Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Elvish Trees

Hello again,

Tonight, I am pleased to share with you my latest personal project - "Elvish Trees", in which I was inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth Elf culture. For stylistic reference I looked at the illustrations in The Lord of The Rings novels but created my own original designs which I could imagine to be on things like banners of the different elvish families.

I started out, as usual, with pencil sketches.


Then, I finessed each sketch in Adobe Illustrator and established my colour palettes. After which, I brought the rendered trees into Photoshop to add some texture effects.


Alda
“Alda”, in Quenya meaning "tree"

Ornë Ornë in Quenya meaning 'slender tree'

Lûth Galadh
“Lûth Galadh”, in Sindarin meaning "Spell-Tree"

Prints can be found on my Society6 and RedBubble shops. More merchandise will be made available in the following weeks. 

That's it for now. :)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Winter Adventures - ArmStreet Coat Impressions

Good evening!

Before we get started, please excuse the weird, inconsistent font sizes of my text and spacing. Blogger is on the fritz again.

Tonight will be another post dedicated to sharing costumed photos. I'll have some a set of illustrative designs to share here with you very soon, but in the meantime you can catch them one at a time by following my Facebook Art Page, Instagram or Tumblr.

Anyhow, at the beginning of winter I was introduced to the ArmStreet online store and naturally I fell in love with a great number of pieces there. 

ArmStreet artisans create medieval and fantasy style costumes, authentic handmade footwear and LARP boots and shoes, leather and brass accessories and, of course, our armor including a new line of lamellar armor suits, gothic armor, and regular heavy-combat armor. All our products will be custom-sized and shipped directly from workshops in Russia and Ukraine.

Since my biggest interest was to create a winter friendly wardrobe for fantasy photo-shoots, I decided to invest in a wool coat which I thought looked rather elvish. And once I saw that there was discount code for free shipping, I took it as a divine sign to proceed. =)

The chosen coat was called the Long Woolen Gothic Coat "Blackbird". It could be custom made to my measurements and there were a number of colours to chose for the fabric and accents. I chose the burgundy and silver motif.

Buntzen Lake, BC. (That satin sure is shiny.)
Technically, this coat is made of pure woolen cloth. Its hard to recognize, but you need really tones of wool for it's wide sleeves and long skirt. Coat is decorated with silver lace and silver color clasps. It has lacing on the back which can be used for slim waist fit. Coat is lined with black satin.

Source: https://armstreet.com/store/medieval-clothing/long-wool-gothic-coat-blackbird

Technically, this coat is made of pure woolen cloth. Its hard to recognize, but you need really tones of wool for it's wide sleeves and long skirt. Coat is decorated with silver lace and silver color clasps. It has lacing on the back which can be used for slim waist fit. Coat is lined with black satin.

Source: https://armstreet.com/store/medieval-clothing/long-wool-gothic-coat-blackbird
This coat is made of pure woolen cloth. It is decorated with silver lace and silver color clasps. It has lacing on the back which can be used for slim waist fit. The coat is lined with black satin.

I ordered it on December 4th, 2016 and it arrived on January 19th, 2017. I though this was a reasonable wait time taking into consideration the holiday season and the of course the custom work.
With the power of my bell sleeves, I try to summon snow!
When I tried it on, I was very impressed with the great fit and quality. Very figure flattering and very warm! I couldn't wait to go out and give it a test drive. I hoped to find some snowy woods for a shoot on a rain free/snow free day, but alas, though it was originally forecasted to be clear, rain did set in. But we decided to proceed anyway, since all the hair, make up and so forth had already been done and should not go to waste.
The strategy was to bring umbrellas and shoot deeper in the woods where the trees would provide cover from the rain. We ended up shooting at Buntzen lake and around the hiking trails of Westwood Plateau. 

On this day I wore the same outfit (minus the cloak) as in the previous costumed photo-shoot I shared. I just added the coat on top and put gloves on in some instances. It was around 5 degrees Celsius outside and the coat kept me very warm. My only struggle was continuously lifting it off the ground while moving from spot to spot so that the bottom wouldn't get dirty. I did wish the hem was just a touch shorter in that moment.
Coquitlam, BC

The following week it snowed and my winter wonderland wishes had been answered! Not only that, it was precipitation free long enough for a few hours of shooting on my day off. Well, almost. There was a bit of snow falling from the sky but it was the dry, whimsically floating kind. 


So, off to Burnaby Lake Regional Park we went, as I had been dreaming to shoot there again since the previous snowfall. 


This time under my coat I wore a wonderfully medieval looking, velvet burgundy dress I found at Value Village (which sadly can't be seen), warm leggings, and more winter appropriate boots. It was around 2 degrees Celsius this time and I'd say the coat kept me pretty warm again. Only my toes got chilly after a while. 

