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Just Because…

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… just because I love Seri (:


Aloy So Far…

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I have lost momentum with Aloy, and may never finish her. This is as far as I got with her. I’m pretty happy with her as she is, I’ve certainly captured her awesome, indomitable, warrior persona (:

All my creativity is going into Maria at the moment, on whom I have done 6 hours work, so far. Because she is my first physical painting in four years, I keep forgetting to clean my palette/brushes! I also tend not to push things as far as I should while the paint is still wet… something easily fixed digitally, painfully not easily fixed physically! The biggest difference between digital & physical painting is not about the actual paint/surface, which are remarkably similar, but it is this: you need to be brave when painting physically, you need to commit yourself, not play it safe, otherwise you don’t get the results you want, and you often get results you didn’t want!


A brief Introduction to Alice

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This is my fabulous Alice… she is Creaturina’s sweetheart (:

As I explained in A Brief Introduction to Creaturina, I was told my Creaturina story had no story arc, because Creaturina was indestructible/had no weakness. To give Creatuie a story arc, I introduced Alice, whom Creatuie loves as only Creatuie, who does everything with implacable totality, can love. Please note the scars on Alice’s midriff, these are how she met Creatuie.

I originally developed my Alice as part of an illustration assignment, where I had to create a book cover, for which I chose Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

… she was my first digital painting, done using a mouse. I really liked her, and developed her further, and lots darker. In the next painting, you’ll see she has not only beheaded the White Rabbit, she’s stolen his watch, and is using his scalp for a hat… this was my first PsychoAlice/BadAlice

Bad Alice

… PshychoAlice developed into Lady Alice…

Not A Lady

… the child of incestuous British aristocracy, a stone killer, a brutal psychopath who, by seventeen, had mastered all known fighting arts, and entertained herself by, as well as shooting her schoolfriends, going to the seediest seamen’s bars, and beating all the hapless seamen to death, she was also into cage fighting, at which she was, of course, undefeated. When she turned eighteen, Alice set out to travel late nineteenth century Europe. Just outside Lithuania, her luck ran out. This was, however, a good thing.

Alice and Creatuie have now been together for over 100 years, they are inseparable, and love each other more as time goes by. Alice bares her scars with fierce pride, because they are how she met her fabulous, fearsome warrior partner. Alice is not indestructible, Creaturina’s love for her is Creatuie’s weakness because Creaturina is not indestructible, either, but no-one knows that… yet.


Physical Painting Update 2

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Maria progresses (:

Loving working with physical paint/brushes/canvas again, after a four year break. Strangely, it feels like I’ve not even been away… everyone I have ever talked to about the fact I do digital painting (everyone who has never done it) thinks that digital painting in Photoshop is some kind of trick/gimmick, where the software does everything for you, these are the same people who think Photoshop ‘magically’ does everything it does; they do not understand that painting in Photoshop is almost exactly like doing physical painting, especially when you use a Wacom and stylus, as I do. You still have to physically, by the use of your stylus on the tablet, blend the paint, even if it is digital paint, the reason Photoshop is so damned expensive is because it is amazing! Your hand gets tired, just like doing a real painting, only it’s more your arm that gets tired doing physical painting. Anyway, I think thats why I am not the least bit rusty, now. The only rusty aspect was my forgetting to clean my gear after my first few sessions… you don’t have to clean a stylus!

Both these photos are crap, but, you get the picture (:


Demon Dog Slayer

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So… my last post of sweet-pink Seri, gave me cause to contemplate how much my girl has changed over the years, hence this 2012 re-post… Seri was/is a killer, she used to wear a katana, the use of which she was fully conversant, and she used to kill things… usually by cutting them in half! Now, she’s wearing pink angora sweaters, growing vegetables and collecting wine (:


Girly Girl

Seraphim has been getting in touch with her inner girl (: If you know Seri, you know she seldom wears a skirt, and never without leggings. She is going through some kind of sweet-pink-soft-sweety phase… which I find farking adorable, especially since she is still wearing her DeathRocker choker, and her Combat Queen boots (:

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Aloy WIP 4

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Aloy progresses! I hope to finish her this Easter break (: