Sunday, December 8, 2019

She heard an avalanche

Deviant Art shared this event where you get to have a funny badge for participating in the the stupid powers event. They had a random generator to make titles for you to create an art piece around. My randomly generated mashup was: "Area Woman Saves Hiker From Avalanche Using Ability to Visualize All Sounds As Holograms"

Last minute, quick, just to show I made something and didn't just grab the silly event badge. I made this by doing quick digital sketching, then adding color by selecting textures from my own photographs to create a digital collage of sorts.

It may not be executed in the best way for the randomly generated mashup for stupid powers, but the strange hexagonal rock looking things on the left represent the sounds of the avalanche visualized as a hologram.

I started off with a muddy, brown and gray scene, then realized I was forgetting the snow. Can't have an avalanche without snow.

Process: Drew out the scene quickly, added color by selecting textures from my own photographs to create a form of digital collage/paper pieced kind of picture.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mountain Market Collage

Two travelers looking through a street market in the cold, snowy mountains. The younger man wonders why his gray haired father seems so displeased about something, as though he doesn't want him to use the money he had started pulling from his leather wallet.

This picture is a mixed media, digital art piece consisting of a sketched base which I then added color to by using selections of Far Far Hill digital scrapbook paper, creating a sort of digital paper cut out picture.
the background base sketch was less of a focus and more sketchy than the foreground characters made to be the focus.

This picture started after I saw these two variations of the same face in a bath rug. I drew over the photo below when I saw a face in it. Can you see what I see?

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Warframe Magazine Covers

Sometimes inspiration hits, I revisit a genre, in this case Warframe. For awhile there I had complete burn out, no desire to do Warframe themed art, too busy focused on other stuff.

I still technically am, but I had this urge to get a few things Warframe related out of my head, a poster/magazine cover of both Ember and Mag. 

The Ember magazine cover was inspired by the rework of Embers's abilities. She can now catch fire, and her fourth ability allows one to summon a meteor shower of flame and brimstone onto your enemies.

Ember is now hotter than ever, ready to get your Warframe fever going. I formed three options of poster covers for both Ember and Mag.

One of my plans was to possibly use these pictures on book covers for my future, yet to be printed and assembled personal Warframe journals.
Ember's book cover is meant to represent the thrill of the game, the fever or high one can get from first starting Warframe, collecting weapons, frames, leveling up, and modding. It's fun till the fever dies down and everything becomes bland once muscle memory kicks in and all levels are the same old deal. 

Trivia: These screenshots of Ember were done in the Kuva Throne Scene of captura, with adjusted lighting. There were many more screenshots besides the ones I chose for the covers. Pages displaying them may be for later, considering pages of those screenshots would make a great opening picture collection for a Warframe fever book.

Warframe Mag Magazine was purely pun based. Mag should have her own "Mag" azine. This seemed like a fun idea as a novelty cover for a Warframe journal, possibly one that focuses on Mag and all the pictures I have of her.

Like with the fever cover, there's a small collection of screenshots that goes with the chosen selection used for Mag's covers. 

I chose two I liked best. I did the screenshots in Chamber of the Lotus scene in captura. the purple of that scene went well with my favorite celestial color pallet I use on my frames, consisting of black, neon blue, and a warm purple mixed with silver accents.

I think this one may just be my favorite. It looks like the opening to a comic book, like Mag is propped on a ship, and there's a larger ship behind her in space. I played with level settings on this one, making the scene darker (left) to compare it to the original (right).
Warframe Mag Poster and cover, reworked. It was suggested to me that the glare around Mag's head took away from the picture. Challenge accepted, a bit of PSE adjustment with burn and dodge tools, and some final touches with a high pass filter, here we go. You can now see Mag's head.
A few more covers were inspired for the different sentiment. Mag Magazine is similar sounding to Mad Magazine. Mag is more playful or triumphant for these.
I liked the magical looking one with all the metal bits, but it seemed to be needing a more intense color, so I adjusted the levels again. I kept one as a poster (left), and liked the darkened version for the cover as well (right).
I also wanted to save just poster versions without sentiments for all the covers. The mag ones to me are the coolest even as posters.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Floral Deer Collage

I had started this project back in February, then left the illustration alone for a long time, later to come back to it with the urge to add some color and make it pretty.

I've always loved the combination of texture and color, collage and paper piecing. I decided to use that technique combined with the line art to create a digital mixed media image. 

I changed the line art to brown, black was too harsh, then selected sections of digital scrapbook paper to make things more interesting. The digital scrapbook papers used are all from the site Far Far Hill.
Base sketches were done first by drawing on a translucent layer over the shower curtain photo which I had spotted this illustration in. Once I finished drawing, I made the photo of the curtain invisible, leaving me with an illustration on a perfect white backdrop.
What's this about? You may not be able to see what I see, but I find pictures and inspiring ideas within the most mundane of textures. Rugs, wood, wrinkly shower curtain lining (in this case), fabric patterns, and so on. This odd deer illustration was created over top of this photo when I had spotted the shapes and form of the deer in it.

There have been many moments in life where I and others in the family see funny things in strange places, known as faces in places by some people. I finally looked up what the actual word for it is, and discovered it's called pareidolia. (Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data. Some common examples are seeing a likeness of Jesus in the clouds or an image of a man on the surface of the moon. Famous examples of pareidoliaThe psychological phenomenon that causes some people to see or hear a vague or random image or sound as something significant is known as pareidolia (par-i-DOH-lee-a).The word is derived from the Greek words para, meaning something faulty, wrong, instead of, and the noun eidōlon, meaning image, form or shape. Pareidolia is a type of apophenia, which is a more generalized term for seeing patterns in random data.)