"I'm journeying to Winterhold!", I say, knowing that my joke is outdated. It's about time for a new Elder Scrolls game though, in my opinion. Please Bethesda, make it happen.
Looking for my forest bird and squirrel friends.

Photography: Seth Rutledge
Styling, make-up, and photo editing: yours truly
Wig: 'Lani' style wig in 'white' by Mythril Wigs

Coat by ArmStreet 

Well, that's it for now. Till we meet again, friends!
medieval and fantasy style costumes, authentic handmade footwear and LARP boots and shoes, leather and brass accessories and, of course, our armor including a new line of lamellar armor suits, gothic armor, and regular heavy-combat armor. All our products will be custom-sized and shipped directly from workshops in Russia and Ukraine, as usual.

Source: https://armstreet.com/
medieval and fantasy style costumes, authentic handmade footwear and LARP boots and shoes, leather and brass accessories and, of course, our armor including a new line of lamellar armor suits, gothic armor, and regular heavy-combat armor. All our products will be custom-sized and shipped directly from workshops in Russia and Ukraine, as usual.

Source: https://armstreet.com/
medieval and fantasy style costumes, authentic handmade footwear and LARP boots and shoes, leather and brass accessories and, of course, our armor including a new line of lamellar armor suits, gothic armor, and regular heavy-combat armor. All our products will be custom-sized and shipped directly from workshops in Russia and Ukraine

Source: https://armstreet.com/
medieval and fantasy style costumes, authentic handmade footwear and LARP boots and shoes, leather and brass accessories and, of course, our armor including a new line of lamellar armor suits, gothic armor, and regular heavy-combat armor. All our products will be custom-sized and shipped directly from workshops in Russia and Ukraine

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Снегурочка (Snow Maiden) Holiday Card

Happy last day of November!

I have some new work to show today, finally. This is my holiday card this winter. It's inspired by my Ukrainian and Russian heritage by way of stories of the Snow Maiden and the traditional Slavic headdresses. Hope you enjoy! Below is the creation process.
2. Detailed pencil sketch.
3. Ink drawing with micron pens.

4. Work in progress; painting with (diluted) waterproof coloured inks.
5. Nearing completion; further painting with the (diluted) inks and also gouache accents.

7. Printed holiday cards, almost ready to be mailed. I'm considering adding some flecks of silver, to make them really pop!
Some close ups.

For the original painting, here are the specs:

Size: 6 x 8 inches (paper size)
Materials: Micron pens, Koh-i-noor waterproof coloured inks and water soluble gouache on Strathmore Mixed Media vellum surface paper.


The cards I had printed are 4 x 5 inches and are now available on my Etsy Shop {here}.
Other assorted prints and products are now available on my Society6 and RedBubble pages.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Two Shop, One Sale! (On Etsy)

Hi there!

A quick post today to announce that I'm having a sale on my Etsy shops! Get 10% off with the code WINTER2016. Originals, prints, bookmarks, boxes, and more! :)

Shop now:
PatternPastimes Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/PatternPastimes
MeticulousMadness Shop: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/MeticulousMadness


Proceeds to towards sustaining my freelance art practice. ;)

Monday, November 7, 2016

I Once Was An Adventurer Like You - A Reference Collecting Photoshoot

Hello friends,

No super notable updates here at the moment, just working on various things.

One of my slowly blossoming personal projects is an art series inspired by the tales from The Silmarillion. So, last weekend, since the weather was beautiful and all my costuming sourcing had come together fairly successfully - a photo-shoot was organized. The idea was to help build a collection of images which would be used for references in illustrations and also to have a lot of fun, particularly since it was the Halloween weekend.

Because I always had a fondness for Tolkien's work, for fantasy adventures, and an unfulfilled quota of dressing up in costumes this was one of the best Sundays ever.

Here are the some of my favourite shots from that day:

It's a long journey ahead.
Caterpillar friend!

I admit, I wish I could dress up in this sort of fashion and walk around in the woods every weekend. It has definitely awakened my whimsical side which wants to go bargain hunting to collect more fantasy outfits and have more photo-shoots. So, keep an eye out, there will be more photo quests!

-Location: Colony Farm Regional Park, British Columbia, Canada.
-Photo: Seth Rutledge
-Styling, make-up, and editing: yours truly
-Wig: 'Lani' style wig in 'white' by Mythril Wigs

-The green cloak, sword, and burgundy tunic top were from Value Village and the pants, belt and boots were pieces I already owned.
-The brooch was a vintage sterling silver celtic brooch I was lucky to find on Etsy from the JewelleryDetective shop.
-The necklace was one which was acquired many years ago while vacationing.


Wishing everyone a great November!