So I finally got myself some brushes/paint/etc. to start trying to oil paint. Figured it’d be cheaper than therapy as a way to relieve stress, lol. Haven’t done much art in a while, and I was chomping at the bit to get going, so yesterday I got to it! This was my first attempt:
The picture is a little blurry, but I couldn’t use a flash. >.< Sorry about that. I was pretty happy with it, considering I’ve never oil-painted before. Still have a ton to learn (like more drastic differences in shadow/more realistic face structure/etc.) but I feel like this first attempt at least gives me hope that I might actually be able to paint more realistic people someday, with a lot of practice. Figure I’ll move on to portraits/full-body portraits next from pictures.
So today, I wanted to give it another go with some different styling. The day before I’d painted one half of the long canvas a reddish-purple, and wanted to try a portrait over it. I was originally shooting to create a likeness of one of my Thief characters, but the colors I selected (going more dramatic this time, to practice shading/face-structure again) and the facial structures (no sketch behind it this time) ended up creating a semi-David-Bowie/vampire look. Still, overall I’m really pretty happy with it. Will have to work on the translation of what’s-in-my-head to what’s-on-the-canvas, but still–for a second attempt, I’m content. ^_^
And for some other random pictures I’ve been meaning to post: Maple-Whiskey Salmon I made a week or two ago, and Mei and Ozzy on our bed.
Also, looks like I’m staying on at work for at least another month! YAY! So mid-January I’ll find out if I’m staying more permanently or if the temp job is going to end. At least I’ve got cash flow for the holiday season! ^_^
Now, off to do submissions and other Apexy work!
Posting this notice which I got in an email this past week to promote the Fantastical Visions IV anthology (which looks like it *will* come out!):
So there it is! The page is not finished (cover needs to be there, plus other details), and I haven’t edited my story yet (haven’t gotten an edit draft), but at least this is a positive move forward. So yay! ^_^
Still plugging away on the novel stuff, and things are going very well, which makes me happy. ^_^ Looking at a modified-Chekhov year for 2009–one story every two weeks. I’m hoping that will give me time to really explore ideas and take the time to write them well. I just really need to write more short stories and get them out there.
No word on “Earthbound” yet, and another pass on “Ten-Day”. Bummer. But at least “Mimicry” is out now, so if “Earthbound” isn’t fantasy enough, then “Mimicry” should at least satisfy on that account.