Welp, it’s been a little while. I’m sorry, don’t really have much to say but 2016 was a busy-big year for me both emotionally and physically. It took a lot of time away from posting on blogs that no one really looks at anyway. Some really fun things happened! I funded a little mini-sketchbook on kickstarter which was a little mini-surprise-success. I also painted a mural for the first time. So lot’s of firsts. I’m going to do a longer post on creating the book, which might be interesting to some looking to venture into the crowd funding zone. But for now I’ll leave you with images for your noodle.
This is the follow up to my initial part of The Clipped Hussar series, when I introduced our hero. The Twins are a series of characters she will encounter along her way.
When designing characters, the trend skews toward singular heroes that survive and operate independently. This was an exercise in creating a duo whose functions were co dependent, two parts of a whole. The premise was simple: one acts as the muzzle of a musket and the other acts as the hammer. Hopefully the personality of that dynamic comes through.
Love of revelry had them cast to the edges of the kingdom to serve their tenure as guardsmen of the passages to the capital. Between the woods and the wall to the empire, the siblings lived their lives amongst the denizens of the forest. In time, the wood twisted their flesh and strengthened their bond.
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It was important to describe The Twins with movement and interaction to give a sense that they are living and active characters with personalities. I also wanted to do some exploration not so much in their weapons but also their instruments, to emphasize their musical proclivities.
The Twins were originally planned as another Substrata release, however my ambition got the better of me and I saw the long-tail of this story that I wanted to tell unfold. Over the course of almost two years, this part of the project was subjected to all kinds of interruptions life had to offer. When I look back at some of the older drawings from this series, I realise that a lot has changed in my work style and approach. Getting the characters designed and settled was a class of its own which taught me a lot and I’m excited to explore these fellows more, in time.
2014 was a year of drawing. It was a fucking good year.
Drawing has always been the backbone of what I do and what I love about doing what I do. It’s both a nostalgic experience and a highly connected one that reaches deep into my child-man-brain and draws out whatever nonsense seems to be lingering. I feel the most Graeme when I’m doodling, and though I have the rough patches where I seem to have completely forgotten how to hold a pencil, I return to my sketchbook every day to remind myself why I’m here in the first place.
I’ve recently discovered a large format scanner at my local library and I’ll be scanning some full spreads of my sketchbook soon. My first trial turned out some ugly scans that had to be destroyed forever.
A couple years ago I was a contributing artist on Substrata. Along with my fellow Substratians, I developed a personal fantasy-fable which kind of stuck with me. There are elements of this story that I had intended to present during the contribution period of Substrata, but life and work derailed my progress. So I spent a year thinking about this little world I’d created, and I’ve finally had a chance to open it up again. Over the next while, I’ll be redesigning and revisiting this work (if for no other reason than self-improvement), and presenting some brand new work to further the story.