Art & software

It became quite clear early on at the fahrar that Kianga’s strengths were more of the… physical kind.

3D Art — October 5, 2020

“Did someone call a medic?” Skarr is excited about getting to heal the warband by shooting them. For some reason his ‘bandmates do not quite share his enthusiasm.

3D Art — October 3, 2020

Charr are proud of their scars. They remind us of battles we’ve survived, and that we’re still standing. But not all scars come from the battlefield - some battles are fought within ourselves. Are they worth less, or more?

3D Art — October 2, 2020

Starting Charrtober with something simple: the banner of my second-favorite legion. At least… more recently. 🔥

3D Art — October 1, 2020

You can blame my patron Tabra this time: “You said you liked hoodies without sleeves, but are you ready for sleeves without the hoodie?” Based on this Twitter outfit meme:

3D Art — September 26, 2020

RainPrompt 8: RAIN

Who said cats don’t like water? Based on the prompt “rain” from my patron Bao. Also added a whole waterfall in the background, for good measure. 😼 I’ve always found rendering rain difficult - I’ve tried it once or twice before and usually it ends up barely visible unless I use weird shader and lighting tricks. Same here, but overall I think I’m happy with the progress I’ve made. Hope you agree!

3D Art — September 20, 2020

GardenPrompt 7: GARDEN

During the warband’s last visit to Lion’s Arch they came across a human merchant who sold tiny trees. Said they came from Cantha, but surely that can’t be right? In any case, Skarr decided they’re adorable (the trees, not the merchant) and had to buy one. Based on the prompt “garden” from my patron, the wonderful Coffee Kitten. Thank you for your support! 💙

3D Art — September 14, 2020

ConquerPrompt 6: CONQUER

When my patron Tabra gave me the prompt “conquer” for this month, my first thought was some kind of battle scene, obviously. So I did an image search for inspiration, and the first thing that popped up was a famous poster featuring Arnie in front of a crowd… and I knew what I had to do.

3D Art — September 8, 2020

Ready to slay your pixels! Just a quick experiment with a low-poly style. I’ve always wanted to try this - it’s kinda cute, but also more time-consuming than I expected. Not sure if I want to go further in that direction, but it was a fun little project. :)

3D Art — September 5, 2020

SavronSculpted Bust

Bust sculpting commission for Lolsanchez3 of his dragon character, Savron.

3D Art — September 3, 2020

Aaaah! Charrtober, my favorite time of the year, is getting closer! If you’d like to join me this year, I’ll post my own prompts (but not the art yet) in advance on Twitter, every day in September, along with screenshots for inspiration.

3D Art — August 30, 2020

Bust sculpting commission for FuzzBear91 of their alien bear character, Rogan Bulwark. I’m always excited when I get to sculpt different kinds of creatures, and an alien bear was a fun new challenge for me. Hope you like him! Background image credit: Jamieson Murphy on Unsplash

3D Art — August 29, 2020

I blame Sayna for this: A charr-ified version of the outfit with some modifications because who wants to wear long sleeves in these temperatures? 💦

3D Art — August 21, 2020

DefeatPrompt 5: DEFEAT

“And this, cubs, is what happens when you charge into battle without your armor.” For the prompt “defeat” given by my patron the Coffee Kitten I thought I’d try a more comical style. Don’t worry, there’s a reason why the warband has a necromancer as medic.

3D Art — August 18, 2020

My first experimental full-body sculpting commission for Tabra of his charr warrior, Garro Facebreaker. Garro may be a big strong charr but he also has a sense of style, as you can tell from his rather exquisite underwear.

