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.
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~
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’
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.
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.
I wasn’t planning on updating the blog today, but the husband took the son for a walk out so I could do some drawing and this lovely lady turned up. I’ve not visited her in a long time. For those of you that don’t recognise her it’s Skaejre. She was once going to be part of this whole story that I had planned out, but couldn’t ever figure out how to start.
I’ve toyed with the idea of starting the story several times and it’s always when I have a dip in my thoughts that she seems to come crawling.
When I figure out that I am not really a good enough writer to write an entire novel, I flirt with the idea of making one of those ‘Art behind the film’ books and filling it with concept art and ideas and that sort of thing, but I always come to the conclusion that I’m not good enough for that, either – I’ve even thought of doing a Kickstarter/Crowd fund to help keep the idea afloat, but nothing really seems to stick. (That and the fact you have to make a video for a kickstarter put me off the idea completely)
Maybe it’s a sign that I should find a way to expand on this idea again and see what I can come up with to actually do?
I do still cherish this project even if it has been put on hold for the longest time now.
Still, it was lovely to see Skaejre again and I’d love to see some of her companions again as well.
I wrote a few descriptions the other day. Nothing to overly complicated or serious – just to accompany some folders on my DeviantArt Gallery.
They were of some of the characters in the Sea of Souls project that I have had going on for some time (Which reminds me, I really should add a section for projects on my new Website)
It got me back into the mood of the whole project again and I’m looking forward to doing some more stuff with it when I get the chance.
The world needs a lot of work and development, but I can feel the strength returning to pick it up again and work on the intricate details of it.
Anyway, I wanted to share these descriptions with you.
What is Skaejre?
A Soul Forager – 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 they whim.
Skaejre is worldly, a traveller and a font of wisdom when she wishes; yet to others of her clan she is young and often regarded as foolish. Her choices to not marry with the rest of the Soul Foragers and often her agenda is her own.
As to what Skaejre actually is… that is currently under investigation!
You do know you spell your name wrong don’t you, Sabastian?
Sabastian is a mage – his skills are unquestionably there. His sanity? That’s the more difficult part of his character to grasp.
He’s not always a jibbering mess. Only on his bad days.
His life was saved by Skaejre when she foresaw his usefulness for events unknown.
Yet her actions snapped his mind for he feared her and what she would do. The confusion of her saving him conflicted him greatly. Adding this to his fae curse was just to much.
Yet, like so many madmen he is prone to bouts of wisdom and clarity.
If only he knew what Skaejre saw in him…
Ethan doomed the world to lose one third of it’s population.
Not through any direct action of his own; but it was through him that Severance manifested.
He comes from a world of higher technology and control – one not known or understood by many that he meets. A conflicted world, wrapped in war and terror through it’s own making.
He is a key – yet he is so elusive!
Everard actually started off as a Dragon Age fan character, and while I still use him as such from time to time I have come to think of him finding a place in Sea of Souls also.
Everard is not a complicated man he has been a Templar in the Order of the Cross for most of his years. His function is as a Relic Hunter; finding lost artefacts of his faith and returning them to their rightful home – back with the Order.
He has made many contacts throughout the world and while his profession may carry the air of arrogance, stubbornness and ignorant there is something to be said about this particular Templar.
Sky Captain of the Valhalla. A simple sky-ship with various smuggling capabilities. Legal trade also happens!
He once had a fling with Skaejre, but her demanding word and the constant worry that she might just die, was not an agenda they agreed upon. Nor was his pre-arranged Dandarian marriage As such they went their own ways with mutual accord.
A Dandarian – a reclusive race of traditionalists. They’re crafters, musicians, dancers and all that foppish sort of thing. Not rugged Captains of Skyships. Farrell couldn’t agree with the regal life offered and thus left it and his family to seek his own life.
He still feels some level of doubt for the life he left behind and often wonders if he would be better still in it – rather than slogging with his sweaty crew men.
Still, sweat is better than playing the fiddle for a few spare coin
There is the outstanding matter of Severances description – I shall get to work on that one soon.