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Just realised this is the first journal of the year... month late lolz but anyway I'm gonna seriously put myself to work with art starting with crazy zombie concept art and stuff, that is as soon as I get photoshop fixed for the freakin thousandth time dammit. "Photoshop needs to be activated but wait you're not connected to the internet..." Erm.. it was already activated and I know 'cause I was able to go on it once before you went and killed it and ffs I am connected to the internet!! Yeah asshole technology xP but as soon as I see my bro in law hopefully he'll get it permanently fixed... 
At least I can sketch stuff for now, I'm thinking a good way of doing things might be sketching on paper then scanning into photoshop to finalize it.

Also I'm really considering opening commissions on dA, might be early days yet in terms of getting myself known but I'll never know til I ask so I'll see what time I have for that sort of thing... And once I move out to Uni it might be useful to have some extra income through art, though for now I need to focus on getting a job and working through my last year of college, joy lolz.

Besides that I'm gonna see Halestorm 2nd March with my mate so that's gonna be awesome x) first and potentially only gig of the year xP can't wait for that. So... thank you to everyone giving feedback on my recent patronus art, all you guys are very cool as always, love seeing some great stuff from everyone I'm watching every morning and yeah, hopefully more to come soon. I'm gonna sign off and watch The Crow (personally I think it's underrated, just throwing it out there) ;)

Later ~
  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: Evanescence, Slipknot, Shinedown, Stone Sour...
  • Reading: Hm I really should finish reading GoT books...
  • Watching: The Crow
  • Playing: guitar (Metallica-Fade to Black/Of Wolf and Man)
  • Eating: Nothing right now...
  • Drinking: Strongbow


Random Smaug based dragon by amaryllis-bloom
Random Smaug based dragon
Here's some random heavily reference dragon pics... For English Language believe it or not 'cause we had to make a children's book and at first I thought maybe I could do a mega simplified version of part of the Hobbit but then the person I was working with was kinda against it so I was like meeehh okay. Stuck with dragons though so just took the line arts that I already did and made it look a bit different from Smaug. And I made the colours simpler since I only had one night to do this so I rushed these like hell (bout half an hour each)

So yeah... just some cartoonish dragon practice for the most pointless work in English xP might as well upload it anyway despite it looks pretty crap 'cause for any one of these I would take at least five hours on (you should see the rest of the book which I roughly sketched without any references... Looked like kids drew the book xD )
Ghost Alert WIP 4 by amaryllis-bloom
Ghost Alert WIP 4
Aaaand here are some trees xP I reckon the next one I upload will be the finished one, just the tree detail and I'll probably just add a deer... or maybe a zombie lolz

Also the line art on this is the heavy line, I know most people who I've talked to preferred the medium line one on that critic thing I uploaded before but now that I've added a lot of background detail, personally I think that the dark line is necessary as otherwise the dog just doesn't stand out enough. I might play around with the contrast in the end but for now I'm pretty certain that heavy line art is the way to go. It may not, it may depend on the specific pic or panel of the graphic novel but for now this is most likely going to be the style I'll use and hopefully drawing people will be okay xP

Thanks for viewing and if you could drop a critic on this that would be awesome x)
Ghost Alert WIP 3 by amaryllis-bloom
Ghost Alert WIP 3
Getting the background done here, not good with accurate shadows so it's just gonna have to be vague dark patch xP and just getting used to the foliage trying to make it look as much like Australia (Northern Territory to be precise) and different sky scapes. Natural backgrounds are relatively easy for me but I can sense a headache when it comes to cityscapes of which there will be mostly at the beginning and the end. I'll probably have to trace basic guidelines from photos at first just to get used to it...
It's going okay though, finally got Photoshop CC working on my laptop, hopefully for good now so I can keep bashing out concept art as well as writing the story and some other random art on the side.

Thanks for viewing this and if anyone could drop a comment on a previous WIP I'm looking into how heavy the line art this style should be (this is medium but I'm considering darker or lighter) It's for a graphic novel but to what extent I'm mixing in realism with a cartoon style I'm still experimenting with it so if you could critic that here-->Ghost Alert WIP2 (critics needed)
Ghost Alert WIP2 (critics needed) by amaryllis-bloom
Ghost Alert WIP2 (critics needed)
So far I've done the shadows on the dog (but the shadow the dog casts is being a bit of a bitch since the references I used didn't show much of a shadow so I'm gonna need to look up how to do it but any tips on that would be awesome)

Anyway it's subtle differences between these three but it's the line art that I'm not sure how it would look best - the top is the original line that hasn't changed since adding the shadows, the second is heavy lines and the third is lighter to match the shading around it.
I'm leaning towards the heavy line but I'd thought if anyone wanted to give their opinion or any advice on this then that'll be much appreciated ;)

Thanks ppl
Ghost Alert WIP 1 by amaryllis-bloom
Ghost Alert WIP 1
Beginning to work out a style for the zombie graphic novel and maybe the shading will be like what I've done so far with the face of this dog. Just practicing right now and hoping that I'll be able to do this without many references one day but for now I'm just using multiple refs for one image.
The human characters will be a major pain in the ass because of this reason so for now I've chosen specific people to base them off and one of these days I'll draw up profile pages for at least the four main people and see how this style works out for people. The main thing is teaching myself to not be 100% with detail so I don't spend a year on one page ;)

This is the dog of the novel; a white German Shepherd police dog named Ghost and he's caught scent of something, whether it's a zombie or a rabbit or whatever I'll decide that later and but a background with it and maybe another character but I'll see how it goes

Thanks for viewing and any tips on graphic novels/comic styles are very welcome x)


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Lauren Griffith
United Kingdom
I'm 17, a college student, hopefully I'll become a zoologist/wildlife photographer or something like that with a bit of art and writing on the side. I'm driven by music and I owe my sanity to bands of all kinds of rock and metal as well as my older sister, my brother in law,
and my best mate :iconiamawesome66: <-- Check out her art and awesome photography :D

Most of what I'll put on here will be photos of nature and my pets along with Photoshop stuff and local commissions which could possibly be commissions through here maybe...

If you want to follow me on Twitter @ LG_Amaryllis I'll follow back ;)

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iracat Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the +fav  ;3
amaryllis-bloom Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You're welcome x)
wolftraz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fav. :)
amaryllis-bloom Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
You're welcome x) and thanks for faving too ;)
wolftraz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
tablelander Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the dry savannah tree fave--Lauren
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You're welcome x)
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Thanks for the fav!
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Thank you very much for the fav! :aww:
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