Hello Slam! I have a lot to catch up on already, as I started my June by being internetless in Europe for a week, now I’m back and posting the week of art I did prior to that, so the trip didn’t cut into my time at all.

The last few years I’ve used this time to explore and dig into ideas I’ve already had time to roll around. This year I’m doing something a little more open ended and will need YOU to help give me words to continue with. I am taking a blank slate and using words to help direct focus and add to this world building project. I’m treating this like a rare archive of natural drawings from a bizarre alien world, which will both include pictures, and written captions.

The first two words I pulled via random generators was ‘light’ and 'meat’.


My entry for Artslam today is too big and shiny and I ain’t gonna bother posting a separate header for it.

Weeble spitfire Megan suggested I try some different lighting/colors, using Grich as a control. I think this is the furthest I’ve gotten from local color in my life.

Please throw any color advice you have in your brain at me.

A hilariously huge lizard in human society requires hilariously huge accommodations, and Grich is no exception to that rule I just made up. His bunk when traveling is a giant terrarium. I might add plants for a homier feel.

After a long day of shouting orders and swiping things with their snow-shovel claws, doesn’t everyone just want to take off their pants, light a cigar as big as a person and sprawl out under an industrial-grade heat lamp?


Artslam days 17 - 23.

Caption does not fit the full description of image one:

All known and theoretical radiant elements.
Red: Narrow poles grown in erratic angles and rates. Prone to shattering.
Orange: Fragmented shards, kept internally.
Yellow: Nebulous stones held within a bubble. Drift.
Green: Gelatinous orbs. Dry out in heat.
Teal: solid shards held gathered by elastic banding. Must be kept cold.
Royal: Semi solid orbs, with low existence point. Fade quickly.
Purple: Dense crystalline shades. Prone to cracking.
White: Flat brittle sheets. Grow quickly, and overlap. Shatter in cold.
Silver: Solid once leaving host. Unbreakable once formed.
Black: Unstable base, breaks about easily. Moves away from light.
Finite (Theoretical): Balances between stable and unstable, contain circled base. Perfect element.

Day #3

So I drew some noses today. I really wanted to get more done but I spent two hours on each set (the shading looked nicer before my scanner got to it, if anyone has some tips on getting scans to look nice they would be very welcome) and I don’t have the patience for any more at the moment.


(crossposted from DA.)

I’ve been uniquely bad at/mistrusting of my own words these last couple weeks, MIGHT HAVE A BRAIN TUMOR, no not really, at least I’ve got no medical indication of it, I don’t know.

So I’ll keep this simple.

You: 1. Pick a subject you wanna develop– paint, draw or write, every day for a month.

2. Post proof every day on LiveJournal or OPTIONALLY, your Tumblr.

3. OPTIONALLY, submit the link to the community Tumblr account (I think) so more people see it (because LiveJournal is now effectively your grandma’s blogging site, and not even grandma’s friends read her moody ramblings on gardening or whatever, just Russian spambots).

4. Stick with it.

5. Reward yourself with love and fame and unending worship, maybe some new art buddies, and 30 days’ worth of a job well done.

Does that make sense? It went over well when I did it with the Czars in 2010, so I’m trying it again this year. You really get to know people like this. Form alliances. Make a shiv out of something entertaining. It’s like an arts and crafts prison.


More-… Artslam! Day 4 of Crookfish

The left is a concept speedpaint of a Varrus guard. While royals have no bindings, guards have thick wrappings around their arms that prevent the growth of pivotal feathers for flight. This one’s loosely based on a Waldrapp Ibis– think he might become an actual character!

The right is a quick sketch-y idea of a faction’s flag! It’s the emblem of the most prominent rebel group in my brainworld– the Hand of the Hallow. Might try a few more designs later on!


Days 1-3 because I had no scanner when Artslam started , fffff.

These are designs for one of my concepts that I’m working on in tandem thanks to my brain being dumb.  Here we have Grief and Skiff, two organic AI frames.  Well, organic-ish.  Like tiny Evangelions but with brains.  More about them in later posts because oh god my brain.

Last one is a bounty hunting Ceath -remember those guys?- called Teratophonea.  Yes, I was reading a dinosaur book.  She has a lot of snazzy space repairs after a very bad encounter with a tiny alien and a blender.

ArtSlam: Day 31 / Entry 3

This ArtSlam campaign … could be going better right now. The plan’s to regroup in August and try to push out (at the very least) all the character and setting designs I need to draw Project Harmony’s first act. Ideally I’ll have the plot outline and songs written too, but a lot of that can be done on the fly thanks to the nature of the story. We’ll see how it finally goes down - at this point I just really want to just get it over with and start this thing already!

(Wasn’t there a time when the opening date was supposed to be June 1st? What the flip happened to that?)

Ridiculous tardiness aside, maybe you might recognize this character? She’s more grounded and levelheaded than her best friend, and works at a sweetshop while training to become a knight. As far as her design does, I tried aiming for something between a ballet dancer and a giant piece of wrapped-up candy. Between that and the mad hair, I imagine she gets a lot of weird looks walking down the street.

two characters today because i forgot artslam started yesterday and i was incredibly busy and these two go together always anyway

i’m going to be working on visual development of all sorts regarding a story i’ve had in some sort of progress for several years now, beginning life as my 2010 nanowrimo novel, morphing into a barely started screenplay in 2011, a series of unfinished short stories and another attempted screenplay in 2012, and latest, as something with a more visual medium, whether the ultimate result is a comic or a film, well, i have no idea yet. 

the story, free coffee, is the story of an incredibly normal guy named fred jones who, in the midst of his incredibly normal life which he has been lead to believe is approaching the ideal, despite it not really making him all that happy (he’s engaged, he has a 9-5 job, a dog, and a house in the suburbs, what more could you want, right?), is kidnapped to a fantastic world existing on the side of our own, the netherworld, a colourful, chaotic land that is completely alien to fred. from there on out as he attempts to get home, he meets a whole host of characters, embarks on a journey of reluctant self discovery, and defeats an evil villain or two.

these two (mad, on the left, and dmitri, full name: edwin booth balthazar the fourteenth, on the right) are two of the people he encounters there, friends of his “guide” through the netherworld, a young intern at the other office, named esperanza. 

doing a brief introduction that makes sense of this is harder than i thought, so, oh well, if anyone does have questions, i welcome them, as they always help me develop things and fill in the corners i forgot about. 

also, i tried out a slightly different style here, and a rather different colour/line one, because i want the characters more stylized and easy to render, and i think it worked out pretty well! it still took a while though, so i dunno if it’s really any quicker. 

Hey! For the month of June (and possibly July and beyond!) I will be participating in ARTSLAM 2012! Me and a huge plethora of super talented artists will be spending the whole month working on a single concept, and posting frequent progress updates.

I’ll be spending this month working on my Dixieland V idea, focusing specifically on fleshing out the world– so, since this is a 1920’s story, you’ll see maybe some environment studies from old photos, fashion, so forth. I’ll be reblogging my posts from the main ARTSLAM blog here, but I invite everyone to take a look at the main blog and see all the awesome stuff that’s already there:  GO NOW!!