My 3rd practice and most challenging paint yet, Ser Davos Seaworth of Game of Thrones.

Davos Seaworth

Davos’s older features proved much more difficult to tackle than Arya’s much smoother appearance. Though it was his hair that was probably the most challenging, and something I still need to work on.  White on black doesn’t seem to work out the same way as other colors. I also tried for a bit more realism in this image compared to the last two.

I kept a progress log of this paint for those that were interested. Linked below.

Davos painting progress

Davos was hard and took much longer than the others, but it paid off, I definitely learned a lot on this one.

Afterwards, 2 hour speed paint of The Hound and Arya.

The Hound and Arya

 

early card design for KhanQuest

A good friend of mine, Jason Khan is finally putting his board game concept in to high gear and shooting for a finished prototype. We’ll call it KhanQuest for now (working title).  Along with Rhys Yorke, I have been asked to do the games artwork.  I’ll be focusing on the game boards, cards, tokens and such, while Rhys will be creating the cover art and images of all the games units. This will be my first board game, though it isn’t as unfamiliar as I may have first thought.  I’ve done plenty of print campaigns for various marketing agencies over the years.  Surprisingly I still remember most of it.  Combine that with what I’ve learned from video games and it’s like some unholy merger of love and hate.

There is of course many challenges to look out for. The biggest being:  There’s no post-launch-day-one patch to fix all those little mistakes that slipped through publishing.  You get one shot, its gotta be perfect.  But there are advantages too. No restrictions on file size, texture quality, or which devices it’s compatible with.  As long as you have a human brain, you should be good.

I’ll be adding a page to projects for KhanQuest, and who knows maybe even Jason will pop in sometime and comment.

The above image is an early concept of the games research cards.  Yeah I know, odd for a mage to be thrown in to a tech UI but don’t worry it will all make sense. At least we hope.

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A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease after spending 2 consecutive weeks in the Hospital. Crohn’s itself though painful was actually not the worst of it. What came with Crohn’s was an elevated level of anxiety and panic, something i was only minorly suffering from before. Prior to Crohn’s my anxiety was mostly just an inconvenience, stuff like butterflies in your stomach, or being kept up late at night.

After, however that minor inconvenience became full blown panic attacks. If you’re not sure what those are, the latest Ironman movie had Tony Stark suffering from the condition, and for the most part it was pretty accurate. Only difference is mine didn’t last 30 seconds, but closer to 30 min to an hour.

To top it off, a few weeks after being released from the Hospital, Gameloft Toronto, my employer at the time had to downsize. I was one of the unlucky bunch that would be let go. The loss of income meant moving out of my downtown condo and back with my parents. This did not help the whole anxiety thing. It was not the best year of my life.

Looking back now however I realize just how much it actually affected me. I thought i was being strong and handling everything ok. But as I created this website and sat down to draw characters I eventually plan to use for a web-comic I realized I hadn’t drawn a single thing since before my stay in the hospital. That’s over a year without even picking up a pencil for a little doodle.

It’s not like I didn’t do anything artistic in this last year. I did do freelance graphic design jobs, 3d renders for architectural clients, and even Photoshop creations for our ongoing D&D campaigns. But i hadn’t actually drawn anything, the basis for everything ‘visual art’ and the hobby that started it all for me.

This may not seem like a big deal for those non-artists out there, but to give you an idea, prior to my hiatus I was probably drawing something at least once a day. If I went out for coffee with my friends my sketchpad would always accompany me. If I had a long ride on the subway i’d be doodling. So to not draw a single thing in a year, yeah it was a big deal.

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As I sat down and began creating the characters for this site, the first feeling was fear. Fear that i’d forgotten how to even draw.  But once I actually did, all those good feelings that I loved and forgotten came rushing back.  I was reminded why I perused creative disciplines in the first place, and though I don’t consider myself a professional illustrator, I was relieved to see I didn’t suck as much as I thought I would.

I feel more motivated now, my anxiety levels while better in general, are under even more control, and I even started waking up in the mornings!

So hello tablet and pencil my old friends, I’ve come to doodle with you again.