And this is where the author discovers CafePress

…or the wonderful world of merchandise (or would you call that shameless self-promotion? :p)

Anyway, let’s call it ‘just for fun’ or ‘character obsession’, but I kinda like this:

Yeah, I know. Apparently I have too much time to tinker at the basic level of photoshop, but I still kinda like it πŸ˜‰

That said I definitely need to get the ‘I WILL NOT STALK THE AGENT’ shirt from over here.

πŸ˜‰

Tinkering with some new ideas…

Okay, the results of this long weekend’s painting sessions were a bit mixed, but I still like them. Met with Jen and tried out some new things (and I actually got her to start and finish some of her character art – yay!).

The first one is some sort of cover artsy experiment of Ares and Damian on a 12×24 canvas. I liked the way the background and the title turned out, but Damian’s face is way too long so he looks like he’s just jumped out of Disney’s Hercules – don’t ask me how I come to that conclusion πŸ˜‰

~Shadows~

Ares & Damian, just about to get up (I leave the rest up to your imagination :p ) I played a little with impressionism etc. here. The background idea came from Jen and I rather like it. However, I do suck at painting/drawing characters in profile

~Nightshade~

Ares and Damian at Nightshade on 20×24″ canvas. I had a blast with this one, because in my original source/first sketch Ares’ left hand was pretty close to where this picture would no longer fall under PG 13 :p In the end I gave in to Stephen repeatedly assuring me that a) he’d never be able to bring any friends to our house if this kind of picture would hang in our living room and b) that he’d have nightmares. Honestly, my hubby cracks me up to no end sometimes. Thus, the non x-rated version here (even though it really wasn’t that bad, meh prudish Americans πŸ˜‰ ) Anyway, this paintings biggest flaw is that Ares and Damian’s heads are out of proportion, but yeah, like I said, I suck at profile-paintingΒ  and apparently at proportions too… I still sort of like it though and I’m happy with the title Nightshade.

Villain Gallery

Someone’s been creative this weekend and got her “Villain Gallery” finished. I painted Dahlia Laras, Dawnelle Nymeron and Sirius Nymeron. In one of my more fickle moments

I decided to change Dawnelle’s hair color from dark brown to black (never could decide that during writing anyway and black is a much better contrast to the white hair that usually runs in her family ;))

Anyway, I was pondering putting some of my character art into the sidebar of the blog, but for now I just created a new page with all the paintings and sketches here.

Right now I’m really looking forward to moving in August, because guess what will decorate our living room then? πŸ˜€

My mother in law asked me yesterday if I wanted to participate in a painting contest and maybe sell one or the other of my character art. Honestly? No. I love painting my characters as a hobby on the side and I really enjoy visualizing them that way (it helps tons with writing them πŸ˜‰ ) but I’m neither a good painter nor a serious artist. It’sa nice, relaxing hobby though and I’m already planning another bigger painting featuring Ares and Damian in some way. Will see where this one goes πŸ˜€

Anyway, here comes the Gallery of Villains:

Arturiel Valyr

Sirius “The Eye” Nymeron

Dawnelle Nymeron

Dahlia Laras

Villain – Dawnelle Nymeron: character art

I made this one a while back and it probably needs a little polishing (a new Dawnelle painting is in progress too), but just for the sake of completion:

Thanks a lot to Claire for being a wonderful model for Dawnelle πŸ˜€

Another painting featuring Dawnelle can be found here

It’s the second one down featuring her and Ares as well as a rather pissed-off Damian, but hey what do you expect? To anyone who wonders about this one, it’s not an actual scene from the book for once, but to be seen symbolically. The painting has its flaws, but I still like it as it’s been one of my first ones πŸ™‚

As to painting WIP, I’m planning on doing separate paintings of Dawnelle, Nymeron and either Laras or Orion (not decided on that one yet), on 8×10 canvas to match the one I made for Arturiel Valyr earlier, so I can hang them together as some sort of ‘gallery of villains’ if you want to put it that way.

Sirius Nymeron & Orpheus

Here are some more character sketches:

Sirius Nymeron – Eye and Emperor of Light (see character sheet and scene)

Is it only me or does he look a little bit Zeus-ish? *shrugs* can’t help the hinting at Greek mythology in Light I guess…

Orpheus – Originally I started this wanting to sketch Nymeron and Orpheus was the outcome of it. Another one of those “Ah that‘s what he looks like!” moments. Love those πŸ˜€

Anyway, those are just some quick impressions that might be turned into a painting. Or might not πŸ˜‰

Arturiel Valyr – Painting

Yes, I know, should have done this last week, but after a quick character sketch that I did today at work, I just couldn’t resist painting him. Doesn’t look as creepy and insane, but trust me he is…

That’s Arturiel Valyr, Ares’ nemesis and my “Lieblingsboesewicht” πŸ˜‰ for you:

More Paintings!

Actually, I was planning on doing a sketch of Arturiel Valyr yesterday – I promise to get that done still – but then I ended up finishing a portrait of Ares:

– He thinks he’s way too pale, and I’d second that, but hey that’s his problem. After all he always gets himself into those situations…and no I don’t care that I‘m the author, YOU are the damn protagonist – deal with it πŸ˜‰

Oh and for everyone who was wondering how Raeyn looks like, here he is (even though he usually doesn’t look that grim, but…)

Originally I wanted to put Damian into that picture, but somehow Raeyn decided to show up. Personally, I don’t mind and the scene’s quite fitting πŸ˜€

I’m not the most detailed painter as you can see (nor the most experienced, heh…), but painting character art is just a fun thing to do that lets me think about scenes and where I want to go with characters in general. Relaxing so to say πŸ™‚

Besides that, I’m happy to have accomplished something besides reading absolutely horrible books that came to an utterly horrible and cheesy end…I’m not even going to write a review about those, because…honestly it would be a waste of time.

Let’s just say that I’m glad I didn’t pay more than $1 per book for that trilogy and that being one of the ‘big’ fantasy authors doesn’t automatically make you a good writer. Really. Just look at Goodkind. I shall file Lackey in the same category unless you show me something better than The Last Herald Mage. What really irritated me was that she actually has some good ideas, but the way she goes through with them, the horrible narrative, wooden flashbacks and scenes that don’t contribute anything to her plot… Do I really need to say more?