Thursday, May 24, 2012

Peg and Jack

Sometimes I have to just paint for myself, with no real audience in mind. I love adventure stories and fantasy backdrops (and mayhaps the occasional game of Dungeons and Dragons). No surprise when I paint for myself, I'm happiest with the results. Tonight I had barely finished a pencil sketch before I dove into a full painting, and the whole project took maybe 3-4 hours.

This is what I do for fun, when I paint to take a break from, ah, you know,... painting.

Peg and Jack

Peg and Jack were quite the pair of adventurers in their prime. Now the old druidess and her elderly dire boar live peacefully on a small farm, remembering their glory days fondly.


I love little old lady characters. Swan Eaters centers strongly around Grandma Hawker, and I get the impression Peg is a pretty cool old chick too. What can I say? Crones have lead interesting lives and have buckets of wisdom. They've got more to say than younger women. They're more confident in their opinions, and they're not usually out to impress anyone. It's the perfect storm for an excellent woman. Heck, look at any of Dame Maggie Smith's characters in the last 10-20 years.


And I enjoy drawing monsters because they're monsters. Dire boars are a particular favorite. I love anything I can outfit in fur, tusks, and pointy bits!

The pencil sketch

Beginning the wheat wash.

My paint box. It's a mess because it's constantly in use.

Speaking of Dame Maggie Smith, I've been painting to a lot of Pogo lately....

Goodnight, Neverland!

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