2015 Mele’feren in the mountains (wips)


Mele’feren is basically a fortress surrounded by mountains on all sides, reachable only by navigating the icy ocean to its south. I’m not done with this one yet, but at this point I think I should break it up into a few posts. Here’s the first batch!

Airbrush ahoy…

From the blobs emerges… more blobs.

Starting to look like something now that I ditched the airbrush for my harder-edged square brush. 2015_meleferen_wip03

Render, render, render…2015_meleferen_wip04 2015_meleferen_wip05

It’s about ~2.5 hours in at this point. I think it needs some work on its sense of scale, but that can come in the next iterations.

Now there’s nothing (wips and done)


One of those rare paintings that went well from start to finish. 🙂

so_bummed_wip01 so_bummed_wip02 so_bummed_wip03 so_bummed_wip04 so_bummed_wip05 so_bummed_doneAirika: I just thought there was something more, you know?
Tren: I’m sorry. I can beat him up if you like.
Airika: No… that’s okay. There was something, and now there’s nothing. I’ll live.


Guildless character designs (wips)

3 years after Airika and Vince are split up by the powers that be, they meet again by chance. Good thing I was there to draw what they wore to this momentous event!

3_years_later_airika_sketch 3_years_later_vince_sketch

I really liked his face in the sketch but had a hard time carrying whatever it was I liked about it into the painted version.


So I repainted it over…

3_years_later_guildless_chars_wip02And over!

But I added the rest of their immediate group. Here they are, the four “guildless” peeps – Tzipora, Vince, Airika, and Tren – so named for their lack of affiliation with any of their world’s important political/social factions.

3_years_later_guildless_chars_wip03Going guildless is almost always certain death… unless you have good friends. 🙂

3_years_later_guildless_chars(Yes I repainted his face again, haha! And everyone else’s too. I am eternally dissatisfied with faces. I haven’t ruled out repainting them again.)

A bit more work will finish this one up, but I wanted to post it because I’m falling really behind on posting and about to move house so I’ll have even less time to post in the coming days!

Even the stars look brighter tonight (wips + done)

Nothing’s impossible. (this version by Kato Kino feat. Ayria is my favorite).



First color pass under sketch:


Merge sketch into colors and paint on top of sketch on a single layer:


Render render render render:


Change his shirt to brown so they don’t look like they’re dressed in the same outfit lol:even_the_stars_wip05


Airika: And what’s that group of stars called?
Vince: Uh… the Cleave.
Airika: Are you making that up?
Vince: No, I would never do such a thing.

Photoshop CS6
A few hours


This piece is unique and special to me because they actually appear on the canvas how they look in my head omg. The end-of-vacation paint marathon continues. At this rate, I’ll get more painting done before February than I usually paint in a year – sweeeet.

Watch me paint: Red Riding Hood WIP 10

It’s been over week since I last worked on Red Riding Hood, but I’m pleased with my recent progress: Red Riding Hood WIP 10 ~ Photoshop CS ~ Mandi GrantNew things:

  • Better arm pose
  • Basket
  • Sword (NOW it feels like one of my artworks, lol)
  • More progress on wolf positions (but I’m not sure they’re a complete improvement over the sketch, I think more work is needed on their arrangement before I finalize them)