Uuuuuugghhhghgghhhghhh colored peeennnnccciiiiilllllllllll is the wwwooooorrrsssttt

I might just try to finish this one tomorrow then go back to pen and ink after it

That… sounds acceptable…

Uuuuuugghhhghgghhhghhh colored peeennnnccciiiiilllllllllll is the wwwooooorrrsssttt

I might just try to finish this one tomorrow then go back to pen and ink after it

That… sounds acceptable…

1
Sep
I’m tired of looking at this piece so I’m going to stop working on it for today
Tried to tone it up evenly-ish so I can just like… mess with it… tomorrow… maybe Monday might deal with colored pencil tomorrow and see if I can’t knock that out
Behind schedule, blech
Maybe… started colored pencil tonight, like get the new one outlined, some base underpainting stuff… figure out what I’m doing tomorrow, tomorrow

I’m tired of looking at this piece so I’m going to stop working on it for today

Tried to tone it up evenly-ish so I can just like… mess with it… tomorrow… maybe Monday might deal with colored pencil tomorrow and see if I can’t knock that out

Behind schedule, blech

Maybe… started colored pencil tonight, like get the new one outlined, some base underpainting stuff… figure out what I’m doing tomorrow, tomorrow

30
Aug
I ended up doing some errands today and having to go into work for a little but to learn the new system, so I only got my graphite piece done (sans cropping which needs to be done and maybe more clean up I’m just clean-upped-out)

Tomorrow I’m going to tackle my pen and ink piece

I ended up doing some errands today and having to go into work for a little but to learn the new system, so I only got my graphite piece done (sans cropping which needs to be done and maybe more clean up I’m just clean-upped-out)

Tomorrow I’m going to tackle my pen and ink piece

30
Aug
Because I’m dumb and avoiding all important things and shit I started working on a Tiefling Bard last night and got the rough stuff hammered out and so here’s a rough sketch for the rough background
Malali, the Tiefling Bard, who in her self-imposed solitude of the hermit’s life has learned something terrible, and something wonderful, but cannot say which is which. Malali, the Tiefling Bard, who sings songs of sorrow to quell savage beasts, and whose tales of great tragedy she strums upon her lyre can still inspire great feats. Malali, the Tiefling Bard, the serene at all turns.
Horns based off of the takin but with how much success…? Eeehhhhh I tried. They look cool but of course because they look cool it also means they are hard to draw.

Because I’m dumb and avoiding all important things and shit I started working on a Tiefling Bard last night and got the rough stuff hammered out and so here’s a rough sketch for the rough background

Malali, the Tiefling Bard, who in her self-imposed solitude of the hermit’s life has learned something terrible, and something wonderful, but cannot say which is which. Malali, the Tiefling Bard, who sings songs of sorrow to quell savage beasts, and whose tales of great tragedy she strums upon her lyre can still inspire great feats. Malali, the Tiefling Bard, the serene at all turns.

Horns based off of the takin but with how much success…? Eeehhhhh I tried. They look cool but of course because they look cool it also means they are hard to draw.

29
Aug
It’s… it’s a start
I’m so bad at colored pencil
So bad
Probably going to put this one up for now until tomorrow when I can ask for advice and stuff
Going to try and get a sketch done for my watercolor piece haha wheeeeeeeeee portfolio stuff

It’s… it’s a start

I’m so bad at colored pencil

So bad

Probably going to put this one up for now until tomorrow when I can ask for advice and stuff

Going to try and get a sketch done for my watercolor piece haha wheeeeeeeeee portfolio stuff

26
Aug
Colors! And names! I’m still in the midst of character creation but things more or less sorted out, just figuring out exact spells and equip haha all those fiddly bits. But I’ve gotten backstories mostly sussed out I think leeeet’s go go go
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Gudrun Utgart, Hill Dwarf Cleric of Lathander (unwilling), Neutral Good

Gudrun is an unwilling magical girl cleric for the god Lathander in the Life Domain, so healing spells and the like. Gudrun was just a blacksmith when Lathander in human form went, “HEY YOU’RE THE CHOSEN ONE HAVE SOME POWERS” and she went, “what wait no I’m fine being a blacksmith stop” and basically her god likes her and is trying to convince her that she likes being his chosen one and all and she wants to not deal with this shit and keeps telling him “no seriously I want to just be a blacksmith again leave me alone.” There’s a town where she’s a well-regarded (possibly even a folk hero now) due to this whole “HEY CHOSEN ONE” thing but she doesn’t like to talk about it. She’s not entirely sure why she’s the chosen one, but it’s probably because of a family heirloom, an ornate scabbard with no sword and that no sword has fit. She hopes to find the sword one day and return to her quiet life, but will help people along her way in the search. She first meets up with Inzhu, on a small personal quest of her own.

