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The Porridge Stopper by jflaxman
The Porridge Stopper

The Jestus Caste has outlawed porridge in the Desert of Sennicheb. The Jestus say this helps save water, but some believe they really want to stop Harrenites crossing their territory, as the Harrenites can only eat porridge during their monthly pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Tarnished Sun. The Jestus try to enforce this law with fire-breathing Porridge Stoppers but some Harrenites evade it by wearing old-fashioned bathing suits and claiming they mistook the desert for an unusually large beach!

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Blue Lightning by jflaxman
Blue Lightning

This piece was an experiment. I usually start with pencil drawings, scan them and colour them digitally. This time I used a rougher sketch which I refined in Photoshop with the Pen tool. A fifth-generation stealth fighter would have been easier to draw but I thought a fourth-generation heavy fighter would be more visually interesting.

I’ve got mixed thoughts on the process. The Pen tool can provide straight lines, geometric curves, and lines of a consistent weight, all of which are useful for technical illustration, though some people will always prefer the more organic look of traditional media.

Vehicles like this one might be better rendered in 3D and working with Bezier curves in Photoshop will hopefully ease the transition to Blender. My new desktop should be up to the task though advice is always welcome!

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    It’s been a long time since my last post. The last five months have been wonderful and I can’t thank my partner enough for her incredible love and support. I appreciate this all the more after four years of travelling. At times I’ve missed the lifestyle – I’m at my most inspired when I’m living on my own in an unfamiliar place – but this year’s been a new adventure which has brought its own rewards.

    Creatively I’ve been getting less done. I’ve messed around with Blender a bit, but the interface still feels strange, my manual isn’t very helpful, and the laptop I’ve had since 2011 likes it even less than I do. I don’t think it’s entirely me – I’d heard bad things about Flash but had much less trouble with it. I’m also drawing less sci fi these days so my main incentive for learning 3D – creating virtual models of vehicles, buildings, weapons, etc. – isn’t as strong as it was, but a new computer’s on the way and it should make things easier.

    I’ve enjoyed my new Surreal series. I’m mostly just having fun but I’ve also been experimenting with multiple figures and negative space. The muted colours and dark skies aren’t such a break from convention but I’ve always liked this look and miss it now I’m back in Sydney. The short descriptions have encouraged some viewers to form their own interpretations which are often very interesting and very different from my own. I feel too much modern art relies too heavily on wall text and too much of this wall text stifles our imagination. I’d rather encourage people to think their own thoughts and dream their own dreams, though I’ll go on posting backstories when I think they’re good enough to share.

    I haven’t been reading as much as I should but I’m more up to date on pop culture. I’ve shown my partner Game of Thrones; she’s shown me Penny Dreadful and we’re about to start Black Sails. We’ve also seen the new Mad Max which lives up to the rave reviews. There’s not much I can add to them but I’m tempted to write one that will cover different ground than most.

    Although it’s taken me too long I’ve found another source of inspiration in Hayao Miyazaki. Ignoring his much greater talent he almost seems a kindred spirit. His post-apocalyptic worlds, weird creatures, outlandish flying machines, strong female characters and ambiguous morality hit all the right notes with me. I highly recommend his films to classic animation fans who haven’t had the chance to see them.

    I’m in a better headspace than I was at the start of the year and my recent work reflects this. Dark, macabre and violent work has gained me a bit of a following (and can be very cathartic) but my most popular Surreal pics – Morning Walk and Relic – are essentially non-violent. The satire’s also catching on despite a rather rocky start and I’m tempted to try more upbeat science fiction/fantasy.

    A lot more’s happened recently but I’ve covered all the vital stuff. Thanks for your time as always – this is a great community and I’m proud to be part of it!

Sincerely,

JF

  • Mood: Love
  • Listening to: Lethian Dreams
  • Reading: Stephen King
  • Watching: Fawlty Towers
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Salt & pepper squid
  • Drinking: Cheap port

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James Flaxman
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Current Residence: Hobart, Australia
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Favourite genre of music: Metal, classical, dark ambient
Favourite photographer: Archival
Favourite style of art: Surreal, imaginative, visionary
Operating System: Crappy old PC
MP3 player of choice: Loud
Shell of choice: Armed and mechanised
Wallpaper of choice: Skin
Skin of choice: Metal
Favourite cartoon character: Too many to name
Personal Quote: "So much work, so little time."
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Zedekial Featured By Owner 3 days ago
In the latest CWCollateral chapter, Obama has declared war on CWCville and sent in the US Marines!
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VoidStalker23 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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Should I add Tom Preston as a Boss?
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
A Tom Preston boss would be great! You'd have heaps of different options: an annoying little gummy bear armed with a baseball bat (as he is in a SYAC strip) who moves fast, is hard to hit, and like most cartoon characters is nearly indestructible; a small blue bear who can inflate himself to Godzilla-like proportions; a bearded balding beta guy who can turn into a fierce blue werebear; an archetypal Bond villain 2k Pageviews: Evil Preston or if you want something creepier he could summon vengeful ghosts of all the schoolgirls he's disposed of (CattyN could make an appearance too). I hope some of these ideas have merit, I'm sure you can think of more!
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VoidStalker23 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
How about he's one of those Mage like characters who summon white knights out of thin air. Or, he has a special attack where he uses a giant sword to hit you and block you out of the boss area. Similar to how he blocks people for not kissing his ass.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
I forgot about the banhammer. It should definitely be used!
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Zedekial Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015
How far along CWCollateral are you? What's your favorite part so far?
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MelodyGlow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dude, you are incredible
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
And you're too kind!
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ProfessorSheepie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice art!  I really like the way you paint skin, sort of like those old paintings from a long time ago (renaissance?)
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Thanks! I haven't had much formal training but I like the old Renaissance look. Using purple for the shading helps.
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