Sketch-A-Day


SAD: Alan concept art
by *uhlrik on deviantART

It’s been quite a while since last time that I was in the habit of drawing particularly regularly, and my work has suffered / failed to progress as I’d like because of it. Hence, I’ve decided to start honing my discipline in drawing and becoming more comfortable and accomplished with my sad, underused but much-beloved tablet.

So I’m trying to commit myself to whipping out either my tablet or my sketch book and doing at least one sketch daily. Some will probably be more complete and polished than this one, some will be less so. It just depends on what I’m feeling that day. I’ll strive to keep it up. Hence my little feature here of sketch-a-day. I don’t know that I’ll post every single one here, or in DeviantArt, but I’ll probably put them all up on flickr.

Also, this is helping me get psyched up to actually finish some projects that I’ve promised people but have been lollygagging about.

This particular one, like a lot of the ones I’ll be doing soon I’m sure, is related to a design project I’ve given myself: LoA.

She’s an Alan (plural: Alanir), one of th eraces I’ve been trying to revive and finish designing after I originally came up with them almost a decade ago. I’m thinking that I’ll probably want to actually punch the color back a bit more and make them paler and creamier in color, but this sketch is a useful part of establishing that.

More sketches of Alanir can be found here.

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6 Responses to “Sketch-A-Day”

  1. meta4life Says:

    I knew you were an artist but I’d never seen your DA gallery until now.

    I am horribly impressed, Hal. You have a gift I would love to have. 🙂

    Bookmarked.

  2. uhlrik Says:

    I’ll make an effort to do so.

  3. meta4life Says:

    The character art, obviously. You have no idea how much I envy you the ability to translate your characters into a visual form.

    Much of your other subject matter is fairly dark, maybe a little darker than I could live with full-time — but your eye for linear flow and color (sorry, I don’t know the art terms for these things) just really impresses me.

  4. meta4life Says:

    =heh= No, he’s not too dark. 🙂 I didn’t mean to imply all your work was, btw. Just some (I used the word “much,” may have been an overstatement) of it.

    There’s a lot of value to be had in explorations of the grimmer side of life and that’s also true of art, obviously. I suspect I’m not a strong enough person to be able to look at that material for long stretches at a time without personal detriment.

    One of your pieces, On Thy Belly Shalt Thou Go, is a bit of dark art I could gaze at for hours. There is something sublime in this imagery, something that can invoke joy-from-madness — but I think I’d have to be feeling particularly centered that day to endure it. 🙂

  5. bosantibe Says:

    She looks like a moth. I love this. From what you’ve mentioned concerning esoteric legends I think conceptually the nWoD really would suit your game, especially some of the source-books like Skinchangers; but just Changeling alone would probably account for a metric ton of stuff you’re into there.

  6. uhlrik Says:

    I do really dig the concepts of CtL, though that’s not what i’m aiming for as the core ideas of Legend of the Archons. It’s got a lot in common with one of the character types, the Lost (ironically, they even have the same name as Changeling’s tagline though I haven’t picked changeling up yet and hadn’t made the connection), though the Lost are primarily intended to be antagonists. They’re available as PCs, but they’re less suitable for that role than are humans, Alanir, Durgans or Fomori.

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