Inzhu Tallstag, Human Wizard [School of Transmutation], sometimes calls upon Boccob, True Neutral

Inzhu is getting on in years and is determined to live forever. She’s pretty terse and keeps to herself. Due to a misunderstanding there’s a crappy town where’s a hero and she hates it, she hates it so much. Somehow every few years she ends up back in the town and usually on her birthday, and something happens when there that compounds and cements her folk hero status to the townsfolk there to her vexation, and no amount of explanations have cleared things up. She finds their exaltations so exasperating it’s almost– almost– enough to make her rethink her quest for immortality if she has to put up with them. She’s a wizard in the school of transmutation, since she thinks there might be a link between the various transmuter’s stones and immortality. It’s not much, but it’s a start.
Inzhu doesn’t talk about her past freely though when asked will answer most questions without protest. She has a small music box that she’s been seen lingering over, but won’t say more about it than it was a tune her parents hummed.
When the band ends up in the crappy town where she’s a hero Roscoe Reed gets caught up in the folk hero worship and all of Inzhu’s attempts to explain the truth to him he shrugs off as her being humble and modest.

[Innil] Enialis Siannodel, High Elf (Moon) Rogue [Arcane Trickster], prays and talks to Sehanine Moonbow, Chaotic Good

Enialis (childhood name Innil) was orphaned not long after his family moved into The City, and he grew up on the streets. Because of this he has a tendency to squirrel away food and useful or sellable trinkets and baubles, as well as sleeping with his back on something solid and with everything he owns in a bundle in his arms. He believes that everyone is deserving of respect, no matter what. Enialis pickpockets and whatnot from time to time if he thinks that he or someone in his stead is in more need of the money. He has some minor magical skills which he’s used for some petty theft and just general searching for treasure, but since his lifestyle is relatively low-key he either donates what he doesn’t need or gives it to locals he knew growing up who he felt kept him safe. In addition to looking for things to sell and petty theft he has on occasion served as long-term paramour, one-night escort, and done some odd jobs here and there of varying legality but that morally he was fine with.
Physically he’s on the weak side, but he’s very dextrous, so he uses a rapier. He carries with him a diary that is missing 7 pages; he refuses to discuss it, or even admit if it is his or not.

Roscoe Reed Thorngage, Stout Halfling Fighter [Battle Master], Former Acolyte but still definitely a worshipper of Yondalla, Lawful Good

Roscoe Reed is a like the third son of a noble Halfling family and was sent off to a monastery of Yondalla when was young to train to be an acolyte as a way to keep him from wasting away in the life of luxury and to keep him safe should some complete tragedy befall his siblings. Now Roscoe Reed is a very strong fellow and definitely believes in protecting the small and weak and those who cannot– which, in fairness, protection is one of Yondalla’s things– and while Roscoe Reed isn’t a wise man by any means he was smart enough to realize that he was Not Very Good at being an acolyte. He just couldn’t grapple with the theological questions and sure, Roscoe Reed also learned to speak Dwarvish and Elvish (in addition to knowing Common and Halfing) to welcome as many patrons to the monastery as he could, and he’s charming but… he’s just not good at this. Fighting, however, he was great at that, and the martial arts practices of his monastery he excelled that! He is small but he is mighty!
But he persevered for his family and made it to the rank of full Acolyte and returned home for a large celebration with his family, and at this party he met a rather enchanting Moon Elf named Enialis, who was going on about companionship and trying new experiences and going out on a limb and perhaps they could meet at the tavern tomorrow, yes? Roscoe Reed took this as a sign from Yondalla– he would leave the monastery and protect those who needed it it most, and this elf would be his guide. He readily agreed, and began to pack his bags that night.
Enialis was surprised to learn that his attempt to hit on the Halfling for a night or two of fun resulted in a traveling companion who was willing to pay him to be a guide. Enialis was then unsurprised to realize that same Halfing was trusting to the point of potentially dangerous levels, as Roscoe Reed assumed that everyone was good at heart (which is all well and good) but moreover acted as though their good hearts shone through already– which may or may not be the case. So to the Thorngages’ chagrin, Roscoe Reed hit the road to protect the innocent and didn’t return to the monastery.
Eventually in their travels Enialis and Roscoe Reed begin a romantic relationship. Where it goes from there…? Who can say.

