Well, I am just so getting into the alien design that I had to start working on it. Here is the under painting I have done so far. I think there will be two versions of this, one as the alien and another as the damaged terminator version.
I just finished uploading PDF and Rich Text versions of “Dragon Dreams: Paths of the Wise One – Chapter 1”, which is this month’s reward for my $1 patrons. Here is the write up:
“This month’s story marks the beginning of a serialization of the largest single part of my short story collection “Mystics and Misfit” with chapter one of Dragon Dreams. Dragon Dreams is a series of connected short stories telling the life changing journey of Jason Conners, a young man who had no idea what he wanted out of life. However, that changes with a series of vivid dreams that haunt him from youth until death. Are your dreams a reflection of who you are or who you could be? Join Jason as he crosses from his dreams into the dreams of Dragons and find out what is on the other side.”
Getting very close to a final version. I decided that I should draw and paint the alien first then go back and break parts off to reveal the exoskeleton. The biggest aspect I wanted to achieve here was a much more intricate bug exterior. I also made some attempt at a splotchy exterior color scheme. Which one do you like better?
I decided to release “Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability” on my devianart page for viewing. You can still download the image at my Patreon page but you can now see what it looks like on my devianart page. Use the following link:
When you read my post here or on my blog, you are entering my world. Just like the matrix, you are having my reality pulled over your eyes but not to enslave you. I am doing so to share what it is to see the world as I do. I have this irrational need to communicate with the world what I see, feel, and think. I need to tell my story. However, I do not express my world through simple biographical endeavors. I express it through what I like, what I have learned, and what I believe. Whether it is showing you how everything in our world is connected (you, me, the plant, the stone, the silicon chip) through paintings like “Universal Eyes – Infinite Sadness” or “Quiet Strength – Silent Vulnerability”, or how painful aging is through a story like “Sensu Learns a Lesson”.
My creations are the world I see. I can sense you out there, I can’t tell you how this ends, but I can tell you how it begins. The creator is all around you, take the red pill.
Once again we are nearing another end of a month and it is time to step aside from my painting to tell you of the next story. I have been hem-hawing about starting the next months story because it is more personal than others and contains actual elements of dreams I have had. Also, every time I have felt I put this story to bed, a reread reveals something that needs fixed. Hopefully with the help of my patrons, I can make this a story worthy of them.
To begin with, this will only be the first chapter of a series of connected short stories collectively titled “Dragon Dreams”. Each short story has a subtitle, the first one being “Paths of the Wise One”. The later tales are “Currents of the World” and “Embers in the Sky”. Each title of the tale is tied into scenes from or act as metaphors for the story they contain but all deal with multiple levels of dreams. The stories are very complex since you pass through multiple realities.
The first reality is our world (no defined time frame) followed closely by dreams in our world, which lead to a transfer point between our reality and the “Dragon Dreams”. The “Dragon Dreams” are where the real fun begins because each is completely different from the last. Our protagonist Jason Connors finds himself drawn into dreams so realistic that he loses himself there. However, something or someone is directing those dreams and they always appear as a giant blue dragon, attacking the naive Jason in richly diverse settings. Jason’s dreams occur on so many levels that he finds it hard to separate one from the other. What does the terrifying entity want? Why did it chose him as prey? Learn these and many other details in the serialized version of “Dragon Dreams” starting with chapter 1 in “Paths of the Wise One”.
P.S. There will be 10 chapters total.
Whooohoo, I finally finished the first tutorial that I uploaded to My Patreon Page .
“Here is the first tutorial I promised for the Cheetah painting I will be working on soon. Whether I will continue with these depends on the response and my ability to improve the product I am giving you. One concern is that the quality of the images is not what I hoped for in the document. I saved them as jpeg, which may have knocked the quality down so I will see if a tiff file will work better. Another concern is that this is a cumbersome way of presenting the material. Finally, as I delve deeper into the actual painting, the steps and results will be harder to document in this manner.
With that being said, I think this first tutorial is very good for anyone with a passing acquaintance of Gimp 2.8 that is thinking of playing around with it as a digital painting program. I explain a lot about the use of layers (basically sheets of paper) and how they interact with each other. I show how you can take the drawing you scan in and separate the pencil sketch from the white background, along with why you would want to. I show in this tutorial all the steps I take in setting up everything I will use to make the final painting. In addition, I give many of the reasons for my choices and some examples of what I did before learning to set up as I do now.”