Green Book Sketch Collection

As I work on editing the Green Book 1 for your reading pleasure please enjoy this collection of illustrations and fresh sketches I use for play with designs. I find that it helps for me to visualize when I write and then to write when I am actively illustrating concepts and ideas from the work. Of course this is not the whole collection – there are also pages filled with these characters in my sketch books and plenty of works in progress so stay tuned!

Which ones are your favorite? Why? Comments and constructive critique are always welcome!

As always, click the links to see the images larger~

At the Parting of Ways

Through the Fire

Caught

 

 

 

Kiara design sketches

Under the Snow

 


Take Care of your Projects

When you are developing your own work remember that you are the boss. You are in charge of making sure that 1) you get down to work and 2) you take an appropriate amount of breaks. These two points are equally important in managing your time. If you take too many breaks you disrupt the flow of production and you risk having little to no material to work with. If you work too much for too long you can drain your inspiration and burnout your work inertia.

How do you know when to take a break? Read this short Tumblr post I found that sums up the importance and provides a gauge on taking breaks. Personally I set a timer for myself and designate a certain amount of composition or sketch work for that time period. At the end of the period I write notes for continuation if I need it and take a break to stretch, walk around, look at work by others – to step away from what I was doing to refresh. Reground. You are the vessel these wonderful projects are coming from and though the crew sails the ship what is a crew without their vessel?

Never forget the reasons you like doing the things you favor. People will often embark on the journey towards doing the things they like and somewhere along the journey they forget the original reason they pursued it. Their momentum dies down and the heart and soul of their efforts whoosh out of them. When I got a chance to work with and teach kids my favorite part about teaching was their willingness to learn and their laughter. I love their laughter and their honest outlook on life – their curiosity and natural exploration of the world – you know, the things a lot of systems drill out of us as we age.

Figure out the reasons you love what you do or are on the path you are on. Write them down. Keep them present in your mind. If by chance you are doing something you do not like, I only ask that you try to do the things you like doing as much as the ones you do not. Someone else you know on a similar path cannot do it? Someone farther along in a career than you did not make time for it? Someone with more money than you sold out to bring in the coins? So what? That’s not you. Those are not your limitations.

While this applies across a broad spectrum of talents, occupations, and hobbies, I want to take a moment to accent this message in the words of a wonderful writer.

“We will need writers who can remember freedom…Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit and advertising revenue is not quite the same thing as responsible publishing or book authorship…yet I see sales departments given control over editorial…I see a lot of us, the producers, who write the books and make the books accepting this – letting commodity profiteers sell us like deodorant and tell us what to write…We live in capitalism. It’s power seems inescapable – so did the divine right of kings.”

One of the key pieces of advice I can give you about being a creator is to enjoy the process.


Fresh Art

Hey guys and gals!

 

Guess what? I’ll be at Metrocon this year! You’ll find me at A18 on all four days. Come by to browse my art, pick out a print, help me plan future projects, find out more about my novels, or just to chat and hang out!

Now, I’m not sure which of my accounts you keep up with the most (I really should take a survey of that one day) but I just wanted to share some fresh work I’ve been turning out lately. As usual, click on the images to see them in a larger size!

Ice Attack

Bogged Down

Chloe and Chad from my Kaleidoscope series

 

two fun little characters I doodle randomly

Gaming Shenanigans: Demons Bane

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I hope everyone is improving and having fun~


Licensed to Kill

We are nosey.

Or curious.

It depends on your definition and point of view.

I was driving home one night from work and reached a point where emergency response vehicles had blocked off three of the four lanes. Of course I took advantage of the slow flow of traffic to peek at the accident.

The first thing I noticed was the black and silver pile of metal. I thought it was the smashed front end of a black car. We crept on and next to the misshapen silver and black pile was a whiteSUV. Behind this was a green car. It wasn’t until I saw the entire scene that my mind was able to wrap around the concept of the black and silver vehicle.

It was a motorcycle lying on its side.

You know that feeling when the muscles around your face slowly pull tight? That’s what came next. I turned back around.

The bike looked almost identical to one that a neighbor I barely know drives (his bike was safely in it’s spot when I got home though). My next thought was what if someone driving by knew the motorcyclist? I tried to imagine the frantic phone calling that would ensue to find out if the person was alright. Was the driver wearing the proper safety gear? Had the helmet worked?

