100 Famous Views of Philadelphia is one of those projects I keep trying to go back to, but keep getting sidetracked with other things. So painting them is rather slow. I started this one back in July after I moved to Fukui, and then stopped working on it until this week, when I thought I really ought to finish it before moving on to another picture.
If you haven’t had a chance to get out to Fairmount Park in early April, do yourself a favor and go! The trees really are something to behold, and the Japan America Society’s Cherry Blossom Festival is quite awesome.
Echizen has a small expo called the Chrysanthemum Earth Festival. It’s a local eco-festival, with 4 themes: Ajimano, man’yo, ecology, and chrysanthemums. It was started last year by a volunteer organization that my wife’s brother is part of, and this year I was asked to do the promo poster for it. I thought it would be a great chance to do a Japanese painting. So I started out by painting a few Chrysanthemums (which are the official flower of Echizen city):
And then tweaked it around a bit to make it more like a poster, adding the event information, and changing the center flower into the Earth:
Today Nevermet Press was updated with Heroes of the Vale, new game content with some characters related to this month’s content. Here are the three pieces I did for the article, but you should head on over to NMP and look at the article for yourself.
Ono is a tiny city in northeastern Fukui, surrounded by mountains on all sides, which I read is a rare thing in Japan. It’s a very old castle town which claims to be famously known as “The Kyoto of Hokuriku,” just like Takefu did, and just about every other city in this region. Anyway, the city is holding a postcard contest with the theme “stars,” so I’ll be entering this piece.
I have to brag about my nerdiness a little bit on this one. I didn’t want to just slap an artificial starry night together for the background, but it’s also difficult to do a digital image outside in another city at night. In order to get a fairly accurate star image, I used a space-browsing program called Celestia, located Ono city on Earth, rotated the camera to the sky, coordinating with google maps and flickr images to find the proper viewing angle from the base of the main donjon of Ono castle, and then time-warped Celestia’s star navigation to August 31st, 2009, roughly 11:30 pm, when the Moon and the Milky Way would both be visible above the castle (as well as a couple of comets and an additional galaxy, which I didn’t paint). So while the stars are certainly brighter than you’d see on a night like this, and the spaces between them are not perfectly to scale, you’re looking at a fairly accurate version of the night sky above Echizen Ono Castle.
New artwork posted today at Nevermet Press: Items of the Sleepless Drift. These are some fantasy magical items related to the site’s current publishing cycle, Neirave. I’m going for the DaVinci-esque traveler’s sketchbook theme for these 3 illustrations.
New fantasy art today: The Scion of Spring. This is the King of Spring with his young apprentice. The full story is on Nevermet Press, but basically this concept is about a forest overrun with cold, and the only way to end the winter is with the help of these two.