A Pet Project

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It’s pretty well known that I am a huge Redwall fan. The books, show, lore and characters were a crucial part of my childhood development. In recent years, I’ve had that passion return more than ever before. And I feel I can more adequately express this now through my skill in art. One fascinating part of the stories in the Redwall universe, that I always loved the idea of, was the Redwall Tapestry. And now, I have taken the time to draw up my own interpretation it!

My decisions in this design highly reflect historical styles such as Insular art, also known as Hiberno-Saxon art. I wanted my piece to feel like something that would be a proper design for the time period in which Redwall takes place. The illuminated scripts of the Book of Kells was a large inspiration. The designs of such historic art reflect a gorgeous complex simplicity, that is so difficult to emulate. Somehow, they feel flat, but extra dimensional at the same time.

I wanted to capture the awe and reverence that you might feel while looking at the art from the time period. I also knew that color palettes were limited in that day and age, so I wanted a challenge to ensure I kept it simple, and that I avoided rich royal colors; such as deep blue and purple. Instead I opted for grays instead of blues, which would look like they were a cooler tone while next to the warmth of the rest of the image.

In addition to that, I have also found a way to bring it into the physical world in the form of a huge woven blanket, which I can absolutely see myself hanging up on the wall. The idea of making something like this was absolutely thrilling! But it meant that I would have to deal with another limitation. Making it into a woven piece, I couldn’t do a lot of detail. That was alright, as it was fitting of the insular/hiberno-saxon style to be more simple, with little-to-no shading. I had to ensure the lines I made were bold enough to be captured in the weave.

I’m on the next step of ordering the piece, and depending on things from there, I may try to take the time to embroider gold thread onto the physical version. I’ve never embroidered before, but I figure it could be a good time to try! 

Would you care to see the finished tapestry? Let me know!Are any of you Redwall fans? What’s your favorite Redwall Book and why? I’d love to hear from you!

Keep dreamin’! ~ Nova Nocturne

Heralds

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I'm working on a custom family crest. Here's the supporters. I'll probably work on the escutcheon next while I'm waiting for the fur for my fursuit mask to come in. These took quite a bit of work, surprisingly enough. I'd say about 5 hours each due to learning a new style.

Choice of Fuzz!

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We have gotten past the first quarter of the year and what a crazy ride it has been already. I really feel like this will be an establishing year for my artwork, once I finally get life settled. Right now, I am aiming to focus on developing my exact style which will be used for my fursuit making technique. As it is an experimental endeavor, I expect to have a lot of trial and error. I’m ready to move to the next step with getting the fur and other materials. I plan on sharing each day that I work on this project, so be sure to follow along!

I am currently selecting the fur that I will be using for my Nova costume. For the moment, I want to stick with only doing a partial costume, one that can be worn with normal everyday clothing, as well as other costume outfits. I can’t say for sure if I will ever want to do full body suit costumes. We will have to see, I suppose! Anyway, I went through around 25 shades of brown faux fur swatches, checking length, thickness, breathability, weave durability, and so forth. There are so many choices, and thankfully because of that, I don’t think I will have need of much airbrushing for my character. I can’t say for sure if I will want to do airbrushing with my suits. I rather like the idea of not needing to worry about washing off airbrushed markings.

And here we are! My choices. I reduced the number of colors I would need to buy, from five to four. I'm going with Mendel's Punky Muppet in 4 hues: Chocolate, Mushroom, Vanilla, and Off-White. I may have to do some blending, but I like where this is at. I was possibly going to add Fawn Brown because it was SO luxuriously soft, but It wasn't enough of a contrast, and it would just mean more extraneous sewing that I felt would be unnecessary for my character. I'll be ordering the fur soon hopefully. (Before the month is done if I'm lucky.) As I have been saving up as much money as I could over the last few months. Originally that fund was going to go towards commissioning someone else to make this for me, but I thought more and more.... I could do it if I were to really put my mind to it!

Before I get the fur in bulk, I also will be working on the other side of this costuming business that I had in mind. Which is that I want to make a masquerade mask that will fit over the fursuit mask itself. Something elegant and formal. If everything goes as planned, then this will be something I offer as a bonus to anyone who commissions a costume from me; a fursuit-fitted masquerade mask with every order! This may sound hammy, but I have always enjoyed the thought of a formal fursuit masquerade ball. That is where my subsidiary business name even came from, “Masqfurade.” It’s amazingly exciting to see it coming to fruition. Below is a quick concept of what Nova's masquerade mask might look like when I am finished.

Thanks for following along so far with my artistic journey! I hope you'll all continue to keep up as I learn and grow this skill! And as always....

Keep dreamin'! ~ Nova Nocturne

Masqfurade Fursuit Making Day 1

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Happy Fursuit Friday! It feels crazy to be able to say that as an.... almost participant! Let me share with you what I have been working on today! As you all know if you read my post on March 6th, I finally got a mask in the works. It was delivered today and I couldn't wait to get to work on it.

