This is a portrait of my original character, Dean Cassidy, who is the main protagonist of my EPIC MASTERPIECE. (His face is modeled after Jared Padalecki’s.) I painted this using Photoshop CC (2014) and Wacom Intous Pen and Tablet.
This is a portrait of my original character, Adelia, who is one of the protagonists of my EPIC MASTERPIECE. I painted this with Photoshop CC (2014) and my Wacom Intous pen and tablet.
After yesterday’s update, you may be wondering what I’m working on that’s so much cooler than my Short Stories Art Project (which I’m now putting on the back burner). Well, I did mention something about The Pillow Game: Imaginary Friends, didn’t I?
What’s so important about this imaginary pillow thing, you ask?
The story of The Pillow Game: Imaginary Friends is project I first conceived in January of 2012, originally called Imaginary Mafia. It was inspired by a dream I had around that time. In my dream, I was in a very stressful situation, where I felt emotionally and physically threatened by a specific person in my life. Suddenly, I had an entourage of fictional characters and imaginary friends (including Aurthose, of course) surrounding me protectively, intimidating my attacker.
I assume it must be a fantasy of most authors to actually meet their characters. After all, they are our beloved children and friends. I then conceived of a story that could encapsulate the temptation and danger of make-believe for the creative mind. After building up my cast of characters and dreaming up the plot and setting, I ended up with a story so massive, it could not fit into a traditional novel.
Ultimately, I ended up with the concept of a story that would be like a TV show that you read. As of this past weekend, I finally finished drafting my first episode of this adventure. (And I am currently working on the second.)
My soft goal for publishing to ThePillowGame.com is as follows: I plan to finish writing the entire first season by the end of this year while working with Nikki and Shawn for art and illustrations for each episode. Episode I should then premier in January of 2015, exactly three years from it’s conception.
For this reason, I’ll likely be less attentive to my blog in the coming months.
If you’ve ever wished you could get to Middle-earth, or that you could fly on a Firebolt like Harry Potter… If you’ve ever fallen in love with vampires that sparkle in sunlight, or a ruggedly handsome Grey Warden who hopes you’ll help him slay an Archdemon… If you feel you were born in the wrong galaxy and were really meant to be a Jedi — or maybe the wrong century, and that you’d be more at home in Starfleet… If you wish you could have sword fights with Peter Pan and never have to grow up, or maybe just escape into the nonsense of Wonderland for a few hours…
Well, then you’ve visited a fictional world, haven’t you?
The beauty of a fictional world is that when you escape into one, you can be whoever you want; you can be the true version of yourself that you could only ever be in that world. And when you’ve finished that story, you can be someone else — another version of your true self — in another world. For me, as I was growing up, I fell in love with fictional worlds. I read about them in books, I watched them in movies, I played in them on video games. I wished more than anything that I could actually go to those places, to live like those characters. To have epic adventures, and save the universe from the terrible evils plaguing innocent people. To be swept off my feet in a whirlwind romance. To overcome any and all obstacles and live a well-earned happily ever after.
When you’re a kid, it’s perfectly acceptable to play make-believe games and pretend you are in those worlds — or to make up worlds of your own. But if you’re like me, you never grow out of that phase, and maybe you decide to become a writer, if only for the excuse of visiting those worlds again, or to create your own.
As someone who has not only ventured into the worlds of others, but as an author myself who has created dozens of worlds from the ground up (and is currently doing so for her epic masterpiece, CODENAME: AURIVERSE), I’ve got a lot of experience with fictional worlds. So, coming soon to my blog, I plan to blog about this very topic in a special series called “Let There Be Light.” The link for the series’ category will appear on the Writer page if you’re looking for it later.
In the meantime, tell me in the comments which aspects of creating fictional worlds you would like to explore with me.
So, this is my first painting for my Short Stories Art Project. Of my three artworks for my short story Boy With No Name, this is my character portrait of the title character. Per my own rules, I had to try something I’ve never tried before, so I experimented with color. I also opted to skip out on the texturing I usually add to make my paintings look canvas-y. I was so in love with the details — flawed as some of them are — that I wanted it raw with out any color filters or textures aside from what I actually painted. Continue reading
During my quest to update the main menu (which is a long story all its own), I decided to add a Fairy Tales page to serve as a hub for the two fairy tales I had already published to the site, and a series of fairy tales I wrote in 2007 as a Christmas present to my family. Even though they are Christmas related… well, I’m one of those weirdos that watches Christmas movies year-round, so I don’t care that it’s April. Anyhow, check ’em out:
Until recently, I have been neglecting my digital art. I got it in my head a few weeks ago that I wanted to paint the Doctor from BBC’s Doctor Who. After that, I was inspired to paint some more. In less than a month, I ended up with four Doctor Who portraits, a painting of Bob and me, and not just one but two characters from my (still unfinished) epic masterpiece.
What’s funny to me is that even after I spent all of my free time this past weekend pretty much doing little other than paint, I still wanted to paint some more… only I had run out of ideas of what to paint. I was inspired to jot down some notes about my epic masterpiece in the meantime, and suddenly and idea occurred to me for an art project.
Although my method of painting largely relies on using photo references, and I find great difficulty painting something “from scratch” without it looking disproportionate (anatomy) and flat (lighting), I’ve decided that I would like to paint some illustrations for the short stories I’ve posted here. While I know that I’ll struggle with such a challenge, I’m hoping that it will help me get my mojo back.
So, here are my proposed perimeters for this project:
- At least one character portrait for each of the three short stories currently posted.
- At least one illustration of a scene described in each short story.
- Update the pages for each short story with the portrait and illustration(s).
- Focus on one story each month, for the next three months:
- Each painting has to be unique and not look like a series of paintings (meaning, not like my Portraits of the Doctor, or my character portraits for The Pillow Game).
- On each painting, I have to try something I’ve never tried before.
After completing each individual painting during this project, I will post it here on my blog, and to deviantART. At the conclusion of the project, I will update each of the static pages for the three short stories to include the paintings.
I think this project will be a wonderful form of mental preparation for continuing work on The Pillow Game: Imaginary Friends. I’ve delayed it for a long while now, partially because I haven’t had my collaborators there to help me out. It might not be my epic masterpiece, or even the novel I need to re-write, but it is a story I’m very passionate about. If I can feel confident of my ability to illustrate The Pillow Game moving forward, I might be that much less disparaged at the idea of writing it alone.