I now know what to call the many random moments of seeing things in odd places, not necessarily obvious to anyone else's eyes either.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Peachy People

The following collection of digital collages were an odd set that came about when I was having a partial peach craving, or more specifically a desire to smell peaches during October. 

Nouveau inspiration of pretty ladies with their forms displayed partially inspired the first collage.

Each peach person for the first and last illustration were made using selections of a peach image as texture, using a quickly drawn form sketch as a guide for shaping the pieces.
From this black and white sketch, to using it as a guide for texture placement (right). 
Ms. Peach

A plump and cheery peach lady sitting in the peach tree. She's kind of meant to look like a wingless fairy or some sort of small being who lives and hides among the peaches. The top two were made to look like a sheer shawl wrapped around her top and bottom, with slight variations between them.

The bottom two are displays of two subtly different bikini bottoms. Personally, the less green covering the peach color, the better she shows up on an already green background.
Peach Spirit

This particular collage reminded me of Aeris from the Mora story, specifically because of the leafy hair style and jungle garb entirely made from greenery. 

This little peach spirit watches over every precious ripening peach till it's ready to be plucked or planted.
Peachy People

I used more than peach images to create the third collage of a couple of jungle dwellers doing daily routines. The man warms his hands next to the fire he had just started, and the woman searches for flowers and herbs to pick.

These all can fall into the category of peach people, little forest spirits or fairies.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Calvina Mermaid-Mermay

Gray'scale' (left). Transformation (right).

Gray "scale" Calvina mermaid. I call her the Calvina mermaid because the figure used to make this is from a Calvin Klein 'Obsession' perfume ad. 

This is a long overdue digital collage that was meant to be part of the Mermay collection. a Mermaid image for July is still fitting though.

I chose a gray fish to match the grayscale image of the mermaid. The touch of peachy pink seemed like a nice addition with the gray, so I kept those original colors of the fish. I used some scrapbook paper designs from Far Far Hill as the background and seaweed. I also used a texture background that I put together myself to create swirling energy in the "Transformation" picture. The rocks and fish elements were selected from pictures found on Google images.

I didn't originally intend for the Calvina mermaid to have three different versions, but as I played it happened, and then I got some small story ideas behind what each picture is about.

"Gray'scale'" is Calvina in her basic mermaid form. The "Transform" image is a moment when she's magically changing into something new, maybe she wanted legs.
Sea legs

After the magical transformation, she did get legs, but not in the way she expected. She was still like a fish, but with fin feet and the ability to walk on the ocean floor, or venture onto land and become amphibious. 
Here she walked onto shore, leaning against the beach rocks to support her newly formed legs. Her fin feet sunk into the damp sand as rain came down around her.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Celestial Squid-Fashion

Celestial Squid, sheer gold collection.

These designs are based off of actual items I have in my dress up stuff. Black tights, a sheer gold with dot line curtain used as a cape, a bathing suit similar to this design, celestial patterned exercise tights, green sheer fabric used as a veil, silver gold sandals, and a hand crafted paper mache helmet.

I played around with the elements to make different designs after setting down the base ones (upper right corner).

I had started making these designs based around an idea relating to Warframe. I thought of how there are different people from different planets, with odd clothes. Then I thought, what my operator might like wearing, and I thought up these designs, some of which could actually be cos-played.
Celestial Squid Space Dust.

The space dust collection is based around an actual bathing suit I have, a sheer multicolored pastel fabric with sparkly lines, my paper mache helmet, and a pair of celestial patterned tights.
The old helmet was mention in a different post- Squid Helmet

Monday, July 8, 2019

Lotus Flower Glow-Warframe Fashion

Fairy wispy Lotus (left). Messenger Lotus (right)

I'm back with a huge collection more of all the designs created from selected parts of a single outfit. This is an extended series of Warframe Lotus Fashion, its sister post. Originally the colors I chose for the first series all followed the cold, or calm colors of the Warframe Lotus pallet.

All the costumes as bases ended up having gray purple as the main color scheme, excluding the Lotus armor design. It's after a conversation with a game buddy, and sharing my first post with him, that I was encouraged to try some brighter colors. He felt the designs were great as a whole, liked the messenger bag, but felt the colors would be more interesting in warmer shades.

After it was suggested to me to try some brighter colors, a whole flood of extra ideas came to mind. It was thought that I was basing a fashion series off of my Lotus themed Rhino, which of course gave me more ideas, but it also helped me decide to take the Lotus fashion series and apply my favorite colors I've been using for my frames. This brought a whole new level of life to the collection, and it's now more of a neon Lotus series.

I stuck just changing up the colors of the hoodie designs, tights, boots, and messenger bag (shown right). then I explored other element combinations, not all of which are the same as the last design sets. The theme that seemed to "blossom" in this is more of a fairy kind of design, leaning more towards the look of a Lotus flower.

A few of the designs were also made to look like they have wings. Some of that inspiration may have derived from the Lotus wisp themed scrapbook paper I had designed recently. 
Winged Wisp Lotus (left). Layered Lotus (right)

The winged Lotus design has a couple of the base designs from the sister post in it, just changed up with different colors. I really enjoyed playing with all the different layer options. The middle one at the top in the Layered Lotus panel is like a ball gown.
Full bloom Lotus (left). Lotus flower Glow (right).

Full bloom Lotus panel is basically a solid version of the Lotus flower glow panel. The flower glow panel was experimental as I worked out a few ideas for the possible future theme of Lotus ephemera made into a fashion design.