Jen wants to paint fantastical things!

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    JenJen

    JenJen Obsessive doodler.

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    Hello all!

    I've just popped out of a four year degree in Illustration. It feels a bit like being born, but I won't go into details.

    Having tried a lot of different things, I have finally gone back to what I was doing well before even starting any type of degree.

    Fantasy!

    Here's some stuff from my current project called Skal:

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    Anyone else here into traditional painting? :D
     
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    The Judge

    The Judge Truth. Order. Moderation. Staff Member

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    Very nice, JenJen. I like the feel of spontaneity. They're watercolours aren't they? I don't draw/paint myself, but I always appreciate pretty pictures!! Just one thing -- how did you know what I looked like...?

    ...I'll leave it for others to decide which of the first three pictures is me...
     
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    Culhwch

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    It's got to be the first, Judge. Smiling and carefree... but with a wicked blade close to hand to deal with those ne'er-do-wells!

    These are great, Jen! I don't have an artistic bone in my body, so I'm always envious of such great talent. Are these from a world of your own imagining? I really like the Middle Eastern aesthetic you've got going!
     
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    Vertigo

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    Awesome (Oh I wish I could do that). I particularly like how expressive the faces are.
     
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    JenJen

    JenJen Obsessive doodler.

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    Thanks! Yes, they are watercolours with just a few bits of gouache here and there (mostly white to add some body-colour as they call it).

    I very much picture you as Voresh (top girl). >:D
    A little cute, innocent and curious thing!
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    See, not only me thinking he's the little pointing girl :p

    And yes, they are developmental work for my own project. I decided to start up my own story online, mostly for fun and as a challenge to myself.

    It's partly inspired by orientalist art Orientalist Paintings because of the patterns and colours and whatnot. awesome stuff, that is.

    Very big on faces. Love staring at people's faces outside (which may be a tad creepy)
     
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    Vertigo

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    Well for my money you certainly seem to have got them. You can almost hear the laughter in that first one and she just radiates joy!
     
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    JenJen

    JenJen Obsessive doodler.

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    Wohoo :D Good to know she doesn't look manic or something!

    Have a bellydancer.

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    Vertigo

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    Wow movement too - very impressive - I so wish I could do that :(
     
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    The Procrastinator

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    Very nice Jen! Love that bellydancer :)
     
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    chopper

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    there's some decent manga & steampunk style influences there as well. i like the watercolours. is that your favourite medium?
     
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    HareBrain

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    Love them, especially the use of blue and ochre in the caravan picture (though if I were one of its occupants I'd have concerns about its centre of gravity). They look to be done pretty quickly (whilst still being very good) -- is that true?

    Do you always work in traditional media, or have you got into digital media such as Corel Paint?
     
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    Interference

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    I'd call that a fantastical success :)
     
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    JenJen

    JenJen Obsessive doodler.

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    Yus! I loves me steampunk! And manga was what made me start drawing seriously :)

    Watercolour is my favourite medium because it is so chaotic. Trying to get over my fear of opaque mediums at the moment. *shudder*

    Bahah :D Yes! I've had people go 'woaaah, it's gonna fall ooveerrr' when seeing the caravan.

    I usually work very quick. But the paintings need to be left alone for long periods of time since each layer needs to dry. So a character painting can be finished in a day if I do nothing else. :) The caravan probably took me about a week because I didn't touch it for hours and hours in between layers.

    I actually started working in digital art waaaay back when I was a youngling. Used photoshop and a tablet. When I went over to seriously try some traditional techniques, the digital just went out the door. Mainly because of the tactile and 'hands on' way you work with traditional. I smudge with my fingers a lot, and stuff like that. :)
     
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    Vertigo

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    By the way JenJen, as such a good artist you really have no excuse for not having an Avatar :D
     
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    BookStop

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    I have to agree with Vertigo, JenJen. I hope you come up with something unique and lovely for your avatar :)
     
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    JenJen

    JenJen Obsessive doodler.

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    Just a lifelike sketch of myself. Nothing more, nothing less ;D

    Oh. And have a thief!

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    Ursa major

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    That thief doesn't look in particularly good nick. :rolleyes::)


    I really like the movement you've given to your dancer. Her skirt seems to be in constant motion.
     
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    Mouse

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    I am extremely jealous. Lovely pics!
     
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    Vertigo

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    Yay - happy little avatar! And I do like the thief, though he doesn't look particularly happy with his lot!
     
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    JenJen

    JenJen Obsessive doodler.

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    Been doing some character sketches and paintings to try to pitch to various roleplaying companies. As a way to get some form of steady-ish income.

    Very happy to draw sexy people. Here's one:
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