An experimental piece I made for a prompt on Pop My Mind a while ago – a demon lady painted with nail polish and white eyeliner!
Here are all the finished designs from my September illustrations! Like I mentioned in my August roundup, I wanted to try something different this time. So I made a bunch of creepy, cute, kinda fun designs on a vaguely goth, necromancy and dark magic type theme. All of them are absolutely things I want to put on my body, and you can conveniently get them at my Redbubble, in my Dark Magic For Fun And Profit collection.
While not as intensive to make as my previous weekly illustrations, they were still a lot of fun to do, and a benefit of them taking considerably less time than the others used to was that I wasn’t nearly so stressed out about getting all my projects finished for the month. I will absolutely be doing more for this collection in the future, and if anyone has specific goth/dark magic/necromancy/weirdo things they want, feel free to hit me up.
Now, on to October, for which I’m going back to my ‘daily doodle’ style of things, and doing Inktober! I’m using one of Simon Fletchers themed prompt lists (the Space one, because SPACE), and I’ll be posting them daily on my all my usual social media. And because I work a lot in ink anyway, to make this more of a challenge I’m focusing on a few things to try and improve: I’m using India ink instead of Quink to learn a new medium; I’m focusing on silhouette and character shape to work on more unique character design; and I’m trying to make all of them fit together in the same universe, to focus on design coherency.
As usual, if you want to follow along with all of this, as well as WIP’s and other doodles, the links you need to click are as follows:
There’s this band I like called Lordi – you might have heard of them, they won Eurovision several years ago and they’re all dressed as monsters. I love them a lot, and have wanted to make some work inspired by them for a long time. So, I’ve started a series called ‘Lordi Girls’, and so far I’ve made two images, each one inspired by the descriptions of various women and girls in different Lordi songs.
The first image is called ‘Girl Next Door’ and is based off of various lines from the song ‘Deadite Girls Gone Wild’, specifically:
“She lures you in with intention
Looks like the girl next door
But it’s blood and sticky floors
That really turn her on”
The second image is titled after the song that it takes inspiration from, ‘Girls Go Chopping’. This one was a more literal interpretation of the concept of the song than Girl Next Door, but I still like it. I’ve got plans to make more of these, as there are plenty of ‘Lordi Girls’ to choose from to make into illustrations. I also made a process gif of how I created ‘Girls Go Chopping’, which you can see at the bottom of the post if you’re interested.
While there will be another interview going up later this week, I thought I’d return to posting my own work this Tuesday, since hand-in is mere days away, and thus I have finished many things. The thing I have finished for this post is a collection of demons for the modern age, the Nova Daemonia. (Which is latin for ‘new demons’. I know. I’m incredibly clever and witty, it’s part of my charm). Contained in this post are just some of the demons I illustrated for the collection, along with their descriptions.
And I want to tentatively say that eventually the whole collection will be available as an e-book. But that’s going to have to wait until after hand-in.
Click for hi-res please!
This weeks offering is a portrait of a friends character, the warlord Hurd. It’s one of the biggest paintings I’ve done to date, and my poor laptop barely handled working on the file but we powered through and I’m pleased with the results. As an extra bonus, I saved various stages of the work seperately, and have put together a process gif which you can watch below if you’re at all interested in seeing how I get from the messiest sketch it’s possible for a human hand to make to something that looks like the above.
Click the images to see a larger version
These illustrations were all created to be paired with the Angela Carter short story ‘Wolf Alice’, about a girl raised by wolves. Once again my love for red/black/white comes through, but it worked for the tone of the story. It was an enjoyable difficulty to make these, as there is a lot of visual language in Angela Carters work, and the story has a lot of gorgeous detail in the words it uses. Still, if you’ve read the story then I hope these images make sense to you, and if you haven’t read it, then maybe they will inspire you to.
All are done with ink, and tweaked in photoshop.