Tools: Wacom Intos Pro Medium, Photoshop, Clip Studio Paint Details: Light is a common metaphor for the best in people. Love, truth, inspiration, courage, determination, etc, etc, etc. We all carry some amount of light within us and sometimes it takes the starting spark of another before we can really shine. I have had a very blessed life when it comes to this. From the time I was a small child watching Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind to now, I have received small bits of light that ignite great bursts of inspiration in myself that not only make me want to become better, but to be the kind of person who can inspire others in the same way. Because any of the material or immaterial things we could possibly give others to make their lives better or inspire them, it all stems from us containing the good will within ourselves in the first place. So if I was unfettered by logistics, money, etc, I would give this light- and all that it represents to everyone I knew. Because if I as one person can inspire a small group of people, and those people go on to spread more light to others, eventually and hopefully it'll fill the whole world and make it a better place and everyone will be a little happier and live a little better and love a little more.
Art and creative endeavors have the capability to form and direct the society we live in. Art is one of the most influential presences in our lives and what kind you surround yourself in can determine the type of light you carry within you. As an artist, I have spent- and continue to spend time gleaning tiny sparks of light and inspiration from other artists brave enough to stand out and put forth their ideals. When we take in those pieces of light, they combine, mix with our souls and then pour forth as a light source of its own. We can keep these lights to ourselves and try to comfort ourselves with the solitary glow, or we can send it out into the world to others. With some people it might not catch and the light might be rejected, but if even one other person takes in this light and makes it their own, the world will be a brighter place for it. And the great thing about light is that once it catches in your soul, it remains with you and continues to produce more.
Honestly, I have pages and pages more to say on the subject, but this is the gist of it all. Really kind of hoping it doesn't sound really corny, though I know it's idealistic. In any case, I hope you enjoy this. When I first read the challenge, I tried a lot of ways to make a single image narrative illustration for this concept, but I couldn't really think of one I liked that REALLY told the story I wanted to tell. So... like most things that I do that are autobiographical, I made a comic. I decided against having any dialogue, because I think that it would have detracted from the story instead of adding to it, especially when anything that could be said could be shown much more effectively. I kept it monotone for the most part in order to keep the Light as the main focus of the piece. I also tried to make the older person at the beginning androgynous and non-specific, representing any number of people who've inspired me.
Mercader or 'merchant' is designed for long range mining and cargo hauling purposes. It can carry significant amounts of cargo and has a decent survivability in case of pirate raids.
The design is inspired by galleons of the historical Spanish treasure fleet and Minmataar ships from EvE online.
I have played EvE online for a few days a few years ago so the game was not really in my recent memory. Therefore I had to make some studies from the Spanish historical fleet as well as the EvE fleet. I enjoyed the whole process alot, was very fun. I must admit that the gamer side of me has a little EvE-itch growing inside...
Another, one-sided version of the Qilin shirt. :> At least this is inside guidelines and won't include any bad surprises, like image cut in two in bad way. This is slightly different than two-sided version.
Version with dA-logo.
Two-sided -design (that is going to get little revamp before deadline):
I'm scared of bathrooms. They're like a combination of everything bad, with the mirror there, and the shower curtain, and what have you. Something horrible always goes wrong in a bathroom in every movie.
In my family's old apartment, we had a really leaky bathroom. there was a small closet in the corner for towels and the lock was broken so the door never shut. I think it was just the towels inside reflecting back light but whenever I looked at it from the corner of my eye, the door was always half open and there was something bright glimmering back at me.
To make it worse, one of my biggest fears though is seeing something in a mirror (IN THE BATHROOM) and turning around to find nothing there. Or mirrors in general, they just freak me out. I can't stand to be in the dark with a mirror. It probably has some connection with all those Bloody Mary games you hear about.
"Dry your eyes now, baby. Broken Wings won't hold you down. You'll take flight soon, baby. You'll be lifted up, and you'll be there." -Casey Williams 'Wings'
My entry for the Artistic Journey contest. Done with Copics and Crayons. My journey has been pretty long for being only a freshman, with lots of bumps and turns. I mean, everyone has their own roads and their own wings to go where ever they want with their talents, but mine seem to have gotten shredded up as I tried to work through the public school art system and yet still try to branch out on my own and still keep my sorta abusive social life intact as a kid. I'm glad my parents support me in my studies to become an animator. They actively help me contact different studios for advice and recommendations for classes. I'm grateful to my watchers, who find my art to be worthwhile. I'm grateful for Akai, Asami, Uteki and Xiao for forging my path in writing (even if it's just fanfiction). And all my love to Aquamarine74 whom for I have yet no idea why she decided to talk to me on the bus after I moved to my new home, who suffered through majority of the hell that is the American Public School System with me, and who encourages me to this day to do this stuff that we do for art.
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I did this for Capcom's official fan art contest for their game Okami. I am a big fan of the game's art style, and I thought I would give it a try in sculpture form! I used silk flower petals for the cherry blossoms.
Super sculpey over wire and foil armature, acrylic paints, silk flower petals.
Dimensions: 10.5" x 9" x 6"
EDIT : Wow, I was awarded third place for this! I am honestly very surprised and honored.
I did this to challenge myself with a new style, I've been blocked for months. This helped me to unblock; I never expected to win anything, especially with all the amazing entries I saw.
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