welcome

While you can always see posts on my sketches which often includes a bit more in-depth coverage on my process and workflow along with time-lapse videos, here is a quick snapshot of my most recent work (that I’m proud of).

most recent post

Weeks & Decades - There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.Vladimir Ilyich Lenin I’m not the first to post this quote … but I like it.  It’s a good reminder that we are quite likely living through a pivotal inflection point of our country.  That our tomorrow, whatever it will be, will look … Continue reading "Weeks & Decades"

about

Ha!  You scrolled down.  Why, thank you very much and welcome to my site, unigon pics, dedicated to everything lovely and beautiful and sublime and otherwise about unicorns, dragons, and more.

My name is Ward W. Vuillemot, and I’m arguably an amateur artist with a passion for all things fantastical.  I say arguably as it is questionable if I am at best amateur; I consider myself very much at the (re)start of a very long, lifelong even, journey.  What I lack in skill, I hope I make up for with passion!

While I’ve been doing illustrations for as long as I can remember, I put down the proverbial pen and brush after leaving high school some two plus decades ago. In the past few years, I’ve started to re-explore this latent passion. You will find on this site a mix of my own work, along with posts on things I find useful as an aspiring digital artist looking to learn his craft.

Given that I’m very much looking to bootstrap myself leveraging readily available materials on the internet or otherwise in print, I thought it would be useful to share with folks things I’ve discovered that I’ve thus far found useful.

useful stuff

If you are looking for resources such as websites, tools, or even artists I think are excellent examples – at least to me – to emulate then I recommend you read through my Artist Resources series of blog posts.

fundamentals

I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a master artist.  That said, I find that taking the time to synthesize my understanding of various fundamentals such as color, light, values, shape, human anatomy, et cetera is a useful way for me to further learn, and in the process I hope to give back to others who are starting on this same journey.  I’ve started a new series of Art Fundamentals which I hope to continue to add to, if for no reason than to affirm to myself that I’m actually keeping up with my studies.

other recent posts

While I should be spending more time doing art, I sometimes find it useful to instead while away my time writing about doing art; it’s a disguised form of procrastination!  Nevertheless, below are the 5 most recent posts I’ve made regardless of topic or category.  Enjoy!  Or click here to see all my posts.

Weeks & Decades - There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin I’m not the first to post this quote … but I like it.  It’s a good reminder that we are quite likely living through a pivotal inflection point of our country.  That our tomorrow, whatever it will be, will … Continue reading "Weeks & Decades"
Great Dan’gons - “Two Great Dan’gons and Their Owner” is a bit of humorous portraiture of our two Great Danes, Kumo and Sora, along with a guest appearance by me, albeit posthumously. Hopefully it’s not too hard to find me tucked away there in the picture. The whole idea for this picture originated, ironically, from a picture I … Continue reading "Great Dan’gons"
Artist Resource no. 17: Trent Kaniuga - Trent Kaniuga is a professional artist who works in “the industry” where the industry is all things fantastical. Cuz his art is fantastic! Get it?! Oh, you’re no fun. 😛 In all seriousness, Trent has been contributing and influencing professional concept artists for the past two plus decades. And he more so, he has spent … Continue reading "Artist Resource no. 17: Trent Kaniuga"
Product Over Process & What is Art - I thought I would take a moment to share my thoughts that have been percolating for awhile now. In particular, I wanted to address something I’ve heard or otherwise read online around the lines of “what is art?” or “is that legitimate art?” or even “does this constitute cheating in art?” I thought I would … Continue reading "Product Over Process & What is Art"
Dragon Warden, A More Critical Eye - A few months ago I attended Norwescon where I participated in an artist workshop. This is where you can show your work to other artists to get your work, well, critiqued. And you also get to participate in someone else’s workshop. All in all, a lot of fun. This year, in particular, I found it … Continue reading "Dragon Warden, A More Critical Eye"

WIP @ Instagram

I tend to post fairly frequently my work that is in progress, and tag it with #unigonpics to separate it from other stuff I post.  More often than not, it may be quite some weeks before I am able to get the time to collect my notes and post a more thoughtful post here on a specific piece.  So if you prefer your Unigon fresh, then Instagram is right for you.  Feel free to follow me on Instagram, else enjoy my posts here below.  

Cheers!

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Self Portrait, WIP v3. Cuz, I wanna be a Dragon Warden. Come on! My name is Ward, and I draw a lot of dragons. How does that not make sense? It is in no way self-aggrandizing, except where it is. #unigonpics
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Self Portrait WIP v2. Well, you know how it is, right? You get done rendering a perfectly reasonable self-portrait with a nice, simple background, and you think to yourself: this needs more cowbell, where cowbell is a dragon. Cuz obviously a shit-eating grin screams dragon rider, right? #unigonpics #illustration #conceptart #selfportrait #selfie ...

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Thank you to everyone! Especially to all that have liked and followed me in 2018. While not the most prolific year, I feel as last year was one where I started to create what was in my head. I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring!

Happy New Year!
明けましておめでとうございます。

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Still WIP, but I feel this really is a good example of progress in a 24-hour period. I started with the top while listening in a meeting, then slept on it a night where I picked up with the middle one. And then quickly moved on to coloring. I feel like I solved a lot of structural problems between the first and second stages of development, while significantly refining the narrative. I will have to eventually need to go through an entire extrapolation phase as I belatedly realized I want a 16:9 ratio for this, a feature that @procreate does not support at the moment — resizing of a canvas. #illustration #unigonpics #conceptart ...

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