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

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"

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.

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"
Norwescon Artist Workshop - One of the great things at Norwescon is in recent years is the addition of an artist workshop, or otherwise a critique of your work by both other artists and folks in the art field such as art directors, collectors, et cetera. I participated last year for the first time, not entirely knowing what to … Continue reading "Norwescon Artist Workshop"
Norwescon 42 Artshow - I made it (again) to the Norwescon artshow; but barely, by the skin of my teeth. I have no idea why my teeth have skin on them; note to self: look that up. It’s maybe not too surprising that I’m pretty euphoric at the moment. It’s a pretty strong show this year, certainly the strongest … Continue reading "Norwescon 42 Artshow"

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!

I appreciate I’m late to the game with @faceappofficial_ but I thought it interesting how it was able to take artwork and age it in a manner that stayed true to the original rendering from a stylistic perspective. #unigonpics #digitalart #selfportrait #portrait #faceapp ...

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“Dragon Warden” I’m not sure I can do much more. I’ve tried to correct a number of issues including composition, values, and color to help make the foreground stand out from the background. I am pretty happy with the background and the dragon, but now I’m struggling with the foreground. Time to put this down (again) for a few days to let thins simmer down a bit. #unigonpics #digitalart #dragons #fantasyart #selfportrait ...

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How do you know when you’ve become a bonafide artist? When you are given a GD badge. From an ART show. That’s how. @norwescon #unigonpics ...

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Mission accomplished: I‘m in the @norwescon art show! Super stoked to make it a second year in a row ... by the skin of my teeth. Stop by panel 10 if you are at the show. I gotta figure out this registration thing out, though. #unigonpics #illustration #fantasyart #dragons #digitalart #artshow #nwc42 ...

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