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Gorm Sketch
It's just a sketch of Gorm, a BSD Ahroun whom I made up over 15 years ago. I felt like drawing how he might look all these years later and after a haircut (I always drew him long haired, back in the day). This isn't the fetishized sexy BSD type that goes around in bondage gear or whatever, oh no: he's just a nasty, vicious inbred creep from an urban hellhole in Georgia that has a temper that makes badgers look mellow and thinks eating people is hilarious. Oh, those Black Spiral Dancers and their wacky hi-jinx.

His facial features took a lot of their inspiration from the late, great James Coburn.
  • Listening to: The Moon and the Nightspirit - Holdtanc
  • Reading: Chanur's Venture. Again.
  • Watching: Gotham
  • Playing: Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Eating: Next, I eat the banana!
  • Drinking: H2O, yo!
My most recent deviation, above, brought me a bit of sorely needed validation. Over the past ten years I've slid out of the habit of producing artwork regularly, and my skills have deteriorated as a result. Along with that my confidence in my work has suffered as well. That's partially because I haven't been pursuing my art professionally, what with the need to make a living and not feeling that I can "make it" as an artist. Very common story: married man wants to keep a roof over his family's head and food on the table, so he feels he has to compromise some dreams to make that happen. I'm doing okay financially, but artistically I've felt a bit of a dried up failure for some time now. That's a gutting thing to actually admit and put out into the universe. Nobody wants to admit that they feel like they've become second rate. While I do use social media and DA, I'm quite a private person when it comes to those worlds, yet for whatever reason I felt the need to post this here anyways.

I define myself as an intermedia artist, meaning I work in many different media, but my academic artistic studies were focused on a studio/fine art context (my degree is in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking and sculpture, some hints of which you'll see in my gallery) rather than illustration, digital or sequential art which are more common fields for DA artists. However, like any decent artist I've always loved to draw, and an important sign of how I'm doing emotionally has always been how much I draw, paint or otherwise produce artwork of any kind. A lot of things in my life, such as my commitment in church, my marriage and teaching my seminary class have been going well and have been very fulfilling, but doing a mundane rather than creative job for a living has been gnawing at me. Lack of artistic expression has been a killer, now matter how good some other aspects of my personal and spiritual life have been. Even if I do stick with a regular job for the long haul, I'll have to produce art just to maintain my own sanity and sense of worth.

My wife knows how much my art means to me, and she's been trying to encourage me to start creating it again, and expressing confidence that if I can get rolling and let my creative juices flow properly I can actually make a living with my painting and printmaking rather than with a job in corporate America - she knows that on principle I loathe working in the private sector even though I like my company and the actual job I'm doing is fine in and of itself. It's been difficult to believe her, especially with how out of practice I've become and the self-hating psychological stuff that goes along with the same. Like most artists I've known, I'm pretty self conscious about my work, and it's hard to feel that any improvements I make will ever be good enough, or that other people will value what comes out of me.

Anyhow, the above piece may be far from a work of genius, but taking a visual concept that had been rattling around inside my skull demanding to be let out and, well, letting it out definitely helped my emotional well being and my confidence that I can start in on some of the images that have been nagging at me for literally years, like a piece of Michael casting Lucifer out of heaven that ever since college I have kept doodling up comp sketches and thumbnails for but never turn into a finished piece.

Since it's fan art, I shared it with a particular corner of the Zebra Girl fan community. Then, within a couple of days, 
:iconjoeengland: the series creator, came round, saw it and gave it a +fav and some feedback on the piece itself. Getting some validation and feedback from a professional creator whom I respect about what I'd done with his brainchild... that felt really good. While it may be a small thing, the small things matter. Thank you.


Hal Andrew Case
Artist | Varied
United States
I've been around here since the days when I was a starving art student. I guess that says something.

Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Favourite genre of music: Classical. And Punk. And Ska, and... you get the idea.
Favourite photographer: Juliet Conlon
Favourite style of art: no single favorite
Operating System: WindowsXP
MP3 player of choice: iPod shuffle
Wallpaper of choice: varies.
Skin of choice: The one I was born with. Sort of.
Favourite cartoon character: Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop or Ghim from RoLW
Personal Quote: Deep down I think we're all cheesy, but we're too cynical to admit it.


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demongirl Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016
Thinking of you old friend, while explaining New Bremen to someone. Miss you! Hug 
uhlrik Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016   General Artist
Oh hey there! How have you been? It's been ages. You might be amused that in a really weird way, a few pieces of old New Bremen live on. A few years back some friends convinced me to run some WoD again, and just for fun I brought back a couple of NB characters as NPCs
demongirl Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016
Oooohhh!!! Who made the cut? ^_^
uhlrik Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016   General Artist
This game is obviously set in an AU since everybody in the original NB died in or before the Apocalypse, so bear that in mind, but there have been several, several of which were my PCs. Of mine, my old day-1 PC Linda Lee is a major character, so her daughter Krissy (who in this universe didn't get mystically aged up to adulthood) has been referenced but never appeared on camera (her being missing is a longtime subplot), Robert Anderson has been referenced in passing once and will soon put in a cameo, and Gorm has been referenced but supposedly died before this chronicle began. Of other people's characters, Ashton Knight (or the late Ashton's technocratically created clone, actually) was a PC but has been killed in action and several of his family and friends (Devin Knight, Christy Knight, Strago Strange, Jonathan Roberts) have appeared as NPCs in various levels of plot relevance, Eric Bronco puts in an occasional appearance and discovering a teenaged lost cub version of Billy King (better known as the awesomely deed named Dispatches-the-Stupid) was part of one of my stories. This game is mostly set in California rather than Georgia though, which keeps incidental cameos to a minimum. Do you have any suggestions for others to crop up? Or an interest in checking out the game? I am now in dire need of shapeshifters: it's a mage/werewolf crossover but given group and character attrition inherent to a 6 year long chronicle the only werewolf in the core group is an NPC. The rest are Mages, Kinfolk or both (well, and a Kami that has been adopted in to the Uktena tribe as honorary kinfolk).
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Fondeurenfersson Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Much thanks !
uhlrik Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2016   General Artist
You're welcome!
Wickabee Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Thanks for the fav!
Tulsatrash Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
welcome back.
uhlrik Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015   General Artist
Thank you much!
LeneMa7991 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey thank u very much for your support!! I really appreciate it :) Hug 
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