Just as the title says... Ignore Sting. Still trying to get it right. I've got maybe two more nights of work till I'll be done.
I'm doing a series of every version of the Dr. Started with the 10th. Next is the 11th.
Plus a quick Disney illustration for a friend.
I've been very lucky this week to pick up two amazing art books; Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter, and Imaginitive Realism: How to Paint What Doesn't Exist. Both by James Gurney, the creator of Dinotopia, they are collections of just about anything you could want to know about art. They cover different kinds of lighting, compostion, making models, reference and so much more. I wish that would have found these sooner. And they relate them back to science, explaining why the light would shift to this color or the shadow at a certain location would stretch. An absolute must for anyone in the art world.
I picked them up because I'd been working on a piece that involved dappeled light and could not find any good resources on how to reproduce it on a moving object. (This work might not see the light of day, ever)
Everything has been edited and the synopsis is written. I just have to go over it one more time and then I'll send it off to Tor. I've got mixed emotions right now. I'm proud of what I've done. But I'm also scared as hell and I'm not sure if it's good enough. I'd like it to be accepted right off the bat, but it won't kill me to get rejection letters either.
And happy news concerning my best Friend Kat. She's been accepted to Ehwa, a university in Korea. She'll be going over to learn the language and enjoy the culture. I'm so proud of her for getting this done!
Finally, more doodles on my Ipad. I worked with the Brushes App last night. Just played around with shapes, trying to make interesting compostitions and landscapes.
I took the time to enter a small Bungie art contest. Task was to figure out how Auntie Dot looked. Here's my interpretation.
I also sent in my Black Gryphon piece to Spectrum in the hopes that it will be included in the latest publishing of their amazing art book. I looked through some of the older printings and I think it would fit in with the unpublished/student work. Fingers crossed!
And I'm just getting over it. I hate that I need to sleep a lot right now. There is so much I could be doing otherwise. Like finishing my novel. I've given myself the next week and a half to get it edited before shipping it off to a publisher. I'm thinking Tor first.... Then there are cosplays to work on for the upcoming cons. ( I never want to cut it so close again.) And of course, sending out my portfolio. I need to do some research on some of the studios I'm interested in before sending it off. And to some of the ADs of book publishers. Doing book covers has always been another dream of mine. I had a dream about Mickey Mouse last night. Maybe that means I should send my stuff out to Junction Studios? The makers of Epic Mickey? A game inwhich I have not finished yet. lol
Also, here are some more little things I've done since getting my Ipad. I find myself using it more and more for roughs and value studies.
And I am graduated. Kinda. I won't really, officially know if I'll get my diploma till tomorrow when they official release grades. I'm not worried. I'm 99.99999% certain I passed all my classes. My grandmother and cousin were kind enough to fly down for 48 hours. It meant a lot having them there. The ceremony was short. Only two colleges walking. Fine Art and Applied Arts. Mom was a bit upset when she saw that I didn't get any cords though I have a 3.7 gpa at least. I had to explain how I was a transfer student and needed to have completed 60 hours at Texas State to get cords. I only did three semesters there. Barely 50 hours.
After the ceremony, everyone went to Fogo De Chao for one of the most expensive and amazing dinners I've ever had. My closest friends got to come along too. During the dinner, a bug ran out onto the table. It didn't bother anyone one, but the owner kept apologizing and sent out free desserts for everyone at the end. As if I wasn't already stuffed.
Now I'm enjoying my break and finishing up on my cosplay for Ikkicon. I'll start sending out my portfolio after the New Year. I plan to submit my novel by the end of January as well.
Almost forgot, but my grandmother got me an Ipad as a bday/graduation/xmas present. I'm still getting used to it. Here's my first attempt with the ArtStudio App.
Even with landscapes being my weakest subject, Cityscapes are the weakest part of that. Since I have to add a background of some kind to an illustration piece for class, I decided to tackle this.
Here's the latest assignment for Illustation Tech. Teacher gave us descriptive text from the novel "Perdido Street Station" and had us illustrate a character. This guy is a garuda who had his wings sawed off. Fun time.
Did some quick pen and copic landscapes during interactive yesterday too. Don't worry. I took notes.