Friday, January 24, 2014

The Great Clock Tower

It's getting a tad dusty up here. Let me clear some cob webs.

*Dusts frantically*

With that out of the way I'm working on several things at once and have had a few bits of good luck the last few days. Which is good because I've also been dealing with another crippling bout of self loathing for my work. The good news is that it keeps me plugging away and trying. The bad news is that it's REALLY hard to do that sometimes when I compare my work to all the amazing people I see.

I got accepted to a T-shirt design critique group on Facebook and that's already helped with a few things I plan on doing in the next couple of weeks. I got asked to come in and pick up an application for a professional art job and am waiting to see if I get called in for an interview which is exciting and nerve wracking in equal measure.

For now I'd like to share an image I had to hold off on releasing. It was a commission for a friend's birthday and now I can actually post it (technically it's been a few days since I could but I'm putting it here now.

I used a slightly different process with this one. Closer to the monster image I did a while back than my usual black and white under painting because I had a good idea of the colors going into it. Even then I had to get some critiques because I kept missing stuff like lighting on the rocks and the way the water would flow. My friend loved her piece though and I love that this piece feels like an improvement (especially as I get less and less happy with my past work. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Dragon Charmer

Hello again folks. It's a new year but work goes on as always. Some personal stuff got in the way of working for awhile at the tail end of last year, mostly a minor bout of depression that makes it really hard to work on anything. Regardless what we have here is a concept I've played with before and never  managed to my satisfaction. I love the idea of a human with multiple dragon pets (I blame this tendency for my fascination with the How to Train Your Dragon movie). I also wanted something with multiple characters/figures in the image. That lead to this most recent attempt. I learned a lot from this guy but I'm honestly unsure as to how to feel about it. 

In other news I've got a couple of updates. 

I've made a facebook page for myself as another promotion tool. If anyone is looking at this they can find it here: Aaron Radney: Illustration and Design. It's also acting as a sort of hub where one can find links to all the places where you can find my work and get other fun and witty information. Check it out!

Also, I'm still working on T-shirt stuff though the going there is slow. You won't see any of that here but it IS on the facebook page linked above. 

I've got a couple of images I'm really excited about but can't show yet for one reason or another. Mostly because the person who requested them hasn't come through yet to pick it up and I want them to see the image first. Once they accept the images, I'll make them available. Talk to you all soon.