Ride it, ma’ pony!

Naked girl with a Sword

This is a pencil drawing which has been digitally modified to bring out the contrast, shape and also add some monochrome color. It’s time I start posting these sketches, getting really lazy lately!

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The creature below is straight out of the Malazan Empire book series by Steven Erikson. I picked these books up by accident and have been reading them over the last year. Even though the reading is very difficult at times, because of the complexity of the story and the author’s style, it’s become one of my favorite book series ever. As far as fantasy goes, the Book of the Fallen, is the most epic story I’ve ever read both in size and complexity. I honestly hope to do more art associated with these books as some of the most memorable characters in fantasy literature come from them.

Note: Currently reading the Crippled God, the 10th and last book of the series.

K'Chain Che'Malle Kell Hunter Pencil Drawing

This is a pencil drawing which took about 4 hours to make. One of the better drawings I’ve made recently imo.

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Demons plague my dreams. Sometimes they are human in appearance, sometimes their shape is like nothing I’ve imagined possible… They always speak to me, with voices that remind me of the crackle of a bonfire and the hiss of boiling water. What they say you ask? Keep dreaming, the ride has just begun. My favorite dreams are nightmares.

Demon's Wing - Pencil Sketch

It always amazes me how much I rely on the pencil still. Even though I’ve almost completely converted to digital the old paper and pencil still plays a big part in most of my creations. I honestly think I get better ideas when I sketch mechanically. This probably happens because I don’t think too hard about what I’m doing when I doodle. With the sheer magnitude of little sketches, I can simply pick the best ones to develop. This one above is a pencil sketch that I upgraded in Photoshop, to give it more volume and a hint of color. I’m tempted to work on it more, I actually want to, but I like this half unfinished look where in parts you can really see how loose I get with the pencils before I go in for the details.

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“To kill a demon, one must get dirty.” – Dorian, King of Stonewall

This is a well known saying and generally true. Usually for a demon to be killed it must be fully pulled into the realm of the living, such an act requires an intimate knowledge of the arcane dimension within which the demon’s true essence resides. The assassins of demons are a necessity, though they are oftentimes more reviled than the creatures they’re called upon to exterminate.

Who is the Monster?

This is a quick sketch I made with the GIMP which I later refined and colored with Photoshop. Not real happy with the lack of volume but I learned some things doing this.

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Happy 8th of March to my special lady and to all women out there!

All Men are PIGS! - Happy 8th of March

Digital drawing made in Photoshop from sratch after getting the idea about it. It took about 2 hours on the clock while I was doing other computer related things. There is a bit of a private story to this and it’s not as man hating as the title might lead some to believe. When I was little I was a very active and routinely returned home as a mud covered mess… this led my parents to lovingly call me a pig. Hence this image is really about me getting my wife some flowers on this day!

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Well I wanted to draw a knight in armor and made this sketch. Really not so good despite the fact I spent quite a bit of time on it but it is a mild success.

Pencil Sketch of a Knight in Armor

The pencil sketch was modified in Photoshop for highlights and the rectangular contrast effect. This is my first drawing scan using my new Cannon LiDE 210 scanner and in a way this drawing represents the online funeral of my old Microtek scanner that I had since 97. This new scanner is much smaller and faster with better optical sensor, but it’s scanning bed is also smaller. That being said for those of you looking for scanners that work in linux I highly recommend this one. Really surprised by Cannon in this regard. The windows software is not so good or intuitive but it certainly gets the job done.

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February is already here and I’ve been slacking big time with my art. Nothing better to kick the year off with but a pencil sketch of a dragon’s head.

Dragon's Head Pencil Sketch

This artwork was actually very small, only about 2 inches across. Minor modifications made in Photoshop to bring up contrast and erase the stuff around it.

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This giant serpentine demon serves as both Death’s eternal companion through the Nether and as her guardian. Yes, there are forces who can actually threaten Death. The relationship is symbiotic, Death feeds The Soul eater, in return it’s always around.

Death's Familiar - The Soul Eater

This digital painting was done entirely in Photoshop, not sure how long I worked on it but I kind of screwed up so it took me at few hours. Here is the WIP.

WIP animated GIF of Death's Familiar

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Barbarella is a sexy woman who gets into some strange adventures while traveling through the galaxy. This comic book character was somewhat controvercial due to the sexual nature of the story though by today’s standards it’s just cheeky (or booby). I made this for this week’s CHOW at conceptart.org.

Barbarella

And below is the WIP. My initial idea was to have robots all around her groping her and etc but ran out of time to work on the robots. I used a photograph of Luba Shumeyko as a reference for this which was especially helpful with the arm positioning and the hands.

Bararella - animated GIF showing work in progress

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She is the slayer of giant evil robots who have terrorized a world where steam technology reigns supreme.

Steampunkette - Steampunk Superhero - CHOW #222

Really she came out looking more sci-fi than steampunk but I’ve always sucked at that ganre so at least I gave it a shot. What you’re looking at was entirely done in Photoshop CS5. So my upgrade to Win 7 and Photoshop CS5 was successful. Since this is the first serious drawing I’m attempting under CS5 I must confess that it runs very smooth and I like it. I’ve not gotten to experiment with just about any of the new features but time will come for that.

WIP - animated GIF - for the Steampunkette

And the obligatory WIP since I did this for CHOW #222 at conceptart.org

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