Tephris - Fin
Been a long while since I'd drawn one of my own dragons. Or any dragons for that matter.
This beauty is Tephris the dragon Matriarch. Youngest of the ancient Dragon who roam about the world of the Macabre.
She is the patron to the Paladin Order and has helped to guide their order and keep it free of the corrupting influences of the Necromancers.
She is one of several Kaiju sized beasties that roam my stories world. Despite her prowess she has never been capable of besting her older sister Kul'Nar in battle, especially not since her sister fell in battle with the Necromancers and corrupted into a Dracolich.
I apologize that it took so long to complete this and that updates have been so slow of late. I've had so little energy and drive recently and just can't seem to get my sleep schedule to return to a happy cycle.
I keep finding myself completely drained of energy right when its time for my usual live stream. Yo Y
Hopefully I can get that sorted out soon.
I'm not sure what my next project will be just yet, but I have been in great need of flexing my creative writing muscles again. So I can get back into a writing mode to finish my novella.
Kills me that I still don't have a solid work to point people to to be able to say start here.
Thank you all again for your continued support, it means a ton to me, more than I know how to properly express.
Remember you can always find me on the discord if you ever wanna learn more about the ideas I've been ever so slowly building onto in my head. ;D
Historia The Minotauress
Sorry for my updates being so infrequent of late, I've been suffering from an intense lack of energy these past weeks making it very difficult to wake up and get various tasks complete. To T
Tried a different approach to the grass with this one that helped to save a lot of time tho I'm not so sure its quite as appealing to look at.
I really need to start making time to start putting these stories down for people to read. Check out Patron Tiers for the variants!
Phantom Twins - Fin
One of my first illustrations created with the aid of AI. in this ones case Midjourney. Were I took inspiration from a prompt result I created accidentally while trying to get completely different results.
It was an alluring yet spooky sort of result that I fell in love with and used the better poses I found there fixing up the anatomy along the way. So with this one no actual AI is directly represented in the finished work it was ultimately all hand drawn in Photoshop.
In the future though I want to experiment with developing backgrounds for my illustrations to hopefully vastly speed up my workflow. I'll experiment with trying to generate a background image to my liking and drawing my characters onto it.
whether I get a great singular piece or have to combine several good elements from different outputs I will ultimately be going back over it by hand to strengthen or correct various components to ensure things match my style,
Am excited too to see how it helps improve my ability to render such myself. Already even with this piece I feel that my ability to do a more painterly background has already been improved upon through analyzing the styles and mediums of AI results I was very fond of.
I'll make a space later to show off the AI results I liked best though none of them have yet been anything on a level I'd say was worth of being considered a finished product. even the best of them would require heavy touch ups by hand to bring up to my quality standards.
I'm very excited to see where this tech goes and how it can help me to start bringing these stories to life in a more timely manner.
Story wise this piece features Weeping Babette, a person whose exquisite genetics afforded her the chance to become an exceedingly massive female werewolf. The events of her first transformation were sadly tragic, like most in my worlds setting. Her twin daughters Mariette and Cosette ultimately met their demise at her jaws, when she entered a berserker state during her first transformation.
She is now followed by the phantoms of her daughters to torment her nightly, she cries out for them, trying to bring them close but she cannot ever seem to reach them.
Babette though we explore her tale only for a brief moment, its her dual blood line that eventually leads to our Red Riding Hood Orphan becoming cursed and sharing a similar hyper transformation.
The final pic is loaded up into the gallery already, along with the ultra high res files for copper tier Patrons and above, as well as the original .PSD available for Gold Tier Patrons. (For learning purposes only plz) :p
Would love to hear your feed back on how it came out!
The AI Age is upon us!!!
Became rather captivated by Midjourney recently (to put it lightly) and wound up spending a ton of time trying to learn its ins and outs trying to figure out how I can utilize these new tools in helping to speed up my work process.
Sadly learned that Midjourney is highly restrictive with their censorship and seem to have no interest in making an uncensored variant. Got banned periodically several times already.
Prompting me to upgrade my video card so I could get stable diffusion set up so I could learn to use that instead.
Sadly Stable Diffusion prompt system isn't nearly as intuitive as Midjourney's set up is.
MJ will work in some of its own style in fascinating ways that ensures you overwhelmingly get results close to what you wanted or wildly better.
Allowing its users to make new discoveries for ideas and concepts they didn't even know they wanted. SD on the other hand, wont give you nearly so much if your not exceedingly specific with what you want.
Positive accidents from what I've observed are much rarer and it takes a ton of work to get something even vaguely as good as MJ. But its local variant is free and uncensored.
If you can figure out how to install it.
Tons of guides on how to do so but they all seem to be uniquely bad in their own way. Will take someone with zero know how in this realm considerable effort to get the app running on your rig efficiently.
While I've not yet created anything that I could call a finished product I've gotten many concepts created that has me dying to render them into a full illustration.
Take this new illustration I'm working on. I had accidentally created these 2 haunting women in a forest with Midjourney so I decided to take 2 of the better ones I had found there to work into a new drawing.
I had hoped it would help speed up the process, but its for the now a still rather plodding process for me. You can't trust the AI's sense of anatomy either so you have to know how to improve upon it when its ever so slightly off, or intensely so.
Overall I'm deeply disappointed with both of these systems in different ways. But the tech is advancing so quickly that hopefully in a few months its much closer to what I need to make it sing.
