imbecamiel: (We Have Dragons)
I have finished another Avenger!dragon. :3

Dragon!Fury under the cut. )

Also, somewhat belated, but - happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7! I hope it was a really great one. *hugs*
imbecamiel: (Default)
From time to time, I tend to work on paintings that're kind of... a study in all the things I can't do. XD A lot of them wind up getting abandoned partway through, when I run out of patience, or get thoroughly fed up with my inability to master certain skills... or realize that I've done something technologically stupid which is going to prevent it from working out the way I wanted. 

But anyhow. I've been really wanting to get better at backgrounds, perspective, and fine detail work (among oh so many other things), so I've been plowing away at this painting over the last month or so, trying out different techniques, and now I'm actually fairly happy with it. And I thought I'd post it here. ^^
Big pics under a cut, to avoid killing friends' pages. )
imbecamiel: (Useless Reptile)
One of the things I've always enjoyed has been my brain's tendency to take whatever I've been reading or watching recently and mash it up into some really fun dreams. There was the Lord of the Rings/War of the Worlds crossover. The NCIS/Temeraire fusion. The LOTR/Star Wars mashup. (If you can imagine a city with architecture that blends Coruscant with Minas Tirith... it's gorgeous.) And the dream I had after seeing Inception was certainly fun. *g*

And then there was last night's dream: a combination of Berkeley Square (older BBC series, about some nannies in 1902), London Blackout Murders (movie made in the early 40s, about a guy who kills people during the London bombings), and... The Avengers. Yep. A truly bizarre and entertaining bit of randomness. 

Now why can't my brain be that creative and cooperative when I'm actually trying to write? There are so many things that I want to finish right now, but I just can not do plot. (For myself, that is. I've had plenty of ideas to help out with Nef's story woes.) Probably because my brain's going and flagrantly wasting all my creativity while I'm asleep. *sulks* And everyone wonders why I stay up so late... It's because I'm trying to ambush my brain and grab some of those ideas when it thinks I'm asleep, but I'm actually still awake enough to do something coherent with them. 

These things also make me wish that I was a better artist. Because I can still see all these awesome settings so clearly, but I just... can't... *flails* 

I am starting to figure out some techniques to improve my detail work and backgrounds, though. I was playing around with some new brushes in Photoshop the other day, and managed this little doodle:

imbecamiel: (Hobbit)
I had thought that Captain had gotten completely over his fear of vacuum cleaners since now, instead of fleeing at sight or sound of them, he tends to stick close to me and try to play with them while I'm using them. Kind of adorable, if occasionally inconvenient. *g* Today, however, I was watching his reactions more closely and realized that - no, it actually is still a Bit Noisy Monster that makes him nervous. It's just that, now that he's a tough, almost-grown-up dog instead of a little puppy... I'm pretty sure he thinks I need his help to wrestle it into submission.

Yep. Vacuuming is no longer a routine chore. Now, it's an Epic Battle which, with the assistance of my Faithful Canine Companion, I wage up and down every floor in the house, until the strange monsters can once more be thrown back into the Depths of the Closet where they belong.  

Of course, the reason for the particularly thorough cleaning today... Thanksgiving tomorrow! It looks like we're going to have not just our ex-brother-in-law, but our niece and nephew as well, which is two more people than we'd expected would come for a while, there, so. Yay! :D 

More stuff here! Including a baby Agent Coulson dragon. )
imbecamiel: (Naptime)
Forgot to post this here earlier! Got the baby version of the Black Widow dragon finished. ^^ 



(Big version's here.)

And... yeah, that's about it. Too tired to have anything particularly interesting to say, I guess. XP

Man, though, I seriously need to get more writing done. I keep getting frustrated with my current stories because I'm so stupidly slooooow. Wish I had the talent for occasionally knocking out just a short, fun one-shot. :/
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Dragon version of Coulson is done!