3D Art — August 17, 2020

First attempt at a simple 2D portrait of my charr warrior, using my 3D model as a reference

2D Art — August 15, 2020

Just the right thing to wear for your summer vacation in Labyrinthine Cliffs! Blood Legion design, of course. Based on this Twitter meme:

3D Art — August 12, 2020

HorizonPrompt 4: HORIZONS

Terrible things lurk just beyond the horizon… but Kianga is ready for them. (I hope.) Scene for my patron Loki, based on the prompt “horizons”. I wanted to contrast the Drizzlewood landscape with a view of the Frost Citadel, which sadly does not work in the actual geography of the map. Luckily I can cheat! As always, I like to build my scenes around actual screenshots to make them fit better with the game world (and also because it sometimes saves me a lot of time, cough).

3D Art — August 11, 2020

Terrible things lurk just beyond the horizon… but Kianga is ready for them. (I hope.) Scene for my patron Loki, based on the prompt “horizons”. I wanted to contrast the Drizzlewood Coast landscape with a view of the Frost Citadel, which sadly does not work in the actual geography of the map. Luckily I can cheat! As always, I like to build my scenes around actual screenshots to make them fit better with the game world (and also because it sometimes saves me a lot of time, cough).

3D Art — August 11, 2020

Night ChillsPrompt 3: NIGHTMARE

What if your dreams are not your own…? My patron Bao gave me the prompt “nightmare” for this month, and I tried to come up with a spooky scene that could fit the current story. Don’t worry, Kianga is safe and hasn’t turned into an icy monster. Yet.

3D Art — August 10, 2020

Birthday gift for Sayna Jaye and her absolutely metal charr lady, Kirnaash Soulpyre. Happy birthday, Sayna! 🎉

3D Art — August 4, 2020

A little thank you for my friend EvilPol: a sculpted bust of his revenant, Fenrar Mistwalker. I hope you like him! (You’re both awesome.) The spots on his face are a stylized vitiligo pattern, based on a drawn reference. I love how this looks almost like a starry sky.

3D Art — August 3, 2020

“Frost Legion, bah! You think we need some creepy ice magic to look cool?” The United Legions threw one hell of a party after storming the Frost Citadel. There may have been some Blood Whiskey involved. (But honestly, I just wanted to recreate that pose they used in the trailer because it’s badass.)

3D Art — July 31, 2020

As much as we charr love our city of steel, it’s not the most pleasant place in the summer. Luckily we’ve got our two lakes nearby to cool down… 💦 A quick scene based on the prompt “heatwave” (thank you Bao 🧡) and to show off Kianga’s new Blood Legion swimwear!

3D Art — July 17, 2020

Sculpted bust of Loki’s drake character, Magnus Renatus. Since this isn’t a textured model I tried to use light to reflect some of the colors from the reference sheet. I hope it worked! Challenging project, but good practice! Thank you Loki for your support and patience. 🧡

3D Art — July 14, 2020

Not sure if the charr know anything about socialism but they sure have the teeth. Frankly I’m not sure how this started - I woke up today to find my Twitter feed full of very handsome looking smiles under the hashtag #socialistteeth and Kianga just had to join them.

3D Art — July 9, 2020

My second charr in the new style: Skarr Blacksnow, necromancer and Snow Warband’s medic. His bedside manners always raise the warband’s spirits. (Get it? Raise the… yes, yes, I’ll show myself out.)

3D Art — July 7, 2020

A quick experimental piece while I’m working on the next full-body sculpt. I wanted to do a back view of Kianga (because honestly I’m still proud how it turned out) and I was looking for an opportunity to use some new effect overlays I acquired recently. I think they work well here?

3D Art — June 30, 2020

Here’s something completely different from what I usually post. I wanted a distraction from sculpting, so I played with Affinity Designer and this came out. Maybe it’s a little derpy, but I had fun. 😸

2D Art — June 24, 2020

Cook's OutfitPrompt 2: COOKING

My interpretation of the original Cook’s Outfit from the game, with a little bit of Blood Legion flavor. Based on the prompt “food/cooking” from my patron Bao - thank you for the inspiration! 🧡

3D Art — June 17, 2020

Sculpted bust and birthday gift for the wonderful Coffee Kitten of his charr lady, Tamka Ironpaw! 🎂🎈

3D Art — June 15, 2020

Sculpted bust for Loki, as a gift for his friend Vae! I’ve sculpted charr with this face type before - multiple times actually, not surprising because that face is so handsome - but I try to find unique features each time. For Vae here we turned the spikes or horns on his eyebrows and chin into tufts of hair instead, making him look more soft and fluffy. Hope you like him!

