Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017!

Hello everyone and happy easter to you!
Same as last year, I made an illustration for a postcard print to be send to family, friends and customers. I reused the characters I created for last years painting, further telling their story

"Sir Haresley, once again charged with protection of his orders sacred Idol, the Silver Egg of the great Easter.
After it was stolen just the year before, the elders of the order decided to move it to a safer location after this years grand ceremony.
His route to a protected fortress leads him through a dense forest where danger might lurk behind every tree..."

Sadly the prints for my friends and family will arrive late due to delivery issues. I hope they won't mind receiving them a week past Easter :p 

You can see the painting process here on my Youtube channel

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Daily Drawings week 16 and 17... Catch up post!

I've been rather lazy with my blog lately for no good reason other than.. being lazy?
But the daily drawings continued none the less. So this one will be a catch up post to bring you up to speed. So buckle up, there are a lot drawings to go through!

I present: The Pillow fighters! A set of characters that sprung from a silly dream I had about a huge pillow battle. A huge battlefield with trenches, barricades bunkers and all that stuff but the forces fighting where kids with pillows as weapons and armor. So I spent approximately one week just with characters inspired by that dream

93: There's not much to say about the characters themselves. No big backstory or description. Most of them are directly inspired by characters from said dream

94: And yes. In the dream some had shoulder pads and body armor made of pillows or cardboard, both loosely tethered to the body by strings or rope. Some had cardboard helmets and shields as well.

95: Some fought wild like berserkers, jumping all over the place, twirling around dual wielding or using one giant pillow like a club.

96:They where various ages and sizes. some used living plushies as mounts , like a form of cavalry, some used them like hunters would in some mmorpg's.

97: Some where more timid than others, hiding behind cover only to strike in the most opportune moment

98: Others formed a solid front line,. heavily armored using shields to deflect blows. Think like a medieval battlefield.

99: And there where also ranged warriors, standing on a mountain of small pillows, hurling them towards the enemy line or trying to dismount the riders.

That dream was really fun stuff! I think it was inspired by me playing Rome, Total war again. I've developed them a bit further in my spare time and might do more with the idea ;)

100: One hundred.... it's crazy to think about that number and the mountain of images I produced in such a short time! I'm Happy that I started the dailies and have to thank a good friend very dearly for that! Back in December, all this started when she challenged me to do one character drawing every day till new year. After that I just kept on going and the rest is history. I'm looking forward to the next 100! :)

101: Trying out a different digital pencil technique. Like using the broad side of the pencil do hatch, or using graphite powder. It's a descent result but I need to improve on both the brush and application before it is a working technique.

102: Still live my travelers and their mounts! Inspired by an article about feathered dinosaurs I've red a while back. Those beasts get less intimidating each year oô.

103: A friendly lady and her little prince.

104: Two dashing salesman ready to open their shop...

105: ... The " Item Shop on Wheels "! Are you out on an adventure? perhaps out of potions or provisions!? Has one of your party members run out and needs replenishment? Fear not! For now you can restock much needed items on the road! Full backpack? need to get rid of that pesky gray loot other junk that just keeps dropping? Not only do we sell the goods an daring, dashing adventurer like you needs, we also take the load of unwanted items you had to take " just in case.. " off your back so you have enough room when that purple and orange will drop!

106: Ah, siblings. When the older has to look after the younger, and both would rather do something else.

And that's it, we're up to date. 
Over 100 dailies now... really crazy but I'm glad I'm doing them. On the many more!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Daily Drawings week 15 and a short talk about taking breaks

Again a delay, I really sorry about that! But this time, there's a rather good reason for it. I took A break from both the dailies and the internet as a whole for about a week to focus on portfolio stuff and to get a clear head. Because of that I also forgot to post last weeks summery. More on that later, lets get to the drawings first.

88: Father and son on the road. Playing with shapes, especially in the design of the father. As I get more loose and relaxed in drawing again, I start to experiment more in the scribble phase. Sadly it did not translate that well into the final drawing, but I'm getting there.

89: Throne-Shroom guard on duty! Keeping a watchful eye over the mossy forest floor. The little guy behind him is a rookie in training. He still has to get the stern look right but at least he's eager to be on the job.

90: Little fairy girl with her doggo friend. And boy do I need to practice drawing animals... and I should use reference when I do that D':
I got good critique and advice for future dog drawings from a friend, so I hope the next one will be better. Still, need to do some studies.

91: There's always time for a good cup of tea. Especially if served by a kind young lady. 

92: It was time for a new avatar! My beard is not that fluffy in RL.. but I'm working on it ;)

That's it. Last weeks summery. Again, I'm sorry for the delay. As mentioned in the beginning, I needed to take a break from both the dailies and the internet as a whole. With the dailies, I started to burn out a bit and needed my limited free time for both studies, some freelance and portfolio work.
There's still a lot in full turmoil in my life and I suppose this will not change in the near future.

