Practice, Practice…

Gem rendering practice

Since doing that cover last year, I’ve been slacking off on drawing and painting practice. Trying to remedy that. Here’s my go at an exercise from Concept Cookie. Painted in Krita.

Gem rendering practice
Need a cough drop?

I’m also working on some new art for Witch Way, the mobile app based on the computer game the kids play in The Witch Game, but that isn’t ready to show yet.

The new cover is finally here

Creepspace: The Witch Game

When I first published Creepspace: The Witch Game, I also did the cover art and, at the time, it was the best I could do. But that cover didn’t entice the right age group (ages 8 – 12). It did seem to appeal to kids in the 4 – 6 age range, but they’re too young for the book.

So I finally dove in and redesigned the cover. Thanks to people like Timothée Giet and David Revoy, I was able to find my way around the awesome open source painting program known as Krita. I still used my old stalwarts, GIMP and Inkscape, for image processing and text/pdf layout, repsectively, but I have to say that I really enjoyed painting with Krita and I look forward to getting better at it.

Anyway, I hope this new cover appeals more to the kids who might read the book. I’ve already started on a second book in the Creepspace anthology series which I hope to have out early next year, time permitting.

Creepspace: The Witch Game
Creepspace: The Witch Game

WIP – Last Drink

Well WIP

I’m trying to work on values a bit with this practice piece. It obviously has a long way to go before it has a chance of looking like anything. This will be in color once it’s done. Gimp 2.8.

Well WIP
Well WIP

Testing my Metal

A weapon of sorts.

Heh. See what I did there? Ahem. But seriously, I really need to learn how to paint metal surfaces properly. Not there yet. But, hey, first post of the new year! 🙂

I gave MyPaint a spin tonight with only a little assist from Gimp.

A weapon of sorts.
A weapon of sorts.