I finally finished it, not exactly what I had in mine, not quite sure why I didn’t use ink to do the text that I added digitally, I might go back to it and do that at a later date though I’ll be making more of these for sure!
I’ve been working on a poster for a week or so, in the style of on old style medicine/tonic poster form the early 1900’s - I started painting it yesterday and really love where it’s going so far, there’s still a lot on their that I haven’t nailed down just yet, like the text to go on the banners (I want it to be funny and D&D themed) but I figure I’ll come up with some ideas whilst I’m painting it :) if you would like to see me paint it live I’ll be streaming on twitch a couple of nights a week. https://twitch.tv/ajarofbees
Sorry that I haven’t been more active on social media, I’m still here!
Im involved in a really exciting project that I can talk more about a little later (D&D themed!) but other than that I have been busy moving house, I need to sort out my new place so that I have a place to paint & stream and it’s taking a little longer, and costing a little more than I had anticipated, but I am hoping to be up and running within a week or so.
In other news, my plastic bases that I ordered in February have finally come, so I spent an hour or so making a little miniature, and I am definitely gonna be doing more of these in the future, thinking about maybe having a competition where you can get your own character as a miniature.
Next week I’ll be waking up at the ungodly hour of 5am to take a bus a little bit further north to Skellefteå, to take part in Nordsken, which is a convention for people who love fantasy, games and creativity in general.
As far as I know it’s one of the biggest events in Sweden, and most definitely the biggest in the north, I’ll be taking my paintings, prints & a load of other stuff up there to sell, but I’ll also be taking the opportunity to meet one of my favourite illustrators: Johan Egerkrans (check out his stuff here :
If you are in the area, or were planning to go anyway feel free to find me and say hi :)
here’s the offical site of Nordsken
Would you like to win a set of Derwent Graphik fine liners? (0.1, 0.3 & 0.5) All you need to do is to be following me on Instagram, and leave a comment with a number from 0-66, once we have a few entries I will do a live Instagram video and roll 2 D6’s and put the numbers together, the person with that number wins the pens! (We will keep going till we get an exact match) so make sure to follow and comment on Instagram @ajarofbees! Have a look through the comments and try to pick a number that hasn’t been taken, if we have doubles I’ll figure something out.
Oh yeah! I also painted a wizard the other day, and I’m really happy with it :)
Decided to do a little experiment and crowd-source ideas of a character, I got some great ideas including
Ooze Cube companion
etc etc …
Came up with this in the end which is not my best work. but I enjoyed the challenge of making a bunch of stuff that doesn’t really fit together work … slightly.
I took a random week off while I was dealing with selling my house etc, was too stressed to sit down and paint, which made me even more stressed which kinda sucks, but now I’m back, and planning out some future projects that should be a lot of fun, in the mean time here’s another character I painted up last night, not really any backstory or distinguishing feature, I just wanted to put mud on some clothing, so I tried a few methods and I think I like the boots more than anything.
Im carrying on working on NPC’s that can be used as filler characters in adventures, I don’t usually include any stats pr character traits (might do this at a later date) instead they are freeform characters for anyone to build on as they please, a theme that flows through all of them however, is that they are flawed in some way.
Since my Koffing painting found a new home, I really want to draw up some more, and what better than to start with Pikachu! I will more than likely be painting more Pokemon interspersed between my regular stuff, and all of it will be going up on my shop.
I had an amazing time in Amsterdam at the Comic-Con, definitely the biggest convention I have done so far, and even though I didn’t sell as much as I would have liked, it was nice to sell what what I did.
The highlight of the convention for me was when I sold my sardine painting, if someone had asked me before the convention “what do you expect to sell” that would have been last on the list, but some guy just came up and fell in love with it … score!
I also had the pleasure of sitting beside this wizardy bugger for 3 days!
This weekend I’ll be hopping on a plane to go visit Bodie and Alina in Amsterdam, where we have a table at the Comic-Con there - click here for some info -
I’ve been working on various new paintings to take with me, plus all of my pins & prints that I have stockpiled at home, hopefully I have some fans or followers that live over there that can come by and say hi, otherwise I’ll be taking pictures and working on stuff that I’ll post on here.
Bodie tipped me off on a company that does decent prints for a really good price, so I ordered 50 of my digital beholder to try them out, and from the pictures they look great, these will be up on my store when I get back, cause I don’t foresee me selling all of them.
I love getting commissions, from the initial struggle, thinking “Shit … how am I going to do this in my style” to the moment of inspiration when I find a great pose or a little detail that I think the client will love, that ends up with me painting into the early hours of the morning, sometimes however things don’t go to plan and for whatever reason I don’t end up doing the commission (usually because I say I will do it before they have paid, sketch, plan & paint, then get the dreaded email) but whatever the reason, it’s still a lot of fun to push myself to imagine other peoples creations in my own style so I usually carry on.
This is a character that ended up being one of those failed commissions, but I’m not bitter about it at all, I experimented with different line weights, tried to use a muted colour scheme (apart from the mallard duh) and just had fun with no pressure to deliver. Anyway, looks like my domain has been transferred now and my website is LIVE, I’ll be posting on here from time to time with small blog posts and details about my future plans, so feel free to drop by whenever
I decided to take the plunge and have my own website, I’ll be keeping my store on Etsy and linking through from here though cause I like that platform. I’ll be posting on here as well as normal social media so to start with, here is a monster I painted for the @TheMonsterProject’s ongoing prompt list.