Batshit insane

Batshit insane

It’s been a while since I posted here again and as always, I’m sorry about that. Just celebrate in the fact that I’ve returned and I’ve brought Wars and Beee with me.

For those that aren’t in the know about these two, they are from a personal project of mine that has been ongoing since 2006 – what the end result of this project is, I don’t know – but there we go.

I’ve a loose story going for them and these two characters are the ‘mains.’

At the point, I am just content in being able to draw them and sketch them up as I envision them.

I’m hoping to be able to draw them a lot and get back ‘into’ them a bit more again, as back in the day they were pretty much the only thing I did draw. In fact, I’ve really cut down my main character list over on DevArt and currently only have 5 going; including these two, the others being Zydrate – a character I adopted earlier this year, Kiz (who we should all know) and Jenn, my fursona.

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Here we go again…

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This little gem came to my attention quite by accident – being told by a friend over on DevArt – and because nothing gets Fangirl going more than the dangled carrot of promise about more official Rambo content.

I am always really skeptical when it comes to more Rambo, the last time I went hunting for information on future instalments I ended up buying a really terrible rail shooter called Rambo:The Video Game. But the image above was first shown on Stallones official Instagram account, so there must be some truth in it, right? I mean, the big man himself wouldn’t tease us with false promises when it comes to something so… important.

My gut reaction was a general mixture of excitement and trepidation; because I have been here before. Hopeful that Rambo V will come along and been shown the middle finger for my crimes. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this new image and information sticks about and something comes of it, but I won’t hold my breath.

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The Iron Warrior

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It’s been a little while since I drew one of the Primarchs and Perturabo has been waiting ‘patiently’ for a while for his picture, so, here he is.

In all his wonderful Terminatory glory!!

I really enjoy drawing Space Marines and the Primarchs series, because I feel that I can really, really push myself and learn while I am doing the deed.

However, they do trigger all my ‘I am shit at everything’ feelings and I have more doubts that I can ‘do good’ while doing these more than any of my other art pieces. It’s most likely because I lack confidence with drawing both them and the backgrounds as well as the full illustration-y feel they have.

I just need to work through these thoughts until they become second nature – as a part of that I’ve been doing a few sketches in a sketchbook too. Really quick images to get more comfortable with the concept of them

I am thinking, maybe I should make this a ‘daily thing’ like a couple of two minute sketches a day until I am a lot happier drawing Space Marines whilst still keeping ‘my style’ of art with them. These sketches were all drawn really quickly too, so they aren’t going to eat into much of my other free time.

Might be something for regular viewers to look forward too as well?

I’m contemplating on taking most of my artwork down this route, even the anthro/firry stuff. More illustrations than quick pin-ups, but maybe there should be a good, clear divide. The Warhammer stuff for full illustration, furry for quicker stuff? Just some thoughts.

Either way, I hope you enjoy the arts~

Where was I?

Mostly due to the house move, I have lost my way a bit with where I was on the hobby front.

I only unpacked my models today and managed to get them on the shelf.

So I really should get them sorted out better into their individual units so I can easily see where I am at.

I half recall having the need to stick together some more Bikers – as there only appears to be four base coated – so I shall have to find them and put them together as I believe these are the last few models I have to stick together before my company has enough models in it to be called a Company (I think that was my aim before moving house anyway, getting them all stuck together before painting them)

Thankfully during the move there was little in the way of casualties – just a few arms need sticking back on. Ideally, I would like to get a display cabinet for them nearer where I do my ‘art stuff’ in the conservatory.

But, this is their home for now and I just need to find the last few biker dudes and ‘crack on’

Blood Angel Pin Up

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Sometimes, the need to do something Warhammer 40k related takes over.

Alas, I am still very much caught in the ‘Pin-up’ trap!

Friday Feature – BoPhoenix

This weeks Friday Feature is from BoPhoenix

Artist showcase! Share with us: Your favourite images

1. What compelled you first start drawing and creating?

When i was younger, my eldest brother used to draw all the time. he used to let me sit next to him and watch him draw, traditionally and digitally, and even let me draw in his sketchbooks sometimes. as well as this, his girlfriend at the time used to let me read her comics and manga, and she would tell me that if i wanted, i could make my own comic one day. That was probably the start of my passion for drawing.