That sounds good hahaha SO MUCH TYPING APPARENTLY 2 HOURS OF TYPING

Colors! And names! I’m still in the midst of character creation but things more or less sorted out, just figuring out exact spells and equip haha all those fiddly bits. But I’ve gotten backstories mostly sussed out I think leeeet’s go go go

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25
Aug
Well it’s a start, wish I had more done but I hadn’t foreseen nib problems

Well it’s a start, wish I had more done but I hadn’t foreseen nib problems

21
Aug
Finally got my sketch to a place where I can transfer it to my clayboard and also did a value study to work from (though I’ll also have the plant in front of me to work from) so that’s tomorrow’s project and also maybe knocking out another sketch for another portfolio piece and also finishing up paperwork for visa and also not being overwhelmed hahahahahahahaha

Finally got my sketch to a place where I can transfer it to my clayboard and also did a value study to work from (though I’ll also have the plant in front of me to work from) so that’s tomorrow’s project and also maybe knocking out another sketch for another portfolio piece and also finishing up paperwork for visa and also not being overwhelmed hahahahahahahaha

20
Aug
Haha good news I got into the University of Leicester bad news I’m paranoid about not getting my visa in times and my botanical portfolio is due September 5th and like only one piece is done hahaha screaming
I’m going to play some video games to calm down honestly I haven’t played in like a week or two and I need some relaxation time

Haha good news I got into the University of Leicester bad news I’m paranoid about not getting my visa in times and my botanical portfolio is due September 5th and like only one piece is done hahaha screaming

I’m going to play some video games to calm down honestly I haven’t played in like a week or two and I need some relaxation time

18
Aug
I got some paint and brushes and started making up my Mini Trikky. I had designed her with a dress and I was going to do some molding on her but I decided instead that I’d sew all her clothes so that I could switch up her outfits, haha such tiny amounts of fabric why did I decide this
Anyway I also discovered the wonders of acrylic varnish so she has the first coat of a satin finish on her (my Micro Trikky is getting the second coat of satin finish this morning) and it’s great because now they’re no longer tacky to the touch! They still might tacky (I think they’re cute)
Need to work on portfolio but the varnish needs at least 3 hours between coats so I wanted to get those out of the way this morning.

I got some paint and brushes and started making up my Mini Trikky. I had designed her with a dress and I was going to do some molding on her but I decided instead that I’d sew all her clothes so that I could switch up her outfits, haha such tiny amounts of fabric why did I decide this

Anyway I also discovered the wonders of acrylic varnish so she has the first coat of a satin finish on her (my Micro Trikky is getting the second coat of satin finish this morning) and it’s great because now they’re no longer tacky to the touch! They still might tacky (I think they’re cute)

Need to work on portfolio but the varnish needs at least 3 hours between coats so I wanted to get those out of the way this morning.

18
Aug
Yesterday I drew my cactus again at work (from a photo I took) and maybe I will finally be able to get somewhere with this portfolio piece

Yesterday I drew my cactus again at work (from a photo I took) and maybe I will finally be able to get somewhere with this portfolio piece

