Where did you come from?

Beee CrazyIt’s been a while since I posted something that wasn’t a Space Marine picture, so I thought I would share what I have been up too.

It has mostly involved my characters Wars and Beee and their little project.

I’ve mostly been neglecting the two of them but somehow they have just made themselves heard and known again and I have been sketching them up again. Mostly through the help of internet “drawing meme’s.” I’ve had this feeling lately that a lot of my character artwork suffers from ‘same face syndrome’ so using the suggestions from memes has been a welcome change as

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well as a fun challenge. One that I am hoping to keep going with these two characters.

Though I did have a bit of a questioning moment while walking home from baby group today. What’s the point of it all? I’ve had these characters for over ten years now and I’ve not done anything with them other than draw them and have others from them for me. What’s the use in that? I’m not telling a story or making a political statement with them.

Then I came to the highly enlightening conclusion of ‘So what?’ What does it matter that their story will never be told; because I feel I lack the talent for webcomics (in both writing and artistic sense) So what if I never do anything with them other than draw them because it’s what I am currently enjoying doing. If that is only answering asks that I get for them over on their tumblr blog. I think these days there is too much emphasis on trying to make a statement or be special in some way, I think any level of fame would actually do my

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head in and put me off doing something – it would certainly take the enjoyment out of it! Look at that Aliens fanfiction I was doing. I got an amazing, blinding review on it; then couldn’t cope with the pressure of being ‘that good’ at the rest of the fiction, so I never bothered with the second chapter.

I think, as long as I am getting enjoyment out of something, then it’s worth doing. Why overthink things?

I am just happy that my boys have finally decided to come home again and give me another chance. If they only stay a week or so, then so be it. If they stay longer (which I really hope they do) then I’ll be all the happier.

Regardless, I’ll share the sketches and other artworks I get on here (if I remember) and use their tumblr for other details as well, like answering asks, sharing visual things that remind me of them and their

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I think the real test will be next week, as I am away from home. I find a change in location and company always changes the way you’re thinking, be it intentional or not. I have often found that something I was really into at the beginning of the week, or before leaving home, I am less inclined to think about when going back home. Different surroundings and company lead to different thought patterns.

Still, I hope you like what I have had to share today and I look forward to sharing a few more sketches with you all soon.

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“Hey, Wars! Look what I found!? Can you believe I used to wear these pyjamas!?”

 

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Rogal Dorn

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Managed to finish off one of the ‘Primarchs’ series of work that I’ve been doing~

Rogal Dorn this time.

Winner of a rather amusing thread over on Twitter – where all my polls are decided.

There was rather a lot of yellow on this one, so you might well need your sunglasses in order to see it properly. I don’t know what colour Imperial Fists were meant to be pre-heresy, but yellow is my favourite colour so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use it.

Also, it was good fun to draw a Power Fist. Not sure is I made it big enough?

I’ll share some other, non-Warhammer related artworks soon. I’ve a post half in mind with a heap of character sheets I’ve been working on for myself – so I’m looking forward to putting them all up on the same post.

Also a few other bits and bobs to share, if I remember.

Magnus the Red

Three weeks later, I update! 

The next of my Primarch pictures. Magnus the Red was the winner of my Twitter poll, so here he is. He was another fun challenge; which I think all of these are going to be in their own ways. They are very detailed characters to a level that I’m not used to going too.

I’ve already started on the next Primarch; Rogal Dorn. i

Over in Twitterland, the role players came out of the woodwork for this one and had a lot of fun Pickering between themselves over who should win the poll. It was a lot of fun and I’m grateful that they got involved. He should be with you at the end of the week.

As a little side note, I have given permission to ask-Magnus-the-red to share these images on their tumblr, as I do not use the platform myself. 

Dark Angel


Just wanted to share this picture as an update on here. 

I’ve embarked on this little ‘quest’ on twitter where I draw a Space Marine Primarchs depending on who wins a poll.

Lion El’Johnson was the winner of the first poll, so here we are! 

He was a lot of fun to draw up and a challenge too. Honestly, I just wanted to draw some hero poses and guys looking badass and I’ve drawn Space Marines before to know how they look in my own art style. I hope you like it and I look forward to drawing more of the Primarchs.

Thank you for all the doubts and all the questioning

I’ve been trying to re-embrace the 40K hobby recently. Since having my son, it’s been the part of me that has suffered the most. I know when we have children we have to let go of some parts of ourselves to make way for them and their needs – and for the most part I can’t even say that I’m sorry for having let this side of me slide away.

And then someone or something comes along and tells you ‘This is still awesome’ and you get inspired. You want to try and get ‘back into’ a something that you once enjoyed, lived and loved. For me this came in a couple of forms. The first being at my Sisters Wedding recently and having a friend ask me;

‘Why haven’t you set the Inquisition on your sister yet?’

You see, my sister has a Chaos Star tattooed on her back, which is all sorts of damned heresy that makes my blood boil – I really need that Aquilla doing to counter act her heresy – but the fact that I was reminded that ‘You are a Space Marine Chaplain’ had a harder impact that I thought it would do.

So. Here I am no. And, just look at that blog post title.

I don’t have much faith in my abilities anymore. Mostly because I was utterly lost with everything that involved Space Marines and Chapter Companies and where I was with my model collection.

So I got all my Marines out and put them on the table to see if everything made sense. I then went out and brought the most up-to-date Codex for the Adeptus Astartes. Seems somehow I had even missed that step also.

It helped. I more or less know where I am at and my next steps in purchases to make the company complete; but before I put my hands in my pockets I have a bit of painting to get done.

Yet, as I said earlier, I don’t feel like this is enough to keep me interested in the hobby as a whole. I’ve done a lot with my own Chapter before now and I am pretty pleased with their history; I’m no author and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write a story about them and their glorious deeds – but if you wanted to know their heritage and about any notable characters I could tell you. Put all that aside for a moment. Let’s see what else I can do.

I can draw. Not perfectly and I have struggled more than once that my art style doesn’t reflect my hobbies. Who wants to see cartoon styled beefy men with big heads? Well, for one, I do. I’ve drawn Warhammer 40K before, so why not go for it again? Why not combine all my fun fangirly stuff with my art again?

I’ve got a sketch started already of one of the Primarchs which I am actually excited about finishing up and sharing. So, when I get a bit of computer & art time, I’ll be lining it up and sharing. But for now, the child is awake again and I’d better go get some lunch ready~

Black Hands

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So much for remembering about updating things here more often and getting back into a habit! As always, whoops!

This is a commission for the Black Hands Space Marine blog of their home brew Space Marine chapter – or at least some prominent characters of which they belong.

As far as commissions go, this was particularly challenging. Drawing 4 characters together on one piece of paper is pretty much impossible (Or at least, I would have to draw them so small I’d not get much detail in) so I drew them all as separate sketches and added them all together in one canvas in Photoshop.

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I then undertook the task of lining them all up together in one picture, figuring out which part of who should be showing and where!

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The colours went down rather quickly once I got started on them and got them all figured out; with a fair amount of questions being asked of and input by the chapters owner! And some proofing by my husband who made a couple of suggestions to improve how a few things looks that I had missed.

Overall, this commission took me a fairly long time – but once I got into the flow of things it all seemed to come together nicely. The subject matter is one that I was familiar with once upon a time in my fangirling history, but I’ve not done anything with it myself in a while other than use a sketch as a warm up! So it was nice to have a reminder and a revisit of an older topic; but I don’t think it’s one that I’ll be getting all giddy over again in a hurry.

But, I do urge you to look at their blog and have a good read of the articles and see if there is anything that resonates with you, you never know!