Monday, May 25, 2015
Quickie digital watercolour over a Faber-Castell brush-pen sketch. These pens lose their point and responsiveness very quickly, it seems to me. I haven't tried any other brands, so I don't know if it's common to all. Maybe it's just my ham-fistedness, smushing it into the page.
Sunday, May 24, 2015
This is being painted over top of a photograph of a formation in the Dolomites, a bit distorted and with a new skyscape. I'm having some trouble with the perspectives though, especially in the king carved into the face of the centre spire; I think his head will pretty much have to be re-done completely.
A bit later...I decided that rather than try to re-do the carving, I'd just try to disguise its defects. So now it's Under Construction. Plus, I added another bridge.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This is an actual, serious, no-shit design that I think would work, and it's so jam-packed with symbolism that it squeaks when you rub it.
The cerulean blue field stands for our sea and sky. The green stripe is for our land, out on the ocean; the white stripe is for our Long White Cloud. The Southern Cross is pretty self-explanatory; it places us in our hemisphere, and it provides a visual link with the old flag.
Friday, May 15, 2015
This guy was a very minor NPC in a game I was playing in during 1981 (my very first year of roleplaying games). It's a very crappy drawing, but I still hold it in nostalgic affection as one of my very first D&D drawings.
As usual, colour and texture added in Photoshop. The original drawing is HB pencil on bond typing paper.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
I made this wakizashi bokken out of some scraps I had lying about. The blade is white oak, the handle is black walnut (I think). Total length is 612 mm.
Ironically, I'm no longer training at aikido due to having dodgy knees, hips and shoulders, so I'll most likely never actually get to use it for its intended purpose.
The handle has an oak tang running up the middle of it from the blade. The only reason I added the walnut wrapping was because the shape of the oak scrap tapered towards the handle-end, and didn't allow for a full-width grip. That made it a bit unsafe; it would be quite likely to fly out of a sweaty hand. The ovoid cylinder of the walnut handle gives a much firmer, safer grip, and I think it should probably be strong enough for a reasonable degree of thwacking.