Yep, it seems like I only manage to write one of these per year these days, so better make it count!
As you've probably already noticed, I've had a bit of a burst of productivity lately. This has to do with two things: 1) my lazy endocrine system is waking up after winter hibernation (unfortunately my body reacts negatively to hormone replacement so I guess I just have to deal with it) and 2) I've finally gotten the hang of using my new Wacom Tablet.
Much of the credit for the latter actually belongs to Joshua Knüppe a.k.a Hyrotrioskjan
, who I've incidentally wanted to do a shoutout for for years, especially since I never seem to find the time to give his work the attention it deserves. This guy does some of the best spec evo stuff on DA, and is seriously the sole reason I gave up trying to introduce winged dragons to Magestone. Go give his gallery a visit if you aren't a fan of his already.
Anyway, it's Joshua's recent series of speedsketching Youtube videos
that got me to experiment with digital painting. I haven't touched my watercolours or acrylics in years, not really since the whole prolactinoma thing came to a head, but now I feel like I've rediscovered the joy of painting*. My painting time is still limited by the after-effects of diazepam withdrawal like tension neck and persistent ischial bursitis, that prevent me from sitting at a desk for too long, but even then I'm getting more done than I ever expected.(*trademark Bob Ross & PBS 1983)
Since life has a tendency to throw one curve ball after another I don't know if I can make any particular promises, but if everything keeps going even relatively ok, you can expect a more of Magestone and hopefully some proper paleoart in the future as well. I'm also hoping to take part in the Spec Evo challenge whenever possible. Hopefully that thing really takes off.
Also, as you may have noticed, I decided to change profile pictures after 5 years. That puffindingo has bothered me for several reasons, but I didn't know what to replace it with. Now let's see how long it takes me before I get fed up with this one!