SPEEDPAINT #13 - “Land of the Sky Eels”. [Prompt here] ionlydogpaddle and I had to catch up on this one! I am really satisfied with the palette and would be interested in using this as a mock-up for a future large illustration.

SPEEDPAINT #13 - “Land of the Sky Eels”. [Prompt here] ionlydogpaddle and I had to catch up on this one! I am really satisfied with the palette and would be interested in using this as a mock-up for a future large illustration.

noobtheloser said: Hey I don't know if you do this but you're a really impressive artist.

D’awwwww, thank you, Andy.

^ my face!

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wrenwind:

justjingles:

A bonus GIF of the process for tonight’s bedtime painting.
I prefer to work on very minimal layers, so I find documenting the process in a GIF distracting. It removes me from the process. The entire point of doing the bedtime paintings is to just get my feelings out, to let that bit of my brain that lights up when I make pictures work, instead of my logical daily brain.
I wonder if there is a better way to do this.
Anyways, all I knew for this was the concept was ‘starry afro’. I wanted there to be a pretty, sad lady with glitter and lace. I also wanted her to be blue. Because with my grandmother’s death, I just feel like I am experiencing my world through a blueish fog. Faces, especially either young female, or old male (leaving the much neglected group of ‘young male’ out in the cold!) come the most naturally to me. I dug out my texture library and chopped up various pieces that suited me and created a digital collage to slush in, shred up, and paint over where it felt right to me. I wanted certain places to be very flat compared to others, like her  hand. I wanted it to be almost like a paper cut-out. At first, I wanted her face to be so low-contrast that it would be ghostly. The viewer would struggle to see her facial features and would have to fight with their desire to stare at the big dark mass of the hair. 
But then, at the very end, I changed my mind and brought out her face more after all. The transition of the hairline from the dull skin was not to my satisfaction and I was too tired to engage my higher mind in artistic problem-solving.
(I bet that if I re-read my writing tomorrow on this post, I will laugh because most of it will seem disjointed. Sorry!)

Hi! I love the way this looks. Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you could tell me how you got her afro to look like that? I can never get natural hair to look quite right when I’m drawing it. Thank you for reading this!

Hi there, no problem! I actually answered this question on my FAQ. I made a tutorial on this topic to answer that question, here is the link. Cheers!

wrenwind:

justjingles:

A bonus GIF of the process for tonight’s bedtime painting.

I prefer to work on very minimal layers, so I find documenting the process in a GIF distracting. It removes me from the process. The entire point of doing the bedtime paintings is to just get my feelings out, to let that bit of my brain that lights up when I make pictures work, instead of my logical daily brain.

I wonder if there is a better way to do this.

Anyways, all I knew for this was the concept was ‘starry afro’. I wanted there to be a pretty, sad lady with glitter and lace. I also wanted her to be blue. Because with my grandmother’s death, I just feel like I am experiencing my world through a blueish fog. Faces, especially either young female, or old male (leaving the much neglected group of ‘young male’ out in the cold!) come the most naturally to me. I dug out my texture library and chopped up various pieces that suited me and created a digital collage to slush in, shred up, and paint over where it felt right to me. I wanted certain places to be very flat compared to others, like her  hand. I wanted it to be almost like a paper cut-out. At first, I wanted her face to be so low-contrast that it would be ghostly. The viewer would struggle to see her facial features and would have to fight with their desire to stare at the big dark mass of the hair. 

But then, at the very end, I changed my mind and brought out her face more after all. The transition of the hairline from the dull skin was not to my satisfaction and I was too tired to engage my higher mind in artistic problem-solving.

(I bet that if I re-read my writing tomorrow on this post, I will laugh because most of it will seem disjointed. Sorry!)

Hi! I love the way this looks. Sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you could tell me how you got her afro to look like that? I can never get natural hair to look quite right when I’m drawing it. Thank you for reading this!

Hi there, no problem! I actually answered this question on my FAQ. I made a tutorial on this topic to answer that question, here is the link. Cheers!

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Baby: d- d-
Dad: Daddy?
Baby: Digimon digital monsters digimon are the champions

I just made a universal artist mistake

I just accidentally dipped my calligraphy brush into my fresh cuppa coffee. I just sat there for a while and stared sadly at the blooming spot of hot pink spreading out slowly from the point of impact in my beverage.

Times like these, I wish I could rewind the clock. 

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lordeddardstark:

what do we say to the god of death?

me: sean bean is that way

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I doodled up a little gift of my friend madam-marla's D&D character, an exceptionally adept fire sorceress named Sade. Alex helped me out with my totally rad new tumblr layout, which you all should go check out pronto. (It has frolicking onion dryads. And radish dryads.) Thanks so much, Alex! May you forever roll 20s. <3

I doodled up a little gift of my friend madam-marla's D&D character, an exceptionally adept fire sorceress named Sade. Alex helped me out with my totally rad new tumblr layout, which you all should go check out pronto. (It has frolicking onion dryads. And radish dryads.) Thanks so much, Alex! May you forever roll 20s. <3

justjingles:

justjingles:

Time for a rather low-key print giveaway. I haven’t done one of these in a while! It’s a single 11x14” luster print of Blue Caravan. I’ll sign it, and ship it to you for free. Yay!

Followers can reblog this post to enter their usernames. On July 20I’ll plug the usernames into The Hat (a random selection generator) and it will choose the winner fairly. Likes are lovely, but don’t count as an entry (because that way lies chaos). Please have your ask box open so I can get in touch. I’ll need an address to snail mail you the print. It’ll be mailed in an envelope with cardboard backing so it doesn’t get squished on its travels. Squish bad.

