Friday, November 30, 2012

"Clockwork Fantasia" for EV

   The piece for Enchanted Visions Project's November 2012 theme, "Clockwork Fantasia", is finished.  I still can't decide on the title. XD  My eyes are tired and so is my brain right now, so I'm just going to sit on it for a while to decide. :D  This was a lot of fun to paint.  It looks like the same girl from my "Steampunk Dark Angel"... on a good day or her non-evil twin. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Clockwork Fantasia" Color Test

   A quick color test on the inked lines of "Clockwork Fantasia".  I think I like the way this looks.  The figures will be more defined when I do the full coloring, of course.  I just wanted to see the steampunk world in the 'golden age' shades. ^^  The more I look at this, the more I'm convinced that I'm paying an homage to Hayao Miyazaki and his wonderful movies.  There's a lot of girls and flying in his movies.  And his designs of flying machines are simply amazing and so inspirational.

   Growing up in Japan, I was exposed to a lot of his work when he was a lead animator of a lot of TV anime series (Long long time ago!).  I loved his 未来少年コナン (Future Boy Conan) among many others.  I'm so glad that we can now see his movies in theaters in the US.  Although the dubs are often disappointing, but I'm glad that the serious anime fans prefer to watch with subs.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Clockwork Fantasia" Inked

Just got the lines inked on my "Clockwork Fantasia".  This will be fun to color. The inking, especially not doing it for the last three pieces, seemed tedious.  Of course, whenever I have mechanical details, it is more tedious and stressful (trying not to make mistakes) to ink over the sketch.  A part of me very much enjoys this.  There's no doubt about it.  Otherwise I wouldn't do this type of art.  ^^;  Next step is the color test. :D

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Concept Rough for EV's November Theme

November 2012's theme for the Enchanted Visions Project is "Clockwork Fantasia".  I ended up choosing  the theme because Amy was busy and Lisa wanted it to be 'steampunk' but didn't want to use the term in the title.  Mechanical and inventive technological aspect is a big part of steampunk genre, so I suggested 'clockwork' to be used in the title.  'Fantasia' is just another word for 'fantasy', so it's basically 'Steampunk Fantasy'. ^^;

This is my third steampunk piece.  I personally like the flying machines and fantastical inventions we can come up with the most when we play in this genre.  Victorian fashion with top hat and goggles thrown in is nice, but it's more fun to have the gears in action, so to speak, rather than having them used merely for ornamentation in a static portrait.

For colors, I think I want to go light this time.  I've done my previous two in dark browns, gold, and black.  This time, I want white introduced into the brown and gold mix.  I think it will be a fun piece.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

"Forgotten Summer" for EV

   Still doing those quick experimental pieces that I started last week.  This time, I wanted to see if I can do something with a little boy fae in the scene and also introducing a bit of color.  I have been enjoying beautiful fall days with wonderful foliage here in Colorado (Very grateful for that!), and these colors are definitely inspiring me to paint nature.   This prompt/theme, "Forgotten Summer", has been up on my list ever since I joined (It's one of the older ones.), and I kept meaning to tackle it, but just never could come up with an image in my head.  Yesterday, though, was my lucky day.  I sat at my desk with a blank sheet of paper and this sketch pretty much drew itself very quickly.  I was tempted to ink over in my usual style and go really colorful, but I wanted to capture the pensive mood of the fae, so I decided to do my quick style.  It's a minimalistic approach with very few layers used with very few tools and usually only one color (many variations of shades within).

   All I can say is that my current experimental style is very much a reflection of my current mood.  It might be the season with fall leaves and pending approach of the cold weather.  There's a bit of a shade of grey lurking in my otherwise very cheerful personality lately.  ^^;

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Dernier Lamento"


   Another experimental piece like the "Oblivion".  Same approach once again.  This time, the musical inspiration was Astor Piazzolla's "Dernier Lamento", with additional inspiration coming from Victorian death photography, where the recently-deceased were photographed either alone or along with those who were left behind, often dressed and posed as if they were still alive and asleep.

Friday, November 2, 2012


   I did this quick painting today.  Just felt like doing something a little different from my usual, so I just scanned the pretty rough pencil sketch of the concept and went ahead with the digital color.

   There were only 4 layers on this one including the scanned image.  The inspiration for this came from Dia de los Muertos, of course, but more profoundly, from Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion", a beautiful, haunting piece of music that I love.  I enjoy listening to different versions of it by different groups and artists, but I enjoy playing it on the piano with Jr. playing her cello the most.  Nothing beats live acoustic music.