ladies have the honor of occupying that honor. April starts the first set of the guys! Please commission and purchase the newly released prints through my website shop! Also, for anyone wanting to support Grotesque Moi! please check my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. Please like, share, follow and support where you can! Thank you for your support!

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Grotesque Moi! Promotion II – Puddle Sprite E – 3

On my website at http://www.xtillos.com Grotesque Moi! has completed it’s first quarter. The ladies have the honor of occupying that honor. April starts the first set of the guys! Please commission and purchase the newly released prints through my website shop! Also, for anyone wanting to support Grotesque Moi! please check my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. Please like, share, follow and support where you can! Thank you for your support!

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Grotesque Moi! Promotion II – Ying The Bohol Sea Queen – 3

On my website at http://www.xtillos.com Grotesque Moi! has completed it’s first quarter. The ladies have the honor of occupying that honor. April starts the first set of the guys! Please commission and purchase the newly released prints through my website shop! Also, for anyone wanting to support Grotesque Moi! please check my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. Please like, share, follow and support where you can! Thank you for your support!

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Grotesque Moi! Promotion II – Ying the Bohol Sea Queen – 2

On my website at http://www.xtillos.com Grotesque Moi! has completed it’s first quarter. The ladies have the honor of occupying that honor. April starts the first set of the guys! Please commission and purchase the newly released prints through my website shop! Also, for anyone wanting to support Grotesque Moi! please check my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. Please like, share, follow and support where you can! Thank you for your support!

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Grotesque Moi! Promotion II – Puddle Sprite E – 1

On my website at http://www.xtillos.com Grotesque Moi! has completed it’s first quarter. The ladies have the honor of occupying that honor. April starts the first set of the guys! Please commission and purchase the newly released prints through my website shop! Also, for anyone wanting to support Grotesque Moi! please check my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. Please like, share, follow and support where you can! Thank you for your support!

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Grotesque Moi! Promotion II – Ying The Bohol Sea Queen – 1

On my website at http://www.xtillos.com Grotesque Moi! has completed it’s first quarter. The ladies have the honor of occupying that honor. April starts the first set of the guys! Please commission and purchase the newly released prints through my website shop! Also, for anyone wanting to support Grotesque Moi! please check my Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/xtillos. Please like, share, follow and support where you can! Thank you for your support!

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Grotesque Moi! #12 Project Update “Uila”

I hope everyone is doing well! In this update I have the finished image for the month of March! Let me introduce to you Uila! She is a creature of the night that can create and conduct electricity in the form of lightning bolts and balls. She prefers tall structures to the lower ground levels because she says it’s more peaceful. Uila is a bit of a loner and prefers to nest in theses lofty areas during the day time in her stone form.

Prints are available in my store here on this site. Also, because Uila is a self-commissioned piece, she is available as a canvas print for you to purchase in the store.

Thank you for visiting Grotesque Moi!