Yay, good luck!

Only three more days! <3 

Wow, got a good response on this giveaway. There are a lot of fantasy art lovers on tumblr, and I’m so happy so many of you support my work. I plugged in all of the usernames yesterday and the generator fairly and randomly selected a winner: I sent them an Ask and am awaiting a response now. If for some reason I don’t get one by the end of the week, I’ll just re-plug the usernames and let the Hat choose a different winner.

For those on whom Lady Luck did not smile this time, no worries: I will be doing another one of these again in the near future and you’ll have your fair chance again. Thanks again!

(Also, to answer a question I keep getting: yes, that is me in the photo, haha.)

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Mordecai straightened his waistcoat, sucking in a breath of stale attic air through his nostrils. The gash on his forehead - where he had been smashed summarily into the mirror - was throbbing, and threatened to drip into his eye.

It looked worse than it was.

His fingers felt prickly with magic and still steamed, and adrenaline coursed through his system at having had to fight for his life against the unexpected interloper. Honestly, couldn’t the man see that Mordecai had been there first - and thus had chronological claim to peruse the contents of one E. A. Bigglesworth’s attic? It had rapidly become apparent that the man did not share Mordecai’s predilection for fabled arcane artifacts, but bore some grudge against Mordecai, specifically.

Fisticuffs ensued. (‘Fisticuffs’ was a polite term for it.) Mordecai dispatched his would-be assassin with rather less elegance than he would admit if you presumed to ask, but a spit of blood on his waistcoat was simply the price of the business in which he partook.

Mordecai examined his own reflection for a moment (tossed his hair back into place) and wondered who on earth the man was. A bit of blood trickled down his cheek, tickling, and inspiration struck. Why not simply find out? He could ask the Things that were trapped behind the mirror. They were desperate for attention, deprived of all sensory input. Mordecai dipped his finger into the fresh blood of his foe’s temple and began to draw.

~

Commissioned piece! I really enjoyed it. I rarely get to paint men with conventionally attractive features, and even more rarely do I get to paint BLOOD! I learned a lot from this piece. Namely, don’t get attached to any elaborate windows you paint, because you might need to blur them out later anyway.

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A design mock-up for the Tiger King, in a short sequential piece I&#8217;m working on. I start with just a silhouette because I knew I wanted him to have absurd proportions. Done while hanging out at COMICS CHURCH(!) with ionlydogpaddle, shatterlandsart, and rawngandy (who makes amazing smoothies, I feel the need to add!). &lt;3

A design mock-up for the Tiger King, in a short sequential piece I’m working on. I start with just a silhouette because I knew I wanted him to have absurd proportions. Done while hanging out at COMICS CHURCH(!) with ionlydogpaddleshatterlandsart, and rawngandy (who makes amazing smoothies, I feel the need to add!). <3

I really love dryads, okay? <3 I’m pretty obsessed with faeries and the fey world. Here’s a good playlist for when you’re drawing the fey, which in my opinion should be often. These guys are all designs for my story, Sprout. The smaller dryads are not particularly intelligent. Er, come to think of it, the larger ones aren’t very clever either - with the exception of Potato Dryad. She’s pretty sharp!

lostreach:

SPEEDPAINT PROMPT #12

Duel”. 40 minutes.

SPEEDPAINT PROMPT #13

Land of the sky eels”. 45 minutes.

And with that, I’m all caught up!

All aboard the eel train!

Wow, look at you go! Can I just say how impressed I am that you disciplined yourself to catch up so quickly? I love the colors you’re exploring here, Reach! I also like the concept of a sky eel taxi/ferry service. I would like those to be made available in our hometown posthaste.

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justjingles:

Time for a rather low-key print giveaway. I haven’t done one of these in a while! It’s a single 11x14” luster print of Blue Caravan. I’ll sign it, and ship it to you for free. Yay!

Followers can reblog this post to enter their usernames. On July 20I’ll plug the usernames into The Hat (a random selection generator) and it will choose the winner fairly. Likes are lovely, but don’t count as an entry (because that way lies chaos). Please have your ask box open so I can get in touch. I’ll need an address to snail mail you the print. It’ll be mailed in an envelope with cardboard backing so it doesn’t get squished on its travels. Squish bad.

Yay, good luck!

Only three more days! <3 

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cookieasylum:

justjingles:

Here is a map of the Otakon 2014 Artist’s Alley. As you can see, Sam (cookieasylum) and I are located in the land of  Arnor, a kingdom of the Dunédain in the land of Eriador.

If you are true of heart and swift of horse, you may yet find us. We might draw pictures for you. (Accepted forms of currency include normal money, rings of power, and your axe.) Al this is supposed to be anime con, stop making LOTR references.

I’ll be selling art prints and socializing wildly. There is no other way to socialize. I encourage those of you who are going to the con to swing by and say hi (no pressure to buy anything), Cookie and I are quite friendly!

FYI: Game of Thrones and BBC Sherlock cosplayers get a discount on art prints from me. Nope, not kidding. I fully intend to play Pokémon Snap with every GoT/Sherlock cosplayer that walks near my booth this year.

Come and stop by! This year’s con is going to be awesome. Hope to see ya there!

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Went to my medieval recreation group the other day and ended up doodling one of the helms that interested me while I was there! This is marker and a ball point pen I found.

Went to my medieval recreation group the other day and ended up doodling one of the helms that interested me while I was there! This is marker and a ball point pen I found.