You know one of the things I would love to happen is for me to become prolific enough in my artwork to be able to support a calendar of my own. I have seen so many calendars of artists I respect and would love just to be able to share one with my followers. I always loved turning over the next month to drink in the works of Michael Whelan, Bev Doolittle, Ciruelo, and Darrell K. Sweet. I love art and I need to keep track of things so why not combined the two. Let me know if you like this idea.
As I have mentioned before I have a thing for eyes. The force of personality that can be seen in the human eye is amazing to watch from the reactions of the colored iris to the shape and motion of the eyelids. The play of the mind as it searches the world for information is most apparent in the eyes.
And then there are the inhuman eyes of the fantasy or science fiction character. My favorites are lambent eyes in a darkened visage. Glowing motes of color devoid of the attributes of men leaving you unable to guess the thoughts raging behind them. They could be sinister or wise, friendly or ominous, unholy or saintly just by virtue of the writer’s or artist’s desires.
I don’t think I will ever run out of inspiration when it comes to depicting eyes. What a wonderful piece of knowledge to carry into the future.
Confusion in the government and divisiveness by the republicans will open the door as it did in 2000.
I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who have come to this blog to see what I do. Thanks for all the likes and making my 2016 stats better than my 2015 and reversing a trend. We are off to a great start with viewership and visitors already topping the great numbers I had in December. I am trying to make this and my Patreon site ( Rob Garbin’s Patreon Page ) a place to go for interesting fiction and artwork. Right now I am still working hard on my Carrie Fisher Tribute, which I hope you will all enjoy since it is a tough piece for me. I haven’t been working on my writing as much as I would like but the stories are still knocking at the door and whispering some very neat ideas. I hope to get going on that front too.
I give you next month’s story a little early. The Devil is in the Code is a humorous look at the Devil’s latest scheme for mankind and the resulting reprimand from the boss. Will this deter the father of lies in the future, read and find out.
Here is the drawing of the Y-Wing I want to put into my Carrie Fisher tribute. It is only a fair approximation taken from an image at a different angle and I am not a patient draftsman, which is why I generally stay away from mechanical drawings. I am hoping when I get it into gimp that I can soften it to washout some of the poor draftsmanship. I also plan to rotate and make a pair for the painting. Basically, I have to do post production on my canned film. Hopefully you won’t critique too hard on this one. LOL.
I am currently rereading one of my favorite dragon stories, “Dragonsbane” by Barbara Hambly. Many of the notions I have about dragons come from her creation, Morkeleb the Black, whom is an old dragon of great power. He is not the kind to senselessly attack a knight and expose himself. He is intelligent, shrewd, and merciless but he is also wise. At first Mrs. Hambly leaves you with the impression of brutish bestiality; however, as the story goes on you find out that some dragons are very intelligent.
That is how I like to portray them. Yes, they are large and powerfully built but my dragons like to use that as a means to an end not as the end itself. They know the effect their size has on their enemy and will use it wisely to get the point across. My dragons will not be bashing through the landscape, burning everything in sight, unless something causes them to (this is a little hint about the novel in my head). Anyway, when I start uploading Dragon Dreams, you with come face to face with a unique dragon that challenges your perception of reality. For now, enjoy the painting I did called “Lord Dragon”. This is a change from the version I posted on deviantart because I was never happy with the background.