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Image: lordalVCL.jpg   343x432 32421 bytes 2003.12.08

King Albrecht wants YOU! Pose based on the famous 1916 painting of Uncle Sam by James Montgomery Flagg.\r\n\r\nI have all new respect for anyone who's ever painted a character with white fur. King Al here was done by underpainting in an ivory wash, then adding texture with white tinted with some purple. Finer details were then added in titanium white and in a pale grey. I'm pleased with the fact that he looks furry, it was difficult to get.

Image: manaVCL.jpg   564x450 62311 bytes 2003.11.15

Two pariah type dogs hold hands and gaze into each others eyes, sharing a moment of understanding. siblings? Mates? Both?\r\n\r\nThe title comes from Polynesia mythology. Mana is the spiritual power found within everyone and everything, coming down from the ancestors and gods. Those who could trace their lineage back directly to the gods had the highest mana. preserving the bloodline and keeping the channels to the gods open was of great importance and in the case of Hawaiian royalty, actually led to the marriage of brother to sister to keep the blood pure.\r\n\r\nHere the two are shown as common pariah type dogs, the lowest of the low, true mongrels through and through to contrast with the elite pedigree the principle of mana demands.\r\n\r\nAcrylic on vellum finish bristol, 11X14.\r\n\r\n\r\n

Image: inhumanresources.gif   699x265 81228 bytes 2003.10.27

Inhuman Resources Division. Even werewolves don't always get the best side of the deal in contract negotiations. Card artwork for an upcoming release of Rage cards on Halloween. For more info on Rage, check out:\r\n\r\n\r\nAcrylics diluted with water on vellum finish bristol. Textures achieved with blotting, dry brushing, and wet on wet paiting. Original version 11 by 4.5.\r\n\r\nHands. I draw an awful lot of hands. I am really happy with three of the hands in this picture, not so happy with the fourth. I drew it with five fingers. Yet somehow in the painting, a finger got lost. He's got a knife through it now, so I'm going to swear from now on that he lost a finger in an earlier contract negotiation. I meant to do that. Right.

Image: allahVCL.gif   275x468 70521 bytes 2003.03.28

Acrylics on Vellum finish Bristol. Original is 11X14. Done for the March 2003 VCL compo.\r\n\r\nIt's Allah portrayed as a salukhi. Why? All dogs are considered unclean under Islam...except the salukhi, which is considered a sacred gift from Allah. It has to do with the way they hunt. saluhki will stun small prey, or hold larger prey at bay until the hunter comes so that it can be ritually butchered. Animals killed by dogs are considered tainted meat. a dog that will bring you live prey that can be correctly killed is therefore a valuable possession. (in medieval times salukhi could not be bought or sold, only given as gifts, they were priceless)\r\nIslam roughly translates as 'submission to god'. Therefore the other dog, a pariah type dog considered 'unclean', is shown kneeling and ashamed, having wounded his god. \r\nAllah is shown with a book, a sword, and an astrolabe (as one of the greatest achievment of islamic science), as he is a warrior and scholar among other things.\r\nThe text is a very badly copied verse from the Koran. Surah III, Verse 135 and 136, which deals with forgiveness. (I can't actually write Arabic, so make no claim that my copy job produced anything truly legible).

Image: roserevisedresize.jpg   365x465 40050 bytes 2003.03.10

Revised version of Rose. Its a hyena with a dying rose. original version\r\n\r\nSometimes I wish there were art police who would bust down your door yelling "Put down the paintbrush and step away from the painting before anyone gets hurt!" \r\nI went back to deepen the shadows on this and went a bit too berserk with it. I'm not entirely happy with how it came out, but it works with the theme of the painting, as it ended up half dark, half normally colored (even if the shading is inaccurate). Considering it was a depiction of the dark side of a character, it worked, but wasn't quite what I was intending.\r\nThe writing in the background consists of two verses from the Koran, Verse 21 and 22 of Surrah XXX: The Romans, a depiction of the constalation Scorpio, and the name iklil with a little rising sun and an arrow eastward, indicating dawn rising of iklil (one of the stars of Scorpio).\r\n\r\nI really dig that falling rose petal, the eyes, and the fur coming out the ears. I wish the shadows had turned out better, and the head's a little funky. I may return to this topic again at some point after I've had more practice painting.

Image: rosierevised.jpg   391x497 45000 bytes 2003.03.10

Revised version of Rosie. first version here:\r\nI decided the colors were a bit too bright in the first version so applied a thin wash of black over the whole thing to give it a grittier feel. I then realized I'd forgot to put spots on her kerchief, so added those, and added a few little highlights in white to the fur on her arms and where it was sticking out of her shirt.\r\nThe whole painting was done in only five colors of acrylic, dilute to various weights with water and used as water colors, or used full weight with very dry brushes. \r\nThe pose and coloring is based on J. Howard Miller's depiction of Rosie the Riveter in 1943.\r\n\r\nOriginal is 11 X 14 inches on vellum finish bristol.

Image: aheria.jpg   327x450 45652 bytes 2003.02.10

Request for Aheria. She asked someone to paint her maned wolf fursona in more gothicy, sexy style than she was usually depicted. The original is acrylics on vellum finish bristol. for some reason the yellow scanned in very ....electric. I toned it down a little in fireworks (and reduced the image to about half the size of the original), but the yellows all came up much more vehement than in the original, where the yellow on the chest and face was just very slight tinting. \r\nA pox upon ye, foul scanner, I shall defeat ye yet!

Image: bear.gif   364x450 100319 bytes 2003.02.01

Acrylics on vellum finish Bristol. originally 11" X 14". Scanned in two parts and stitched together in Macromedia Fireworks.\r\n\r\nSince I've been doing a lot of paintings recently I decided I might want to learn how to do something other than paint characters on abstract blotchy backgrounds or floating in the white void. So I got a book on painting landscapes. (Acrylics: Master translucent techniques for landscape painting by R. Bradford Johnson)\r\nI was intending on just dutifully following lesson plan, but the bear with fishing pole just sort of moseyed on in to the middle of the painting while I was doing the initial sketch. He fit, so he stayed.\r\nI need to work on the stippling technique, foliage did not come out as I would have liked. The grass and the tree trunks came out pretty well, and I'm happy with the bear. The yellow spots were originally, according to lesson plan, supposed to end up as flowers, but I mucked up early on with the spattering and they looked more like drifting cottonwood fluffies, so I went with that instead. If you've lived near somewhere with cottonwood trees, you know the fluffies I mean, and they end up glowy yellow in the sun, instead of white.

Image: rose.jpg   349x449 44018 bytes 2003.01.25

Acrylics on vellum finish bristol. Inspiration for the background comes from staring at too many of Ursala Vernon's naked women in front of grafitt covered concrete walls. \r\n\r\nI was going to paint a dragon, but my subconscious took over my hands and produced this instead. The reason for the hostile take over of my hands was a rather charged roleplaying session from the night before where my Dark Ages: Vampire character, Aqrab, so pissed off his lady love she was encouraging him to watch the sun rise!\r\n\r\nI like to do a depiction of my characters Beast, the dark monstrous side of their nature, but had never gotten around to doing Aqrab's until now. It ended up bizarrely symbolic. I went with the hyena since he has a tendency to worry things, enemies, ideas, and allies, to death until he destroys them. A pathological inability to STOP had lead to the fight with his love interest.\r\nThe fading rose ended up as a double meaning. His love is from the clan of the rose and the only thing keeping him from watching the sun rise was his duty to his mortal ward. The Arabic term for rose is "ward".\r\nin the background there's two verses from the Koran. Verse 21 and 22 of Surrah XXX: The Romans. To the left there's the stars of scorpio, as his full name is Aqrab al-shita, or "scorpion of winter" refering to the rising of scorpio, specifically the dawn rising of iklil, which is written in the top corner with a little scrawl of the sun on the horizon with an arrow pointing east, to indicate dawn rising.\r\n\r\nI am happy with the picture overall, though it ended up a little happier than I had intended.\r\n\r\n

Image: rosie.gif   466x504 181401 bytes 2003.01.06

start of a poster for my store, eventually to be used (hopefully) plugging the Rage CCG at the shop. Unfortunately the original is on 11' by 14' bristol, so I had to stitch together two scans and compress it heavily. \r\nThis is all done in four colors of acrylics and with a LOT of water. Lots of dry brushing and washes to create the textures. \r\nThe idea here was to create an image that would gnaw on the back of people's brain as they went "there's something familiar about that pose.... but it wasn't a werewolf...." so I used the old poster of Rosie the Riveter as depicted by J. Howard Miller (circa 1943) as the model here. Pose ended up a little different (um, its furry for one...), mostly the head is at a different angle, and the shirt is pulled open, but the idea was to make it similar enough that people who wouldn't be in the least interested in a werewolf would have to take a second or third look as the familiarity of the pose gnawed on the back of their brain.

Image: fenris.jpg   438x480 35589 bytes 2002.12.25

This was done in college some time, probably '98 or '99 and was the first time I had painted for at least 10 years. or at least painted on a FLAT surface. I took up painting miniatures in college. The techniques for that don't always translate so well. Done with acrylic on card stock. The glyphs were done with a mechanical pencil.\r\nMyself as a Garou. This was plated at a Rage card at one point, with my nifty stats, but it's sine wandered off. For those into that, I was a Homid Ragabash Fianna (yes, named Fenris). \r\nRage and associated terms are copyright White Wolf Game Studios.

Image: elementarypaint.jpg   432x300 22017 bytes 2002.12.25

The peril of havign parents with packrat-like tendencies is they keep everything you ever did. So far as I can tell, this is the first painting in arcylic I EVER did, some time way back in elementary school. I like the background sunset colors. just posted as an example of how embarassingly bad you can be starting out.

Image: ourbrotherskeepers.jpg   501x689 59165 bytes 2002.10.24

A down and out dog man rests wearily beneath a window. Shadowy people behind him, inside, seem to be arguing about him.\r\nThe pose is based on a black and white photo that appeared on the cover of a book called "Beggars and Thieves: the Lives of Urban Street Criminals". The markings for the dog were based off those of a doberman.\r\n\r\nThis is the second painting I tried. The title of the piece "Our Brother's Keepers" should give you more of a hint towards the general mood I was trying to convey. I really like the testures I got with this piece, which involved lots and lots and lots of drybrushing in the textures and shadows, then covering them in a colored wash, they dry brushing in a little additional texture and highlights.\r\nI'm most happy with the window behind him, the texture of his clothes, and the wall. I'm not happy with the right foot, and the texture of the fur on his face. I am VERY happy with the eyes, which I really feel make or break a piece, and they make me happy here.

Image: foxgirlfinal.jpg   439x600 49744 bytes 2002.10.24

The obligatory sexy fox girl, though she's a little off the normal pattern since the coat pattern is taken from an American grey fox, rather than the red that most people use. Her positioning is based on a pose found in DeBeers diamond ad. \r\nThis is the first painting I have done in years, and I never took any courses in it either. Yeah, its got some flaws (eyes, evil, evil eyes...), but I am otherwise very pleased with a first attempt.\r\nI do do some "painting" normally, but I paint sculptures, not on paper! Painting a three dimensional object is a whole different ball of wax. But I brought some of those techniques to bear on this.\r\nThe different textures of the fur and the clash were largely done by combining paint rubbing, dry brushing, and various washes. Its all done in arcylic paint, despite looking like water color in some places.\r\nI've particuarly happy with her wrap, which was done by laying down dark grey, light grey, and black stripes with a very dry brush, then doing a wash in a midnight blue over it. Then I added some little highlights here and there with a dry brush and some grey-blue (same color as her fur) which is how I ended up with that faint hint that she has breasts, without being overstated.\r\nI'm also really happy with the reddish coloring on her chest.\r\nArtwork copyright H.C. O'Neill 2002.

Image: glass.JPG   565x508 111802 bytes 2002.01.23

werewolf on glass. \r\n\r\nThis piece is a bit weird. The reason for the odd shape is its on a glass shard. \r\nThis image was done by sketching out the rough outline of the werewolf and laying a plate of glass\r\nover it. I then painted directly onto the glass with acrylics using only six colors, though it appears\r\nI used a lot more. \r\nI then flipped the piece over and did a very light painting over the top of the werewolf (but went\r\nheavy on the eyes and teeth, thus why they stand out) to give it a soft furry look and a bit of a\r\nmotion blur. It gave it some additional depth too. \r\n\r\nThe scanner absolutely hated this piece. Two layers of paint, one of which was semi-translucent,\r\nwas giving it conniptions. It came out rather darker than it is in person, despite my twidling with\r\nthe controls. It also has a bit more depth to it in person because the eye doesn't flatten out the\r\ntwo layers as much. Ah well.\r\n\r\nThere's a crack across the bottom that looks a bit off, but that was in the glass shard when I started.\r\n\r\nFor an experimental piece, I'm fairly happy.

Image: pup.JPG   210x165 53093 bytes 2002.01.19

This is a picture of a werewolf pup and was done is possibly the most bizarre manner possible. It's a\r\nnear exact copy of a pic found on page 96 of "Wolves" by Candace Savage put out by Sierra Club\r\nBooks. (Photograph taken by Fred Harrington) \r\n\r\n I am an absolutely terrible painter but a whiz at computer overpainting. This was an attempt to use the\r\nsame technique in real media. The whole pic only uses six colors, three shades of brown, black,\r\ngreen, and a splash of yellow in the eye. \r\n\r\nWhat I did is I plastic wrapped the photo and then painted onto the plastic so I was effectively painting\r\ndirectly onto the photo but wouldn't have any of the photo showing through when I was done. That\r\n meant I could go a lot lighter on paint than if I'd actually overpainted the photograph. \r\nThe image was then scanned in on a white background as the base color. \r\n\r\nThe technique is really weird, but Im very happy with the results. It looks LIKE the original picture but\r\ndidn't end up as an exact copy because of the limited palatte of colors. Because its painted on a\r\ntransparent background, the different thickness of the paint application really show up, giving the\r\nappearance I used far more than three colors for the fur. It also gives the expression a lovely soft\r\nquality that seems particuarly appropriate to a pup. \r\n \r\n\r\n Image is copyright of H.C. O'Neill (Fenris Lorsrai)

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