We’re watching Voyager in my house at the moment, and we have the most useless running gag ever. Whenever Tuvok is doing something remotely detective-like, the Inspector Gadget theme is sung, with Tuvok’s name in the appropriate place. It’s…transcendent.
It’s a stupid joke and I mostly made this so that I have Christmas presents for my house mates, but whatever, we think it’s funny.
Hey look, it’s that series that I make one thing a year for! Next in the Lordi Girls series is Evilyn, based on the song of the same name. I still love the concept of what I’m doing, but not so much the way I’m making them anymore. So this probably isn’t the last ever Lordi Girl that I’ll make but the next one’s probably going to look a little different. Maybe. We’ll see.
More Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell fanart! These were so much fun to do, I had a blast coming up with them. If you still haven’t read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, then you should go ahead and do it, because it’s such a wonderful, magical book. There’s a miniseries too, which I own but still haven’t got round to watching – I will eventually! I have a lot of things to watch, okay? – but I hear that’s very good as well.
I’m not sure what my next narrative project will end up being. I’ve read some good books lately, but nothing’s jumped out at me for wanting to make some art for it. I own a lot of books though, so I’m sure I’ll find something!
I read Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell last year, and it was so good. Funny, charming, magical and utterly enjoyable – I highly recommend you check it out if you like period pieces with a touch of magic. So of course, I illustrated some of the characters. I wanted to so pretty much all of them, but I narrowed it down to four for now. I may come back and do more later if I can find the time among everything else I’m trying to do!
After using gold for Opulent, I wanted to try it in some of my other illustrations and see if it could still work, and I think with these I succeeded with using it to add some magic to the pieces. I’m working on some illustrations for a couple of scenes and locations from the novel too, so look out for those next month.
Novembers Daily Doodle theme was Fanart. November was also, for those that don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, which I have entered every year since 2008 and won every year since 2008 and damned if I was going to break my streak. Therefore, I didn’t finish every doodle on my list for this month, but I’m still pretty happy with what I got done. The novel, if you were curious, ended at 81,500 words.
If you’re interested in knowing which character is which, or where someone is from, or why I chose them as my favourite to draw this month, then head over to my sketchblog, where you can read me gushing about the characters I love.
As mentioned at the end of my last Gormenghast post a while back, I recently read the Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Given how much I enjoyed it, and my excitement at the movie version coming out soon, I decided that I’d base a little project around the series. Just three illustrations this time – to begin with, at least. My version of Roland Deschain, the gunslinger himself, and two scenes – one from the first book, one from the last.
The Dark Tower books are such an interesting read, and I do highly recommend them. Read at least the first one if you like post-apocalypse style cowboys and shootouts. Keep reading if you want an excellent friendship, some great worldbuilding, and some truly fantastical events. And then keep going if you enjoy somewhat meta-fiction and an ending that will make you want to throw the book against the wall.
Alternatively, wait for the movie and go and see Idris Elba as a post-apocalyptic cowboy kicking all kinds of ass. I know I’ll be seeing it!
This was a painting I did partly as a piece of fanart and partly as practice for painting digitally. I tried several new techniques and while this is a direct copy of a screenshot, it was a useful copy since I learned a huge amount about my process and about the way I can paint, things that would have taken many, many non-referenced paintings for me to learn, I think.