I started art school in October of 2003. For the first time in my life, my sketching hobby was legitimized. I basked in it and drew all the time (as if that was much different than what I did all through high school, and elementary school, and before).
Honestly, some of these are so bad I cringe a little bit as I post them now, feeling like they might offer a window into some part of my brain I’d rather keep buried.
My college program was really big on developing a story, and it was during those years that I started to build the world which I still like to explore in my personal art.
My main ladies have changed surprisingly little in 12+ years. Tzipora is still short and red-haired with a preference for black clothes, Tren is tall and blonde, and Airika is somewhere in between with messy brown hair and a blue sweater.
Vince is still a dude in the woods with a sword and a cape, though he’s not an enigmatic (or dickish) character anymore.
What has survived is the “forbidden love” nature of their relationship.
No, I don’t know why they look okay with the idea of being sliced up by this crazy guy with a sword on the page below.
There are probably only about 20 people on the planet who remember this comic book cover – it was the first completed piece I ever debuted in class. It looks amateurish to me now, but at the time it was my crowning achievement.
I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since I drew all of these (and nine years since I graduated)!
Hope you enjoyed these old drawings. 🙂
Thanks to Discount Chocolate Day (ie: February 15th) I have an unspeakable amount of chocolate in my system today. Today is awesome.
Here is Lady Joz, another story character who I’m not sure has graced this blog yet. She is a powerful necromancer who has extended her own life well beyond its natural years by feeding off wish-makers eager to trade years of their own lives for special powers.
This next one is a sketch I started back on 2-9-15, but touched up a bit today. Kiddo Astrid, her dragon, and some soon-to-be-food wisps (if they’re not careful, but they are usually careful).
Airika doing an ugly cry into stoic Tren’s shirt after Vince tells her that he’s got to go marry some other girl and do stuff with the guild he’s promised his life to (don’t worry, they don’t stay apart for long… spoiiilers).
More Airika and Vince adventures, starting with the reveal of Ghost, his cursed sword that contains “echoes” of the people it has killed.
Don’t let your skin touch it.
Later in the story. Airika touches Ghost with her bare hand. The sword binds itself to her as the sword’s victims fight for control over her, beginning one of the story’s darker arcs.
I currently have a two hour daily commute and haven’t yet figured out how to keep making art while on the bus, so output is going to slow down for a little while. 🙂
Just a few days of vacation left — never fear, for they shall be spent on the most indulgent art I can manage.
Hmm, they sure do lay around and sleep a lot. Lol. I should find some more things for them to do.