Seattle Skyline

Hey! I gotta thank y’all for that pageview spike the other day. I don’t know how or why those happen, but when more people visit the site, ads start appearing (probably WordPress’ doing), which makes me happy.

In other news, it’s now been over a year since I moved from Washington to Utah, so it’s finally appropriate to share this watercolor piece (the backlog is really empty now, I swear). I’m not a particularly amazing painter, but there’s a lot to this one—the Seahawks colors, Mount Rainier looming in the distance, and the city’s shadow dripping down the paper. Ain’t it something?

More importantly, I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone back in Bellevue. I still miss you all so much, and I don’t know who I’d be today if I didn’t get to grow up with you.

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Blue Jay

School has begun, boys and girls. I never realized I liked being a child so much until my English teacher started talking about scholarships…

To get both of our minds off of that, here’s a bird. I’m not sure what kind, though, as I painted this from a tutorial during art class (let’s just call him a blue jay for the moment–correct me if I’m wrong!). For my first serious attempt at watercolor, I don’t think it’s all that bad; I hope to find my own set somewhere so I can get some more practice. That, or take another art class, but my schedule this year is already pretty full.

This bird loves and cares about you; remember that.

Abraham Lincoln

Good evening, readers. If you really want to know this picture’s origins, everyone had to draw it in that class I had last year (yeah, it’s not a photo). I actually drew this one before trying that Chris Pratt one, and I think this one came out a little better, even if you can see the grid lines in the background. They give it some flavor. Oh, and this might be my best drawing, like, ever, so there’s that!

I’d planned to post this sometime near ol’ Abe’s birthday… but the picture gets to be topical instead. I guess all I want to say is: in light of whatever the heck is happening in our country, let us not forget what this man stood for. That’s it.

Fear of Failure

I feel like saying something depressing, but the artwork kind of does that by itself, so I won’t.

This is another piece from my drawing class; in this assignment, we were supposed to draw our greatest fear on scratchboard. For those who don’t know, scratchboard is paper covered in blank ink (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what it is) that must be scraped off to reveal the white stuff underneath. That means any mistakes you make are permanent, so yeah, this was one of the most interesting projects.

I’m afraid of heights–but being a perfectionist, I’m terrified of loneliness, rejection, and failure (ain’t we all?). So in this case, I think a little metaphor goes a long way. Don’t you?

Chris Pratt

Hey everybody, I hope you are having better days than I am. I’m guessing you don’t come down here to read about my problems, though, so allow me to change the subject.

Here’s another assignment from my drawing class; we were told to draw the portrait of anybody we pleased, and I couldn’t think of anyone better than this famous actor (hopefully you can tell who he is without even needing to read the title). He’s pictured here based on a notable scene from Parks and Recreation, but you might know him from Guardians of the Galaxy, and/or Jurassic World. Anyway, I think he’s a great actor and a genuinely good guy, and he’s from the Seattle area, so that’s cool! This is the first “realistic” portrait I’ve posted, so any feedback would be welcome!

Bones

Hello all. It’s summertime, so I know the few of you who read the descriptions expect more from me; I truly am sorry that my perfectionism and lack of motivation have been getting in the way of new content. As I’ve stated before, though, I’ve got a huge backlog ready to go–so I’m working on it. Oh, we have an Instagram now, so be sure to check that out.

This is another piece from my art class, and just like the Tatooine Landscape, it was too big to fit in my printer’s scanner. We were assigned to do an observation study on ten different bones, and I think I took longer than everyone else (as usual). But I’m very proud of the end result; it’s probably the most realistic thing I’ve ever drawn. If you can’t tell, certain bones are simply in pencil, while others have been given a little colored pencil in their shading. My art teacher liked it too and it ended up going on display at the student art fair, so that’s cool.

More backlogged stuff and possibly some fanart on the way!

FANART: Tatooine Landscape

Perhaps this won’t exactly reach you on the legendary Fourth of May itself (we’re all past that joke, right?), but I still wanted to pay homage to my favorite film series and probably the greatest franchise of the past 40 years. That’s why, when I was tasked with making a chalk pastel landscape in my drawing class down in Utah, my mind immediately went to Star Wars. And for my first try at something a little more artsy, I think it went pretty well! I’m considering doing more of these landscapes from the galaxy far, far away sometime soon.

I wish I could just close this post without mentioning this, and in fact it makes me uncomfortable just thinking about it… but yes, you haven’t been imagining it. Dustlander Productions has been on hiatus for much, much longer than I anticipated. The annoying thing is, I’ve got ideas for comics, and even a whole stack of new sketches and more artwork I’ve done at school, mostly ready to post. But I’ve lacked a few resources essential to maintaining the website as of recent, including time, energy, sleep, and motivation. Have I mentioned I’m just wrapping up three AP classes? Y’all know I never like to make excuses, but you’re gonna have to wait a bit longer for the next comic. I promise it’ll bring some closure to the hiatus. Thanks!