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Speritu

Fiona and the Speritu, acrylic on canvas board, 18"x14", March 09

A scene from the evil chapter 12. Which nobody, including me, can figure out how the hell to get onto paper. Cut the artist some slack, that's not what I look like, but somebody can't paint faces.

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yonjuunana
Jun. 22nd, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
@Pyraxis- Holy shit, you are good at lighting and anatomy and fabric. How much reference do you use for stuff like that? This is making me want to go off and try drawing something more realistic, it's been a while.

Also, dang, speritu are creepy-looking. And now I'm all curious about what's going on in the story.
pyraxis
Jun. 22nd, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
If you do, I want to see it. I had a bunch of reference photos for this. Two for the background - one with the tree trunks, and one photo of rocks and sky, looking up a hill, that just happened to be sideways in my image viewer. So I left it that way. They were both daytime shots, so the lighting is my own invention, but inspired by Boris Vallejo backgrounds. Working as a CG lighting artist for a few months really helped because now I automatically break down scenes in my head into their respective light sources, so I can mentally add or subtract them as if I were plunking lights into a Maya scene and have at least some sense of how they'll look.

For Fiona I used my own body, since our body types are really similar. I just googled a bunch of photos of red-haired women to get the skin and freckles right. Her pants are very similar to a pair I own, but I didn't have reference for her shirt (and I think you can tell, it's not quite as realistic). For Sha I googled pics of little boys but I had to do the pose myself and just used the pics for sizing up proportions.
yonjuunana
Jun. 22nd, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, cool.

Thanks for the Photoshop brushes, btw. Helped me finally feel like I could draw in Photoshop more naturally. Currently trying to draw Sh-San, I've never managed to do a decent pic of him. I'll post it when I'm done.
pyraxis
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I'm getting my ass kicked, that's what's going on.
pyraxis
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
No you're not. You won.
pyraxis
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
I guess yeah, if you count being alive the next morning as winning.
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jimnightmare
Jun. 22nd, 2009 03:54 am (UTC)
Whoa, I'm agreeing that the speritu are creepy. If I saw something like that, I would not be sleeping for like a month.

Fiona? Why are your hands on fire? So now you and me and Pyraxis have all been on fire? This seems like it's getting to be a problem around here.
pyraxis
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Hey, uh - *steps back in, looks suddenly shy, blushes*

Yeah, the fire. That's what I do. I didn't get to learn much magic when I was at Eilieah but I knew how to do that before I even went there. I guess that's how they figured out to send me, they saw it in my brain.

That's the only thing that'll make speritu stay away.

*smiles slightly, makes a tree trunk, and plops down on it*

Hope you don't mind if I hang out here for a bit. I'm supposed to be here, Pyraxis says so, 'cause this is my post. She says she has to be creative. And she's already pissed off at the way I'm talking 'cause she wanted something else, but whatever. Wait, that didn't make sense. What I mean to say is my talking is supposed to help her be creative.

Yeah.

I almost feel sorry for her cause she has this story she wants so badly to tell but she messed up her brain and now she can't.
jimnightmare
Jun. 25th, 2009 05:05 am (UTC)
Hey, of course I don't mind. *summons a tree stump for himself to sit down on* Actually it would be really cool to get a chance to talk to you more, I still don't feel like I know you that well or what sort of things you do. I mean, I know you've got that kid Sha, and I know you're a squirrel-monkey- Oh shit! Sorry, sorry... *grimaces, looks away and covers his mouth with his hands for a moment* I don't know if you want to talk about that. Changing the subject now.

Um. Anyway. I actually do have some questions, if you don't mind answering. As always, feel free to tell me to shut the hell up.

I guess I'm mostly wondering about that place Ua I keep hearing people talking about. What's it like? Sha's from there, right? Did you live there for a while or something? How did you meet Sha and adopt him in the first place?
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wolfteaparty
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
Fire can be an exceptional self-defense tool, says Deborah. But don't use it when you're angry!
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jimnightmare
Jun. 25th, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, also- Do you know how to front? And what happened to Pyraxis' brain?
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pyraxis
Jun. 25th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Hahaha, it's worse than you think. Deborah - you out there, Lillian's-Mom? - Deborah can do it too. It's a fricking epidemic.
jimnightmare
Jun. 25th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Oh my god! XD That, too. And Avery!

Yonjuunana better look out. I bet she spontaneously combusts next!

Hey Daria, have you ever gotten on fire?
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yonjuunana
Jun. 25th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, speaking of shooting fire and stuff... Have you guys ever seen Avatar: The Last Airbender? I watched it recently and it was pretty fun. It does some interesting stuff with elemental powers.

So some people on Karn get magic aside from shapeshifting every now and then? How does that work?
wolfteaparty
Jun. 28th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
D: I am actually Avery's mom. Though I've started considering myself Lillian's sort-of mother-in-law. :)
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