17
Aug
I’ve been playing with the official shiny free D&D Basic Rules while waiting for the Player’s Handbook to come out and yeah to finish/polish off these folks I want the handbook but they’re mostly done
Hill Dwarf Cleric, Human Wizard, High Elf (Moon) Rogue, Stout Halfling Fighter
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Hill Dwarf Cleric is unwilling magical girl that is whichever god I get around to choosing for her went “HEY CHOSEN ONE HAVE SOME DIVINE POWERS” and she went “wait what no I’m fine being a blacksmith” and basically her god likes her a bunch and she wants to not deal with this shit but hey at least she’s pretty good at hitting things with her warhammer. There’s a town where she’s a well-regarded (possibly even a folk hero now) due to this whole “HEY CHOSEN ONE” thing but she doesn’t like to talk about it. Boots are basically valenki in my mind
Human Wizard is getting on in years and is determined to live forever and has been studying magic for years now. She’s pretty terse and sarcastic and keeps to herself and due to a misunderstanding there’s a crappy town where’s a hero and she hates it, she hates it so much. Outfit kinda a mish-mash of Mongolian folk outfits and stuff I just dig the look of in my mind
High Elf (Moon) Rogue believes that everyone has a spark of good in them somewhere. He stuck to petty crime for the most part, did some grifting, and I’m still working out details of his past haha. Dude is lanky and on the weaker side, though. He met our Stout Halfling Fighter at a party in his honor and let’s go to him
Stout Halfling Fighter may be small but he is mighty! And also naïve as fuck. A like… second or third son of nobility he ended up being sent off to a monastery to learn at a young age. He realized that he’s no good at being an acolyte, but he’s immensely strong for his size and wants to protect the innocent and weak and those who cannot, etc. He was going to stay at the monastery until at the party being held by his parents congratulating him on moving up through the monastery’s ranks he met an elf who spoke of his desire to travel and his beliefs, and showed him how to read the stars like a map and who offered him “the time of his life” and “companionship, if you’d like” if’d just meet him at the tavern the next night.
Let me put it this way I rolled some good rolls for my Halfling but I also rolled a 4 and I wanted him to be a Fighter of some sort but not an idiot so I put the 4 in WIS the boy is naïve as fuck and didn’t get the hints and so he basically hired the High Elf Rogue to be his guide and companion for the time of his life
The rest of the part joins up eeehhh working on details still need to do spells and gods and equipment and stuff but later I have to sleep now goodnight

I’ve been playing with the official shiny free D&D Basic Rules while waiting for the Player’s Handbook to come out and yeah to finish/polish off these folks I want the handbook but they’re mostly done

Hill Dwarf Cleric, Human Wizard, High Elf (Moon) Rogue, Stout Halfling Fighter

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16
Aug

Zoo drawings, basically all done with Kuretake brushpens

Uuuuhhhh yeah it started to rain so you can see a couple water spots, I love the Kuretake no. 33 but it is not at all waterproof

14
Aug
I didn’t know what to draw so asofterbucky said Tyr and Fenrir and I discovered that somehow I never had designed Tyr way back in the day of my Norse mythos obsession or if I did I cannot locate the design haha so anyway this explanation gets very long because I still love Norse Mythology BUT you also get the best illustration of an artifact I’ve seen (and early on) so you should click the Read More (also it explains designs)
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When reacquainting myself with the mythos and stuff behind Tyr and Fenrir because it’s been a few years I’ve read stuff (I know the basics), I discovered that an early depiction of Tyr comes from a bracteate found in Trollhätten, Sweden (and we know it’s Tyr because it’s the Binding of Fenrir, which this picture is showing the prelude to), and I managed to find an illustration of it:

It is my new favorite thing because Tyr’s expression is QLQ and Fenrir’s is like QC and it’s just the best look at it LOOK AT IT anyway I found it in this collection of papers (I am pretty sure it’s a collection of papers) on page 284 (uh it’s called Kontinuaitäten und Brüche in der Religionsgeschichte and I do not speak/read/pronounce German) and I decided to yoink my design for Tyr from it.
Fenrir is a giant wolf so uh… I tried to draw a wolf. Wolves are hard. I looked up dentition for this sketch I HOPE THAT SHOWS.
Anyway in the Binding of Fenrir, the Aesir decide that Fenrir, one of the children of Loki, is like… growing larger every day and since, hey, there’s all these prophecies about Fenrir and Ragnarok and hey his father is kinda a terror at times and shit maaaaaybe we should take care of this. However Tyr is the only god brave enough to approach Fenrir, and also he feeds him. So the Aesir tried to build the strongest fetters they could, Leyding then Dromi, but Fenrir broke though both. Odin sends Skirnir to Svartalfaheimr who then enlists the help of some dwarves to forge Gleipnir, which is a chain made of six impossible things to bind Fenrir, and looks like a silk ribbon but is impossibly strong. So Fenrir and the Aesir head out to the isle of Lyngvi in Lake Amsvartnir and said “Hey we’ve got one last chain we want you to try and break” and Fenrir isn’t an idiot, like it looks like silk, so he responds “Yeah no if it’s a normal ribbon what’s the deal and if it’s not I’m not putting that on” so the Aesir respond “Haha nah c’mon we totes promise we’ll take it off if for some crazy reason you can’t break it” and Fenrir thinks it over and responds “Eeeehhhhh I don’t really want to but I’m not a coward. ALSO one of you has to put their hand in my mouth as a show of good faith.” And the Aesir are doing this as a pre-emptive measure right because they’re pretty much all scared of Fenrir so they look at each other like “oh shit this was not part of the plan what the fuck” but Tyr steps forwards because in addition to being the god of courage Tyr is the god of justice. Haha WELP you can see where this is going and if you can’t the answer is Fenrir is bound, Tyr loses his right hand, and then once things settled down, Fenrir is leashed into place and like the leash and the stones all have names listen I’m tired of transcribing names a sword is forced into Fenrir’s mouth to keep it open so that he can no longer bite people, and he begins to salivate because of this and his saliva makes the river Ván (one of Fenrir’s alternate names is Vánagandr or “the monster of the river Ván” so) and yeah this is the end of the Binding of Fenrir
At any rate like… so in a lot of Norse stories there’s just things that are fated to be but like… generally and broadly speaking unlike Greek tales of fate the people involved are sort of complicit in their own downfall…? Like in Greek tales there’s a lot of “Oh shit the oracle said this so I am going to try to stop it and oh shit I’ve gone and caused all my problems and my fate happened because I tried to stop it” but in Norse stories there’s more “Well the volva said this and yeah I’d like to stop it but we all know that’s not going to happen” or hell, depending on the tale, “Hey you know that if you do this you’ll be fucked over in Ragnarok” “Eh, them’s the breaks.” The Binding of Fenrir as described in the Gylfaginning chapter 34 in The Prose Edda when asked why they don’t kill Fenrir after he’s bound the answer is to preserve the holiness of where they chose to bind him even though they’re all aware that Fenrir will kill Odin. It’s interesting. (My other favorite example of this is in the Wooing of Gerda but I just love that story and that’s just a different story for a different time)
So I guess this picture is sort of about that, the moment before fate just sort of… happens. Engulfs Tyr and Fenrir. Almost a boy and his dog hahahhhhaaaaaaa I’m so dumb about fucking Norse mythology I really am