3D Art — June 11, 2020

Sculpting commission for Umbra of their charr lady, Umbra Velvetpaw. Umbra asked me to give her a puppy-eyed look, and I tried! I still struggle with making charr look not angry when viewed from the front (maybe it’s all the teeth?) but I hope it turned out okay! 👀 It was a pleasure working on this charr lady - thank you for the commission! 🧡

3D Art — June 2, 2020

Untextured sculpting commission for Sayna Jaye of her charr, Kirnaash Soulpyre. Sayna provided me with isometric artwork so I could properly model this custom horn design - it was a pleasure to work on this, thank you for the commission! 🧡

3D Art — May 27, 2020

Cuddle AttackPrompt 1: CUDDLE ATTACK

Ah, nothing like relaxing during a warm Grothmar night and snuggling with your… pocket raptor? 🤔 My friend and patron Danero gave me the prompt “cuddle attack”, and since I don’t have a second charr model in the new style yet… just watch your nose, Kianga.

3D Art — May 21, 2020

Sculpting commission for Athaina Shadowclaw Painting fur is still a challenge for me, but I tried to refine my technique here and make her fur look extra soft. I hope I could do her justice!

3D Art — May 20, 2020

A birthday cake for my friend and guildmate, Gorfell Dreadfate! Can you guess where I got those strawberries? 🍓 Happy birthday Gorfell and stay awesome, Blood Brother! And if you’re craving strawberry chocolate cake now, I found this recipe:

3D Art — May 19, 2020

Patreon reward for Loki, a sculpted bust of his friend Kazul Muddypaws. This was a fun project! I’ve never done this type of horns before, and if there’s one thing I love it’s adding metal parts to characters. I don’t know, it just feels so… charr. I hope you like it, and thank you Loki for your support! 🧡

3D Art — May 8, 2020

We’ll never know what has him so fascinated, but one thing is certain: Thel’s beach parties are legendary. Patreon reward for the most wonderful Coffee Kitten! ☕😼

3D Art — May 5, 2020

“Shh, I promised not to tell anyone…” I imagine this scene in the past, with Kianga as a cub stealing some strawberries - that’s why you only see his paw here. Although you’re never too old to steal strawberries, I guess? Thought I’d take a quick break from character sculpting. This is one of my favorite places in Ascalon: Anya’s hidden strawberry patch in Diessa Plateau. Such a peaceful spot.

3D Art — April 27, 2020

A little gift and practice project for a dear friend of mine, Danero - he’s not a charr but a fluffy dragon! Hope you like him!

3D Art — April 23, 2020

I found this art meme thing on Twitter and since I love playing with lighting I just couldn’t resist. Turned out more difficult than I thought! As for “favorite”, I’d say it depends on the scene but I do have a soft spot for colorful rim lights. Meme found here:

3D Art — April 21, 2020

This is Bruce, my pocket raptor.

3D Art — April 20, 2020

There’s an old Blood Legion tradition: Gladia who seek another chance by fighting in the Ooze Pit sometimes visit the Blood Lagoon the night before, to throw away their most prized possession, leaving it for whoever finds it. Sometimes you can find treasure in that lagoon. Not the weapons, name tags, or other trinkets - but the charr who left them behind.

3D Art — April 17, 2020

The Ooze Pit is exhausting, okay? A little test scene for Kianga’s new model. Still got a few issues to figure out with the rig - getting a charr to sit properly is usually the hardest part.

