2022-01-08: Arizona Sunrise

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Here is my first acrylic painting of 2022! It’s based on a doodle I did back in June 2019. It took about 70 minutes over the course of several days.

I think I may have actually found a painting process that works well: work for about half an hour on a section, do tiny touch-ups over the next few hours/days, then move on to the next section. I’ve always had trouble finishing art in one sitting, and breaking it up like this seems to have produced pretty good results.

2016-09: Fantasy RPG Protagonists

Back in 2016 I started doodling a magic knight. I then drew a mage to accompany her, and then an archer, a rogue/thief, and a cleric. I’ve since lost the images for the rogue and cleric, but I still have the images for the first three – even though I almost lost them as well.

In the Stories I’d like to work on someday blogpost, I mentioned a story called Marina’s Quest. All three of the characters seen below are going to be part of that story.

First up is Lacey, the magic knight/spellsword.

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Second is Marina, the mage. She’s the youngest of the group at around 10 years old.

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Third and last is Ash, your typical archer.

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2021: Team Cosmic Stardust

Last year, I started doodling some random magical girls. It didn’t take long for me to give them names and start working on a backstory.

I’ve been redesigning them the past few months, and once all that was done, I decided to draw each of them, showing off their new (and probably final) designs.

The four of them are:

  • Touko Akahoshi AKA Cosmic Vermillion (red)
  • Kirsikka Sinisalo AKA Cosmic Indigo (blue)
  • Sona Cand Kaur AKA Cosmic Saffron (yellow)
  • Esther Ward AKA Cosmic Latte (off-white)

I don’t have a story for them yet, but I’m definitely thinking of one.

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2008-01-28: Translucent Planet

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This was done in some bootleg version of Photoshop. It’s not the first piece of space art I created – there were some previous ones that I’ve completely lost – but it is one of my favorites.

To create this, I followed a bunch of tutorials on how to create star fields and planets. There’s very little actual drawing here – the planets were created through various filters, the stars were originally noise, and the star clusters are the result of the clone stamp tool. Also, Photoshop had a lens flair tool back then.

The translucent planet was originally going to be a normal-looking planet, but I was playing around with layer modes and found something that seemed pretty interesting.

2013-03-11: Molten Planet

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This is a weird bit of space art I did in 2013. I was using the techniques that I’d learned years earlier, and it definitely shows – the clone stamped stars, the filters that were used to create the planet, the glow, etc.

I wish I remember how I created the fiery parts of the planet. It must have been some layer mode, but at this moment, I genuinely have no idea what it could possibly be.