Fantasy Art

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Magical Unicorns

Somebody said her legs looked wrong.  Maybe she's a mermaid under that dress, ya ever think a that?  Oh well if it looks wrong it's wrong.  If I ever make a painting of it I'll have to be careful to correct that, whatever that is.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

If it Looks Wrong it's Wrong



It was pointed out to me that this guy looks like he has very short legs, but my intention was that he was standing in tall grass.  I've often said that drawing is a visual medium so it is whatever it looks like.  You won't always be available to explain your intentions so you've got to do whatever is needed to make it look right.




This is better even though in a real sense it's less accurate.  The field was very leafy and had a surface to it.  A shadow could be cast onto the surface of the weeds which could visually shorten the image a great deal.  Just adding a bunch of vertical lines into the surface of the weeds and a darker shadow area along the space where the bottoms of his feet would be gives a sense of the hidden space without actually drawing his legs in. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

A Girl and her Unicorn

I think it will be fun to try a few little paintings like this.  It's got everything I like; fantasy, animals, landscapes and a naked girl.  What could be better?

Friday, June 8, 2018

No More School!

There's a lot to be learned from books and from school.  Or you can just go talk to an expert and see if they have some advice.  Watching a person draw or paint is extremely informative.  Doing so in person is best, but videos have a lot to give.  These days the internet is full of instructional videos and they may well be worth watching.  I'm even making some videos myself although most of mine have been on Patreon and a couple have been on Facebook.
Only you would know if any of this is helpful to you or not.  When I say that school has nothing to teach me I'm not being egotistical or conceited, I'm saying that I've reached a point where nothing I've learned is going to stick unless I put it into practice.   Perhaps after long term practice I will have opened up a new chamber in my brain that will be able to be filled with knowledge, but for now learning is nothing more than  stalling, it's an excuse not to go forward and I'll have none of it until I've moved forward.  A lot.




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How to Draw a Horse

If you want to be a great fantasy artist you must learn to draw horses with expert precision.
Do you like the way the preceding sentence implies without actually stating, that I'm both "a great fantasy artist" and that I draw horses "with expert precision"?
Who can say if my fantasy art is great or not?  But I'm certainly no expert on the topic of horses. Well intended friends of mine have been sending me information to try to educate me on the topic, but I'd rather learn by doing.  I'm kind of old now and while I'm sure I could go out and learn new things if I was interested I really don't want to earn a degree in equine physiology just so I can draw a couple horses to the satisfaction of a few critics. 
I want to satisfy the critics especially if they might Buy a painting, but I want to improve through practice .  So I'm practicing.

Friday, June 1, 2018

June is the month of Junicorns

Well Mer-Friends it's a new month and we're on to a a new project, but it seems we're not quite out of the water yet.
Yes it's June, the month of the Junicorn. I know, they're reaching, these on-line sketch challenge people, but what the heck, who doesn't like Unicorns?

This sketch is based on a little thumbnail sketch I did long ago and it embarrasses me a little.
You see we had gone to a sci-fi convention and the guest of honor was an illustrator who's work and career I admire greatly.
She told one of those nightmare client stories about being hired to paint a picture of a unicorn, a dolphin and a killer whale. After much hair pulling she finally arranged a composition that included all three with the unicorn looking out on the ocean where a killer whale and dolphin were leaping among the waves. The client looked at the sketch and said "Welllllllll but we want the unicorn Talking to the whales." She eventually declined the job because it was basically impossible from a composition standpoint
While she was telling her story I sketched out this idea. Granted it might have been rejected by the client also or be unappealing to the artist, but I never showed it to her because I was afraid of insulting her.  I had come up with this solution very easily and was afraid I'd look like a show-off...which I am.  I think it was my sign painting background.  One didn't have a lot of time to think about what was going to work, one had to figure it out on the move.
If it had in fact been a sign on a window I'd have painted it that very afternoon, but since it was an idea for a "real" painting the sketch set in a filing cabinet until now.

The unique thing about this month's project is that I plan for every single sketch to eventually be a painting and am even picking out a canvas ahead of time so that I know I'm sketching the right size.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Last Day of MerMay

Today is the last day of MerMay, the mermaid a day challenge.  I missed a couple days making 28 out of the 31 days.  Still I'm glad I did it.  The mental stretching is good for the brain and, as I said in March, the more you do the more creative you become and you actually manage to surprise yourself.  I thoroughly enjoyed that and it resulted in the sale of one sketch and a commission for a painting which I will certainly share with you soon.

I was visiting family over the weekend for my sister's funeral.  I was able to take a few moments to sketch, but my relatives are a little touchy about nudity.  I felt safe doing these two sketches from my imagination, but I would have freaked people out if I'd opened my laptop and pulled up photos of my naked friends who model for me.  So these two are much less realistic than most of them have been.

I call it Moonlight on the Water and I really like the idea of it, but wanted to try it again with a reference photo once I got home.

I like the original one better.
That's the problem with pre-made photos, you're always stuck with whatever the model did at the time, you can't direct her to lean back and look more relaxed.


And this is the final sketch which I like a lot.  I think I'd like to make paintings of several of these mermaids and perhaps a coloring book.  This month May just be a gift that goes on giving.
I hope you enjoyed it.