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New Works at Placebo Gallery

Seraphim has hung more new acquisitions in the gallery…NewArt

NewArt2… the gallery has had slightly more attention than usual (usually it is none), even getting what Seri and I consider a good report here  Many thanks to Pearl for drawing my attention to this post, as the rather odd people who posted it did not tell me they had… one of them did ask permission, but in a strange, seemingly unhinged IM, which I had actually dismissed as the mutterings of someone not quite, well, balanced (even allowing for the obvious language barrier)… sorry, Ush  (:


Aloy WIP 1

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As promised, I have commenced a painting of Aloy, the awesome, red-headed protagonist of Horizon Zero Dawn (: HZD is a gorgeous game, the scenery is constantly, breathtakingly beautiful, and the costumes are magnificent! And they are just backdrops to the excellent gameplay and character development. I love this game to bits!


Every Last One of Them

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Here is battle-hardened, indomitable Ellie (:


Every Last One of Them WIP 4

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On the home straight with Ellie, now (: The girl looks a bit the worse for wear, but if you followed the link to the trailer in the first WIP, you will see what she did to at least three of the people who did this to her, and you will know that Ellie came off a hell of a lot better than them… pretty much 100% better than them, considering she killed them all.


Every Last One of Them WIP 3

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This is where I’m at with Ellie today (: As you can see, the girl has been smashed around… but don’t worry, she will have made sure her attackers never hurt anyone, ever, again.


Every Last One of Them WIP 2

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Clever, intense, driven, lethal Ellie is gorgeously taking shape beneath my Wacom stylus (: It’s so nice to be working on something beautiful again! I am giving Ellie slightly less attention than I would like, however, as I have a new digital babe crush… Aloy, the main character in Horizon Zero Dawn, which I began playing the day it came out, 3 days ago. I love open-world games, much, much more than limited, linear games, and HZD is about as open as they come. Another game with beautiful character development… you are introduced to tough little Aloy, when she is only six, and I dare anyone not to fall instantly in love with her! The game is gorgeous, mind-blowingly so! And the game-play is fabulous. Teenaged Aloy is gorgeous, too, right down to her dry, cynical sense of humour. I can totally see an Aloy painting after the Ellie one (:


Every Last One of Them WIP

So… I’m over trying to paint a portrait of something I passionately loath; it was an interesting exercise, but I doubt I will finish the creep, even though it’s almost done… I simply cannot make myself put that amount of work into something I find abhorrent. So… I’ve started painting a gorgeous creature I adore! Yes, how unusual, eh!?… not.

If you know my work, you know I adore kick-ass females… I have very little interest in kick-ass males, and none in painting them, it’s the killer babes I love, and really love illustrating. I’ve always wanted to do a painting of Ellie from ‘The Last of Us‘, and a scene from the stunning trailer for ‘The Last of Us Part II’ has been in the back of my mind since I first saw it, last year.

The Last of Us is one of my all-time favourite games… the graphics are gorgeous, the game-play is awesome, it has some genuinely scary moments, even for one as jaded as myself… but what makes this game so amazing (and one of the most awarded games of all time) is the character development of Ellie and Joel, the two main characters. Joel is a super-hard, 50-something survivor, tasked (reluctantly) with guiding/protecting Allie across an apocalyptic, horror-infested American landscape… Allie is a young (about 13-14) girl… she turns out to be every bit as hard as Joel… every bit, she is the cutest, most loveable, stone killer since HitGirl! Both Joel and Ellie have suffered horrendous loss in their lives… I dare any person, with the slightest degree of compassion, to play the first 15 minutes of ‘The Last of Us’, and not be reduced to tears.

From the trailer for the second instalment, it looks like Allie is now 16-17. The trailer is a stunner, please look at it (if you don’t have a problem with graphically depicted scenes of post-violence), it will explain why I have called this painting ‘Every Last One of Them’… the guy in the trailer is, of course, Joel; he went from wanting nothing to do with Allie at the start of ‘The Last of Us’, to loving her like she was his own, lost, daughter, and sacrificing a lot for her. She is, of course, totally worth the sacrifice (:

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