3D Art — April 16, 2020

“Given to young legionnaires when they graduate from the fahrar and take command of their warband.” Noticed this icon as I was following Ryland Steelcatcher’s Footsteps (the collection for the flamesaw) and thought this would make a nice little weekend project. Of course Kianga still has his badge!

3D Art — March 28, 2020

Textured sculpting commission for Mona Controlla of their beautiful charr lady. This took me a while… At first I had no idea how I was going to do those braids but with some texturing magic and the help of Substance Designer I think they turned out nicely? Overall I’m very happy with the result! Hope you like her, and thank you for the commission! 💜

3D Art — March 25, 2020

For rhee.gw2 on Instagram, who tagged me to draw a banana. If you’ve played any of the Worms games, you’ll know that bananas are no laughing matter.

3D Art — March 20, 2020

Sculpting and texture painting commission for Alec of Snackers the Charr. This may be the cutest charr I’ve had the pleasure of working on so far. And I’m totally not saying that because he’s got a similar face as my own warrior. Went for a realistic style again, and I’m very happy with the result. Hope you like him too!

3D Art — March 18, 2020

Sculpting & texture painting commission for Baothghalach of their charr, Quintilius Ripper. This was an interesting challenge. My previous sculpts were all based on screenshot references, but this time I used Bao’s art as the primary reference instead, and the info that Quint’s facial proportions are based on a jaguar. Bao asked me to paint him in my older simplified style, but I tried to add a little bit of shading and color variation too.

3D Art — March 17, 2020

Remember to use a real one when you need to blow off steam - your ‘bandmates will appreciate it. A simple stylized scene I’ve been working on between commissions this week. Most of the work here was figuring out the lighting and volumetrics (fog/steam), which is always my favorite part to do. I also wasted a bit of time trying to build a pipe system in the background to give the scene a more charr/industrial look, but eventually decided that it only added distraction and that the scene was better off without it.

3D Art — March 13, 2020

My first sculpting commission for Jineb of their charr Argos Khornyr from Guild Wars 2. The most detailed sculpt I’ve done so far. This will also be 3D printed as a 10 cm figure, so I’ve kept the detail on the horns exaggerated in the hopes that it will be visible in the print. I hope you like it, and thank you Jineb for the commission! 💗 Also check out the 3D printed version, painted by Jineb:

3D Art — March 10, 2020

My little weekend project! The most fun part of this was placing all the bolts on this beast of a tank - around 500 of them, and that’s just one half. I don’t envy the charr engineers who have to build these. (But damn is it worth it!) You can download the source files for this model as a JAGUAR-tier supporter on my Patreon!

3D Art — March 8, 2020

plavigmaz asked via Tumblr: “🎵 Pick a song and draw your OC to one of the lyrics - for Ark” Within Temptation - Stand My Ground Stand my ground, I won’t give in No more denying, I’ve gotta face it Won’t close my eyes and hide the truth inside If I don’t make it, someone else will Stand my ground (Lyrics written by Han’some, Daniel Gibson, Sharon J. den Adel, Robert Westerholt)

3D Art — March 2, 2020

Another practice sculpt and a little gift for a very kind and generous charr. Thank you Sylas for your support, and I hope you like it! 🧡

3D Art — February 28, 2020

Sidewinder30k asked via Tumblr: “🎵 Pick a song and draw your OC to one of the lyrics” Beating, bleeding heart First warband to last stand Horns, claws, fangs Bound by Blood The song’s a little obvious perhaps, but I felt like doing something fun and over the top. Hope you like it!

3D Art — February 27, 2020

Snow Warband’s centurion has a simple and efficient command style. If you’re unsure about one of her decisions, she’s always happy to explain it to you hands on, in the Bane.

3D Art — February 25, 2020

Sometimes love comes from unexpected places. Just a quick scene today - a request from EvilPol on Tumblr: “Draw your OC getting kissed” for Ark.