I didn’t know what to draw so asofterbucky said Tyr and Fenrir and I discovered that somehow I never had designed Tyr way back in the day of my Norse mythos obsession or if I did I cannot locate the design haha so anyway this explanation gets very long because I still love Norse Mythology BUT you also get the best illustration of an artifact I’ve seen (and early on) so you should click the Read More (also it explains designs)

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8
Aug
I was in a kind of Portal-y mood and like… whenever I poke about with human Portal stuff I really just design stuff as costumes or potential cosplay whatever, in this case I was playing around with a more theatrical sort of outfit, sort of weirdly inspired by like… Mother Gingerbread from The Nutcracker, somehow. Not sure how. Just elaborate costumes I guess. Or maybe because it’s multiple people?
But I was thinking about how to portray what we learned about the cores from Portal 2, the machinery attached to GLaDOS in an attempt to control her, and sort of combining it with what was seen at the end of Portal, the bits of her (or we had assumed were her at the time) that were falling off and Chell destroyed, and then like trying to show this via cosplay contest or something, meant to be for the stage, using my old GLaDOS design (and half-remembered core designs I never showed anyone haha, but like… pre-Portal 2 core designs) and sort of this tether who is attached to whom thing and as each core was removed the line would be attached somewhere on stage until GLaDOS could no longer move freely (though even with like the four cores she has a hard time moving but that’s the point right?)
Haha it’s dumb which is why this is just a fast sketch and all but it’s something I’ve done, so…

I was in a kind of Portal-y mood and like… whenever I poke about with human Portal stuff I really just design stuff as costumes or potential cosplay whatever, in this case I was playing around with a more theatrical sort of outfit, sort of weirdly inspired by like… Mother Gingerbread from The Nutcracker, somehow. Not sure how. Just elaborate costumes I guess. Or maybe because it’s multiple people?

But I was thinking about how to portray what we learned about the cores from Portal 2, the machinery attached to GLaDOS in an attempt to control her, and sort of combining it with what was seen at the end of Portal, the bits of her (or we had assumed were her at the time) that were falling off and Chell destroyed, and then like trying to show this via cosplay contest or something, meant to be for the stage, using my old GLaDOS design (and half-remembered core designs I never showed anyone haha, but like… pre-Portal 2 core designs) and sort of this tether who is attached to whom thing and as each core was removed the line would be attached somewhere on stage until GLaDOS could no longer move freely (though even with like the four cores she has a hard time moving but that’s the point right?)

Haha it’s dumb which is why this is just a fast sketch and all but it’s something I’ve done, so…

7
Aug