Human Confusion

Human Confusion web

A piece I made for the seed ‘Human’ on Pop My Mind.

To me being human is the drive to express oneself, to communicate ideas and emotions and thoughts to others. Being human is also doing that in flawed, often confusing ways. Being human is continuing to try again and again until we make that connection and express the concepts we have inside.

Reflections & Expectations

So, 2017 huh? That sure was a…uh…a year. But let’s ignore the world stage for a bit and focus on me, because I’m a narcissist. Things actually went relatively well, I made some art, learned some stuff, had some fun. Let’s have a look back, shall we?

Year In Art Summary

I made more progress between May and December of this year than I did in the whole of 2016 and I entirely put it down to quitting retail and working on my improvement full-time. I still have a lot of things I want to work on and get better at, which is what 2018 is all about, baby.

And since everyone does it at this time of year, here’s  my 2018 art goals:

  • Finish one painting a month
  • Complete the next 2 chapters of Wyrdhope
  • Add daily sketching into my routine
  • Spend more quality time with projects, rather than getting caught up with quantity
  • Promote myself more
  • Work the things I need to improve on into sketching and projects, rather than keeping studying seperate from actual work

I try to keep my New Years goals fairly broad and allow room for interpretation and modification as the year goes on (apart from like, finishing more of Wyrdhope. That’s non-negotiable at this point). In line with one of them – focusing on quality time rather than quantity – I may end up posting less to the blog. There’ll still be at least one post a month, I can guarantee that, and there will likely be more happening on my sketch blog – in line with the ‘sketch daily’ goal. But towards the end of 2017 I found I was worrying more about completing enough work to fill out a blog schedule than actually concentrating on just making the best work that I could which is…not a way to live your life.

Aside from art goals I also have a bunch of other personal goals I’m working towards and, hyper-organised list-maker that I am, I’m super pumped to get started. Bring it on, 2018. I’m so ready.

The Fragile Tower

As an artist, you walk a tightrope between feeling worthless and priceless. A towering ego, constantly fed and created by an ouroboros of delight and despair – all in the view of the public, who can build you up or tear you down on a whim. This piece is an attempt to describe that in imagery.

Originally created as a response on Pop My Mind

This is my last post of the year! Hope everyone’s had a wonderful winter holiday season, and that you all have an amazing new year – you better believe I’m already planning the next 12 months of my artistic life, and excited to get started with it.


The second of my entries for ArtOrders Tiny Dragon contest! They added a Not So Tiny Dragons category, and this was what came to me – a tiny dragon that goes after the dead like a carrion bird. I imagine whole flocks of them descending on battlefields after the fighting is done, like pale ghosts that leave after a few hours, rising from skeletons picked clean with blood on their scales.

This one decided to be a challenge for me, and took a whole week longer than I thought it would but I got it done anyway, and that’s what matters. Lighting is unreasonably difficult to paint. Still, I’m pleased with how the head turned out at least, even if the rest of it doesn’t entirely make me happy. Progress, progress.


One of my entries for ArtOrders Tiny Dragon competition! Judging is going on this month I think so I’m crossing everything I have right now. This painting was inspired by the fact that if dragons existed there would absolutely be a whole Instagram community based around their aesthetic, and also the fact that I would be one million percent invested in it.

I’m actually pretty proud of how this turned out, given how little painting I’ve gotten done this year. One of my goals for 2018 is definitely to work on my digital painting skills, and who knows – maybe I’ll actually learn to paint in Real Life with Real Paints one of these days.

Demonised – November Illustrations

The final collection of pastel-goth demon girl pinups that I made in November! Words cannot express how much fun these were to make, and I will one thousand percent end up making more of them I’m sure. As with a lot of what I do, I wanted to be diverse in my demon-girls, so I tried to vary their race, body type and to also include more disability visibility, since that’s something I don’t draw as much as I should. And pastel goth is just the most fun aesthetic to draw, even though I cannot pull it off in real life, like, at all.

Can you believe it’s nearly the end of 2017? Man, what a wild ride.

How To See The World

As an artist, the things you see are filtered in ways that other people might find strange, and you often have a brain full of ideas in various stages of incubation. Originally created as a response on Pop My Mind.