3D Art — February 24, 2020

The moment Chui knew he was going to become an engineer. I’ve never done a charr cub before, hope you like little Chui! Textured speed sculpt, all in one day! This was fun but uhh I need a break now. 💦

3D Art — February 21, 2020

I did a draw/ask meme thing on Tumblr, and Warrick Ashblood asked: “Draw your OC with their sexual orientation pride” for Kianga or Storm. Here’s both of them. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of art, just two proud charr - each in their own way.

3D Art — February 20, 2020

I did a draw/ask meme thing on Tumblr, and Warrick Ashblood asked: “Draw your OC with their sexual orientation pride” for Kianga or Storm. Here’s both of them. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of art, just two proud charr - each in their own way.

3D Art — February 20, 2020

If you’ve been to Grothmar Valley, I hope you’ll recognize these! Thought I’d do something “simple” after all this sculpting, so here are the Keys to the Khan-Ur Vault, with a little more detail. Can you make out the locking mechanism?

3D Art — February 19, 2020

Now he’s snarly and fluffy. Tried a more realistic style for this one, much closer to the original game texture. Hope you like it! First time I’ve used the new automatic UV unwrapping in Substance Painter: I just dropped my unedited sculpt into the app and it worked flawlessly - very cool. Also used my first Substance Designer material here to make a simple fur brush.

3D Art — February 17, 2020

A snarly face! Practice sculpt of my revenant, Ark Snowblind. I’ve always had difficulty getting his face right with his previous model, but I feel like this is finally getting closer.

3D Art — February 16, 2020

You may think Valentine’s Day is bad, but it’s nothing compared to an elder dragon’s poetry.

3D Art — February 12, 2020

Huh. I didn’t have a plan for this scene other than wanting to experiment with isometric perspective. It began as an outdoor scene in Grothmar Valley, then turned into an indoor scene in Blood Keep - I even made the triple bunk beds, but the room felt too cluttered. Eventually I arrived at this surreal floaty space thing. Don’t ask me what it means, but I kinda like it. Hope you do too.

3D Art — February 11, 2020

As requested in a recent Patreon poll, here’s an ice sculpt of a real feline, a jaguar - with a fancy red ribbon for a bit of contrast. I used multiple references for this one, but it still feels like something about the jaw is slightly off. Hmm.

3D Art — February 10, 2020

… for a fierce charr lady and respected Ash Legion tribune: Happy birthday Hadjarah Brokenfang, aka charrior-of-ash on Tumblr! This cake comes with sharp dagger you can use to cut a slice… or stab anyone who tries to steal it. 😼

3D Art — February 6, 2020

Happy birthday to my paw-some friend Loki! Don’t worry, these cookies come in charr-sized boxes. 💕

3D Art — February 6, 2020

My first fully sculpted charr bust, of my ex-Olmakhan Blood Legion druid Jaom. There’s a lot more detail I could have worked on, but I’d rather finish this and get some more basic sculpting practice first. Just to be clear, the ice texture here is not sculpted - it’s a shader I’ve made for my practice sculpts, so they don’t look quite so boring even if they’re still a little low on detail.

3D Art — February 3, 2020

“Ugh, why is it always portals? Can’t we just use a door?” Kianga doesn’t trust mesmer portals, and he’s still not convinced that magical birds are any more trustworthy. (I hope Raven won’t judge me too harshly for that quick sculpting attempt there…)

3D Art — February 1, 2020

Motivational warrior is here to save another Monday! Say what you want about the whole Jormag thing, the Shiverpeaks are great for staying in shape: Take a quick jog through the mountains, watch an amazing sunrise, and be back just in time for breakfast. Fun fact: Charr anatomy was not made for push-ups. Not that they lack the strength, but their neck is so long that they’d constantly boop the ground with their nose.