Pics under here! )
imbecamiel: (Not Toothless)
Got the baby version of the Thor dragon done! LOL, Mjolnir looks kind of ridiculously big on his tail, but... I dunno, it seemed to work. 



(Big version's here.)

I think the next adult one done may be Coulson. Or maybe the polished version of Captain America. Or Fury. XD But I have some ideas for Coulson, so it'll probably be him. 

And a bit of an update on the Cap-puppy, because I can't resist the urge to post a picture. *g*

Ramblings about Captain )
imbecamiel: (Default)
I've finished the Black Widow dragon! :D Couldn't quite work out the pose I wanted, but I'm happy with the overall design. 

'S kind of long, so I'll put it under a cut, here...

Natasha! )
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Art projects got a bit delayed between 1. Intensive puppy training. and 2. Weird problems with my tablet. Thought I was going to have to get a new one for a while there (Um, tablet, not puppy. XD), but between my brother's troubleshooting and reinstalling software a few times it seems to be up and running again. \o/

So, I've had a few partially finished ones in progress here, and just got this baby version of the Hawkeye one done tonight:



(Bigger version here.) 
imbecamiel: (Not Toothless)
Yay, finally got the Thor dragon done! And I figured out how to do lightning! Sort of... I need more practice. XD But hey, it didn't turn out as badly as I'd feared it was going to, so. ^^



(Big version is here.)

I think either Black Widow or Nick Fury will be up next... we shall see which sketch chooses to cooperate first. 
imbecamiel: (Naptime)
I was thinking about doing this sometime after I did the adult Captain America dragon. Buuut... then I was having major anatomy problems with my Thor!dragon, and the babies are quick and easy, so I had to take a break and work on this one.

Baby Captain America dragon:



(Bigger version is here.)

And on an obviously totally unrelated note, have I mentioned that our new puppy's name is officially going to be Captain? 
imbecamiel: (Useless Reptile)
Wheeeew. This one was so much harder than the Loki dragon. XD 

Partly because I wanted to base it on movie-verse Hawkeye, but his outfits in Avengers don't provide so much in terms of instant recognizably. So... I ended up pulling in a bit of a nod to the comics version of his suit as well.

Also? I really, really wanted to find some way to make it distinctive enough without actually including the bow. Because it's not so logical without giving him much more human-like forefeet and shoulders. But I just couldn't make it look him enough without it. So... can we just pretend that jerry-rigged thing makes some kind of sense? /fail

(ETA: putting this behind a cut, 'cause it's long.)

Hawkeye dragon here! )
imbecamiel: (Where to begin)
I don't know, maybe there's no good explanation for this. But. Well.

Yesterday, I spent the morning in our church nursery, taking care of a bunch of darling toddlers and babies. Then, as [livejournal.com profile] nefhiriel mentioned, we went to our breeder's house to see the puppies, and finally found out which one she's almost certain is going to be ours. And, just - puppies. *flails* So we stayed until the puppies all finally wore themselves out and fell asleep. And then, on the way home, we stopped to see Avengers again, because Neffie and I really wanted to see it once more in theaters but it's not showing anywhere near us, but there was a theater close to the breeder, and they had $3 tickets. And then we had pizza for dinner.

And apparently the happiness-overload did things to my brain.

I've been working on my other Avenger!dragons, and I thought that Hawkeye would be the next one finished. But then instead: 

This is what happens when Loki says, "Yeah? Well I'm gonna turn myself into a dragon, and then you'll all be sorry!" Only then the whole "big, scary, intimidating" part of that whole plan... doesn't quite work out as anticipated. On the plus side, it's still pretty effective, as defense mechanisms go.

Photobucket

(Slightly larger version here.)

Really, though, in fairness, wouldn't your brain melt into a puddle of gooey, fluffy happiness if you knew this little face was going to be coming home with you in a couple of weeks? ;D
imbecamiel: (Dragon - Eye)
Right.So. Been working on those full sketches for Avenger!dragons. Ironically, Loki was the one who decided to be most cooperative when I was working on concept doodles, so, he gets to be first. I could poke at these things forever, but... I think I'm gonna call this one done now? 



