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Hello, I'm an artist/illustrator. Self taught. I like to paint and draw sci-fi and fantasy imagery. Nature is what inspires me the most I could say but narrative too. And games and comix and animation.

I'll share some pieces I painted in the past - hopefully some that I just recently painted too. Along my thought during the process.

During last year's first quarter I started releasing the personal illustrations I made as cc-0 public-domain in opengameart.org so if you want you can grab the source, mix it or print it or whatever you feel like.

Anyway. Second week of January I created this animated GIF.

I called it demise because... well it says demise at some point.

It all began with a naive sketch I made while working on a commission for @loreshapergames. While I was laying out some rough ideas for the commission I started a sketch, just to clear the mind. It was just the face of a girl or woman, with a hood and a robe. Nothing fancy. It looked like this:

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You can see all the rough ideas for the commission too.

I was working in hi res, so it was easy to make fine details, although I was aiming for simplicity.

Actual resolution. Around 5000 x 3000 pixels whole document.

The sketch remained dusting until I came and decided to do something about it. I made this other sketch some time ago.


I posted it to opengameart (it is also published as public-domain so you can grab the source too). A user made a comment implying it would be cool to have a kind-of-storyboard in this style.

So at first I just wanted to do an action pose, like if she was using telekinesis or some kind of hex or dark sorcery.pose.jpg

Then I remembered about the storyboard the opengameart user suggested. And started sketching.

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Here I wanted her to be like grabbing the viewer and someone or something out of the field of view... like a boulder... if that makes any sense.

The guys that know what they do (call them consecrated artists) suggest to flip the canvas to have a 'new' view of the composition, layout, silhouette, etc... of your drawing or painting so you can easily correct "errors" that are not easily spotted. I find it pretty useful.

Then, following the storyboard idea, I thought of some kind of story where she was first in a friendly but melancholic mood. As if she was remembering good old times with the viewer (or player if this was a game) or 1st person character prior attacking him/her - not much to her liking. I imagined the robe to be some sort of magical entity so I wanted it to look fluid and alive. Thus first frame.

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Watching the horizon with a happy remembrance gesture.

I thought of writing some lines, a dialogue. Or monologue? In the bubbles. But I'm a crap of a writer so I left it like a weird alien, foreign or ancient writing. Then I thought it would be nice to have some captions in the lower section but again... I'm crappy with words.

Second frame. She just stares at viewer with mild anger.

Keeping silence.
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More of a reproach look.

It occurred to me that the robe was influenced by her feelings. So 'it should depict some of her emotions' I said to myself.

Frame three. She is reluctant to battle. She has to nevertheless.

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We catch the last glimpse of good will in her face.

Frame four. Attack pose! I imagined this frame to be in slow/suspended motion.

There's no clear semblance in her face.
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Because is being swallowed by darkness.

Five. Commencing attack.
Attack mode on.
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Aggression. Darkness.

Six. Finishing it.

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Rest is just some frames showing a splash of blood and a game continue screen. I opted to write demise instead of "you died".

So that's it. It's good to try to explain your thought behind the art you produce - although I don't know if I made a good job. Nice exercise. I'll be posting things like this. This was long because of several frames, but almost anything I do is just one frame so future posts should be easier and faster.

También hablo español. Así que haré un post en inglés y otro en español. O quizás posts bilingues. Ya veremos.

Abrazos! Hugs!

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Nice graphics, love that style! Welcome :)

Welcome to Steem! Love the art. Followed!

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Looking good. welcome to steemit, there is quite a community of comics artists here, you might want to check out e.g. @katharsisdrill ,@drwatson , @stahlberg or @kommienezuspadt theres many more but these were the ones that popped into my head .

Thanks a lot for the recommendations! I'll have a look in their profiles. I already know katharsisdrill and his work from *Diaspora. Cool stuff.

Welcome! A great animation - I will show it to my daughter, @scaræet-rain, who is working with the Krita animation interface these days.

It is good to see more creatives joining. This place is all about helping the good things along so I will try to reshare and promote your posts. I wrote a post with some explanation and advice for newcomers.

What is your profile on Diaspora?

Thanks man! I go in *D as マヌエル. Very useful your post for newbies, although i empty my RC on first day just commenting .-_-.

A, Zonked! Cool. The RC system is a bit annoying for people who just started!

Super cool works! Love those black and white composition!! I wish I have talents like you do, thank you for sharing!

Welcome! I’m really into your style! The animation is a feast for the eyes and I love how her arms look when she’s in attack mode. Maybe it’s from the contrast of the white on black, it’s very dramatic.

Thanks! Glad you like it. Yes is kind of dramatic I have to admit, but that was the aim, simple and high contrast in every sense.

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Thanks! Got to check out those links ;)

Welcome :)

Good to see you here! Great work like always.

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Thanks! I hope to keep a steady posting pace. I'm kind of very lazy when social-networking. But gonna make an effort.

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Thanks! Pure warm welcomes here :)

Welcome! I’m quite new at this myself. Great stuff, I like The simplicity and silence, ending raw, violent and chaotic!
Looking forward to see what Else you have in your drawer.

Thanks mate! I have various works that may not be so theatrical, but gonna try to make interesting posts about them.

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Yes really helpful! Thanks for the warm welcome and the tips. I'll check your friend's profiles too. I have now so much to check out :P

Welcome to Steemit!

Thanks Lord Vdr! Very interesting platform.

Hullo! Welcome to Steemit :D Love your animation ! Your brush strokes are very delicious and expressive * ___ *

Wishing you loads of success here at Steemit, and if you ever need to network with other artists, come join Steem Artists' discord :D

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Hey thanks for the kind words! I'll check the discord channel for sure.


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Thanks! I'll explore more in depth this network in the night. Looks promising.

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Wow! What a great intro post. And an awesome animation sequence too... I really like it :D.
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Love your art! Welcome to the community. Definitely look forward to seeing more.


This is a lovely introductory post, Thank you for taking the time to write the post and say hello to the community!

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Amazing work! Welcome to steemit!

Wow! Awesome work! Look forward to seeing more! I'm a sucker for fantasy art. Frank Frazetta is probably my favorite.

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Oh man yeah pure muscle, beasts, babes and steel with Frazetta! I also love the work of Syd Mead & John Berkey although is more Sci-fi oriented.

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This is pretty amazing, @znkd. I like how working on one thing can cause something else to spring to life. And while you were going for simplicity, I like the feeling of intricacy that these inked drawings give. There's a lot going on.

I've been looking for some way to present a graphic story that's not static, so I like what you've done here with the gif. It provides a sense of motion that I really like. There's a greater sense of what's happening, and it's more impactful this way, though standalone is awesome, too. Stills are brilliant.

Great work. :)

Thanks! Yes is cool when something brings other stuff to life... I think the cosmos kind of work in this way.

Good work! and welcome. following now.

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Could not stop looking at your GIF, its perfectly done, every detail is so intense and beyond awesome.
Definitely would like to see your upcoming Artwork.

Welcome to Steemit!
Very nice Art and I love your narration.

This is great, following!

welcome también soy nueva

Gracias! Y bienvenida también!

Some truly marvellous work you do there wow. If I am ever in need of an illustrator for a project I will feel free to drop you a line yeah?

Welcome to Steem as well! This place has become somewhat underappreciated with the falling prices but those few who stick around and continue their work will probably be way ahead once everybody else returns.

Since you do such marvellous illustrations feel free to use the tag artzone in your other posts. It's an upvote community that rewards awesome artwork like yours and can help you get a great start.
As others have already remarked, it's a good idea to interact with people via comments so whenever you see something on Steem you dig, let the author know. Networks build quite naturally that way.

Anyways, looking forward to seeing much more of your awesome skills, and welcome again to the platform!
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Thanks! I appreciate your words. I'll keep in mind the tag artzone for upcoming posts, and of course if you need illustration I'm available :D

HEy buddy thanks for the artzone shout out!! Let me give you a lil upvote :)

Cool stuff. I also do art and lean toward mostly ink. I hope I am able to learn a bit from you. Cheers. :^)

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Thanks man. Great monsters! And you have a ton of them o

Hey @znkd
I found your post through the @heyhaveyamet initiative.
your illustrations are awesome!

I delegated 35SP to your account, so you have a little more freedom to post and comment without running out of Resource credits.

I'll be publishing a post later today or tomorrow in which I'll explain it all and give you some tips on how to grow your account. I'll be tagging you in it, so keep an eye out (you can get notifications of mentions through the Partiko app or via Ginabot)

Wow man thank you very much I did run out of RC twice commenting and following hahaha. Thanks again. Can't wait for that post.

You're welcome. :0)
Since it's past 1am here, the post will have to wait till tomorrow; I really need to get some sleep.
Do remember you're not completely safe from running out of RC, you can do a lot more, but it's not unlimited yet.
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OMG! This is sooo good. I'm already a huge fan. The way you portrayed the character with just a few lines is impressive. Wish I had thought of that organic cloak before! You nailed it!

I draw a comic I have been sharing here on Steemit for 2 years. I sometimes have a hard time finding a catchy punch line too...

Anyway... You got yourself a new follower. I resteemed your post too because it's such a good one. I'll check for some more! ;-)

Awesome painting!
Love your style!!

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