Uploaded a new image to my Patreon Page. Here is the description:
“Today’s reward is a pencil drawing I did because of the ways spiders can use their webs to fly and the way their legs fold up. I decided to draw some vehicles based on spiders that were caught by surprise and resorted to jump thrusters to escape.”
Just something for you avid readers out there. Since joining Librarything in 2008 I have won 36 books in their early bird reviewer program. Most have been e books but there were some physical copies and even two audio books (unabridged versions). So, if your money is tight but you have to have a book to read like I do, this is a way to fill in the gaps with, for the most part, some quality reading. Every month has a new batch of books to choose from. Oh, by the way, two of the physical books were the last two books in the “Last Chronicals of Thomas Covenant” by Stephen R. Donaldson and one audio book was “The Prince of Fools” by Mark Lawrence. Not bad.
I have been watching a lot of Youtube, reading, and playing video games lately. What has that got to do with writing and painting? Well, glad you asked. Everything. I am constantly looking for ideas that push my boundaries in writing and painting. I found that Youtube has computer animated short film channels where animator and director students and enthusiasts show off their work. There are not only interesting stories but also beautiful animations in a variety of styles, which are basically moving artwork.
In addition, I recently read two very good books, both free. The first one I read was about an AI-driven exploration ship that accidentally harms a civilization by ignoring them when it learns the human ability to lose track of time. I won “At the Speed of Light” by Simon Morden as an early reviewer e-book from the site where I catalog my book collection and I will put a fuller review on the site. If you are a reader like me, Librarything is a great place to track your books, get reviews, and win free books. Not all the books are good but a good number are worth the time. The second book was a free e-book from a new series by one of my favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson. “The Way of Kings” was a book I was going to hold off on because of how many were projected in the series and how long it takes to get the next installment; however, when you get a free copy, you know. The only reason to hold off was that my memory is not as good as it used to be and the two or three-year wait for a book makes for lots of confusion. I reread the “Stone of Farewell” several times waiting on “To Green Angel Tower”.
Finally, I am a big video game buff, but not only for the play, also for the story telling and artwork that has become on a par with anything coming out of Hollywood, sometimes better. The story and cinematic scenes in Halo 4, Mass Effect, or Skyrim are amazing. I drink in the art and writing throughout the gameplay. Almost anything to do with fantasy or science fiction art or writing inspires me to try harder at what I do. If you check my archives, you will find posts on Mass Effect and Skyrim, as well as, mention of my collection on Librarything, including reviews.
Been working on the Rodeo rider image and the fires of hell are spreading. Here is an updated image. There are several other elements on the canvas, including a story, that I have turned off so you can work on the background. Yes, you heard me right, there is a story in this painting. Funny thing, when I first decided to create this picture for a friend, I got the idea to create a short story to go with the image. At the time, I had painted the image on canvas with acrylic paint, intending to create a print with the story included. Unfortunately, I was not as happy with the painting as I wanted to be and could not figure out or afford to get a print made the way I wanted. Now that I am doing the image digitally, pow, I can put the story into the image. I will be curious as to how well it will print. For now, the story is on a layer I have turned off. The story and the painting will both be titled “Rodeo”.
Interesting note: I also intended to create t-shirts with the original image and story on them. I actually managed to have one made after I got the copyrights back. Whether I will try with the new version will depend on response to the final painting.
While I continue to prepare the pieces to the Cheetah painting, I am back to working on an older painting called Rodeo. I put it a side because I could not get comfortable with the background I wanted. I moved the painting onto a larger canvas and started playing with the background after finding some reference images for caverns because this takes place in Hell and I wanted a dark luridly lit scene. Here is what I have so far.
Finished what I needed for the Cheetah drawing tonight so I went looking for images of Mercury for an eye. One of the things I have truly enjoyed about creating this series is that it gives me a reason to poke around in NASA files of their exploration of the solar system. I used to keep up on this stuff because I am technically a space nut. Painting the planets has been a real treat for me, as well as, reading up on the missions and how long they take. The Messenger mission that produced the images I will use for Mercury was launched in 2004, did not really start its mission until 2011, and ended the mission by crashing on Mercury on April 30, 2015. Wow.
Well, my day job has really been sucking the life out of me again and I missed posting a reward last week. I will see about adding something this week, but for now it is time to tease next month’s story reward.
Nathan Anders was a man stuck in a job with an arrogant boss that made life miserable. He always had to clean up the messes the boss made while the man came off looking pretty in the public’s eyes. Now aliens were attacking the East Coast and everyone’s minds were turned toward the chaos and destruction but all Nathan could do was continue working to support his boss who was in charge of dealing with this crisis. The mess was going to be big this time. Worse yet, it was his anniversary. Sigh.