I felt that it was high time to change a few things with my blog/website and general artwork output. When I began this journey I began with the intentions of working more so in the area of fine art, of telling stories of my own creation and of re-imagining folklore, history and mythology.
Somewhere along the way I got wrapped in fan art, and as a lover of the fantasy genre this is easily done. I’m now going to balance the fan art work out a lot more with some more finer art; figure drawings, still life paintings and landscapes. All of which will still hold a narrative nonetheless.
Just as Alwyn finished explaining the properties of the Starshade herb, the other two Corvids that had been seen in the distance arrived. Straight into the Watchtower they entered, looking panicked, flustered and exhausted.
The two Corvids introduced themselves as Munin and Hugin from the Colony of Dimhallow in the Northern Rayvik Kingdom. They had traveled a great distance across the open ocean on the North Sea to find the White Raven and bring him a vital warning.
“Our Sages and Wisebirds insisted that we brought the information to you and that you would know what to do with it and how to save us all!”
Munin done the majority of the speaking, with the occasional affirmative coming from Hugin; Munin’s crazed look and spiked hair certainly suited the message that he carried.
“There is a Darkness spreading throughout the world and it is killing our kind rapidly, it seems to be coming from the Far North; we recently lost contact with all Colonies north to Dimhallow and this is what incited the Sages to send us here. A warning must be giving to all of our Kinsfolk!”
Alwyn had been listening intently and as soon as Munin finished talking his posture changed, his eyes seemed to glow, and he began to relate a prophecy from the Dawn of Corvids.
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Welcome to my #WorldsForgotten series, we’re back on track with the project but with a few minor changes!
Every fortnight I will be posting a new ink illustration accompanied by a short story/description just to set the scene; the rest will be left to the imagination of the viewer!
Many folk are rather wary of the river dwellers but those who know them well know that they are a hardworking people, always willing to trade goods and share stories of their exploits on the waters.
The river dweller’s have built entire towns on water; usually large lakes in some parts of the world but there are also many isolated huts scattered along the rivers and estuaries allowing the inhabitants to work alone and in a self-sustaining manner.
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Every Sunday evening following the Instagram post, I will post the illustration here on my blog with the story!
This is a new idea I’ve decided to try out in order to keep up a discipline in myself for sketching more regularly, most of the sketches I create for this series will be the foundation sketches for larger artworks that will form a part of my Leaves of Hellebore visual fantasy novel.
True to the title, these sketches will indeed be sketchy and rough drafts, sometimes even in the form of thumbnails; I have a penchant for overworking sketches and striving for detail where it isn’t needed, so this will encourage me to loosen up more; and erasers are banned from these works in order to help me fulfill that.
Anyway, let’s cut to the chase, here is the first Morning Coffee Sketch which has been created in the company of a lovely blend of hazelnut coffee –
This concept is of a warrior who has been on the road for a long time and has finally returned to his homeland, battle weary and perhaps bearing ill tidings; he blows on his horn to inform the people of his long awaited return; or perhaps to warn them sooner of an impending danger…
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Here we are at last for another installment of the Leaves of Hellebore series, I’m still building a plot and this particular character’s introduction is integral to the main story which will begin to unfold soon.
“Astelle clutches her favourite of all the many books of Loregarde; a large, heavy and ancient tome of which she can understand nothing written within; but the beautifully written script is something magical in itself and captivating in the fullest sense leaving no need to understand, just a strong sense of admiration and wonderment.”
Astelle is the curator and keeper of the Loregarde Paper House, it boasts the largest collection of scrolls, records, tomes and manuscripts in the world and is also a place of learning for the sages.
Situated in the palace district of the Empire’s capital city, it is heavily guarded and entry is permitted only with special permission and even then not everything is allowed to be read by those permitted entry into the building; there is also a small collection of texts from the Eldar days although there are no known persons who can understand or translate them.
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Here we are with the first post and piece of art for my new project, a visual fantasy story which I have titled ‘The Leaves of Hellebore’.
There will be a main narrative which will be told through oil paintings as and when they are completed, and because each main narrative piece may take some time I will touch on some of the lore of the world as well as building up backstory using smaller artworks which will mostly be told through drawings.
Anyway that’s enough writing for now, it’s time to take the first step of the journey and let the story begin…
“There are a great number of stone circles throughout the world, legend says that before the Eldar vanished after the Fell War they used them as outposts to keep watch for falling stars, the metals from which they forged and crafted into the most elaborate enchanted objects and weapons.
If you stand amongst the stones at night and look up to the heavens, you can still sense the presence of the Lost Folk…”
I hope you have enjoyed this short opening to the Leaves of Hellebore and I’ll be back as soon as possible with some more insight into this world and the stories within.
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As I said in my last post ‘The Joy of Change!’ I have recently made a lot of changes to my blog’s appearance and the content that I now intend to publish.
I am also about to embark on an epic journey which will lead both myself and my viewers along the endless and varying paths of my imagination; through time and across planes to a world of my mind’s creation, a realm that had never existed until the moment I put pencil to paper and brought the world and it’s inhabitants to life; a thought provoking idea in itself.
I’ve always been fascinated with stories and the art of storytelling and always equally wanted to tell a story of my own, without having the burden of excessive writing, redrafting and editing and spending a lifetime in doing so. With that in mind, I can use my artwork as a platform to tell a story and that is the cornerstone of why I started practising art in the first place.
The idea of this new epic project is to tell a story at the same time as making a brand new and more professional looking portfolio, a coherent and body of work that holds a strong narrative throughout, something that I can look back on and be proud of.
Oil paint will be the dominant medium throughout this project and I’ll probably throw in some charcoal drawings for good measure, as for watercolours I’m not sure whether or not I’ll use them yet.
I’ve already started preliminary sketches for the first painting of this project and I’ll soon start posting the progress as I go; the first post will most likely be a drawing and an introduction to the story and the world in which it is set, a visual prologue accompanied by some written words.
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I’ll be back real soon with some new artwork, until then, farewell!
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
– Leonardo da Vinci
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the future of my artwork and where I intend to take it when the time comes; the steps that I need to take in order to eventually turn my artistry into a business and livelihood. These thoughts can at times seem daunting or like an immense challenge and in many respects they are; equally though there is nothing in life that I can think of that is rewarding without being challenging in some way.