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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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The Lizard King WIP4

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I started working on this repulsive creature as a kind of exorcism of my loathing for it… I am having fun depicting it’s true sliminess, but… it and it’s crowd of appallingly stupid, dangerous, repugnant lackeys continue to beggar the mind with their obscene, bizarre obsessions, which make them perfectly suited to be pals with Kim Jong-Un, running some hideous, poisonous little kingdom of sycophants and buffoons, but not to be the gang in control of the most powerful nation on the damned planet, and to have gotten in that position due to that nation’s chronically escalating political dysfunctionality… there is simply no exorcising that level of horror.