It's ok to take breaks. no matter what you do and how much you love it, if you don't take time to recover both your physical and mental strength, you'll eventually run out of steam. A break now and then helps a lot to prevent that.

But now I'm back and kicking again, so the regular summery for this week will arrive on Sunday as ( usually ) usual.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Drawings week 14

Late post for week 14! I actually forgot to to click on publish...
Well, on we go then!
This week was a bit rougher on the time side which results in more line drawings and less rendering. Which is not a bad thing per se. Getting the lines right is a very important skill. If you manage to get your characters right and alive with just the lines your finished piece will look more alive as well. At least if you don't render it to death :p

82: Ah, the honor of guard duty for the daughters of the chieftain... well, at least he'll smell good and look fancy afterwards!

82: Again, a man on guard duty, sort of. In general it is not a good idea to sleep in duty, especially when the sergeant might be around.

83: An elder ghost telling his newly... ahm "born" brethren some good night spooks. After all, the best way to teach is to encapsulate the information inside of a story!

84: Adventurous young lady out in the countryside. Storytelling and more pencil rendering practice!

85: " May I interest you for a potion of spare time?" Potion seller in his apothecary. I got the idea from a little twitter conversation with a follower in which I complained that I don't have enough free time for all my projects. She mentioned she had enough to spare but did not now how to trade it. and so this nice old fellow was born! Bottled spare time.. oh how much I would like that!

86. This fine old lady was a passionate traveler in her youth. Sadly her age caught up with her and her old legs can't carry her that far anymore. Luckily her grandson owns a Spider Silk farm! Recently he bred a big and very fluffy kind of spider. At first he thought it was a failure and dead end since the spiders did not produce much silk and their puffy fur was not of much use either. But their shape and fluffiness makes them vary comfortable to sit on for a prolonged period and they are strong enough to carry people and luggage. Now his old grandma can travel again and he has a new business opportunity on his hands!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Daily drawings week 13

One more week gone! I mostly continued with the cross hatching style from last week. This shading technique really sticks to me and I'll continue practicing it for a while longer.

76: Comfort zoning to get the week going. Since I was sick at home I had the time to spent on shading. Although I can't recommend doing that with a fever. Took way longer than it should have!

77: Old wizard and his assistant and apprentice. She knew what she was getting into when she took that position. Still it was hard to imagine what people meant by saying: You'll be a muscle wizard after that!

78: capturing my mood after 3 days of being stuck at home with fever. yearning for the sweet release of being outside, relaxing in the sun. Well, its good to be able to express such feelings through art. I'm really looking forward to spring / summer. Being outside drawing and sketching in the sun.

79: More hoping for summer, traveling and hiking! I'ts been really long since I have been on a real vacation... years even, for really stupid reasons. I'ts about time!

80: more comfort zoning and hatching practice. not much more to say here, moving on

81:  A rare fan art thing! Got inspired by the artwork for the new The legend of Zelda, Breath of the wild. It will be a while until I can play it myself, as there is a lot to do before I can allow myself to buy a Switch. As for the topic of the fan art: I always loved the Gorons and I think they've developed great since Ocarina of time.

So yeah, another week done! I did not write much about each drawing as I'm still a bit dizzy from the flu. I'll try to get more storytelling done with this weeks dailies :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Daily Drawings Week 12

A day late because the Sunday one took two day's and I finished it moments ago.. well.. More about that at the drawing down at the bottom.
Lets dive right into it!

69: A bard using a high level skill, the ballad of discomfort,  to bring down a vicious ogre!.. well, at least that is what his friends tell him to make him feel better about his.. performance. Still it does the job! ( as long as he doesn't try to buff his friends )

70: Two hunters on the prowl, sneaking through the forest. Will these brave, smart men prevail.. or will the huner become the prey?

71: A more peaceful concept. A boy and his dragon friend helping each other out to a delicious apple meal. Of course the dragon could just fly up and get all of them, but he was never the sharpest tool in the shed. Still he does his best and that is what counts!

72: A dashing young man in his militia uniform.. if you can call it that. Even a small hamlet like the one he is from needs an official representative of the law to keep the peace, settle disputes and keep the bandits out. Naturally he needed an emblem to go along with his duty, which his little sister provided him as a birthday present. what A kind little artist!

73: Cheers to my giant friend! I've been playing a bit of Skyrim the past week and always liked the giants with their mammoth heard. Ah, the way they fling you in the air... Sad that you don't interact much with them quest wise. I think there was much potential lost. Oh and forgive me the little self insert ;)

74: I talked to someone about drawing the other day. During that conversation we got on the topic of drawing animals where I mentioned that opposite to her, I don't feel secure drawing them because of a lack of practice. So I did the sensible thing, grabbed some reference and got going. To make it easier on my nerves I mixed in my comfort zone and made it a mount for a traveler :p

75: the one mentioned in the intro part of the post... After having a good run with the goat yesterday I wanted to continue with drawing an animal. As it was Sunday and I h ad more time on my hands I decided to pack more details in and make the drawing bigger than the usual dailies, which... got a little bit out of hand. I also underestimated the amount of time the crosshatching would take and thus took more than one day for this daily.

I should keep the drawings a bit simpler for the dailies or don't render them fully like the last one this week. After all, I can always develop them further afterwards!

All in all... I'm very happy with the drawings of this week. My ideas get more complex with each week it seems and I manage to tell or open little stories with them. If this keeps up I'll be a very happy man towards the end of the year :D

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Daily Drawings week 11

Work has gripped me again lately, so I missed one or two dailies this time as well... I also had move the weeks summery to today.. well. I think I'll continue posting the summery on Sunday for the next weeks. Makes a bit more sense anyways.
On to the drawings!

62: I've gone through my my older paintings lately since I want to print a few of them. I rediscovered my farmboy diorama and remembered how much I like the concept of such diorama drawings in general so I did one for that day. It found his way into my "gonna go back to that one later" folder. There's not much of storytelling right now, definetly something that has to improve before I make a painting out of this drawing.

63: A quick cool down comfort zone drawing to end the day. Not much to say here :)

64: The valentines day one. A self portrait based on how I felt that day, since I'm alone atm I prefer to chill somewhere and draw. I personally don't like the concept of valentines day as I think you can always think of and enjoy time with your significant other, still, I appreciate the positive atmosphere and happiness of the people on dates that day. Me not liking something is no reason to make it bad for others too ;)

65: Portrait practice, not much else to say, moving on!

66: Lady curls cleaning company ready for action! Drawn after a small tidy up action evolved into a spring cleaning spree. If I had the help of such a professional team it would not have taken me 4 hours to do.

67: Aah, happy day. Once a month there is a medieval themed dance night in a local metal / gothic / alternative club which I love! I usually dance too much for my own good and have sore muscles for two days after it.. but it is so worth it! I had a really good night, meeting old friends, making new ones, hence this drawing the day after. Based on me and what I'm usually wearing when I'm there ;)

68: A bad guy? where?! Well, this attack did not go as the brigand intended. The stun this little lad used is seriously OP and needs a nerf.
The drawing is based on a sketch I did during the Munich Drink and Draw yesterday.

There was much socializing this weekend... and it felt good. very, very good! I don't get to do much with people due to my current job and commuting and tent to grow lonely after a while.. But there's this one week where everything falls together, from medieval dance night to Drink and Draw and it recharges both my human and creative batteries.
If you often sit at home and start to feel bad but don't really know why, it might be exactly that. As humans we are generally social creatures and get sick being alone for too long. Go out there, draw outside or in a cafe, listen and watch other people, talk to them or let them talk to you. Some are strange, some are bad, true, but most are kind, open and seriously interested in what you do. I'm sure your health and mood will improve. It might be draining at first, but it is worth a try :)
Sure, this does not fit to everybody, some are really introverted and don't need this. I thought myself to be an introvert for a very long time, but due to "recent" events I discovered that to be not really the case and I've learned, that we don't know much about ourselves if we don't push our boundaries.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Daily Drawings week 10

Ten weeks in now... crazy. I thought it was hard when I started the dailies back in December.. but now it has grown into a very important habit and I feel bad when I miss a day. Before I started the dailies, I was in a really bad shape in regards to my drawing habit and I lost a great deal of passion for it. It feels as if something that has been asleep since I started working professionally has finally been woken up... good times, good times!

So on to the drawings!

56: Irmin, friend and party member of Baldwyn, the enchanter of last week. Since I got to draw him I thought to myself: why not draw the other cast members on the video day as well? And so I did. Let's see if I have an idea for the third member of the team for the next video recording.

57: A group of travelers on the way to a rather famous and sometimes elusive inn: the Smirking Hog.
This week I got into one of my favorite topics again: traveling and wanderlust. I like drawing characters on a journey to somewhere, or as it is the case with the good old wanderlust, a journey for the journey's sake.

58: random midweek character. As it is often with the working day's, I don't have much freetime on my hands so I resort to smaller things for those days 

59: Mother and child traveling together. Inspired by a mother and her child I met on the commute. The young boy seemed very active for his age and was fascinated by me drawing. he couldn't keep his eyes away and, pointed at me, my tablet and pens always asking: this? in his broken baby talk.

60: random fencer woman. Trying to get more dynamic with poses, followed by a rush of self doubt, anger and an hour of figure drawing :'D I'm mixed about her. The pose itself seems all right, it feels dynamic. But the proportions are a bit out of wack. Still so much to learn!

61: We all know that. Sitting at the boat stop waiting for the next raid party to pick us up. In moments like this it is great to have a portable hobby like drawing, or in his case wood carving. I hope he doesn't have to wait too long.