Week in the Woods (26 III 20)

In these days of confinement and anxiety it’s been comforting to get outside even a little bit. I thought I’d share some pictures from the last few weeks, which saw Winter slowly loosening its grip on my area, even as we all hunkered down.

My wife spotted this stick snake on the short trail near our house. I love its goofy nose. Now we check for it each time we walk by.

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Bragg the Broken

I’ve finished the great little bust from Lukáš Žaba. Lukáš developed an original concept of the character, Bragg the Broken, an impoverished dwarven king. I thought this was a great idea and let it guide some of my painting decisions, so I’m keeping the name in recognition of the influence I felt.

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Dwarven King Progress

While trapped inside with my little family, I’ve been making steady progress on the little dwarf bust I showed you a few days ago. This disease that has shut our society down, and which will cause suffering worldwide for a long time to come, does invite reflection, appreciation, and maintenance of the self. I’m thankful I have something creative to pour my efforts into in these strange and frightful times. I can say that I have enjoyed this project in a way I have never felt before.

I got the idea for the russet beard from a friend of mine. I would not have thought of that option myself.

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Still a Mini Painting Blog!

I like to incorporate lots of my interests and creative output on ToadChapel, and sometimes I take a kind of unintended hiatus from one aspect of the site or another. I still love mini painting, though, and I’ve now got some time on my hands to dip back into some longer term projects that have daunted me for a while.

I’m going to try to buckle down and finish off this little bust from Lukáš Žaba. I started him a while ago but sort of lost steam. I think I succumbed to the paralysis that visits us when we fixate on how good, and how much better, every detail ought to be. I think I’m ready to just dive in, do my best, and move on the the next thing. If I have fun painting and learn a thing or two (which I already have), then he’ll be a success.

And since I’ve got nothing else to do, I’ve also got another 40k Kill Team project started!

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Forest Folk

My friend has been spending her Spring break drawing Pokémons for her kids, and told me her son was styling himself Professor Oak. I thought that was funny, so I drew him a flunky to boss around.

Meet the Sapling. He’s a very loyal aide to Professor Oak and always does his job with the utmost seriousness.

However…

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A Week of Cephalopods

From knots to… octopodes!

I decided to draw a few tentacles, one thing led to another, and I knocked out several drawings on this theme in just a few days.

Read on to see them all… and maybe a bonus illustration as well.

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Lots More Knots

Work and life have been taxing lately, but these repetitive, process-driven drawings of knitting have been just what I’ve needed to mentally disconnect from the stresses in my life.

I can play around with texture and color, trying different approaches from one illustration to the next and seeing what effects I can create.

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