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What a difference 6 years makes...

What a difference 6 years makes...

About a week ago, I posted this: In July of 2007, I drew this: This most recent time around, I was drawing Emma Frost simply because I felt like it.  I did a sketch of a woman during some free time, and her mood reminded me of Emma, so I ran with it.  What I didn't realize at the time was that the last time I drew Emma (my favorite X-Man) was almost exactly 6 years ago.  Looking at the two pieces, I don't think most would ever realize they're from the same artist. It's easy to be critical of our own work.  In order to get better, we have to be.  You need to be able to see your own flaws in order to know what to improve upon.  However, when

2013 So Far...

2013 So Far...

2012 was probably my best year ever, in terms of the art stuff.  I posted seven new pieces (given my usual lack of prolificity, I was pretty proud of that) and even saw my work in print for the first time.  I told myself at the beginning of this year that I would do better.  I want to make sure that at minimum, I'm posting one new piece a month.  So far, I'm on track! January: :thumb350235278: February: :thumb355867072: March: :thumb357329640: What's up next? Wonder Woman definitely is.  After her... maybe something vaguely cyborg-ish.  And, one of my goals is to produce a self-portrait before the end of the year. Wish me luck!

My art, appearing in Captain Marvel #1

My art, appearing in Captain Marvel #1

Today is a pretty big day in my life.  A piece of my art is going to be printed in an actual, real live comic book for the first time. A few weeks ago, Marvel put out a call on Twitter for fan-art based on Carol Danvers in the new Captain Marvel costume.  Holy crap!  I had been working on a digital painting of Carol for weeks!  It was about 95% finished.  I rushed home that night, finished painting her hair, and e-mailed it in. About two weeks ago, I got confirmation that my piece was one of the submissions selected to appear in a fan-art gallery in the back of the #1 issue of the Captain Marvel relaunch (by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter S

Technology can be a little evil...

Technology can be a little evil...

A few months ago, I did a speed paint of the Carol Danvers redesign by Jamie McKelvie, soon to be featured in Kelly Sue DeConnick's relaunch of Captain Marvel. :thumb292184506: It got a very positive response - truly moreso than any other work I've done to date.  It even was featured in a collection on Project Rooftop.  So, I figured... if a speed paint can go over that well, imagine what I could do if I put some actual time and effort into it?  Thus, I began another portrait of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, going for Hi-Res, Hi-Def and all of the itty bitty details.  I was almost finished.  I was maybe 95% of the way there.  I planned o

People need to saddle me with deadlines more often

People need to saddle me with deadlines more often

So, the lovely community on the X-boards over at the Comic Book Resources Forums desided to start doing Art Jams again.  I decided to participate.  The theme of X-Jam XIII was costume redesigns.  Through a miracle of dumb luck, I was assigned my all-time favorite, Rogue. The good thing about an Art Jam is that there is a deadline.  Deadlines mean I can't procrastinate.  Deadlines mean I get stuff done.  Crazy, huh?  Thus, I post my first piece in over a year and a half: :thumb216616969: I won't lie.  I'm pretty thrilled with the end result.  So here I am, promising again to do more work and be more prolific.  Maybe this time it'll actually

Finally, new art!

Finally, new art!

The problem with having this journal so prominently displayed is that it makes it really obvious when I haven't been updating. I set a goal of doing more art this year.  So far, I've come up a little short.  However, I've finally got a new piece ready to go and posted.  I've been working on that Carnival of Shadows Illusionist (from City of Heroes) on and off for a long time.  It's pretty gratifying to finish it after all of this time.  The bonus is, while it certainly isn't perfect... I'm very proud of it.  I'm definitely quite happy with the way it turned out.  This may have finally unseated the Blue Cyborg as my favorite piece. What I re

It's been awhile...

It's been awhile...

It's been ages since I updated this.  After not posting anything in the whole of 2008, something I not too happy about, I made a goal to post at least four or five pieces this year. To start, I just posted a wallpaper that I made as a part of an art contest for Gemstone IV.  This was a somewhat rushed piece due to the contest deadline, but I can't complain.  I think deadlines are what I need to keep moving. The irony is, I had another piece nearly finished that I had to put aside to complete this on time.  I hope to have that posted very soon as well.  It is a portrait of a Carnival of Shadows Illusionist from City of Heroes.  I'm very happ

What am I working on now?

What am I working on now?

There is usually a distinct difference between what I am working on and what I should be working on.  I should be doing some City of Heroes art.  I started a drawing one of the Carnival of Shadows illusionists awhile back, just because they look so awesome.  I also should be doing a portrait of my main character.  I finally got to 50 with her and no character should be capped without a proper portrait. What should I REALLY be working on?  I have a few Gemstone IV commissions that need to be finished.  Commissions come before personal projects, right?  I'll get to those.  I promise. What am I actually working on?  Well.  A friend of mine for
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