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Alice; Creaturina’s Girl


Finished (:

Wild Thing


Finally finished my beautiful wild thing (:

Wild Thing WIPS 3 & 4



So… when they first put my hand in a cast, it was a clunky plaster one, and I totally could not paint/draw. Ten days later, they took it off, to re-X-ray my hand, then they put an awesome fibreglass cast on, which is half the weight of the plaster one, and far more streamlined/elegant. The other day, I discovered I can, just barely, paint with it on… I have very little fine control, but I’ve been plugging away at finishing this picture of my baby. It is hard, irritating work, and it doesn’t take much of it to make my hand sore, but I really want to finish my lovely, scary girl, so I’ll keep trying (:

Rosie Thomas ‘When We Were Small’ is still very much at the top of my current play list… really beautiful stuff (:

Wild Thing WIP’s 2 & 3



Been listening to Heartbeat of my Soul, by Irina Mikhailova, and When We Were Small, by Rosie Thomas, amongst others, whilst doing this. The Rosie Thomas album is achingly beautiful (:

Wild Thing WIP’s 1 & 2



Wild Thing WIP


This is what I’m working on now; another Creatuie (: I have decided that, as much as I love my photo-realistic SG babes, they are not mine, I do not own copyright on them, I can never sell them, never do anything with them. They are gorgeous, and I’m really pleased with the standard of my work on them, but it’s time to get back to my own, original art, namely, the gorgeous, scary alien countess, Creaturina. I started this blog with Creatuie, when I was still doing my degree, and had just created her. The girl has become part of me, I adore her. I have only recently become really pleased with my depiction of her… she has always been far more gorgeous in my mind than I was able to depict visually, which caused me to back off from trying to paint her. But, the last few images of her I have created have, to me, been awesome; the gorgeous, very scary creature I always wanted to portray. The perfect dichotomy, an appallingly dangerous, scary alien, with alien, predator values, who is also a tender lover, a very ‘human’ friend, and an astonishingly intelligent, wise being.

I was told by one of the tutors who marked my final degree project, which was an illustrated Creaturina book, that she was a dead-end character, as she was in-destructible, so had no story arc. He was, of course, totally correct. I have since made my girl very, very vulnerable, by making her fall totally in love with the dying, brutal, gorgeous little psychopath, Alice. Alice is Creatuie’s obvious weakness. She has others, namely the fact that all her power comes from her mother, the insane, sentient planet, Nightmare; a fact Creatuie is totally unaware of. If something happened to Nightmare, what would that mean for Creatuie? If anyone (would have to be lots of anyone’s) succeeded in killing Alice, how would Creatuie react?… badly, I’d predict. Very badly.

It has always been my ambition to create a Creaturina graphic novel, I’ve just always been too critical of my skills, despite my having evolved a vast, very rich story for her, enough to write several graphic novels. So, time to really hook into painting lots of images of my beautiful, scary girl (:

Alice’s Baby


Alice’s Creatuie

This is the Creaturina that only Alice knows. This Creatuie is soft, gentle, and loving… though, still, slightly scary. Alice can literally make this Creatuie purr, when she brushes her amazing hair (yes, she actually purrs). Creatuie would never harm her Alice, ever, for any reason. As she is with everything she does, Creatuie is frighteningly serious about her love for Alice. So serious, she discards all her warrior, lethal, killer habits, and becomes just another loving being. She even allows her fingertips to soften, so they are no longer razor-sharp/diamond-hard. This process takes half an hour either way, making her slightly vulnerable… though, really, it just means she can’t rip things open; she’s still quite able to rip things apart. This does not, for a moment, mean she is not, still, the most formidable killer on the Earth, ever.

This creature is not a force of nature; she is a force of the Universe. When she is with Alice, she is the eye of the storm, she is a calm, soft, gentle creature, who is always, literally, seconds away from becoming a horrifically methodical, mind-numbingly perfect, blindingly fast destroyer… an appallingly efficient killer who never stops until everything, and everyone she deems a threat is dead. That’s when she stops, when they are all dead. She never forgives, and she never forgets. She never uses a weapon; she is a weapon… she uses her bare hands to rip metal and flesh apart as if it was paper. She does this so fast that even the fastest cameras struggle to record her actions.

This beautiful, alien, creature has killed tens of thousands of beings since she’s been on Earth, sometimes thousands at a time; they all deserved it. Their actions drew her to them, some of them lived long enough to regret their actions, though, not very long after that.

Creaturina doesn’t know it, but she is powered by an entire planet; her mother, Nightmare. This is where her phenomenal strength and speed come from; she never tires, she never grows weak, she simply keeps going till she knows it is time to stop. She can keep moving faster than a human can even see, until she has done what she has set out to do, which is always to terminate those she deems a threat. This is because she is a top-of-the-chain predator… that’s what she was born as, that’s what she does. She never hesitates, never feels doubt, never feels fear. She just acts.

What Creatuie doesn’t know, is that she has never operated at her full potential, actually never even operated at half her full potential. She does not know who she really is, what she really is. What she really is, is, really, god-like. If she needed to, she could literally fly, literally jump straight up, into space, and keep going. She has never felt the need to do this, so she’s never done it.

It goes without saying that you, whether a single person, or an entire nation, would be out of your mind to harm Alice. Suicidally out of your mind.