Now I don’t know whether I want to wear this or the Rufio outfit Saturday night at DragonCon. There’s a steampunk ball that evening, so I’d like to wear something with my belts. I also just put this together today, so it made me pretty happy. :p
Free downloadable PDF filled with info on the Grauwelt’s new fantasy species the Löwa. With original artwork!
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Grauwelt’s Lindsey Donaldson discusses writing a female protagonist —why it’s important to do the right way and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Want to learn more about the Grauwelt and the creatures who inhabit it? Check out the Graulore!
At work arting. Forgive the cruddy phone camera picture. Might upload better ones later.
This is so cuuuuuute!!! :D
Trying on hats I can’t afford at the Steampunk World’s Fair.
I just need to vent a little through typing here for a moment.
I have to say I always get so aggravated when people who have amazing artistic talent say that their work isn’t good enough or worth the time and effort. If you’ve read my article on my art education in university (found here) you’ll see that most of my feelings on this subject stem from what I experienced being an art major.
Comparing your work to others’ is not something you should do. Doing things according to someone else’s standards (be it conscientiously or not) is not something you should do. Scrapping things from the get-go when there is just a simple sketch on the canvas or paper is not something you should do.
Doing the kind of art you enjoy because you love doing it is what you should do.
I experienced a lot of people in art school who were so dissuaded and/or completely turned around from what they liked to do by professors who think the only art worth being called “art” is what abides by their standards. Art has no standards and it is not something that can be taught. Lessons in skill and technique and using those to build on what you enjoy doing are what’s valuable and, really, is the part that’s teachable.
When people dissuade themselves from creating artwork, having put unnecessary standards on themselves, I can not help but think, ‘What the hell are you doing??! Why do this to yourself??’
When painting, drawing, sketching, doing whatever, finish something.
Just finish something.
I think a lot of this personal dissuasion comes from the starter sketch. I usually tend to hear, “Well this looks like crap so I’ll just scrap it” and then the cycle just keeps repeating itself. Nothing comes from that! Yes, it looks like crap, it’s the starter sketch!
Even if it’s a small and/or simple piece, Mortal Kombat that beast and finish it!! It’s progress, practice, and a learning experience every time. Don’t waste it!
Play with different mediums, experiment, learn, grow. Discover what you enjoy and run with it.
Do you enjoy sword fighting action with the right amount of dungeon crawling? Does a dark, gloomy, nightmare setting get your skin crawling (in a good way)? Are you one to investigate those bumps in the night?
Then Grauwelt Part I: The Sword and Its Servant is for you!
Inspired by Norse mythology and the childhood nightmares of the author, Victor Salinas, Grauwelt is a shadowed realm between the Ærth and Hel where it’s rulers, the Löwa, have kidnapped and imprisoned children in order to discover the secret to attaining an afterlife. One of its prisoners, Einsa, decides now is the time to escape.
Available on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle!
Pre work arting.
Author Victor Salinas addresses the writing of his signature wolflike species—the Löwa—and how we strove to make them unique.