I also must apologize for not posting enough, the holidays, various appointments, and necessary computer upgrades have my slow output even slower of late. Hopefully I can get sped up once the new year roles in.
Here are a few highlights I've come up with in the past weeks. Sadly I've not made anything in SD worth showing off in the slightest yet. and its been quite aggravating to me.
They are all uniquely bad in their own ways, but also all great seeds of ideas to pick up and fly with. I wish I could more easily learn how to capture some more of this essence into my own style.
For the now I'm experimenting with redrawing the elements I like most and combining them in unique original ways. I'll make a space at some point in the near future to show off more of these.
For each of these decent ones I've made thousands of variants that aren't worth a dam.
They've definitely helped to spark new ideas tho that will be getting implemented into my overall world of Crimson Dames.
I especially love how these prompts can widely mutate causing some surprising results that with a bit of refining can be made into stunning new characters. This lovely for instance!!!
Crimson Dames (Doomy Collection)
OMG these are so cool!!!!
A huge thank you to the amazing Doomy and the power house Neutronboar for this amazing gift that I'll never be able to properly repay. TTo TT
Man Boar you did such an amazing job updating their outfits. So many great ideas here that I'll have to work into my main designs.
Really makes my current outfits feel so bland by comparison. XD
I've got to really step up my game now to compete with this majesty.
Man I wish I could wrap my head around this style of painting. I'm too tied to my line work and too much a perfectionist to be able to figure out a more painterly style.
You pumped these out so quickly too! You completed them even before I was able to get my own Vs. illustration set fully realized.
Man I desperately need to figure something out to vastly cut down my render time.
I seriously encourage peeps to give these 2 great people some love with a follow. They are well worth it!
Thank you again so so much! I wish I could better get across how much I adore these.
I seriously want to get a poster set made with them for my house.
I'll eventually get a proper page set up on site just for them that will also I hope send some traffic back your way!
With all the crap I've been having to deal with recently these have done much to counter balance my year!
Vampire Project (WIP)
I really love this stage of the work, when its full identity begins to reveal itself.
Wound up adding a lot more thorny vines to the background. Plays into the concept of the Path of Pins / Path of Needles. Which has some rather intriguing metaphors in the original lore.
Still got some more sketches to put out for peeps but have been rather slowed down due to my dental situation. That the VA is making ever the more a harrowing endeavor.
I currently have no more teeth, and my gums are a mangled mess. They are so backed up appointment wise that I wont have a proper pair of dentures until deep into next year. And I've got to go in for yet another surgery for them to reshape my jaw bones.
An Aveoloplasty or some such. I Shouldn't have looked it up on youtube. Basically will slice open my gums yet again and go in with what are wire cutters to chop off any remaining bone material that's sticking out too much.
A proper clinic would have done all of this in one sitting but the VA sees fit to keep bringing me in repeatedly to ensure I wont be fully healed for a long time.
My mouth feels incredibly unnatural and I wonder now if I'll ever get to feel normal with my mouth ever again. I desperately want implants. They make the amount of material needed to hold dentures in places far less and ensures you don't have to constantly be dealing with denture cement.
My experience with the VA medical system has overwhelmingly been a negative one and isn't doing me any favors concerning my mental well being. Which is why I wound up in this situation to begin with.
Man I can't believe its already almost October. It feels like I've accomplished so little this year. I'm really thinking that I'll have to suspend doing sketch requests next year so that I can build a proper focus on my Crimson Dames and do better with promoting myself over social media.
I really REALLY want to visit a haunted house this year but with my mouth in the state that its in I don't even want to be seen in any capacity.
The Three Sisters - Fin
Finished this last week but got kidnapped for the holiday and wasn't able to get it fully uploaded to the website until just now. :p
-The clothed variant is available in the main gallery.
-The high res variant is available to Copper Tier Patrons and above.
-The nude variant is available to Silver Tier Patrons and above as well as its corresponding high res file.
-The original .PSD is available to Gold Tier Patrons (For Learning purposes only please.) :p
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I'll be adding a short story in the near future to this work but I need a little more time to start that process. :p
Thanks you all again for your support! You've all played a major role in the creation of these works of art.
I hope to get prints made of this and some of my other major pics for the Gold Tier Patrons.
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The Three Sisters (WIP) Shading
First pass as the lighting effect on the hair and feathers are almost complete!
Still working on the big sisters legs.
After that I'll start up on the highlights for their skin.
Trees still need don't have any highlights yet either.
Am pretty happy with how its coming out so far.
I'm still debating if i should do a censored variant to help provide more value to the Silver and Gold tier patrons. That and it would allow me then to put the design on some merch and such.
It would closer to loin cloth and bits of torn fabric so as not to make 1 version wildly better than the other.
I really need to find me a new quality print shop to get some full size posters made, preferably I'd love to get some wall scrolls created. Any of you have any leads on places that could do walls scrolls affordably? Preferably without having to go through China?
Could be cool too to do double sides posters with 1 side being the uncensored variant.
Would love yo hear your input on them. I do really want to get some products out to my long time patrons who've been so instrumental in keeping me going. Your all the best, even those of you who can't afford to support fiscally. :p
The Three Sisters (WIP) Shading
Started up the highlights today!
Mainly on the Middle Sister so far.
Hows it feel so far tho? This is just an initial pass so lots more work ahead. Their skin will feel brighter overall too by the end.
Wanting to make sure I capture that sheen tho that will be crucial in telling them apart later.
Still debating if I should do a censored variant for print purposes.
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