I treated myself to some sketching time recently – I don’t know what possessed me to give drawing one last try, but I am glad that I did. I guess going back to my original artistic roots helped and has re-inspired me all over again.

I don’t know where drawing will take me – not down the commission route yet, that’s for sure – but I intend to have a bit of fun with it and see what comes out. I wasn’t sure if I should put the artwork up here on this blog or if I should try and carve out a new space for it, for the time being, I’ll share it on here, give it some time and see how I feel about it in a few weeks.

Time is limited – but drawing is my heart. My greatest enjoyment and my passion – to quit, would just be wrong.

Seems that with my current thoughts and feelings towards artwork, I forgot to share this collaboration that Qwaychou, Zoel, Mystrial and I did together at the end of last year.

I know it’s a bit late and the festive season is well behind us, but I thought I’d share this here all the same.

I’ve been looking at a lot of old-school anthro art and feeling horribly nostalgic with it all. I’m conflicted with it all. On the one hand, I find art-stuff at the moment really frustrating but on the other I really want to keep pushing myself with it to keep it alive a little bit longer; despite what I have said in recent posts. Maybe I need to give myself a bit more of a break from it so I can feel refreshed when I do feel better about it all.

The Eternal Bookcase

Author:Graham McNeill
Published by: Black Library
Publication date:2 July 2007
Genre:Science Fiction/War
Pages: 510
Source:Personal Collection

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“Under the command of the newly appointed Warmaster Horus, the Great Crusade continues. Fulgrim, Primarch of the Emperor’s Children, leads his warriors into battle against a vile alien foe, unaware of the darker forces that have already set their sights upon the Imperium of Man. Loyalties are tested, and every murderous whim indulged as the Emperor’s Children take their first steps down the road to true corruption – a road that will ultimately lead them to the killing fields of Isstvan V…” – Black Library’s synopsis of Fulgrim.

I have buddied up with fellow book reader and reviewer Dave, from Wordaholic Anonymous for my Horus Heresy reads and when his review of Fulgrim is written up and shared I shall…

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Oh deer, Oh deer

Quick WIP update of these fine models tonight. I painted the first one up a while ago and got the rest out of the cabinet to paint up earlier this week.

I still need to figure out what I am doing with the riders, but I have a paint scheme for my Cities of Sigmar army sorted out now so it shouldn’t take too long to get these finished up.

I’m a big fan of these models and have really enjoyed putting some deer markings on them and look forward to figuring the rest of them out.

I have an idea for their base scheme as well, but there are a couple of people I’d like to approach and ask for advice on my idea, see if I can pull it off. I’m thinking of doing a forest floor for them, with leaf litter, mushrooms and tree stumps. I’m not 100% sure on how to pull this off though so if you have any ideas please let me know. And if you’re affiliated with any stores that sell the things (Mushrooms & stumps) let me have your links and I’ll see what I can do.

This is a bust commission for AstarMoc over on Twitter. It’s the first and last one I am intending on doing this year. I did a lot of these last year and they were great fun to do and I enjoyed the challenge each one posed.

But, I have come to realize that drawing and art doesn’t hold the spark for me that it once did. The enjoyment I once had in it is well and truly gone. After most pieces that I draw I find myself angry, upset and/or frustrated with what I create. It’s not art-block. I’ve worked through that before. It’s something more than that. It’s the realization that I wasn’t drawing because it brought my joy anymore, it’s due to habit. I’ve been drawing for 16+ years now (I only know this cause I’ve had my DeviantArt account that long and that’s where I started) and over time my enjoyment of it has become less and less. So I think it’s time to put the pencils down and move on, see what else I can do that might bring me a bit more happiness.

The support I have had for my art on here and on twitter has been mindblowing! And I am grateful to every, single person that has asked me to draw for them. It’s been an honour.

What this does mean is that I can spend more time on a hobby that I enjoy and finally turn my blog to that properly. In the coming days/weeks I’ll sort out my categories, links, menus, etc and make this place a bit more hobby-blog orientated.

In conclusion. Drawing. It’s been fun, but I would like to do things that are more… funner!

And I thought the Bloodcrushers were intimidating models! Yikes, this was a biggie!!

I really enjoyed painting this one though, once the base coats were on it was pretty simple to paint. I think the hardest part sometimes is blocking in the colours and getting a good mental image of what you’d want the model to look like at the end. I am satisfied that it looks creepy enough. Also I find some of the red difficult to look at in places, but I think that works for a daemonic entity!

I’m going to leave the daemons to rest now while I work on some of the other armies that don’t have enough paint on them and are dragging the quality of the display cabinets down. (*cough* Cities of Sigmar *cough*)
These guys have been great to work on and have been wonderful to get me back into the swing of things in 2020. Time to get ‘serious.’

Just a quick update this time. I was brought some Demi-Griff Knights for Christmas and I’ve managed to stick them together today. They’re a really nice kit – once I got the hang of them. The first one was a bit tricky and frustrated me a lot, but I was being impatient with it so it’s my own fault. I don’t know when we will get nice enough weather for me to spray and start painting them, but I have enough of this army to get cracking with!

This week, I have managed to finish off the last two Bloodcrushers – the other one was painted ages ago – but I’d base coated these two a while back and figured I wanted to get them done before picking up something else.

I’m over the moon with how they came out as they’re rather chunky models. My experiences with bigger models is limited so I suffer from ‘big model intimidation.’ Getting these done feels like a weight off my shoulders!

I’ve not got much left to paint in this army now. Another unit of Bloodletters and five Khorne Dogs that I have no idea how to paint. Not sure if using the red paint scheme for these Bloodletters will translate to the dogs. But I won’t know until I find out.

Some of the photography in the coming weeks/months might be a bit ‘funky’ as I have had to dig out the DSLR. I lent my little compact camera to my Dad for his holidays. I’ll try my best to get re-acquainted with the Nikon, but I remember having lighting issues with it before and I’d prefer something quick and simple

It’s been all about the blood and skulls here lately! I’ve taken the plunge to finish off some of the models for my Daemon army. It’s mostly a ‘showcase’ army. As far as I know each daemon God now has it’s own book and I’m not even sure they can all work together like they used too, but that’s how I’ve always envisioned a Chaos Daemon army – lot’s of gribbly things amassed together. Initially the army was an excuse to paint some wonderful and wacky colours on things; but for the Blood and Skull related things for the army I have gone a bit more traditional.

I used to like the previous installment of Skulltaker as a model, so when the new one came out I had to add him to my army list. His cloak is glorious and I had the most fun painting it (Almost as fun as my Mortifactors bases!) Speaking of bases, I wasn’t sure how well this one would turn out. Putting the texture paint on an already textured base felt dubious at the time, but I think it worked rather well.

Blood Guard: A Vindicator! — Black Hand Marines

First Commission of the year and it’s a tank! I really love painting tanks now that I have my head around how to do battle damage. I relished the opportunity to try some in a different colour. I love the colour red, and have been enjoying painting the Blood Angels, so when I was asked […]

Blood Guard: A Vindicator! — Black Hand Marines

I’ve not anything of my own to share today (I am so close with my various Bloodletter offerings though) but I do have something to reblog!

I commissioned Heretic Deb to paint one of my many Blood Guard Vindicators – I have four of these things so thought it would be good to get a bit of variation between them – and going by the photographs I am not disappointed.

I am over the moon with how it’s looking, the battle damage and dirt is just sublime! I can’t wait to see it in person and display it proudly on the shelf with my other Blood Guard models.

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