First step! The eyes!

Materials: sculpey clay in 4 or 5 colors, plastic ornaments, pearl powder.

Now, this is a mix of techniques, using layers of clay to build a cane. Next, I sliced the cane until I had enough pieces of the cane cross-section to form a circle of the appropriate diameter. Once the circle is made, work on fusing the sides between each chunk. Once done, texture with various clay tools. Bake according to the instructions for the clay. Brush the ridges of the iris with pearl powder to make it pop. Then mount the pupil in one half of the plastic ornament.

My next dilemma however is to decide whether or not I want to do the scleras light or dark. I'm not sure yet. But all of that can be settled later down the road. I'm just so enthused with how the iris looks so textured! Here's a little video of it before I baked the clay.

Next, I wanted to see how it would look with some eyelashes mocked up on the mask itself. Here's how it turned out!

So that is as far as I got today! Those eyes are pretty labor intensive. I've got a long way to go, but it has been an amazing start to my fursuit-making journey!

Keep dreamin'!

~ Nova Nocturne

Monologue of a Fool Album Cover

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I'm rather proud to share this piece done for a commissioner as a cover for their upcoming album! There's not quite an ETA for its release date, but if I find out, I'll be sure to update this post!

Monologue Of A Fool
By Lukia

And in other news...

I got let go from that job I just barely got, so I'm back on the hunt for some employment to supplement my husband's and my journey towards getting a house and getting into school. It has been a bit of a frustrating set back as from what I gather, they let me go due to getting injured on the job. However, all is not lost, and I have a job interview lined up for tomorrow! Really hoping I get it. Though, because I won't be working at the same place as my husband, that brings up another setback, that I'll likely have to get a car for myself so I can get to work, which will deplete our house savings. One step forward, two steps back. BUT I refuse to give up. I know I can get a job, and get past this roadblock.

Otherwise, I am close to wrapping up the last of my commission list, so I will likely be doing some more sponsorships soon! Keep an eye out for that!

Keep dreaming everyone!

~ Nova Nocturne

Masqfurade! Plastic Faces On Parade!

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If you remember back to the beginning of last month, I talked a little bit about this, but I am very excited to introduce the next step in finalizing my learning process for making fursuits. Thanks to my friend Talon Windstryke, who has graciously worked with me on printing my 3D sculpted mask. Thanks to his help, this is the result!

Completed Nova Nocturne Mask Print!

It needs a little sanding and smoothing, but from what Talon said, it is very lightweight. I'll have to get a good set of tools to do some of the work on it (such as cutting out the jaw, and figuring out hinges and so on). I think I may try to do the eyes in the method Kazul of Kazplay, like her Graymane cosplay's eyes. I feel it would give Nova a really lovely, focused appearance. When I finally have the piece in hand, I'll be able to better determine what I want to do for the teeth, as well as If I can squeeze in a fan for ventilation. I know its odd that I had the full shape of the points printed out for her. This is mainly a test to see what I can do to make it work. 

Be sure to check out the printing process pictures!

 

Now, because this is a project that will take time and money, I may open up sponsorships to involve my awesome followers and allow them to get some art in return for their support of this project. These sponsorships will only open up once my current list of commissions is finished. I look forward to seeing how this all plays out and I hope that this fursuit making attempt is a success!

Keep dreaming everyone!

~ Nova Nocturne

Situation Update

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I thought I ought to give my followers an update on my current situation and how it will affect my art so far. I'll try to make it brief.

  • Both my husband and I started a new job today.
    • We will be on grave shifts for the foreseeable future.
    • This will detract from my art time, and how much art I am able to post.
    • I will still do commissions as efficiently as I can in my off time. 
    • I will still work on personal projects as well.
    • Sponsorships will still be available for certain things.
    • Masqfurade's initiation will be put on hold until we get more settled.
  • Speaking of getting settled, we are also looking for a house to move into.
    • When all is said and done, I'll let you know how that goes!
  • Lastly, We are working on getting into school.
    • We have been accepted for the summer semester.
    • I'm trying to determine what I want to do for my degree; a really tough decision.
    • School may also affect my art schedule; it is yet to be determined.

I want to stay connected with my followers throughout these big changes. Because of this, I'd like to know what you'd like to see most from me? Comics? Illustrations? Illustrated music videos? Story time videos? What sounds good to you guys?

 

Edit: March 6th, 2018

So I injured my back the first week on my new job. Of course I would do that. So I have to go to physical therapy. This is going to make my art take longer to finish. As such, those currently on my wait list will be getting a message from me soon to discuss options regarding their commission's completion.

Secondly, I really don't want to stick with this job. I am not someone who can deal with this kind of work apparently. I'm miserable beyond belief doing this. My forte lies elsewhere. I'm trying to find an alternative as soon as possible, so I appreciate your patience while I figure all this out. And get settled. If I end up having to quit, I may fill the interim time with sponsorship portraits to fund a specific project. Which brings me to my next point:

Third, my friend Talon Windstryke and I have been working together and soon I will have a result of that collaboration to show you all! Keep an eye out in the next... Couple hours? Maybe a day? If all goes well 

Love you guys! Keep dreaming!

