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...




Saturday, November 25, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 25 A Well Rounded Forest...of sorts


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 to embiggerate

A well-rounded forest of sorts...




Friday, November 24, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 24 A Glimpse into Elsewhere


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 to Embiggerify

Today's piece is a glimpse into some nearby faeryland or some-such place...




Thursday, November 23, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 23 Nine-Eyes


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...



Running out of time for art today...
So here's one of the Six Wizards of Clatterdelve. This guy wears a magical cap studded with Nine Red Eyes. Gotta go. Have a Happy Holiday--whichever one works best for you.




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 22 Greenery


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...



This piece evolved from an attempt at a self-portrait incorporating some trees and woodland features from various trips over the last year...in no time the image I thought I was going to do got overgrown and turned into this instead. It makes me think of a cathedral in some ways, which seems fitting...

Here's a sample of some of the other images in this series...





Tuesday, November 21, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 21 Starthief


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...



Starthief. This one named itself even before I finished the first couple of lines in my sketchbook. This was another very insistent, spontaneous piece that flowed into existence before I finished my coffee. I will most certainly be creating some picture books in the near future...whether I planned on it or not, apparently. I'm enjoying this challenge immensely as it has gotten me outside my comfort zone and trying loads of new things, or things I've held off on doing for far too long. Thank you all for dropping by, commenting, liking on Facebook, and so on; the positive feedback has been wonderful and it is much appreciated!




Monday, November 20, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 20 A Bit of Sunshine


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...



Here is a wiser, older Sun to go with the Moon from before...



Sunday, November 19, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 19...Some Doodling Around.


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...

and...



We spent a large part of today visiting some friends, so I was only able to get a few doodles and a small experiment in Photoshop late tonight. Still made the deadline. Looking forward to tomorrow's project.




Saturday, November 18, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 18...Moonface...


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...

Version A
Version B
So I used some old watercolors to texture this piece that I built-up from a few hand-drawn pieces like some sort of Frankenstein-collage-thingy. What do you think?




Friday, November 17, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 17...A Little Clarity and Clearing.


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...



Woke up this morning and I was certain my cat was trying to get my attention, like he always used to do when he felt like it was a good time to demand a special treat. But my cat Mr. Maya has been gone for a long, long time now. He will very likely be the last cat I ever have as a pet. We sometimes joke about our 'invisible, mythical' cat Mr. Sprinkles, and I like to think that two of them are hanging out, chasing imaginary mice and napping away with wild abandon whenever they aren't up to some mischief.

As I sat down to my first cup of morning coffee I started to sketch a series of little dorjes, thunderbolt symbols inspired by a combination of a war club and bell that denotes a thunderbolt of brilliant, diamond light capable of bursting past all the self-imposed obstacles and what-not one can sometimes allow to clutter things up. It's a wake-up call sort of thing, not the actual enlightenment, but the means to clear away some dead wood, take a good look around, get your bearings and get back to the work.

Thank you my old friend.Your little visit, and the pleasant memories it sparked, was a very special treat.

Now, back to work.




Thursday, November 16, 2017

AEDM2017, Day 16 [Colorized Wizard]


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...



This piece is intended for the cover of a little booklet we're very nearly ready to send out into the wild. The black-and-white version was posted back on Day 4.