2018 Blog Plans

2017 ended fairly strangely, certainly the hospital trip and general business at work kept me from being as productive as I would have liked.

That was the past so after the extended break I think I’m ready to delve back into my Sunday updates. Art, gaming and the like.

To start 2018 off a quick look back on my art from then to now 🙂

One of the first bits of art I updated in Sept 2014 ( I dont think I ever finished this sketch)

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My first attempt at watercolors (tip:dont use student paints or brushes, they make your life much harder) (feb 2015)

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First landscape with the kids crayons 😀 (jun 2015)

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With inktober I had a big discovery of acrylic inks, still one of the mediums I have a lot of fun with. During inktober I was working on a charcoal drawing as well.2015-10-06 21.06.37

My Young Dwarf Hunter sketch. (Lots of errors in this but I like the crows still!)

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First watercolor landscapes (feb 2016)twitter-banner1

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And the first Acrylic Painting I did in November 2016

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Its good to remind myself that I have been painting with acrylics for a year or so now, I’m always looking to improve but also need to accept I’m a beginner on a very long journey.

Last years final inktober picture:

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And last completed painting:

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And finally, my WiP:

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along with my journey over the past 3 years.

 

Merry Xmas and Happy New year to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#Inktober Update

Life has mostly returned to normal post hospital. I am finding that I get a lot more tired ans I havent been able to game or write as much as I normally would.

On the upside it has allowed me to start reading Enders Game and doing a bit more inks.

#nanowrimo starts next month so thats back to writing 50000 words in a month. I’m unsure if I will do book 3 of my series or a world book for the pathfinder world i am working on.

Some inks

A Little Unexpected Break

Well you will have to excuse the lack of posts over the last week as of last Saturday I ended up spending 3 days in hospital with what at first was a suspected stroke but turned out (thankfully) to be a really rare kind of migraine.

It was the day of my twins 5th birthday party so I didn’t really imagine I would be in a ambulance by mid-day!

Im on the mend and fortunately there isnt any permanent damage – the neurologist described it as an electrical storm went off in my brain, basically shorted out a lot of things for a brief time. On the weird-side effects I cant remember what coffee tastes like and I have no cravings for it or withdraws from it, this is someone going from a 6(+) cups a day to none in a flash..so to speak 😀

I have been using my art to help recover, helps with a bit of a muscle twitches that occurs if I get tired, so have a fair amount of #inktober things to show.

In no order here are some of the bits.

 

 

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#inktober Underway

With work and family life absorbing a horrid amount of art time (as much as I adore them all it has been sooo busy) I had missed the start of inktober. Its one of the art events I really enjoy so will be cramming in ink scribbles  whenever able too.
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Quick update

Hey all, things have been crazy around here with sickness so not a chance to do any art sadly. Nothing serious but kids keep bring home all sort of lovely things to pass on.

take care, will post as soon as i have some art updates or maybe ill do a gaming one mid week 🙂

Spring Time Gloom

I had planned to get this out on Sunday but life and all got in the way.  Tuesday is actually my best day to post things so I will look at keeping my blog updated then.

Its spring in New Zealand and although its been a few weeks of lovely weather its also very changeable which has meant a lot of gloomy days that were terrible for painting.  I have increased the artificial light where I paint so will try on Thursday to do some work.

A little more details on both paintings I have on the go, seems to take forever these days to produce any work hehe.

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And the base background for new one

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Hopefully as the sunlight days return my painting efforts will increase.

 

 

 

Detailing & Discovery

A while ago with my computer crashing I lost a “small” amount of my book. Despite backing it up to 3 cloud based sites I some how managed to have it die exactly at the wrong time. On the weekends I discovered a word file with 50102 words I had lost… not as small as the 4-5k I had thought i was missing.

Nothing like adding 50k to your book to motivate you to write! (book is now just a few hundred shy of 120k) and I hope to have the entire first write done by the end of September ready for edits!

Big shout out to the lovely @Gypsy_Syl on twitter for sparking my search (go listen to the Battlebards podcast she takes part in if you haven’t already, its really great fun!)

http://battlebards.libsyn.com/ is the weblink for those without twitter.

 

Painting wise I began working on the details of the painting now, with the left side of the work nearing finish.

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As well as doing my own painting my twins finished their own first works, very proud of how they followed instructions and put their own spin on things. Very good work for 4.5yo kids in my bias opinion 😀

Gabs & Orlando’s paintings: