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).

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.

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.

Plains Walker, Wind Rider - As often happens, when I’m in longer meetings where I’m mostly listening to others, I will use “doodling” as a way of helping me stayed engaged and listen “more better”.  While it’s in argubly strange to some, doodling indeed allows me to listen better, not worse, than if I just straight-up listened.   For what … Continue reading "Plains Walker, Wind Rider"
Sky Dragon - The last in the series of dragon concepts I did for C.R. Sandidge wines, I finally spent some time to do a rendering.  While a little less painterly, I thought the balance of line and painterly approaches melded well together. I did not have a final image in mind, as it were, with the rendering … Continue reading "Sky Dragon"
Artist Resource no 14: Digitally Painting Light and Color: Amateur to Master - If you recall me talking about Austin Batchelor before, then you are right!  I previously featured him here back on Artists Resource no 10.  And now I’m back with a more specific review of one his online courses found at Udemy: Digitally Painting Light and Color: Amateur to Master. I happened to take this class while … Continue reading "Artist Resource no 14: Digitally Painting Light and Color: Amateur to Master"
Artist Resource No 13: Color and Light - If you haven’t already, I encourage you read my post on color theory. If you are not familiar with James Gurney, you are likely familiar with his works as creator of Dinotopia.  James is an exceedingly accomplished artist, with a well established reputation for creating exceedingly realistic renderings even when the material is often fantastical … Continue reading "Artist Resource No 13: Color and Light"
Dragons, Dragons and more Dragons! - Awhile back, seemingly almost two years ago, I happened to be sitting at one of my favorite wineries with my iPad in-hand.  As I oft due, especially in crowded spaces, I was engrossed in sketching while trying to ignore the cacophony that is, to my ears, humans in a crowded space. Out of the periphery … Continue reading "Dragons, Dragons and more Dragons!"

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!