This one’s a combination of wanting to paint lesser known fantasy creatures and finding a lovely set of watercolour brushes. Kirin (or Xirin) are mythical hoofed creatures, often with horns and scales, from East Asian cultures (Wikipedia link). When I was living in Japan, I remember being surprised to find that the Japanese name for giraffe came from the same source …so I snuck in a little giraffe print to my design.
I’m still on my semi-ukiyo-e-style binge, so here are the creatures and spirits of Ghibli as obake! Do you know all of them?
'Forest Creatures' Nursery mural!
I’ve been absent for a little while because I was busy painting a mural for my baby nephew’s nursery. The colours aren’t very good (since I took the photo in the evening once I finished it) but I’m pretty happy with how it worked out!
The room walls are a very light blue/green and the carpet (under the orange drop sheet) is a beautiful dark blue, so I came up with a forest type scene centred around a large oak tree. The main wall has most of the tree, and features a clever little fox, a curious yellow bird and a cheeky chipmunk!
The second side has a little family of owls representing the parents and the baby, and further along is a little wolf (that I took from one of my earlier artworks) and another little bird. The walls also have soft white clouds that I spray-painted before everything else.
It took forever to do, and everything was done by hand, and the grass and tree were murder on my spine, but all in all I’m pretty chuffed with the results!
D’aww, that’s so sweet!
no but the best part is how he got the name:
his name was originally “potatoes,” and his owner, willoughby bertie, told the stable lad who helped him to write the horse’s name on a feed bin. the boy misheard it as, literally “pot-eight-o’s” and wrote it with 8 o’s. bertie found it so funny that he kept that as the horses name.
This is the most beautiful horse-related story I’ve ever heard.
omg i am laughing so hard
'Stud career', Wikipedia? I think you mean… SPUD career.
It’s the last day of the Steam sales! Why is this important? Well, for those who don’t know me through DeviantArt, I’m the creative director (artist, writer & level designer) of a game called Freedom Fall.
It’s an indie story-driven platformer game, which is essentially a reverse-Rapunzel setting - the unwilling hero finds himself at the top of a prison tower that is ruled by a tiny, evil princess. Find out why you’re both there, why the princess leaves passive-aggressive graffiti everywhere and hopefully, find your freedom at the bottom of the tower.
It’s just $6.49 USD during the Steam sales (or $9.99 after that).
While I was in Sydney a couple of weeks ago, I got to go to Kinokuniya (amazing bookstore!) and buy a lovely Princess Mononoke artbook! I really wanted to draw some fanart after flicking through it.
With so many spirits and traditional imagery, I thought I’d have another go at an ukiyo-e like style for it.
Oh man, I adored the first movie, and never did any fanart for it! Making up for lost time here!
I loved the new movie! Sure, it had some narrative problems, but the characters and the DRAGONS made up for it! Gorgeous animation and art style again.
Oh hey, I realised I haven’t posted any more of my kanzashi (hand-made fabric flower hairpieces) since the first lot last year - I’ve made quite a few since then! Perth Supanova’s on this weekend, and I’ll have some of these at my art stall. …and possibly a few in my hair. =)