3D Art — January 27, 2020

baomooshka asked via Tumblr: “What is storms favorite element? What is his favorite mix of elements? Does he have any favorite practices to hone his elemental powers?” Storm: “I’m a weaver, and that means I can’t play favorites with the elements—I have to keep them all in balance to be effective. Requires lots of practice and meditation. At least that’s the theory. But you know what? Efficiency isn’t everything. There’s a reason why both FIRE and FUN start with an F.

3D Art — January 24, 2020

Kianga just learned the hard way that you don’t start a water fight with an elementalist. They cheat. I just opened Blender and started playing with the fluid simulation features, and it somehow turned into this silly scene. No serious backstory behind it, just two charr having fun. Well, one of them more than the other…

3D Art — January 23, 2020

In the Blood Legion, every day is leg day. Last week a guildmate mentioned something about not skipping leg day, so uh, here’s another motivational warrior for your Monday.

3D Art — January 20, 2020

Is this delicious raspberry chocolate cream cake real or just an illusion? Only one way to find out! A happy birthday to my most wonderful partner and crafty mesmer cat, Keeya! 💜

3D Art — January 15, 2020

“Pull yourself up soldier, no one’s going to do it for you!” Have a motivational warrior to start your week.

3D Art — January 13, 2020

“When Kralkatorrik murdered Soul Warband, he made the mistake of leaving one survivor. General Soulkeeper did not rest until the dragon was dead and her warband was avenged. “Whoever did this made an even greater mistake: The Pact was Almorra’s new warband. We are still alive, and we are coming for you.”

3D Art — January 6, 2020

It’s amazing what you can find in the Mists… better eat that cake before it floats away! A wonderful and happy birthday to my revenant friend Fenrar aka EvilPol! I wish you all the best for the new year! 💚

3D Art — January 2, 2020

Never thought I’d agree with that dragon… Happy birthday to my shiniest crystal friend, Sam!

3D Art — December 23, 2019

Ahh, that sound… one of the most satisfying warrior skills.

3D Art — December 11, 2019

“An axe cuts through a forest not because of its size, but its endurance.” Matshona Dhliwayo

3D Art — November 27, 2019

You’re gonna have to try harder than that, Jormag…

3D Art — November 21, 2019

Even more than the financial help, knowing that someone cares enough about my art to support me on this journey… it’s amazing. Thank you all for your generosity and kindness. 💗

3D Art — November 19, 2019

Kianga: “Storm, we need some fire.” Storm: “How much? Want an inferno, or maybe a cozy wildf—” Kianga: “It has to be green.” Storm: “… what?” Kianga: “It’s for Fenrar. It’s his favorite color.” Storm: “My fire isn’t green. I’d look like a necromancer!” Skarr: “Oi, what’s wrong with necromancers?” Storm: sigh… Just a little thank you for a guildmate because he’s awesome.

3D Art — November 13, 2019

A quick thank you scene in response to my shiny crystal friend Sam, who surprised me with this cute doodle of Kianga today:

3D Art — November 12, 2019

An anonymous person on Tumblr asked: “What are some of your character’s bad habits/negative attributes?” We all have our weird habits. Storm likes to set things on fire. Like himself. Apparently this is fun. For an elementalist.

3D Art — November 11, 2019

And like last year, here’s a collage of every scene from this month. I’m very proud of some, less of others, but most of all I’m happy to have seen this through from start to finish. Last year I did every scene just in time, on the day it was posted and that was super stressful. This year I finished them a few days in advance, and I feel that helped a lot, both with my stress levels and (hopefully) with the quality of the scenes.

3D Art — November 1, 2019

“For a long time I was angry with her warband for not having her back when she was killed in that pointless bar fight, but in recent months I’ve come to realize that life is too short to waste our time with old grudges. It’s not helping her, it’s not helping them or me - time to move on. “Remember the past, but look to the future.” And this concludes this year’s Charrtober!

3D Art, Writing — October 31, 2019

“The Blood Legion is my mother. The Blood Legion is my father.” The Blood Legion is also his blanket.

3D Art — October 30, 2019