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Angry Kara WIP


I am enjoying Supergirl. The instant I saw this scene, I had to paint it! This is a very angry Kara Zor-El, in an episode that deals with, among other things, the recently outed Supergirl’s anger issues. She is in the process of blowing a very bad robot to atoms… she channels all the pent-up rage she’s been holding back about the loss of her family/planet, to defeat a particularly tough opponent. And, in fact, tries so hard she accidentally drains her own powers for a few days, so she gets, in the next episode, to cut her finger, catch a cold, and break her arm. Love it! And, of course, she’s just so damned cute!

To get the awesome texture on her top, I photographed the top of a 3V Lithium Cell battery, which had the exact pattern I needed, then took it into glorious Photoshop CS5, and made it into a tiled texture, which i then desaturated, then placed over her top, and set to ‘multiply’ Really pleased with it (:



Hammer of the Wind


And, here she is (:


Hammer of the Wind WIP 3


Here is my girl’s Elven sword (:


Hammer of the Wind WIP 2


Finally finished her chain mail!! Jeez, that was tedious! But worth it (:

Between hours spent laboriously toiling away on the mail links, worked on other details to relieve the monotony, but most of the time spent on Hammer since the last WIP I posted, has been spent on that mail. Yay, now I can really get going… I’m loving my Wind Hammer!

As always, I have listened to a constant musical diet whilst working on this, from Grimes and Helicopter Girl, to Cults and KT Tunstall, but two tracks I’ve thrashed a bit, are Maleficent Flies, and Escape from the Tower, both by James Newton Howard… they are perfect Hammer soundtracks! I can totally see her single-handedly kicking Troll ass with Escape from the Tower blasting in the background (:

Joy and Peace

Wishing you all joy and peace, whatever xmas means to you. Life is short, those we love are everything… cherish them.

Be yourself


Hammer of the Wind WIP


Still happily working on my awesome new creature! I have completely re-drawn her chain mail several times, now, and am doing it yet again… think I’m liking it better this time. I haven’t done chain mail since I drew the bottom two panels here for my Honours exhibition paintings of my first-born, kick-ass babe, Creaturina. I knew it had been tedious and hard, but had not remembered exactly how tedious/hard! As this is a WIP, it shows some of my process… her whole body (the armoured parts) are covered with the lines you can see on her arms, but the ones on her body have been turned off in this picture… those lines are what I use as a guide for the chain mail. I haven’t even started on her wings/hair/sword! About her sword…

Hammer’s sword is an 11,000 year old Elven claymore, given to her as thanks/gratitude from an Elven king, whose daughter Hammer saved from 3 Trolls when she was just a 400 year old child. Hammer did this bare-handed, killing all the Trolls herself, except the last one, whom the Elven princess helped dispatch (there had actually been 4 Trolls, but Elves are pretty tough, too, and the princess had managed to kill one herself, before being overpowered by the other 3). Hammer sustained life-threatening injury; several broken bones, a punctured lung and severe concussion, but managed to stay conscious till the princess was safe.

At the time, Hammer was called Wind Child, but, after the Elven princess explained to her father the way the young Sprite, who had already had 350 years training in un-armed combat, had struck the Trolls like a hammer on the wind, Hammer of the Wind became her name. This was 1000 years ago, making Hammer  a very young, Sprite teenager.


Wind Hammer


This is the cutie I’m currently creating. Her name is Hammer of the Wind. She is an elite Sprite warrior, charged with the protection of all the normal Sprites, against Trolls, Ogres and all the other big bads who want to harm sweet little, lethal Sprites. She is the product of millennia of selective breading, she makes the average, very dangerous Sprite look like a pixie. She does not have a sense of humour… well, not one a mortal would appreciate, she makes the Terminator look lazy in her single-minded pursuit of any being she perceives as a threat to those under her wing(s). She actually has a weapon, something all other Sprites do not have, but you’ll have to wait for the finished work, if you want to see what it is.