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24th August 2019: Mixed Media Mayhem

So, this long-neglected hobby finally gets a look in, five years after I last tried to create any kind of artwork. It's not like I have ignored this on purpose though, as I've been thinking about art a lot, and over the last few years I've collected a great many different types of supplies.

I finally got my butt in gear a couple of months back, when I stumbled across a mandala tutorial on Youtube. It struck me as something I could try, looking like something that would need a whole lot of patience rather than a whole lot of skill. While that has ended up being true, I gotta admit, a whole lot of skill would have certainly helped, as this thing took hours.

Rather than just create a typical black and white mandala like most of those I found on the internet, I decided to just go colour mad, and use as many of my supplies as possible, just to get some use out of them.
Ball points, fineliners, felt tips, coloured pencils, alcohol markers, permanent markers, highlighters, paint pens, and acrylic paints all went into the image. The only thing I own that I didn't use was my watercolours, as I didn't want the paper to warp.

The plan was always to have different parts of the image to look like they were on different layers, and originally, I was going to try and do this as I was creating the image. However, it turned out I didn't have enough de-saturated and darker colours to make parts of the image look like they were further away. So instead, I scanned it into my computer and tried to create layers of darkness, and it's turned out alright, though not perfect.

Many Layered Many Coloured Mandala Madness

Many Layered Many Coloured Mandala Madness

Overall, I'm pretty happy with it, even though it is a bit messy. I'm hoping I can keep some momentum and try something else arty, but I've still got wargaming stuff to paint and several dozen games to get to trying, and I've not done anything towards those for the last few months.

21st August 2014: Let's Pretend

Why does time go by so very fast? I recently realised that we have passed the ten year anniversary of the end of the Toybitus web-comic, and therefore LLAP-Goch Productions. That is so crazy.
This got me thinking about the web-comic, all those old toys I used, and some of the things that I may have done differently. One character that definitely would have been in it a lot would have been the Decepticon combiner called Monstructor. That dude was made from six little Pretender robots and was totally badass. Me and my bro owned that toy when we were kids, but one day he took it to his mate's house and it never came back. Nowadays, that toy is one of the rarest and is worth a bomb, and I've always been annoyed with myself that I didn't try to get it back when I was a kid. But back then, I didn't really care.

To make a short, boring story even shorter, I fancied paying homage to Monstructor in some way. I also wanted to try line work in PaintTool Sai, and decided to try and re-create an image of one of the Pretender shells. This is the shell of a robot called Icepick, and according to his bio he's actually very cheerful. Hmmm, looks like it.

I have very much cheated creating this image, as I just traced over the original, but I just wanted the practise. I pasted the original into PaintTool Sai, and used the curve tool to create the lines. Then I threw that into Photoshop, and used shape layers to add the colour. I'm happy with how it's turned out, but it would be nothing like this if I'd done it freehand.

Hope he doesn't pick his nose with those things

Hope he doesn't pick his nose with those things

12th August 2014: Blue Ridge Mountains

I recently watched a Youtube tutorial by Ekaterina Smirnova about painting the Blue Ridge Mountains, and as it looked like a good one for a noob I thought I'd give it a go.
Rather than paint along to the tutorial, I decided to try it later in the day from memory, which was pretty fun to do. Definitely made a few errors mixing the paint and didn't get the transitions right, but oh well.
After that I downloaded a program called PaintTool Sai that looks like good software for line work and inking, but I found it has a mode called watercolour, so I tried the picture again using that. Certainly looks better as it was easier to get the colours right, but I didn't get the sky right at all.
And I definitely need more practise drawing tree branches...

Blue Ridge Mountains

Blue Ridge Mountains

10th August 2014: Well, It's A Start

For a long time I've had the desire to try and learn how to create interesting art, and I'm adding this option to my blog in an attempt to push me into it. In this first entry, I'm including the initial artworks I've created using a variety of different techniques. Hopefully as I create and add more there will be at least some indication of progress, but as I want to try as many different kinds of art as possible, I expect the progress in each area will be slow.
Still, it will be better than none at all...

This was the first time in my adult life I actually tried to create some art of any description. It is of a Dark Jedi character from my Star Wars story The Dark Side Of Do'Naar. I'm using this as an indication of my starting skill level for digital artworks:

Dark Jedi Karynna

Dark Jedi Karynna

In 2012 I dabbled a little bit in a program called Daz Studio. This is my one and only attempt so far to create artwork using it. It is a very basic re-creation of Morgana's splash art from League Of Legends. I'm using this as an indication of my starting skill level for CG style artworks:

Morgana

Morgana

This is my first attempt at watercolour, following a tutorial by artist Frank Clarke. I'm using this as an indication of my starting skill level for watercolour artworks:

Path in a forest

Path in a forest

This is my first attempt to create a simple pencil drawing, following a tutorial by artist Mark Crilley. I'm using this as an indication of my starting skill level for pencil sketch artworks:

Armour

Armour

Here I've tried to copy an old photograph from the 1980s of Ty Mawr Caravan Park near Borth in Wales, where my nan and grandad used to have a caravan. I'm using this as an indication of my starting skill level for coloured pencil sketches:

Ty Mawr Caravan Park

Ty Mawr Caravan Park

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