(Click here for fullsize picture.)
 
I've been having a lot of trouble with the lightness setting for my computer lately, so... please do let me know if it looks super dark or super light to you. XP
imbecamiel: (We Have Dragons)
I may have mentioned once or twice my recurring frustration at being unable to manage decent fanart, because I Can. Not. draw people? And my tendency to deal with that frustration by... turning characters into dragons? 

Yeah. Have Dragon!Captain America and Dragon!Iron Man.



Kinda rough, and I ran out of paper space, but it was fuuuun. So fun I now want to do proper polished versions. And the rest of the team. And maybe Fury and Coulson too, because I'm a dork like that.  

So...

Jan. 25th, 2012 01:34 pm
imbecamiel: (Dragon - Map)
On a happier note than my last post... D'you know what these are?

Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

A pair of the new dragons just released on the Dragcave site, that's what. And while new releases there always tend to cheer me up a bit, this one's different. Why? 'Cause these are ones that I did all the pixel art for. :D

So yeah. I'm an official site artist now! Yay!

Except now I'm all nervous, waiting to see what people over on the forums think once they're grown up. XD
imbecamiel: (Scarlet Pimpernel Flower)
 Happy Easter, to all who celebrate it! Hope your day's a lovely one. :)

Gonna be a quiet one, here, but good. Now we're back from church, we'll mostly just be hanging out at home, cooking, enjoying the warmest, nice, sunny day we've had in a while. Yay! Lance and Dylan will be coming over for dinner, later. Turkey dinner - not quiiiite traditional, I know, but my dad is crazy for leftover turkey. *g* 

By the way, heads up for anyone who plays Dragon Cave and hasn't noticed - there's currently a very fun Easter egg hunt going on! I'm particularly excited about this one, because it marks the first time my art's officially appeared on the site. ^.^ Though it's mostly handled by the in-cave artists, I was invited to secretly participate in creating the art this time around. Ended up having so much fun I made three different eggs, then got indecisive about which'd work best, and sent them all in for those in charge to decide which they'd like. Looks like my favorite was chosen in the end! *happiness* 

Anyhow - even if you haven't done anything yet, there should be plenty of time to participate still if you'd like, as the event'll be going on for another couple of days. :3
imbecamiel: (Default)
Decided to try out that accent-identifier quiz that [livejournal.com profile] cairistiona7 posted earlier. ^.^

Meme, and stuff. )

<3

Feb. 7th, 2011 10:32 am
imbecamiel: (We Have Dragons)
 Heee! Mmkay, I have no interest in the Superbowl, and I don't even like Coke. But this? This makes me feel a great deal more fondness toward both. 



:D

*ded*

Nov. 30th, 2010 10:00 pm
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30006 / 30000 (100.02%)

Thirty. Thousand. Words. I did it. I have never written that much in a month, ever. Longest story I've written was just over 30,000 words - and that one took me about six months. Not that that was necessarily the only thing I wrote on during that time, but yeah. So happy! :D
 
Heheh, I actually came surprisingly close to not making it at the last minute, though. Today and yesterday I was pretty much fighting every step of the way, with absolutely no motivation, and grinding out those words was painful. Although, surprisingly, I actually do really like what I got done. And I got through several really tough spots in the story, too! (Heh, which, yes, could have a leetle something to do with my lack of eagerness to get at it. :P) If it hadn't been for the knowledge that falling less than 2,500 words short of the goal at that point in the game would be well and truly pathetic... 

I am just really pleased with the overall progress I managed, though. 

General summary of accomplishments. )

Also got a bit of arty stuff done recently, so I think I'll post a handful of pics while I'm here. ^.^
Few art stuffs. :3 )


Tomorrow - time to start catching up on the other things I haven't been keeping up/commenting on lately. *g*

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