Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Etsy shop reopened and new art

After much pondering and testing other options I decided to re-open my Etsy shop. You'll find my prints from last year's Kickstarter for now. I will be adding more items when I find a moment.
You can find the link in the column to the left.

And I finished the last piece (actually the first in order) for this chapter of my book. I will be launching a webpage to tell the story that goes with them, on the 1st of August.

This will still be a very long process, as I can only work on it when I have free time. I am counting on at least two more years of illustrating this, probably more as there will be other projects in the meantime. But I hope that you will follow me in this adventure.

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Some changes and new art

This may be a bit long so bear with me. But first here is a new illustration for my story. It's still part of the legend of the creation of Circadia.

"One becomes two. Chaos ensues and entropy enters the equation. The gears of Circadia start ticking"

Read more important news after the images (click on read more)

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Archetypes and a new kickstarter

I've decided to sort some older art and have a car boot type sale on kickstarter.  There will be smaller originals that don't belong to a given series, and maybe, if things go well I'll add some originals from my art book.

I self-published the book in 2012 but it's still available on Blurb, as an e-book or hard/soft cover. The links are to the right of this blog. The e-book being here ( at €1.49) of course you can pay in any currency you want.

Here is the first archetype and the accompanying text:

Dream the eternal dream
For all and more and for those to come
Weave the fabric of life
Oblivious to your own dream

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Stream of Consciousness

I've been trying to show what I mean when I post one of my drawings in a "Stream of Consciouness" category, it seems a bit odd to do this with art.

But I always worked best with this type of approach. I do sketch out ideas, but these are mostly templates in my head. If I work like most people do, with a lot of construction and reflection about composition I usually end up in a dead end street, the result looks stiff and uninteresting, at least to me.

The method that works best for me is to not use the left side of my brain at all, at least not at first. I use music to guide some basic lines:

Then I will start looking for shapes, still with music:

Of course I can't use the actual music used when I post online. So I replaced the sound with something that give an idea of the method. A random song from the youtube set of free soudtracks.

I'm hoping to compile a better video for my Patreon page soon. Meanwhile I will keep on posting updates to my book there

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Open Door day (online fun)

I am having an open door day tomorrow Sunday 10 of April 2016. Starting at noon my time (GMT +1) and going for 12 hours. The whole contest ends after 24 hours (Monday at noon my time)

Basically it will be a bit like the one I had for my Kickstarter, chatting on Facebook : you can "follow" my profile page to see all my public posts.You can follow me on Twitter. Or on Instagram

And there will be stuff on Periscope too, showing what I am currently working on.

If you help me share this post (comment here with a link of where you shared) I will enter your name to win a set of beastie postcards

If you become a Patron I will enter your name to win this little Dragon here and you will get a postcard.

And the grand prize, one person among everyone who participates (comments here or on Facebook, or Twitter, shares on social media and/or follows me on any of these platforms) will win this original:

I will post links to all the relevant events as they happen, here:
Patreon post: https://www.patreon.com/posts/open-door-day-5116743
Periscope session where I talk about the book and how it is coming together: https://www.periscope.tv/dragonladych/1OyKAqDqvbrKb (sorry about the wonky image)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

A quick hello

While I am making progress on various pieces, I also want to have several smaller pieces for the two big conventions I'll do this year in my own country. I can finally take framed originals and have something really neat to present.

Mostly for my own relaxation, I am revisiting my Tolkien fan art and doing new versions of pieces I did more than ten years ago. I need to plan the colours for this one further, hoping that it will all work out as I want. But this is my "reboot" of Aulë and Yavanna :

To the left the piece I did in 2005 and to the right the sketch for the new version

Monday, 1 February 2016

Plodding on

For the time being I am updating my Patreon page once a week with little "backstage" views about the making of a book. All the little things that you don't get to see otherwise. These posts are only for patrons, but until I get some (patrons that is) I am keeping the perks very low.

And once a month I will post a summary of these here. I'll try to post about other works too but I can't make any promises. I am also posting little sketches and WIP's to my Instagram page.
My Facebook page has gone AWOL again, I can see it but not post there and of course no one at FB is actually responding to requests.

I had already decided to try and blog a bit more regularly anyway so this is the best incentive.

Here is an example of what you can see on my Patreon:
I have been making maquettes of some of my characters so I can be more consistent and also figure out various lighting and composition possibilities.

A crude cardboard model to work out mechanics, and in the back a clay model for volumes.

A couple of stylised lion heads

And a quick drawing of two characters, the Lion (the first of the immortals) and his father the Lord of Light in one of his incarnations.