Skaejre Bust

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Another speed paint video for you – I wanted to see how things looked when finishing a picture with colours and such.

I think I made the colouring part of the video a bit too quick though, it’s a bit difficult to keep up with it – something to remember for the next one!

I currently host my videos on youtube; WordPress does have the option of uploading videos, but you need to have a premium account for it (and not the cheapest option either) so I am thinking of ways I can afford this and potentially make the upgrade. For the time being I’ll have to use YouTube and hope that it all goes okay.

I would much prefer to keep things ‘in house’ but when that’s not an option others have to be explored!

The character is Skaejre, the ‘main’ character from my Sea of Souls project.

 

 

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Ethan Russo – Concept and creation

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I’ve been working a bit more on Ethan Russo, a character from my Sea of Souls project. It was this character that started off the whole thing as it was him that (oh so cliche) came to me in a dream – with his portal nightmare in tow.

It’s taken me a while to work him out and I’ve got a long way to go!

His surname; Russo, came from looking at my father drinks cabinet and seeing a bottle of Russo limoncello; hardly exciting stuff as it’s a common name, but I’ve often taken inspiration for names from things around me.

For example, Argur – Feracils demon – is named after a particularly smelly cheese!

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Out of the two sets, I don’t know which one I prefer – the top of the two was how Ethan originally looked, but I have precious little of him drawn so I wouldn’t be losing any sense of attachment or anything if I did switch.

I think the best way to go forward is to do some more sketching and writing and see what sticks.

More Aesthetic Boards

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Farrell Board 1

Severance Board 1

A few more Aesthetic Boards for Sea of Souls characters.

Everard, the Templar and Relic Hunter.

Sky Captain Farrell

Severance – the bad guy!

Just though I would share these with everyone here, seeing as things feel like that have been a bit of a lull – I don’t know why, cause I have been busy, busy, busy getting on with the project.

Boards are a lot of fun and I feel as the characters grow and change, I can do more with them. They’re good for getting ideas out on ‘paper’ quickly.

Guest Art – Thiccs

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A part of keeping myself inspired by personal projects and things has always been being able to get commissions from other people.

So, when I got back into Sea of Souls, I thought I’d buy a picture or two of some of the cast – most of the people I know on art sites are anthro/furry artists so most of the art will probably be of Skaejre, until I get to know a few more faces.

This is by Thiccs on DeviantArt~

 

Aesthetic Boards

After a wonderful long weekend away, I thought I would have something a bit more to show or write about – instead, I feel a little uninspired and drained.

Sadly, I got precious little done to Sea of Souls other than adding a few passages to the Snowflake Method document; which is something I suppose. I need to focus on the positive side of things! I got something done and took another small step towards ‘completion’

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I did make up some Aesthetic Boards up towards the end of last week – these are a lot of fun to make up and are great for trying to convey a concept for a character quickly.

I’d like to make up different boards for various characters to try and keep myself inspired while working on the actual story layout, etc.

Skaejre ref & notes

I’ve been loosely toying with the idea of dragging up ‘Sea of Souls‘ from the depths again.

I’ve always wanted to play with characters from a rich world, who are all connected together in some larger story somehow – I’d originally been thinking of changing my furry characters into ‘humans’ in an alternative universe, but the idea didn’t pan out too well so I abandoned it.

I’ve brought up ‘Sea of Souls’ a couple of times on this blog, but somehow it’s always slipped by me. I’ve never really known how to take on such a big project and become overwhelmed by it and the ideas I have had for it! I feel like I want to take on this project once again, but at the same time I feel hesitant.

I know there are some concepts in this project – mostly Skaejre (pictured above) and her profession. She is a Soul Forager which is pretty much a Death Shaman/Druid.

“A hunter of the dying. It is her role – along with her kinsmen – to find the Souls of those on the brink of death and take the remnants of their life and add it to their own. Or to spare them; depending on their whim.”

I just think this concept might be a bone of contention.

Yet, why should I care? I came up with the idea back in 2007/08 sometime! I know I can’t let the potential actions of others stop me doing something I would like to do; and yet, it’s harder to let go of that thought more than I’d like to say.

All I really want, is to work on something that I could leave as some sort of ‘legacy’ for my son. Something that we can both be proud of some-day. Ha. Saying that makes me feel really, lame, I guess? But, I am determined to be able to say ‘I did that,’ to him one day and it be something I can be proud of.

Uploading a simple reference picture here is a start, while I figure out the next steps to take in this, where to host the project and all that complicated thought process stuff that goes on in the background.