I'm a software engineer with an artsy fartsy side and an addiction to adaptations of Three Kingdoms Chinese history and lore. I enjoyed drawing back in high school, fell off the wagon, and have been working my way back on ever since the fan art bug bit me. I aim to improve with each piece while enjoying myself. Feel free to critique my most recent work.
My main interest is semi-realistic illustrations of people with influence from manga and Western comic art. I dabble in graphic design and digital painting as well. My formal art education stopped at an intermediate level, without any strong focus on anatomy or line rendering, so my recent progress has largely been self-taught with lots of help and inspiration from classic reference books and the works of professional illustrators.
I'm more of a writer than a visual artist, and I'm lazy about cross-posting. Find me on AO3 under Rydain. I am also planning a modern day legend of Cao Cao, which you can read about on my Dreamwidth.
If you'd like to ink, color, or iconify any of my drawings - have at it. I put them under Creative Commons license for a reason. Just give me fair credit for my work, and please link me to yours so I can see the results.
Favourite Visual Artist
Andrew Loomis, M.C. Escher
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Wreck-it Ralph, South Park, The Addams Family, The Goonies, Death to Smoochy
Favourite TV Shows
The Wire, Mad Men, Beavis and Butt-head, Pawn Stars, classic era Simpsons and South Park
Stephen King, Jerry Spinelli, James Webb, Rafe de Crespigny
Dynasty Warriors 5, Warriors Orochi series, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect, Saints Row the Third, various old school classics
Favourite Gaming Platform
PS3, XBox 360
Tools of the Trade
Photoshop, Manga Studio EX, Scrivener, Google Docs, Wacom Intuos
Weight lifting, writing, singing, piano, music composition, Three Kingdoms history, modern Chinese industrialization and urbanization, my spousal unit & cats