Finally got chapter 3 (which was extra long) of this translation job done and sent and invoiced, so I took a few minutes to do some quick moleskine/penbrush doodles. In reverse order (which is the order I drew them, actually…), we have a not-really-true-to-life drawing from the cafe I did my proofreading in, a not-quite-like-I-meant-it-to-turn-out gothy guitar girl inspired by this Japanese Lolita-metal band (made up that term—they call themselves Baby Metal), and then a sketch of an anthropomorphic cat in a tree in what could almost be part of my Grim Bunny series, if only TGB were in it… But look closely, tried to make some important details relatively subtle.

From Swedish/Estonian composer Mirjam Tally.

Finally, found some time for a quick sketch—trying really hard to get to my next paycheck for this translation (though of course, if you would like to contribute to my meager art-income, feel free to check out my store!)  Click the pic to go to a more thorough description at DA. Thinking of coloring this one day, but will probably do that in Photoshop if at all—too many things to fix here, plus it would be fun to do a full on painting of this.

Finally, found some time for a quick sketch—trying really hard to get to my next paycheck for this translation (though of course, if you would like to contribute to my meager art-income, feel free to check out my store!)  Click the pic to go to a more thorough description at DA. Thinking of coloring this one day, but will probably do that in Photoshop if at all—too many things to fix here, plus it would be fun to do a full on painting of this.

Click the picture to go to a larger version at DA. I finally decided to just finish this thing (you can see earlier versions on my deviantart account) as quick as I could so I could submit it to a contest—and then I wasted nearly 2 hours because the file was too big and my computer could not handle saving it or converting it to a JPEG.  And now I see that there is a streak along one side, something photoshop does when it is overloaded and I am painting too fast. Normally I catch those and undo them. Unfortunately it will take a lot of effort to fix it (or anything else I don’t like with this pic) because I had to merge all the layers just to make it so I could save the darn thing. ARGH SO FRUSTRATED. But now at least I have an illustration to go with a blog post about Völundr, everybody’s favorite elf, and his kick-ass valkyrie girlfriend… who takes off after the start of the poem…
Eventually will put up a version on my Redbubble store, but will try to get things fixed first…

Click the picture to go to a larger version at DA. I finally decided to just finish this thing (you can see earlier versions on my deviantart account) as quick as I could so I could submit it to a contest—and then I wasted nearly 2 hours because the file was too big and my computer could not handle saving it or converting it to a JPEG.  And now I see that there is a streak along one side, something photoshop does when it is overloaded and I am painting too fast. Normally I catch those and undo them. Unfortunately it will take a lot of effort to fix it (or anything else I don’t like with this pic) because I had to merge all the layers just to make it so I could save the darn thing. ARGH SO FRUSTRATED. But now at least I have an illustration to go with a blog post about Völundr, everybody’s favorite elf, and his kick-ass valkyrie girlfriend… who takes off after the start of the poem…

Eventually will put up a version on my Redbubble store, but will try to get things fixed first…

Been practicing some watercolor sketches again. The castle one is actually from a couple weeks back, but I wasn’t really happy with it for lots of reasons that you can probably spot, but you know, these are just practice anyway so here they go. I do like how the misty trees turned out, and there are some things I like about the others. I’m still a long way from doing pictures like my digital tomte series—I guess I just like photoshop too much. Pretty happy having such a great place to work at the moment, though with all the translation work I’ve been doing this is the first time this week I’ve been able to do anything vaguely art-related. I’ve been wanting to do some practice sketches from life, with all these real and actual trees out here, but these are all just “inspired by but from the imagination” deals, sorry.

Will hopefully get back to some of my digital work, which tends to be more polished, but for now, here you go!

elfwoodresurrection:

Hello People! Hope you all are feeling well? Today we want to share some amazing artwork made by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. We really enjoy looking at her art and we think you will to. So if you are like us and want to view more, please visit her profile at http://www.elfwood.com/~puimun/profile.html

I first encountered Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s work through Elfwood, back when I first started grad school. Had some nascent inspiration to get back into art myself as a result of her work, but alas, grad school was too much already (I mean, I was always smart, but pretty much had to learn a whole new cognitive skill-set). Glad that Elfwood is gathering some new momentum (plus, a decade later I finally have my own gallery up there), and always glad to be reminded of Stephanie’s awesome work. Really love her virtuosity with watercolors as well—my favorite traditional medium, but also one I have never managed to master. Hope to find time to practice more though…

For more info and links about this and Skokloster castle in Sweden, check out my reblog here. I found out about this series of pics through a former student from my Norse mythology class a couple years back. 

I did a blog post about the upcoming Tolkien translation of Beowulf! Check it out for more link to the news and some comments about Tolkien’s related work. And yeah, the pic was done super quick, and afterwards I realized that I had the scabbard in the wrong place, and the pin for his cloak is too centered… oh well, I don’t have time to fix it (got my own translation to do). Also, the other pic is from my blog post from when we found out that Tolkien had been nominated (and, sadly, rejected) for the Nobel prize in literature. Share and like if you think anyone else is interested in a Tolkien translation of Beowulf!

The pic is also on deviantart (the sitting-tolkien one as well). And remember that you can support me (a little bit) by buying stuff from me on Redbubble or DA! :D

The Grim Bunny # 12!!! Here TGB looks off into the distance, taking in the peaceful mountain scene, finally able to just relax. Not a cloud in the sky, the heavens an empty canvas, all ready for another series of twelve… hopefully. 

Like I mentioned last time, this will be my last TGB for a while, but hopefully I’ll be back! And I’ll be more likely to bring TGB back if people are interested, so keep sharing and liking! I’ve included a few bonus pics this time as well. The one with the monster eyes was potentially going to be # 4 or 5, but I misplaced it, and to be honest, didn’t really like it much anyway—would have taken a lot of cleaning up in Photoshop. Oh well. The last one was a quick sketch of TGB finally actually able to take a nap, no monsters hiding anywhere. At least none that I put in there, but maybe someone else will see something I don’t…

Remember, if you need your Grim Bunny fix in the meantime, visit the archives, here on deviantart and here on wordpress! And please follow me here on tumblr, and if you’d like to support my work (at least, my non-translation work), check out my store on Redbubble! Grim Bunny products will hopefully follow in the next few weeks. 

Some sketches from the weekend, watercolor pencils and then some brush pen doodles. Nothing special today, sorry—these were all pretty quick, and there are bits I don’t like (like the stance on karate girl, or the fact that I screwed up Jedi girl’s robe and had to hide my mistakes by using my brush pen to make it look like she has a double robe, etc… haha), but I really wanted to practice w/ the pencils again (first time in years, I think), and figured I’d post some of the other doodles too.