Category Archives: Originals

Gator Grins

 

Illustration that I did for an upcoming showing at our local library branch. I was so stoked about getting it finished in time… then I realized as I was trimming it that I did not have the appropriate sized frame. :[ Oh well, next month it will be displayed at the other library.

Creature Creations – Rhinocorn

RhinocornV2

 

So about a week or so ago, I read an article about how the common ancestor linking rhinos and horses was found on Madagascar. Being the person who likes to share things, I asked my office mate if he read about that. Immediately he blurts out, “Duh, we’ve always known about their common ancestor! It’s a unicorn!” What followed was a long conversation filled with color descriptions of said creature as well as the fact they are the anti of all traditional deer looking unicorns. Where unicorns were considered lucky, the rhinocorn grants nothing but bad luck on a glance. So if your phone won’t stop ringing that annoying ringtone that you don’t remember changing it to, your laundry is perpetually wrinkly, and your keys go missing at the drop of a hat, you’ll know that a rhinocorn is lurking around.

The Shelephant’s Song

The Shelephants SongOne of those images that I yet again have a story behind. Music had all but drifted away from a small community of shelephant herders. Once upon a time, these villagers held close bonds with the creatures, but over time that faded and the giant lumbering creatures became so lazy and lethargic in their ways it affected their wool output. The adults all thought there was a terrible sickness with the beasts, however the children saw that the shelephants were simply sad. The adults were set in their ways in curing via medicinal remedies so the children all headed out to find various ways to cheer up the creatures. Some told them jokes, some performed silly plays. It wasn’t until one of the youth discovered a musical instrument and began to play it that the shelephants perked up. As the young boy developed his musical skills, the shelephants mood swung upward until they danced to the tunes. Soon all the children would gather and play tunes, rekindling the lost bond with the shelephants and saving the flocks.

The Giver

The Giver Okay, as far as I’m concerned this project is done. Finished. Moving on! I have been fussing over this stupid thing for the past 2 1/2 to 3 months now and I feel like I have fussed far enough. Let this be a lesson learned, never to sit and overwork your image. Because I overworked this thing to death and it really shows. I could list off a whole a host of issues that I have with this current piece, ranging from inability to produce a decent focal point all the way to the horrible color scheme. Pretty much everything that falls right in between those two it’s in there. I’m not even certain if the storyline is prominent anymore due to the various amounts of flaws overlapping in this piece.

Oh well, onto the next image, which shouldn’t take up nearly as much of my time. I’m coming to this conclusion that it is extremely taxing on my level of patience when an illustration draws out any longer than 40 hours. While the final results are generally rewarding, it just becomes a battle to work on an illustration that long. Must be ADD or something.

Storyline
This particular scene depicts a rare, compassionate breed of dragon. They are typically hidden from mortal eyes, only emerging when they sense great distress or emotional turmoil in their territory. In this case a local community of herders had a bad run in with the dragons living in the mountain range. They, the dragons, had descended upon their fields and slaughtered and carried off many of their cattle. Taking pity on the poor folk who could not afford to replenish their stock on their own, the dragon manifested itself and gave unto them a portion of its own treasures as a means to say “I’m sorry for what happened to you!”

Medium: Photoshop CS5
Hours: Who knows?

Star Chasers

Star Chasers

One of my portfolio pieces. This idea hit me a while ago due to a number of things. The first being when I took a trip up to Alaska in November which was one adventure all on it’s own. The second was due to an argument that saw once here on the Complaints forum here at dA. It was some Anti-Twilight thread where two people were arguing about the legends of vampires and how traditional mythological creatures should only be depicted in certain ways else-wise they wouldn’t be recognized as that particular creature and would be categorized as something else. I believe that the person said something to the effect of, “You can’t stick a horn on any animal and call it a unicorn.” Well, I begged to differ.

So my unimoose was born. Anyway, it’s part of a story in my head. Like always. So the story goes, every so many years a special star comes close to Earth and changes either a deer or a horses growing fetus into a unicorn. However this time around the star altered the baby of a pregnant moose. At some point while he was very young, the unimoose became separated from his mother and ended up being discovered by an Inuit child who was out learning to hunt with his father. Seeing just how rare and special the one horned white moose was, they both took the creature back to camp and helped raise the animal. The unimoose came to be a symbol of good luck to their tribe.

As he grew older, he wanted to find out where he came from and why he couldn’t seem to find others like his kind. So he joins forces with a local wolf clan (you know, since unimooses can communicate with all animals) and his human companion and they all go on merry adventures together.

Medium: Photoshop CS5 (seriously… it rocks)
Hours Taken: Oh God I lost track after 45.

Detail can be seen here at my DeviantArt scrap page.