~ Nova Nocturne

Not Just An Artist

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It’s a little known fact that in addition to my artwork, I have been working on writing a novel, based in a world that has been in development for just about 8 years now. That’s development of the world, maps, creation, lore, mythos, 150+ races, 30+ gods, cultures, and even so far as developing a base language which other languages may eventually be derived from. I’ve even gone so far as developing a genotype/phenotype generator so I can determine how mixed races would look. It is a bit extensive. The summary of the first novel took me two years to write. Just the summary that ended up being 25 pages long! And recently I have been working on actually writing the chapters. I’m about 3 chapters in now, but it is hard to keep up the work on writing it.

Because of this I have some questions to my fellow creatives. What helps you stay motivated on difficult projects? What tricks do you have to get things done when you are in a funk?

And my second point to all this is to gauge if anyone might be interested in following this project as it develops. I am considering posting artwork, excerpts, development work, maybe even full chapters. Now I know I haven’t really elaborated on what my work has been all about and it would be difficult to determine if you may be interested, without knowing more; so let me give a small introduction to the project:

My work is that of an epic anthropomorphic fantasy, where mere mortals and grand Gods mingle. I've had a few people review the summary so far, and many have compared it to the depth of Lord of the Rings with how much is under the surface of just this single story. Others have expressed absolute anger at some of my decisions as an author because they became invested in the characters, which I really appreciate! It pays homage to a favorite author of mine, Brian Jacques, and other fictions I read when I was young. If you are a fan of the likes of Redwall, Mistmantle Chronicles, The Twelve Kingdoms, Mouse Guard, and so on, I feel like this may be a good fit for your tastes. It does have violence, dark themes that may not sit well with all audiences. Reader discretion is advised. The target audience is for older teens to young adults.

"All give some and some give all. The Magi are expected to sacrificing everything in the name and power of the Gods they serve. A young Ricani Magi, named Safanya, is doing her best to follow her creed, but one creature's vow for vengeance against those who enslaved his son, has swept her into a trial of faith by ice and fire. One thing is certain to Safanya as their journey begins together: No wrath shall be spared."

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. If you would be interested at all, please comment! And if you have any insight on keeping motivated when creativity is tough to come by, please do share! Thanks!

Keep dreaming!

~Nova Nocturne

Gift Art & Commission Closed

Welcome creatives, dreamers and the like!

I would like to feature the artwork done for me this month as my birthday just past and these amazingly considerate and generous people made the following artwork for me.

Please check out any more of their work on their respective pages. They are all such wonderful people and wonderful friends. I could not possibly have imagined there would be people in my life that are so kind. 

A big thank you goes out to everyone who wished me a happy birthday too. The amount of care that people show really astounds me. I'm going to try ensuring I mention each one here: Mom, Dad, Addie, Lauren, Gavin, Levi, Marius, Tizzy, Vitex, Kay, Neon, Lane, Chris, Gina, Levi, Ulrike, Luna, Xamorah, Vyath, Midnite, Douglas, Zane, Johnithan, PrinceCalil, Titus, FoxWarrior, Ethan, BlackfirePhoenix, Yoshi, Kelaiah, Real-s, Werahatake, Thewolfstudieos, Eryk, Emily, Megan, Darick, Tusoul, Cynthia, Kara, Dart, Christine, Christina, Heather, Leslie, Ron, Joyce, Kaity, & Arlene. I apologize if I missed your name. I will try to ensure I catch everyone each year. And last but not least, an announcement:

Commissions opening!

I will be opening commissions for 3 artwork slots, which can be grabbed today; which will then be done after a visit this week by a person who is very important to me. My husband's and my native coordinator from China is coming to visit soon. She and her family are visiting this week, and I am super excited to have them over! If you check the comics under the gallery page, you can get a little introduction to her. I have drawn her as a little bird, with a STRONG personality.

Don't forget to apply for a commission after reading the terms of service!

Slot 1: Lukia Kyoryu
Slot 2: Maiara
Slot 3: Polar Star

Please note, this is NOT a sponsor event, and thus the formal portraits are not available at this time. This policy is not set in stone, and may change in the future, but for now, they will be for sponsor events only.

Marius Octavius Aurelius

Welcome Creatives, Dreamers, and the like!

Because my husband, Marius, is always supporting me, and giving me his paychecks, I figured I needed to honor him as a sponsor as well; and this portrait is a bit of an early Valentine's Day gift. I totally had to alter my own personal portrait to match his. If you care to see it, it can also be seen on the sponsor page.

Additionally, I rearranged the site just a bit. The sponsors, donators, and general supporters now each have their own dedicated page, with a direct link on the footer of every page of the site. I really want lots of credit to go towards those who support me in any way!