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Here you will find, you guessed it!, sketches that I have done over the years.
In the past few years I’ve transitioned to mostly digital starting out on iPad Pro with Procreate.app. However, I’ve recently bought a used (new for me) Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch and Corel Painter 2019 (macOS) to my toolset.
Given I find other people’s sharing of their process hugely educational, whenever I post I do my best to show my work in all its stages. And there is often a time lapse of said progress added, too. Again, I find all of this shared elsewhere hugely educational.
Hopefully you find this posts as informative as I find others who do the same. And do not hesitate to reach out to me via comments or directly if you anything is unclear, or if you wish for me to fill something out with more details.
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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 I recall since starting my annual pilgrimage to Norwescon about 4 years ago. But according to at least one very accomplished artist, a certain Mark Ferrari with whom I’ve developed a full-on artist crush for since he’s just awesome, it may be the strongest he has seen in the past decade or more. Which makes it an even greater treat and privilege to hang my work aside so many other very, very talented artists.
If you are at Norwescon this year – and let’s be honest, who is not – then do stop by my humble booth at panel number 10. I forgot some things given I did not expect to make it off the waitlist this year, but hopefully that will detract from the display.
That all said, as I reflect on the past twelve months since Norwescon 41, I do wish I had accomplished a bit more in the past year in terms of output. I mean Mark Ferrari did 56 pieces in the same of 12-18 months … he’s a beast! I had a pretty strong middle of the year, but sadly toward the end of the year my right should got pretty bonked up which caused me quite a bit of pain, throwing me a bit off my game. Yes, excuses! But one of the great things about shows like this is the amount of inspiration and new, higher bars you find for yourself by seeing art and talking to the artists themselves.
I’ve wanted to go back to some of my older pieces and re-do, largely born out of both a dissatisfaction with my treatment of the subject and a desire to see if my skills are sufficiently “leveled up.” Ironically, I keep psyching myself out worried that maybe I have not grown enough to warrant the effort. Well, I stumbled on a post from May 2016 and realized I had inadvertently already done just this.
This piece is meant to be a part of a series of two portraits. One of myself as Dragon Warden, and the second as a portrait of my most beautiful and excellent partner. Both of these pictures were taken from a single reference photo of the two of use at NorwesCon 38 where George R. R. Martin attended as the guest speaker.
I’ve wanted to do a self-portrait for quite some time now, especially one that I could use as my avatar where I post as an artist. I’ve held off for a variety of reasons. One, it feels a wee bit vain. Second, it felt a tad bit boring as a theme. Three, I was pretty sure adding some face tattoos and elven ears would get lumped on the #beentheredonethat pile all to quickly. So when I started out to create a self-portrait, I really did not think it would go much further than a quick sketch.
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.