A quick half-hour sketch. I have no idea where this one came from.
A mage transcribes single-use spells from their schoolbook. The spells are probably very basic and benign, perhaps for use when doing housework.
A variety of spells can be stored in this manner. To invoke the spell the paper is burned.
A quick and simple post – I may or may not be back on the blog wagon. Stay tuned to see if I can keep up regular posts during the month of May!
I drew the cute new Dragon Pokémon that was teased today. Drawn in FireAlpaca. Need to work on getting my line-weights consistent.
My last post for Blaugust, after a month of heavily-Splatoon weighted content.
I drew this picture for a poster I’m planning. It’s the first digital art I’ve done in ages. I think the sketch process of this one was kinda funny, the very initial sketch was way simpler than I normally do but it worked quite well for establishing the feel I wanted.
I inked this in FireAlpaca. I seriously enjoy that program more every time I use it, and not just because it’s called FireAlpaca. Everything else was done in Photoshop.
Past-me graciously supplied current-me with all of the partial steps of a tutorial. All I had to do was fill out the text. It’s not the most beautifully formatted tutorial, but I think it gets most of the main points across. Happy splatting!
Since there’s a Splatoon tournament coming up I gathered together a few friends and formed a Squid Squad. Needing a name for the Squad I tried to think of something with a ducky theme but couldn’t come up with anything on my own. So I turned to John who suggested “Duck and Cover” – I think it works quite well considering the aim of the game is to cover turf!
Based on the name, I made a logo for the team. The art is entirely vector art, traced over an initial pencil sketch.
I think I could have done a better job with the art if I thought about it as overlapping shapes rather than as lines that needed to be filled. I haven’t gotten into the correct headspace for vector art yet!
PS if you think you’ve seen this art before you’re not quite right. It’s the same lineart, but for the first draft it was vector lines only and paint-bucket fills of colour, as opposed to being filled vector shapes. This version is much cleaner.
Inkling/Octoling society is rather interesting, and we’re fed just a little info about it via single player’s Sunken Sea Scrolls.
In one of those scrolls we spot the only male Octoling to feature anywhere in the game. I tried to imagine what he might get up to in his spare time – namely, dropping some sweet taiko beats. But we’ll call them Tako beats for the neat multilingual pun.
I’ve posted this image a couple of times previously (though not on my blog) so let’s not go too much more into the Splatoon aspect and instead look at the seal in the bottom right.
Regular readers will know that I often sign my works with a seal containing the top character. That character is in fact the Chinese version of my surname (Ling in Mandarin). It features two trees and has the meaning “Forest”.
I have been toying for some time with the idea of expanding on this seal to make it even more personalised. I do have a Chinese name that I could use (Yi-Fei) but I don’t particularly identify with it, not least because I think one of my Chinese teachers for a while thought it was Zhi-Fei and I was taught my own name incorrectly. I speak the rest of the language equally poorly as I know my own name so I wasn’t keen to include it in the seal.
So that left me with my English name, Alethea, which I quite adore. I decided to take elements of the name and turn it into a Sinogram of sorts, aping the look of Chinese characters and hinting at the English alphabet.
You can see a variety of Chinese scripts here, the evolution of the language has gone through many different appearances and stylisations! I chose to experiment with seal script and standard script. I also played around with going from very simple stylisation where the letters were more obvious to more abstract interpretations. Here are some of my experiments.
At conventions I like to do free watercolour name tags, so I worked a lot on the idea with the hope of offering commissioned Sinographs as a “tier” up from the free name tags. I’m hoping to also experiment with my laser cutter to be able to offer another tier – I’ll engrave your name into a physical seal. Experimenting with this idea, I filled many pages with Sinogram drafts, challenging myself to think of the letters in various different ways and practicing to perfect the style of each character and stroke.
Obviously to be able to offer these at cons would require me to actually have time at a convention to spend on them, and time in the evening to complete overnight work if I’m making physical seals. So, that kinda leads into a little internal debate I’m having over whether to do another table at Supanova in November.
Well, that ended up going from a very lazy blog post to a much longer one that touched on more topics than I’d expected! Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.
It’s finally done! I don’t do a lot of digital art so although this painting got off to a blazing start, I quickly hit a wall and then it languished around for months because I found it too exhausting and physically straining to work on (digital painting hurts my wrists way more than traditional painting, plus my posture is bad). Well I’m super proud to say that I knocked down the wall and got this painting done.
You can order prints of this painting
in my Storenvy shop on TeePublic. Make sure you order a Poster or Canvas print to get the picture printing all the way to the edges!
There’s also a t-shirt version available on TeePublic! It’s on sale for its first 72 hours, $14 now, $20 later.
I can’t remember how the idea itself struck me, but the inspiration for this piece is quite obviously CM Coolidge’s famous series paintings of dogs engaging in human-like behaviour and pastimes. Many of these featured dramatic moments in games of poker.
I knew that the feature of my piece would be the cheeky Duck Hunt Duo gloating over their winning hand. While the image most resembles the paired paintings A Bold Bluff/Waterloo The scenario is borrowed from Poker Sympathy and the general theme of the bulldog getting beaten even though he holds 4 aces (His Station and Four Aces, Pinched With Four Aces – the inspiration for the title of the piece).
First up I had to determine who would be seated at the table and who the unlucky loser would be. My inclusion criteria was pretty much any canid that appeared as a character, assist trophy or background element. I missed a few characters in the first pass and had to add them to the painting as I went. I thought about including Master Core’s beast form but letting in things that were simply beastly rather than canid would open the door to other things, like the Ultimate Chimera.
As for the loser – as luck would have it, Smash 4’s Nintendog was changed to be a bulldog. I think it’s a perfect match – the bulldog puts his hands up in protest, thus resembling his appearance as an Assist Trophy.
I tried very hard to include everyone but I’m sure I missed something… even though my friends on Facebook didn’t call me out on any missing characters. (Well, they didn’t tell me I’d missed Lucario, or the Animal Crossing guys either). If you think I’ve missed something major I might have a go at adding them in, but for a minor appearance I think they’ll just have to miss out. (I remembered Tails pretty late on, but I didn’t think he was prominent enough a cameo to feature.)
I got the painting printed as a wrapped canvas print. It’s about 75cm x 50cm. I think the poster prints come out nicer though, they preserve the details a bit better.