A three horned Carrier Demon.

Three Horned Demon Ink Drawing

Ballpoint pen ink drawing, cleaned up in Photoshop.

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Description: In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time. He is usually a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. The Romans dedicated the month of January to Janus.


I drew him as a woman, but the 2nd face is that of an older bearded man. Rather than future and past I chose to go with a male vs. female, water vs. fire theme. First CHOW I’ve participated in for quite a few years, the iPad is doing the job it was purchased for! About 80% of this was done on the iPad with Procreate, I finished in Photoshop. This was done for the Character of the Week challenge on conceptart.org.

Here is a LINK to the various stages this image went through.

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This is an attempt at a colored portrait of a girl made in Procreate on the iPad and finished with minor adjustments and cropping in Photoshop. No references were used.

Color Portrait of a Girl Test

So far I’m very happy with the iPad and the Procreate application, though I have a lot to learn about the app still. I can generally mimic the same workflow I use in Photoshop. There are some glaring issues that I haven’t figured out though, simple things like cropping and exporting images from Procreate and the iPad is a much bigger challenge than they need to be. Vivid Light blending mode is missing, it’s not something I use much. The reliance upon gestures for certain functions in Procreate is something that will hinder me for a long time to come, I’m old and it’s hard to teach me new tricks. I’m also having a rough time with IOS in general on the iPad. Coming from Windows and Linux (multiple flavors including Android) I am finding it very un-intuitive. This may sound shocking but that’s my verdict. Perhaps IOS was more polished than the competition at the start, but Android in particular stomps it in too many ways to name, especially ease of use, as far as I’m concerned.

That being said, the iPad hardware is extremely powerful and Procreate is downright amazing. My purchase was made mostly with the intention to sketch some and get back to drawing more regularly. Since the kids took away my office I’ve found myself sitting in front of my desktop less and less, and the iPad gives me the ability to sketch on the couch or in the garage while relaxing. Professional work can easily be created in Procreate and the price is shockingly low relative to Photoshop. I waited for years for a proper Android tablet to come around and it just didn’t happen. Relative to a Surface Pro the iPad Pro is actually cheaper. Reluctantly I have to recommend this Apple product, especially for beginners and people on limited budgets.

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Merry Xmas mother fuckers!

Santa Bad Mother Fucker

Made on the iPad with Procreate.

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Another sketch of the Demigod of Fire, from the Eternal Seven story.

Tyr Ironhand

This is actually my first sketch on the iPad using ProCreate.

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The Spear of Destiny

This drawing started as an anatomy study and an experiment with new technique. I really liked her and decided to push it a bit more.

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She is a dark goddess to some, her crown of horns is a sign of the strength of her wicked and twisted power.

The Goddess Cerunne

Ink sketch, modified in Photoshop for fun. I may go and do a full paintover since I like her so much.

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I’ve always been fascinated with beholders, the fantastical floating eyeballs of doom, since I was introduced to them. My concept of them has been different from the classic beholders you can look up online.

Beholder 2016

Digital painting over a tiny sketch I made in the margin of my notebook recently, I included the original sketch in the main painting for reference. I attempted to use every color known to mankind in this painting. The greatest irony of this sketch is that I’m publishing it right after my “One Eye” piece, that’s pure coincidence unless I somehow decided upon the theme subconsciously.

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My take on One Eye from the Black Company.

One Eye from the Black Company

Ink sketch modified in Photoshop for contrast, considering doing a more extensive paint-over in the near future but I need to finish some other drawings first.

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A dragon ink sketch I made over the last couple of days while taking notes at meetings.

Dragon Ink Sketch

Modified in Photoshop to remove notes and for contrast.

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