I thought of all the motorcyclists I saw speeding around wearing flip flops, shorts, tank tops, and no helmets. What a pity. I also thought of all the drivers who skirt too close to motorcyclists – who pull up very close behind them or cut them off.

One of my last thoughts on this was why, why, why are we so callous when it comes to life? Why are people so lazy when learning how to handle a motor vehicle? Why don’t they realized the attention to detail is so important because they are operating a speeding death machine. Bones are fragile compared to a chassis.

My next step was to go home and draw. Being that close to death reminds me that there is no time like today to start something I’ve been wanting to do.

Be aware, my friends, and always move towards what you want – no matter how big or small – even, if like me, you have to crawl for now.

*click image to see it larger*

 


Beautiful

Run your fingers through your hair.

Dance while you fold your freshly cleaned laundry.

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Drive home in the dark after dancing at the club but to see a spider swing down in front of your face. Pull over and flee the car then giggle at how silly you must look when dusting the spider out of your car to the passers by.

Roll the car windows down and sing along to your favorite songs. At the red lights serenade the people waiting next to you.

Hand deliver a package that was incorrectly delivered to you – meet a cute neighbor with a politely energetic dog.

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Shop at the oriental market and listen to the employees talk in their native – enjoy recognizing the random ones you’ve learned so far.

Laugh at your own jokes.

(click to see a larger image and more of my comics!)


A Tree Blushing Valentine’s

I hope you are showering yourselves with love and appreciation today!

To me this particular day is a reminder that not just once a year you should treat yourself (and if applicable your special someone) to something nice. Look, even these trees are feeling a blush coming on!

Tree blush spied on a walk!

Taken on a walk with a friend.

No, that’s not literally a flora blush (though I like to think of it that way) that’s actually red lichen. Let’s have a talk about relationships.

Let’s start of with “what is lichen?” Lichen is a combination of algae and fungus – and can sometimes also contain the third organism cyanobacteria. The lichen grows best on trees in a cool, partially sunny, and moist environment. They face difficulty growing in polluted environments and are less likely to be seen in city-side foliage.

Different types of lichen were also used to produce dye either by boiling them in water or fermenting them in ammonia (urine tradtionally). These dyes were used differently across the world historically: yellow in North America, purple in Europe, and brown with red on Scottish tartans. If you’re anything like me you’ll be tilting your head and saying, “OH” because the preferences of certain historical styles and per royalty will suddenly make much more sense.

Fungus grows on the tree and collects moisture. This feeds the algae which photosynthesizes energy from the sun which in turn feeds the fungus making theirs a mutually symbiotic relationship. This pair of thallus’ attach to the tree bark via rhizines (hair-like filaments) and do not harm the tree, making their and the tree’s relationship one of commensalism.

Mutual

Mutual Relationship

Personally I am used to seeing green lichen, so what makes the lichen pictured above red? Based on the research I have done the red and white lichen pictured above is a crutose lichen, which means it rows radiating from the center with the newest growth on the edges. As to which lichen specifically this is, I am not entirely sure, though I can tell you that lichen is typically named after its fungus section.

Some people think the lichen is unsightly and can purge it if they wish with several different methods, including a soap solution, copper-sulfate, and lime sulfur (which could also damage the tree if applied to the roots).

Soap Cleanse

Soap Cleanse

If you want to learn more, please feel free to explore any of the linked text above.

So, we’ve covered relationships, especially mutually beneficial ones, and red. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and remember, much love~

Valentine's Chibis

Valentine’s Chibis


Sketching Day

Hey, guys n gals. There’s nothing much going on this week. I mostly have sketches to share with you.

Assassin Qui'lin and Pirate Unicorn

Assassin Qui’lin and Pirate Unicorn (OCs)

~click the images to see them bigger~
bareback canter - random chibis - draenei - anthro ornaments

bareback canter – random chibis – draenei – anthro ornaments

 

These’ll probably go in the “work on later” pile but I do have a few to flesh out more digitally later – of course I didn’t picture them here, it’s a surprise!

I hope everyone had a good weekend – and hopefully learned something new about themselves~


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