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:
Periscope session where I talk about the book and how it is coming together: (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.

Monday, 4 January 2016

A gathering of Beasties

I just finished a relatively big drawing (50 x 70 cm) I think I found what I was trying to find for the past two years. The style I wanted for my storybook.

I filmed part of this process, but I forgot that my camera stops filming after 30 minutes, so I only have a couple of clips. But I didn't film it all, it would be a bit boring to watch some 15 hours of scribblings, even speeded up.

I am showing more of the process I'm following for my book, on my Patreon page, all the little things that one doesn't necessarily see and that are part of a long process. I hope that I'll get to a point where the book is nearly ready for a first version, in about a year. I have three other projects that need following up so this will be long winded.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Happy Solstice !

A new turn of the wheel and new projects, or rather old projects that will continue in my case.
I hope that there will be snow at some point or we'll have had were a few days of nice snow. I need to see the white for a while so I can enjoy the new green when it comes it feels wrong otherwise. But there usually is some in January and February, it will just be a warm December.

On Facebook, Terri Windling posted her answers to a meme created by Grace Nuth, and asked if other would answer too, so here is mine:

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Long time no post

Sorry about the long silence. But things have been rather busy lately : my Kickstarter campaign took a lot of my online time and it was worth it as it ended up being successful! Then I had to print the items and send them off, just in time to leave for two weeks of a real holiday, my first in two years!

Then I organised some classes and thought about this some more. I've updated my Patreon page to match my current projects. You can find out more there but in short I'll be sharing the work I do for my new book, it will be a long process of creating the characters and writing the story. I will need some support to manage this, moral support will be more than enough, but if you can spare a few dollars for my Patreon page this will also help.

In conjunction I want to do regular Periscope sessions, some in English and some in French. I'll mostly just be drawing live, and if anyone has a question I can answer it directly. It can be about my work, about technique or about advice for yourself if you are a beginner.

I hope to see you there and don't worry, I'll also share my process and drawings here as usual, you'll just see it first on Patreon and maybe some extra bits too.

As the gift season approaches I shall also remind you about my spreadshirt shop :

And there is just enough time to order a print or postcards, or even the notecards that will make nice gift tags. Email me for info and ordering:

And of course all the originals are also for sale (see more on my deviantArt gallery)