You folks know I love Dwarfs and I love art so here’s is a post of 5 artists who are rocking the Dwarven world. They are done in a number of different styles. These just happen to be some of the folks who have posted stuff that has caught my eye lately. Let’s have at it (in no particular order.)
This is just a work in progress but it already has a ton of visual impact. So much going on that just brings the eyes right to the center of the page: the blur on the outer areas; the lighting; the color values. Also has some great use of texture.
Something about this picture was just speaking to me. Maybe it’s because I’d love to have a couple dozen of these printed up in plastic so I could paint them. It’s interesting how simple shapes can capture so much character.
Check out this artist’s work for a ton of male and female Dwarfs. They have some nice linework and a ton of detail in their work.
Nice atmospheric work with this one and he made some great choices with the color palette.
Here we have a ton of personality coming through. This is definitely a rugged female Dwarf, yet she still has a feminine quality about her.
Do you have any favorite artists you want to share? Give them a shout-out in the comments.
I made a simplified version of my skull scareflake that you can make for yourself with a printer, paper and some scissors. Basically you will fold up a printed sheet and cut along the gray lines. You need to be close to the lines but don’t worry about being totally exact. Ready? Let’s go!
That is not a blank space up there! I used light gray lines so that they won’t show through the back of your finished paper. This first file is the one you need to print out. Download it to your computer and then print it at full size onto a piece of letter sized paper.
Get your printout and scissors ready.
Fold your paper in half the long way. Make sure your edges meet evenly and that the gray lines are on the outside of the paper.
Now fold the paper in half vertically. Again, make sure the gray lines are on the outside of the folded paper.
Here’s the last fold. Fold the bottom short edge so that it meets the longer side edge at a 45 degree angle. The picture shows this better than I can explain it.
Start cutting along the printed gray lines.
Cut out the eye-hole last. Just cut straight along the gray line and work your way around the circular part.
Unfold the finished piece.
You did it! Now make some more.
Following on yesterday’s post, here is another version of what I am calling my scareflakes. This one has an Incan vibe to it and I’m pretty happy with the way it came out.
I started playing around with the idea of snowflakes that incorporate different elements of Halloween and have found it to be quite addictive. You’ll find a different one here each day as we lead into the holiday.
I also convert these files for my Cricut machine. We’ll be cutting a bunch of them out of cardstock and using them to help decorate the house for our annual party. Should be fun!
The Hive in downtown Gastonia is now selling copies of Digital Weaves, my coloring book for adults. I am really happy to be partnering with such a cool store. They sell lots of local products: tons of stationary; art supplies; and all kinds of cool gifts. You can even pick up some bars of my wife’s soap there, too.
The little coloring project that I was working on is finally ready to go. Digital Weaves: Vector Graphic Coloring Pages Inspired by Ancient Knot-work is now available at Amazon.com. Here is the back cover copy:
Coloring therapy might be a new buzz word but the idea of coloring to reduce stress isn’t – Carl Jung, the famous psychiatrist had patients color in pictures 100 years ago. Various forms of decorative knot-work have been used for centuries. From the intricate cording of the Chinese to the illuminated manuscripts of the Celts to the wildly imaginative carvings of the Norse, these patterns of lines have provided an endless source of fascination. Digital Weaves combines these two ideas into one book that soothes the mind. It uses the newest digital technology to create stunningly complicated artwork inspired by the knots of old. Ease away your stress and tension as you indulge your inner artist.
I’ve gathered together some of the coloring pages I have done over time. You can see them by clicking the button in the menu or just click here. I do take requests – and I do commissions – if you’re looking for something in particular. Drop me an email.
Last week I posted a series of silhouettes and asked you to try and identify the hero or villain. This week we have the answers. Here they are from left to right:
Top row: Wolverine, Galactus, Mr. Freeze, Harley Quinn, Havok
Second Row: Hellboy, Beast, Big Barda, Savage Dragon, Flash
Third row: Mysterio, Black Bolt, Hawkman, Electro, Scarlket Witch
Fourth row: Captain America, Catwoman, Judge Dredd, High Evolutionary, Thor
How many of them did you get right?
I will be honest that this probably was a lot harder than the emblem quiz. I ran it by a couple of my friends and none of them got 100%. The problem is that there are a number of characters that could easily pass for each other in silhouette form. There are some of the obvious cases where two characters wear a variation of the same uniform – think Captain America and US Agent or are intentionally meant to look almost the same like the Flash and Professor Zoom. But there are other characters who just kind of look the same. In silhouette Mr. Fantastic and the Elongated Man are practically indistinguishable.
How about the original Marvel Girl of the X-Men and the Scarlet Witch? That doesn’t even get into how hard it is to find a female hero who isn’t just a variation on a domino mask and long flowing hair. Is this a bad thing? Let’s face it, Havok and Electro have very distinctive profiles but they do look a little silly. What are your thoughts?
Since my superhero quiz continues to be wildly popular I decided to make another one. I built this one a little differently, though. Instead of looking at logos and trying to decide who they belong to, this time around I have a series of silhouettes and you try to guess the hero or villain. I tried to go with some of the more distinctive silhouettes out there. (It wouldn’t be any fun trying to guess between Mr. Fantastic and The Elongated Man for instance.) I have characters from a number of different companies and there are even some women in the mix. Some of these are fairly simple, but you will need to be pretty good to get them all.
Have at it and see if you can guess all of them before I put the answers up next week!