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Archive for January, 2015

Blink of an Eye


My latest girl singer crush. This song makes my throat ache. It’s so perfect to listen to when working on the newly developing Miho/Alice relationship. The studio/album version is my fave because you get to hear the gorgeous growl in her voice that doesn’t seem to register in any of the, still, beautiful, live versions. The only thing better than a powerful female singer is a powerful, growling female singer… Grace Slick, for instance… jeez, that girl could sing! Anyway, you can probably expect an Amanda Jenssen homage painting from me sometime soon. Also, anyhow, Miho and the Immortals is coming on nicely. I introduced Miho to the mix because Creaturina and Alice are just too, damned powerful/indestructible to have a decent story/character arch/development… Miho is delicious and totally helpless/vulnerable/gorgeous, she will soften our lethal Alice, and provide a weakness/achilles heal for the indomitable Alice/Creatuie combo. Still, if I was a bad thing, I’d seriously think twice before thinking she was an easy mark… wouldn’t you? If Alice loved you, would you feel vulnerable? I wouldn’t (:

Since posting this, and in my search for images of the gorgeous, hugely talented Amanda, I came across this. I am an inveterate Leonard fan, and particularly adore hallelujah, and knew, instantly, that Amanda could pull this off… and she does, easily. Actually, I think she could do it better (more power), but who am i to say?, just a besotted fan.


Practice Layout


Practice page layout for Miho and the Immortals (:

Laugh Like a Bell


Did this listening to Amanda Jenssen Hymns for the Haunted and Sharleen Spiteri Melody — aural gorgeousness! (:

Heart Like a Puppy


Listened to the soundtrack from ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ a lot while doing this… very well matched to this image of Ally. I highly recommend the film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ which, while dark, is almost black-comedy dark, and is nowhere like as gore-splattered as my Alice is. Tilda Swinton is stunning in it, and the soundtrack is excellent. Actually, Tilda’s hair is a lot like Ally’s hair. Anyway, here’s Alice, melting Miho’s heart even more with her laconic one-liner.

Poser Babe


Isn’t she gorgeous? I’ve hardly done anything to her in Photoshop, perhaps twenty minutes work.


The Forgotten Shore




I’ve been playing around in Poser, trying to create a Creaturina-like model. As with the Alice-like model I created, I still have to do a complete make-over in Photoshop, especially with their faces, but the basic shape for Creatuie is not bad, not like Alice, whose face I have to completely re-create. I love this noble warrior queen I’ve created. These are just rough, but have heaps of potential. Creatuie will soon make an appearance in the little story I’ve been making, recently, which I’m calling Miho and the Immortals.