Last month (in February) I decided to enter the Graphic Shakespeare Competition as a drawing exercise. The challenge was to interpret a selected Shakespeare scene into a 4-page comic and I decided to try illustrating a scene from “Twelfth Night”, in which Cesario (Viola) has a conversation with Orsino. I didn’t really have much time to think over the setting (I worked on my entry a week before the deadline) so I designed the characters in ‘Elizabethan’ costume. Though I had not featured the outdoors environment in my comic, I do picture the surroundings have a more exotic feeling as it is based on an island.
I really did enjoy working on this entry and so perhaps I might produce my own version of Twelfth Night in time. I would like a chance to develop my ideas further if I pick it up as a project in future. We’ll see, but in the mean time, you can read my entry here.
Below are the terms and conditions for these commissions. Sorry if it seems a little overbearing but I like to make sure people know what to expect from me and what I expect in return. If you’d like a commission at a higher resolution or have questions after reading this, please get in touch ^_^!
Terms and Conditions (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE CONTACTING ME):
– 10 slots available (One commission per slot). This offer is open for a limited time until further notice.
– The prices offered are for single character portraits only. (*NOTE: These sketches are worked on at a resolution of 72dpi and are suitable for screen viewing only!).
– I WILL draw original characters/custom game characters/animals.
– I WON’T draw nudity/gore/celebrities/licensed characters.
– These commissions are for personal, non-commercial use only and may not be copied, edited, reproduced or used for profitable gain.
– You MUST provide clear visual references to the character (face view, profile views and outfit). Text descriptions won’t be accepted on its own, but you are welcome to include a brief paragraph if you wish.)
– Copyright of characters featured in commissioned work remains with their respective owners. Copyright of the artwork itself remains with me. I reserve the right to display the work for self-promotional purposes only.
– Full payment, or at least a 50% deposit, must be made once I’ve accepted your commission. (If a deposit is made, you agree to pay the remainder on completion of the work.)
– I will notify you via email once I’ve started your commission. I will only notify you again on completion of the work or if I run into any problems. (As I work on other projects in between, please allow between 1-3 months before contacting me about its completion.)
– I will offer you a full refund if I am unable to complete the work for personal reasons, or if I haven’t yet begun work on your commission after three months and you would like your money back. (Please don’t commission me if you think you might change your mind later.)
– I will ONLY accept payment via PayPal.
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If I accept your commission, I will send you further details on how to pay me via paypal.Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you ^_^!
So, one morning I woke up with an image of a deer with antlers that bloom flowers. I’m not quite sure why I had this image in my mind but I thought it was too interesting and vivid an image not draw, so I did :D! (If you like this image, a print is available for you to buy from my new INPRNT store here.)
It’s been months since I’ve completed my ‘Aspidochelone’ piece so I thought it’s about time that I’ve completed my BASILISK!
The basilisk has the ability to turn anyone to stone with just one glance. I don’t know if that’s on eye contact or if it can turn anything to stone just by looking at it, but personally I think its either by eye contact or at will. As this creature is the king of serpents I decided that I’d really like to include the rooster crown to symbolise it. I think the final design works rather well but the fun thing about this creature is that there is no definitive look to it and you could really take its design into many directions. I’m not sure how many hours it taken me to complete the illustration as I’ve been working on it on and off but I might try alternate versions of this basilisk in future.
I finally have some comics in the comics section of my website! I’m still adding to it and I’m not 100% happy with the layout yet, but I’ll keep working on it.
Among the titles in the comics section is my entry for last year’s Manga Jiman competition 2014 entitled “Andante”. I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned this on my blog yet, but I’ve managed to placed 8th this time (in 2013, I placed 9th, 2014 I placed 8th… at this rate, I’ll make it to first place in seven years)! Anyway, the Japan Embassy in London is currently displaying an exhibition of all the winners works which will last until…what?! Tomorrow?! Better hurry over there and check it out before it’s too late D: (visit the embassy website for more details).
If for some unfortunate reason you can’t make the trip to the exhibition, (maybe because I’ve informed you too late) do not worry! My entry “Andante” is now available to read on my website along with previous short comics I’ve created (just click “comics” from the main menu to see the current list). I’m still adding things to the comics page so I’ll post another update when I do.
Finally, my first post of the year. We are three months into 2015 but anyway, Happy New Year!
I’ve realised recently that I don’t draw creature art often enough so I’ve decided to challenge myself by drawing an A-Z of mythical creatures (one creature for each letter of the alphabet). I got the idea after finding an A-Z of fantasy creatures in an old issue of ImagineFX so I’ll be basically creating my own versions of each creature listed in that (I hope I’ll be able to keep this up).
So without further ado, here is my rendition of an ASPIDOCHELONE.
This probably took me between 7-9 hours to complete at 300dpi (over the course of two days, I lost track of time). I didn’t know what an Aspidochelone was before. It was described as a giant turtle big enough to be mistaken for an island, so with this in mind, I took inspiration from images of turtles and rocky coastlines and tried combining the two elements together. I practiced sketching a few turtles before starting the main image and mainly took reference from the “Loggerhead turtle” as a base. I also thought that if the creature is mistaken for an island so often, its skin might be exhibiting an earthy, rock like texture so I’ve tried to illustrate that in the image. Overall I’ve tried to depict the creature as less of a monster and more of an unknowing animal that’s just going about its own business. I hope I succeeded!
A stylised, characterised version of King Louis XIV (who was given the name “The Sun King”). He had the longest reign as a monarch in Western Europe (75 years)! Anyway, I had a go at painting him as I want to include him in a comic I am planning. I won’t say too much about it just yet, but its going to be set in historical France. I wanted to give this image a classic feel to it and tried to imitate baroque style paintings (classic painting always inspire me in some way ^_^).
I’ve decided to go ahead and plan out my comics. I’ve had so many ideas in my head for a very long time so I’m going to try my best to bring them out to fruition (I really hope I do u_u).
I wanted to create a simple cat avatar for my new tumblr blog (my main one can be found here) but I ended up drawing a fairly detailed image ^^;. I love cats and I love violins so I really enjoyed drawing this (I based the design on my own cat Jimmy who passed away in 2007 – I miss him ;_; ).
…But I didn’t place as a winner so I’ll post up my entry here on my blog :). I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to enter the competition but decided to give it a shot with only one week remaining (I really had to rush my entries, I should’ve learned by now not to leave things till the last minute). Entrants had to follow a given brief and there were two parts to the entry, two character designs and an illustration.
I spent so long on the actual designs I was only left with one day to get the illustration done :(. I would’ve preferred to spend more time on the illustration but never mind. It was a good experience overall :D. Details and winners of the contest can be viewed here.
I wanted to experiment and compare a watercoloured, “young and happy” portrait to the digital “serious and more mature” version I did previously. I actually completed this one before the digital one (I started this one shortly after I begun the other). Traditional mediums such as watercolours allow little room for mistakes (unlike digital art) so I was cautious about how I applied the colours (I had to be very delicate with it or I’d ruin the whole thing). It has been a very long time since I last touched my watercolours so this was refreshing to work on :).