Art Roundup, week of March 21st

As each day comes to a close, I’ve either added another brush to my toolkit or explored some other brushes I’ve downloaded. Every new brush gives me greater insight into the inner workings of the applications and clarity for achieving a given look. Despite climbing to my first summit, the next peeks in my journey glare down at me from their lofty perches. Thankfully, I have never been one to back away from hardship. While a rough road may theoretically twist an ankle, it won’t deter me from my goal. Despite continuing to post my liquified textures and lines, I’m stretching my muscles with landscapes...

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New Scores

As his studies calm, Darren takes some time to visit his old friend. However, Darren is annoyed that Randall attempted to pry him away from his work at the Academy. Upon his arrival at the crew’s home, Darren speaks with some lowly minions and gets the truth behind the recent events. After arming himself with knowledge, Darren searches the building for his friend...

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Exchange

Despite life attempting to throw up blockades, I’m determined to continue writing. So fresh off the heels of finishing Unwanted Answers, I turned my focus to the second exclusive for my patrons, a Fantasy. While Journeys details Darren Gilbert’s life, my patrons have gotten a picture of the character after his time in the Academy. With each entry in Darren’s life, his world has come into greater focus, but the world is still far from complete. As a result, I need to step away from my favorite grumpy wizard to flesh out his wider world...

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First Steps

After dinner with his wife, Rylan met with Garvin and they started working on procuring three spaceships. As the weeks dragged on, the two politicians used all their connections and influence to secure the crafts required for their plans. With the ships secured, Garvin plots courses that would enable any pilots to bypass Liam’s security while Rylan sits down to find the pilots...

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Art Roundup, week of March 14th

The stock tools of art tools like Krita, Infinite Painter, or Photoshop will only take an artist so far. The engines that allow artists to create wonderful brushes are extremely powerful. If I’d gone to school to learn those skills, I am certain that those intimidating settings wouldn’t look so frightening. But I didn’t and they do. While I could lean on the wider community of artists for exciting brushes, I’d make no progress in my artistic if I allowed those towering options to keep me away...

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Evaluating Options

With the brief opportunities between assaults, Jarvis scours the recovered logs for answers. After committing those words to memory, Jarvis understands the dangers lurking past the horizon. Those fears compel him to force his people to expedite their work. Despite their progress, the ship’s precious fuel dwindles with each assault. As another aspect of their life screams out for attention, Jarvis realizes just how dire their situation is...

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Unwanted Answers

When I pulled the genre poll for the month, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the Historical Fiction. Unfortunately, that clarity didn’t extend to the other genres that my patrons selected. And while I’m eager to return to Samuel’s journey, I need to pen a Drama. While I fully intended to stick to my schedule, life refused to cooperate. When I finally carved out some time to think about my tale, my mind kept drawing a blank, so I sprinted over to the Writing Exercises, Random Plot Generator...

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Repercussions

With Kethra’s departure, Marcus sent Vincent and the rest of his team to the Kethra’s home and the Western Coordination Center. The team prevents Kethra or her followers from causing any more damage or retrieving any paperwork. With all the documentation in hand, Marcus gets comfortable and pours through it all, trying to determine the state of the Region. During his investigation, multiple people approach him wondering why Kethra needed to leave...

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Art Roundup, week of March 7th

This past week has been a whirlwind of activity, but that’s life. It’s also the biggest reason I’ll always love my abstract art. No matter how many roadblocks life tosses into my path, the simplicity of using the liquify tool is soothing. Even though I continue to fall back and use that tool, I strive to delve into both my creative outlets to help ground my sanity. Between transcribing the stories of the people tromping about my mental landscape and building my artistic muscles, I strengthen my grip on my attention and focus...

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Art Roundup, week of February 28th

With each passing day, my understanding of all my tools grows. Between that, the daily drawing, the Udemy courses, and YouTube videos, I’m pleased with the increase in quality of my work. And speaking of YouTube, there are a couple of techniques I’ve found that I’m eager to try out, so keep an eye on my artwork for those new techniques. Despite the increase in my skill, I’ll always love creating my abstract art...

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