2. Do you have any future plans for your artwork?

I do want my art to lead me into creating original comics, and hopefully animation as well, but otherwise i’m not too sure about the future for my artwork.

3. What sort of media do you use to create your artwork? How long does it take you to complete a piece of artwork?

I use both traditional and digital media. for traditional art I normally use just pencils, pens and paper, but sometimes I dip my foot into painting with watercolour and acrylics, and for digital art I use Gimp 2 most of the time, but I am testing other programs such as Krita, Painttool Sai, and FireAlpaca, although I only really use FireAlpaca to test making short animations. for traditional art, it can take from 20 minutes to two or three hours to finish a piece.Digitally, it takes me a little longer, more like two to five hours to finish, because I’m still practising colouring and shading techniques.

4. What inspires you to draw? Do you admire any other artists?

My inspirations mainly consist of my eldest brother, cartoons I watched in my early childhood, speedpaints online and art galleries that I visited a lot when I was younger.
I definitely admire a lot of artists, both classic and modern, and try to vary who I follow to make sure I get a real sense of varied styles and personalities to work from and develop my own style around.

5. Do you have any tips for any aspiring artists – beyond the usual ‘practise daily’? (These tips don’t have to be art creation related.)

my tips would be:

  • Don’t look at artists that have more skill than you as a threat or a reason to put your own art down. use them as a teacher; look at the art you love and think “how did they do that? do i want to replicate that?” and practise the styles or techniques you want until you can draw it with your eyes closed.
  • Tracing ( for younger/less developed artists ), using references and how to draw books are your best friends. use them to your advantage but don’t trace everything and claim it. practise drawing with and without tracing/references/art books and you will develop artistically.
  • Draw not just what you love, but what you hate. In order to become a great artist you really have to be able to draw a lot. this includes cars, buildings, detailed backgrounds and plants and animals. Just drawing humans or cartoon animals/furries and ferals will limit you to just that thing.
  • Force yourself to draw different things, like what you see before you! go to figure study classes, draw in the middle of a field or at the top of a hill. It will benefit you, I promise!

6. What is your fondest artist memory? (eg – An art trade you were really proud of/pleased with, your first commission, etc)

I think my fondest memory was when I finally finished my first massive traditional commission and saw it hanging up in the cafe that asked me to draw it for them. I couldn’t help but feel thrilled every time someone walked in and took the time to look at it! It was in the style of a comic and, being a comedic piece, it made my heart warm up when they laughed at the silly jokes in it. It definitely made me feel like that commission was worth the hard months of drawing!

7. Anything else you would like to tell our readers?

To any young artists who are doubting themselves or their art, or their future in art – keep going! Strive for what you want, not what others want from you. if you feel like you aren’t talented or good enough, change it! it’s within your power to make yourself into an amazing artist. be inspired by others, but also be your own inspiration. look back at old art and think about how far you’ve come, and how far you have to go. remember that no one is born a great artist; while some may be quicker than others, they all took time to develop.


Many thanks to BoPhoenix for taking the time to answer these questions for the Friday Feature and if you’d like to be featured on the blog then please, don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Backing off

Thank you for those who’ve noticed I’ve reduced the amount of sites I use again.

I’ve deleted various accounts I’ve been attempting to maintain over the internet again – mostly for my own sanity.

I’ve been having a bit of a struggle keeping up with everything and trying has just become a bit overwhelming as of late, so it has made me stop and have a good think about what I want out of this here internet.

I figure, for me everything is about art and drawing/sharing what I make and create.

I have the biggest following for that on DeviantArt – which is where the vast majority of it shall happily remain. dA has been my ‘home’ on the internet for nearly 15 years, so why should I change that because “The only place I have to keep in touch with certain people is another website that I don’t enjoy using?” I have had enough of running about after people online that really don’t seem to care.

As such, I have updated my lists page of where I am currently active/online. Anywhere else, is an imitation!

I am still debating about keeping twitter or not.