Saturday, 12 November 2011

Art: NecroRaver - Clean

Apparently I've been artfully productive. I guess Cthulhu clicked something in me.

So. NecroRaver. In a tub. Yep.

NecroRaver - Clean by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART

We all know that scene, where the drug addict ODs and is awoken by a cold shower and a nice round of vomiting.
NecroRaver here is half-way there. Already in the tub, with the shower running. Cut out the middle man.

I like the loose sketchiness to this one and I don't think I'll expand upon it. And I know the perspective is shot but I don't mind. Also, Necro has long toes!

Inspired by Depeche Mode's "Clean".
Drown in the irony.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Art: Baphomet and Anubis

So, after I did my Skull of Cthulhu I was struck by the desire to try to do a Baphomet. So I did.

Baphomet by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART
I don't like it as much as Cthulhu. It needs to be tweaked here and there in the wings and the pentacle.

I also did an Anubis because he is my favourite mythological entity and requires all my love.

Anubis by ~AnarchicQ on deviantART
He turned out better than Baphomet I think, but Cthulhu is still my favourite.

Maybe I'll try more. We'll see.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Artist's Meme

This has been floating around various online galleries so I thought I'd do it.
- What sort of artist would you most identify yourself as?
Casual, hobbiest

- What would be your secondary identity?
Pinup/character artist

- What forms of art do you dabble in, but don't excel at?

- How would you describe your 'style'?
Lithe, lanky and angular with sharp edges.

- What medium do you favor most?
Pencil and Photoshop

- What are your favorite subject matters?
Elves and skinny guys.

- What are your least favorite subject matters?
Technology, vehicles, furniture.

- List your Artistic Strengths
Hair, shoulders, elf ears, elbow joints, outfits/clothing.

- List your Artistic Weaknesses
Perspective, proportion, backgrounds, cars and technology.

- Which of the above weaknesses would you most like to see improve?

- Adult Content. . . yes/no?
Yes. A good throat slitting or tasteful nudity is necessary to replenish the muse.

- Adult Subject Matter you favor?
Female nudity, bondage, couples with strategically placed limbs covering nudity.

- Schooling/Training received in the arts?
Some life drawing of male nudes.

- Schooling/Training you'd still like to have?
I would like to know more about screen-printing and just printing in general.

- Would you consider yourself prolific, or a 'quality over quantity' sort of artist?
Quality over quantity. I don't draw unless motivated. Or if it's a commission.

- Would you considering yourself a Fine Artist, or a Commercial Artist?
Casual artist.

- Where would you like to be in five years?
It would be nice to have actually produced something for the masses to enjoy.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Madness to My Method

Many writers, professionals, freelance,  indy and new alike seem to subscribe to the idea of  "You're not a writer if you don't write every single day". I can't and do not write every single day. But that doesn't mean I am not a writer. The way I see it is as long as I am writing, and making progress, then I am a writer.

However, there are certain things I require in order to get real writing done.

1) Tea.
I need tea, or occasionally pop, before I write. I need the comfort of warm tea or the subconscious, overlooked action of reaching out for a drink then quaffing. Not only is tea warm and comfy but I think the time I take to drink is the equivalent of my brain coming up for air.
It also helps if it's dreary or rainy outside but that's not always the case and one can't control the weather.

2) Inspiration.
I need to be inspired. I need to have ideas that are ready to spill forth from my fingers. Make no mistake, I always have ideas. I spend probably 90 percent of my time thinking of my various stories and characters. I never have a shortage of ideas, they're just not always in order. Or sometimes there is gaps between scenes or situations. I have to have some sort of inspired path to follow. I feel lucky the rare times the story just seems to write itself.

3) Options.
I call it hop-scotching through stories. I have at any one time at least 2 stories going on. I can work for weeks on one story and then suddenly switch to the other. It's refreshing.

4) Music, TV or silence.
I don't like to write when people are around. I find them distracting. Everything I write has a specialized playlist exclusive to the story. I prefer to listen to their respective playlists while writing but sometimes that's not always possible. Ambient TV sound is sufficient as long as it's something unexciting.

5) The internet.
This might seem counter-productive but I prefer to write with an internet connection for research purposes. I like having an idea or fact and being able to check it's accuracy in a second rather than going back later.

6) My laptop.
I like typing over pen and paper writing though I will write on paper if I have to, obviously. Sometimes one is stricken with inspiration and IT MUST BE WRITTEN RIGHT NOW!  so you grab the nearest pen and paper and write it down. Or take a memo in your not-a-smartphone-phone at 2 am.
But laptop is best.

7) Room to move.
If I am stuck I have a tendency to get up and walk around the room saying "Such and such happens and then.....?" and just try to think of the next logical step in the story or dialog or what have you. This is necessary.

8) Blogging/researching publishers/submitting/making lists counts as writing.
Gathering your resources counts as writing. It helps drive your progress forward. It counts.

So that is the madness in my method. It works for me. As long as I'm making relatively steady progress then I am a writer. It doesn't really matter how I do it, just as long as I get there.

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