Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Left-Over Doodle...

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This mask-face-thing was left-over from AEDM2017, so I spent some time playing around with some layers and color effects to try out a couple of things.

A Challenge for 2018


Over the course of November 2017 I participated the Art Every Day Month Challenge. You can look over my various and sundry bits and pieces by doing a search for any posts containing the AEDM2017 tag, or by simply clicking [HERE]. I am especially happy with The Sun, Moon and Stars pieces, as well as the Crumply Trees and the RedChild. I really enjoyed creating those pieces fresh, right there and then for the daily challenge. It was a lot like when I was still writing Bujilli's serialized adventures live every Thursday. I miss doing that. With luck I hope to start a new chapter for Bujilli sometime soon. I can't guarantee it will be a weekly serial written live-without-a-net every Thursday, but he and Leeja will be returning, one way or another, when the time is right.

It was also very helpful to complete a few other outstanding loose-ends like the Nine-Eyed Wizard from Clatterdelve, the Yzel, Dekapus and Molluscmonger, as well as the Masked Wizard slated for the cover of a special Hereticwerks project that has been lost in the heaps and mounds and stacks of notes, sketches and other debris that used to bury my work-space. Yes. I said "used to." The last month, in-between family-stuff, holiday-stuff, and all that end-of-year-stuff, my wife and I began the process of getting my various projects, files, folders and so forth actually-factually organized once and for all. We've even made serious headway in getting my files and folders in the computer organized. Heck, we even cleared out and re-sorted our attic storage space.

I know that doesn't sound terribly exciting to anyone else, but seriously, getting the chance to clear away old, dead crap and consolidate needless duplicates, and getting things in order so that I can be somewhat productive again has been a truly wonderful experience after the last few years descent into chronic pain and all that goes with it.

I get to rebuild my life now.

One way I intend to do this is to participate in Leah's Creative Every Day Challenge for 2018. I'll do a new drawing,write a new bit of fiction, stat-up a new monster, or do some other sort of creative thing every day while putting the majority of my effort and energy into wrapping-up one after another of the dozens of projects that have languished or stalled-out in the jumbly-tumbly untidy hedgerow-maze of a mess that my desk used to be...but I'm not going to be posting about this every day. Maybe I'll do a weekly update post. I will also do something for the theme each month. Definitely.

As you might have noticed, I re-organized the side-bar for this blog again. There's a graphic for the Creative Every Day Challenge 2018, some links, and a blog-roll for those bloggers participating in the 2018 Challenge, with the Art Every Day Month links and blogroll for 2017 below that.

So now I need to go and get to work on something for the January Theme: "Be The Light."

Have a Great 2018 and Thanks for stopping by the blog!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

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Did this in-between some other stuff I'm working on. Well, time to get back to drawing...

AEDM2017, Day 30...Last Star on the Left


Art Everyday Month is an artistic challenge established by Leah Koildas at her blog Creative Every Day. She explains it pretty well on a page dedicated to the Challenge. Essentially, those participating set themselves the goal of producing some one creative work each day for the entire month of November. In some respects it is like Inktober, which I opted out of due to a lot of scheduling conflicts...but maybe next year I can do both challenges. So, for this year, for Creative every Day Month, I will be posting fresh new drawings and other artwork here at my personal blog. some of these will get statted-up as critters for our Hereticwerks blog--you didn't really think otherwise did you?--but some will be just for the sake of trying some technique out, or to do something I haven't done in a while.

Today I did this...

Oh go ahead and click on it. You know you want to...

I wanted to do something with light, so a star sounded like a good idea and since there already a surfeit of five and six pointers out there, I thought why not do an eight-pointed star? Thank you all for stopping by and for making this year's challenge oh so much fun! Have a happy and safe holiday season!




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Alternate Versions for Well Rounded Forest (AEDM2017)

By all means please do click on this one!
So here are a couple of alternate versions of the Well Rounded Forest from Day 25.

Clicking is encouraged...

AEDM2017, Day 29 Back to the Woods


Art Everyday Month is an artistic challenge established by Leah Koildas at her blog Creative Every Day. She explains it pretty well on a page dedicated to the Challenge. Essentially, those participating set themselves the goal of producing some one creative work each day for the entire month of November. In some respects it is like Inktober, which I opted out of due to a lot of scheduling conflicts...but maybe next year I can do both challenges. So, for this year, for Creative every Day Month, I will be posting fresh new drawings and other artwork here at my personal blog. some of these will get statted-up as critters for our Hereticwerks blog--you didn't really think otherwise did you?--but some will be just for the sake of trying some technique out, or to do something I haven't done in a while.

Today I did this...

Click if you want to make it jump out at you...but you need to say BOO! for yourself.

This was something of an abstract experiment in light and color that almost worked...but I'm still not entirely pleased with it, so I set some music to playing on Pandora and when I came back with my coffee a Robbie Robertson song was playing...Go Back to Your Woods. Okay. Sure.

So then I started playing around with more photos from our recent trips up to the North Shore...

You can click this one as well, no need to say BOO! though. Unless you want to, of course.
This image came together almost immediately, so yeah, I saved it. I think it is a nice replacement for the earlier 'Greengate' that didn't quite work so well earlier this month. But I could feel that I wasn't done yet. Nope.

Go ahead, click on this one--this creature isn't shy at all...
I was pleased with how the greenish tint took on an almost smoky look in this piece, but for a little contrast, here's a version with more vibrant coloring...

Go ahead and click on it--this one needs to be seen at a larger size to really see anything...
So now I'll be listening to more Robbie Robertson and getting back to work on various projects...at least until I get another nudge and I head back into the woods again...




Tuesday, November 28, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 28 Masks in Wermspittle


Art Everyday Month is an artistic challenge established by Leah Koildas at her blog Creative Every Day. She explains it pretty well on a page dedicated to the Challenge. Essentially, those participating set themselves the goal of producing some one creative work each day for the entire month of November. In some respects it is like Inktober, which I opted out of due to a lot of scheduling conflicts...but maybe next year I can do both challenges. So, for this year, for Creative every Day Month, I will be posting fresh new drawings and other artwork here at my personal blog. some of these will get statted-up as critters for our Hereticwerks blog--you didn't really think otherwise did you?--but some will be just for the sake of trying some technique out, or to do something I haven't done in a while.

Today I did this...



In Wermspittle, those drawn to the art and practice of the various and sundry spell-casting arts often-times make use of masks of various sorts and styles, much in the same fashion that warriors, soldiers and mercenaries will utilize armor and other mechanisms in their defense...




Sunday, November 26, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 26 A Gentle Nature Spirit


Art Everyday Month is an artistic challenge established by Leah Koildas at her blog Creative Every Day. She explains it pretty well on a page dedicated to the Challenge. Essentially, those participating set themselves the goal of producing some one creative work each day for the entire month of November. In some respects it is like Inktober, which I opted out of due to a lot of scheduling conflicts...but maybe next year I can do both challenges. So, for this year, for Creative every Day Month, I will be posting fresh new drawings and other artwork here at my personal blog. some of these will get statted-up as critters for our Hereticwerks blog--you didn't really think otherwise did you?--but some will be just for the sake of trying some technique out, or to do something I haven't done in a while.

Today I did this...


Yesterday I ran a game for some friends and family out along the edges of Wermspittle. The group encountered some landvaettir...spirits of the land who watched over an old, abandoned farmstead. This morning I painted one of these kindly ones using trees for brushes and letting them build-up layer after layer until I could finally see their face...