Archive for the ‘MMO Creations’ Category

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My Stab At Guild Wars Fan Art: A Sylvari

September 19, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from an acquaintance asking if I could do a drawing for him of a female sylvari, as in the botanical humanoids encountered in Guild Wars Eye of the North and Guild Wars 2.

Problem was, I know little about the Sylvari beyond a couple pieces of concept art I’ve stumbled across and from what I’ve read in the novel Ghosts of Ascalon which features a sylvari necromancer named Killeen. However, the guy told me not to worry; he wasn’t looking for anything extravagant or overly detailed. In his words, just a nice sketch of something “simple and elegant” will suffice.

Anyway, I was munching on some seedless grapes the other day, and was suddenly inspired by a fleeting image in my head of a girl with hair adorned with grapevines and leaves. I grabbed a 0.5 black pigment pen and an art marker, and quickly sketched my idea of a sylvari. In a few hours, this was the result.

The size of the paper was too big for the scanner so I had take a photo of it instead, on an overcast afternoon when the light had already shifted, hence I apologize for the poor quality of the image.

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Crafting IRL: Our Beloved Pets

September 5, 2010

Besides indulging myself in games and other things that my mother has always said will rot my brain, I also like turning to my one true passion — art.

Above all, I love working with my hands, getting down and dirty with my fingers stained with graphite, paint, or whatever medium I find myself working with. I’ve played with computers and graphic programs, but for me nothing beats the feeling of putting down actual lines and colors that I can feel onto the very texture of a surface. Guess I’ll always be a traditional at heart.

For the past few years, my focus has been on sci-fi/fantasy subjects and comic art, some of which has been posted here, but it wasn’t always so. From the time I was just a little girl, I’ve always had a love for animals, so even then I was commissioned by people to paint or draw the animals closest and most dear to them — their pets. Lately, I’ve gotten the itch again, and have been building up my store of art supplies. I want to share a few pieces I’ve done, and a couple past ones that I still love. Time to set aside the comic boards and the swords and spaceships, back to cute and fuzzy animals.

A pastel drawing of a client's Siberian Husky, mirthfully named Blizzard.

A client's cat painted on a rock, acrylics.

A quick sketch of a Beagle, pencils.

Another quick study in 6 shades while testing out some new soft color pencils. It's Strider!

Not cute, cuddly or even a pet, but the paleontologist I did this for certainly loved that specimen like it was one.

Hope you enjoyed this break from my usual gaming posts. Have a great rest of the Labor Day weekend!

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STO Fan Art: T’Androma And Sleer

April 12, 2010

Well, I said I wanted to do something Star Trek Online related and I did.

This piece took me a couple days, and originally started out with just T’Andy. But then I remembered what I had written for my crew bio for her dashing First Officer Mr. Sleer:

Wherever T’Androma goes, he goes, no exceptions. That means, when she’s solving a mystery on a spacedock, Sleer is there. When she’s scanning for anomalies on an alien world, Sleer is there. And when she’s running head on and screaming at the top of her lungs into a group of hostile Klingons, Braveheart style — yep, you got it. Sleer is there.

Okay, you get the point. Sleer is always there, so it only goes to follow that I must include him in the drawing as well. Of course, if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you this is just another way for me to indulge in my Spock fetish, an allegation I will neither confirm nor deny.

Anyway, here it is. And yes, I’m aware that Sleer’s medical tricorder looks like a Nintendo DS. You caught him — he’s not healing his captain, he’s playing Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks.

As usual, click to enlarge.

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Another Fan Art Piece

April 8, 2010

Recently, I wrapped up a long-term art project that I had been working on for months. Its completion is going to give me time to do a little of my own stuff, at least until the client decides to saddle me with another big commission anyway. I want to take this opportunity to get working on something featuring my Star Trek Online character T’Androma and maybe a few members of her crew. A proper pin-up piece this time, not just a few random sketches. I might not be able to write great fan-fiction like other bloggers, but I have other creative outlets!

Anyway, I do this after every project: go through my stuff and gather up anything that needs to be scanned so I can do it all in one big go. In doing so, I came across another MMO-related drawing that I had lying around (which needed a re-scan), and I thought I would share here.

This is my World of Warcraft druid Caylinn, and it was done in early fall of last year, right around the time I stopped playing the game. We had been raiding Ulduar and had just started doing a little of Trial of the Crusader. I posed her with Journey’s End, which I ascertained was the coolest looking staff in the game even though there were better ones out there stat-wise. Of course, armor in WoW is always about looking ridiculously huge and awesome, and not about being realistic or practical. The damn Tier 9 model for the spaulders in the druid armor set is no exception. This made it extremely difficult for me to make them work in this pose (at least this wasn’t the male version…if it had been, forget it). I did the best I could, but unfortunately it still makes her shoulders look a bit hunched.

I tried to keep the lines as clean as possible and refrained from any shading, because one day I hope to get around to coloring this piece.

Note: Caylinn is also in a drawing on my About page if anyone is interested in seeing more of her.

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Penciling T’Androma and her Away Team

March 13, 2010

The visual arts have always been a passion of mine, and I’ve been creating art for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I worked with all types of medium — watercolors, oil paints, charcoal, pen and inks, you name it. Right now I do a lot of freelance stuff, and while I enjoy my work immensely, being committed to doing art for others unfortunately leads to less time for my own personal projects. I don’t do as much art for myself as I used to, but every once in a while inspiration will strike.

For the last few years I’ve been helping an amateur writer with his independent comic book projects, and working with him has opened my eyes to the world of  comic book penciling. Though I’d been collecting comics for years, until then I had never attempted the art style. I immediately fell in love with it. Now I often find myself doodling on the extra art boards just for the hell of it, and one thing I love to do is to draw my MMO characters! (The banner for this website, for example, is of my WoW warlock that I did during her Burning Crusade days.)

This particular piece started off as a quick sketch I did a few days ago, but I liked how it turned out so I decided to go back and fill in the details and clean up the pencils. Thanks to my brother and his scanner, I finally had the chance to upload it today. The drawing is of my Star Trek Online character T’Androma (center) with her away team consisting of Donny, Jaime, Sleer (pre-goatee) and Tohuna.  Drawing a Klingon was…interesting. While searching for reference photos, I realized that unlike 99% of Klingons out there, my bridge officer does not have ears covered by massive amounts of hair! Anyway, I thought I’d share the end result here, and you can click to enlarge. Enjoy!