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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Knot My Usual Drawing Subject

I’m not sure why, but I had a mind to draw a bit of knitting. My mom really likes to knit, and maybe I was looking at one of the hats she has given me. But I was suddenly seized with the urge to try out the texture of wooly clothing with my pens, markers, and colored pencils.

I drew this yesterday. The colors are mostly Copics (with a tiny touch of Prismacolor colored pencil). The pens are all Pigma microns, black, sepia, and brown. I really like it. I just like looking at it. I was very flattered when my daughter Cassie tried to feel the little bumps.

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Drawing Therapy

I’ve been busy or, more accurately, heavy with responsibilities lately. Not important stuff, but stuff that had to get done. It’s part of my job and it’s predictable, but it still takes me out of my routine and puts me off my stride emotionally.

As soon as I was able I carved out a little time to do some drawing. I can get an illustration completed in a couple of hours, so it’s a really effective way to reconnect with my creative energies.

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