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Hello all! I just wanted to post a quick snapshot of the Zelda: Wind Waker map that I hinted at making oh so long ago. It was a real struggle to make the map interesting which is something I wasn’t expecting! All that’s left is to make corrections, iron and find some way to scan it. I may have found a way to scan my large maps myself so I hope to get higher-quality images soon.

But for now,from my camera in bad lighting:


This year we had a nuclear-family Thanksgiving (aka chilling out and getting stuff done on a day off!) so after going to see Big Hero 6, I decided to challenge myself to opaquely paint this picture of Ozma of Oz that I once drew:

Ozma Ozma Opaque


Boy was it tough for me! It didn’t turn out poorly but I think I’ll stick to my build up of washes! It seemed like I accomplish a similar goal as usual but with a TON more work than with washes.

If you like the Baum books, and dig a good webcomic, swing by Megan Lavey/Isabelle Melancon’s Namesake (it took me a few tries to get into it but it’s a good series)!

GUYS! Did everyone back Pascal Campion‘s kickstarter and get his awesome book?! I mean the images are stunning as always, but he has notes scattered on just a small handful of pages that are SO WORTH READING.

I mean it’s nothing revolutionary but matched with amazing examples of emotion-invoking images just makes you think “…well why don’t I just try something. For goodness’ sake you can’t get worse from practice.” So I did:

Sunrise Warm Up


I wanted to paint buildings in sunrise… but I drew a person… and then I drew a couple more… then a beach. No planning, no reference aside from looking at a few sunrise pictures to pick two colors to paint in and I went for it. These are comic characters but this scene never happens. I didn’t use reference or worry about anatomy (…or composition…) because that would make it into a “real” painting and I would have to care about how it turned out. From first pencil stroke to final brush stroke this took and hour, ink and all.

Parts of it are very ugly but I couldn’t be more pleased that I was able to loosen up and do this! From now on, I will try to make more paintings this freely as warm ups. I think it will really help my artistic growth. Really want to go back and add more blue and shadow on this one though… I always wimp out on the first pass…


I didn’t mean to do Inktober and vanish! I’ve been hard at work on maps and comic pages. My kantele has been done for a few weeks but I haven’t had the proper audio recording (or skill) to put up anything. I’ll post pictures of it soon. For now, we’re at Level 5 in IllolifeRPG! I’ve been slackin’. Really couldn’t think of anything good for this one though so I just drew whatever and painted it however.

Illolife Character 5


Ghost Cat

Is that a ghost cat?! LAst day of Inktober and Happy Halloween!

Master Sai Toned Sketch

Should have used white gel pen but it showed up better in the scan than I thought it would! I’ll have to use paper darker than parchment for the future. Unfortunately in the middle of this, the cartridge in my pentel pocket brush pen raised it’s eyes toward ink cartridge heaven and will only be able to dry brush effect and then depart to a better, recycled world… Time to order new ink! wish I could find a store nearby with refills…

I suppose this Nausicaa is an improvement over yesterday! Still battling the remnants of some seasonal allergy crud (oh I’m aware that it’s not spring) so I should be an art-producing beast soon. But for today, a good warm-up:

Nausicaa Standing Sketch

Gah I really need to stop with these quickie Inktober posts! I got wrapped up in cleaning, feeling under the weather and finishing my kantele (more on that tomorrow). For now, here’s a Nausicaa for you:

Nausicaa Seated Sketch


I may give her another shot tomorrow…

Today we have a study for a potential illolifeRPG character portrait. I can think of a billion ways to make this more dynamic but good enough for Inktober :)

Art Mage Study

Just a quick doodle of me and my blue cat… unaware of this blue fiend? You can find some info on him here, here and here.

Cat and Me



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