Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.
7/27 – Hello. I hope you are doing well. I’ve been working on some projects and trying to get several requests done. I accept request for textures or art you’d like to see demoed, but keep in mind it can take me quite sometime to get around to it. This last year has been terrible as I’ve had difficultly staying motivated. My list of requests as grown, so I’m going to try and get some of them done. One request I got was for mist or smoke and I think I’m done with that. I put a section about it below.
7/13 – I recently provided Redfin an idea for creating your own decorative house number and I put a section below about that with links to the article.
FYI – I’m not online everyday. All of my blogs, YouTube videos, and YouTube community posts are set up on a scheduler, so they go public automatically. This frees me up, and I don’t have to be online daily. It’s the days I stay off of the internet that I get the most done, and I try to have several of them a week. If you leave comment, have a question, etc., just be patient as I will get to it next time I’m online.
Misty Lake – 7/27
A number of months back I was asked to create mist or smoke. I finally got around to trying my hand at this by creating the misty lake. Like all of my artwork, there are things I like and dislike about it. I think the top of the mist next to the trees turned out well, but the rest of the art I’m undecided about.
I’m not overly sure it looks like a lake. Plus I’m not overly sure what I think about the grassy mound in the foreground.
This photo shows the artwork after I did some reburning to create a lake. The original version is below.
Here’s how the originally looked. This had too much mist and seemed more like clouds. I do think the version above looks better than this. As I said, this is my first attempt at creating mist. Plus I didn’t spend a lot of time on it, so all things considered it turned out better than I was expecting.
Lion – 7/27
The lion is blocked in and the background is most done. There are a couple of spots where the background needs to be darkened up. I’ve also been working on burning in the dark border around the edge of the board.
6/21 – I mentioned before that I’m burning on a piece of cradleboard. This is part of my final round of testing, and this is board #4. I have to say that I don’t like it. The board has such terrible texture that I found it very difficult to use the razor edge of the shader to burn zigzags. Plus it has some very predominate grain lines that are interfering with my details. Not thrilled with this board.
Koala – 7/19
The fur on the koala is now blocked in, but it needs a lot of reburning to get it to the needed darkness level.
HOUSE NUMBERS – 7/13
I was contacted by Redfin to provide a creative idea for house numbers.
Their blog is available for reading here or click on the image below: Display House Numbers
No, the image to the left is not something I created, but my idea could produce something similar to it.
Northern Bobwhite – 7/6
Jaguar face – 7/6
I’ve done a bit more work on the jaguar. This artwork, like the lion, is being burned onto a piece of cradleboard. As I’ve mentioned before, cradleboards are just plywood with a wooden frame support. The artwork is part of my final round of cradleboard testing. I would rate this board as ok. It’s not awesome, but I don’t hate it like I do the board the lion is on.
I wrote a blog explaining the initial round of cradleboard testing. I wrote the brand on the back of all of the boards so I would be able to know who made them. During the last part of that testing I had Todd write a number on the front of the board. Since that point in time, I haven’t flipped the boards over and I only refer to them by their number. This is board #6. If you are interested in reading the blog here’s a link: Cradleboard testing
Please don’t tell me who the manufacturer is as I want to remain unbiased. Plus I have 2 more boards to test out.
I like to work on subjects that have a lot of tiny detail with intricate designs. That is what this artwork is. It’s based on a photo of some sort of column embellishment, and I found it very intriguing looking.
When I mentioned it in one of my community posts on YouTube, it was very poorly received. That’s okay. I totally understand that we all have different interests. Now I consider this as a just for fun project that lets me experiment with creating depth and the illusion of 3d.
Pika II – 5/24
Todd’s Etsy Store
Todd opened his Etsy store to sell his chainmail jewelry he creates. He does custom work if you’re interested, but please contact him through the store. Here’s a link to his store: Todd’s Etsy Store
I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.