The rainfrog chronicles cartoon drawings

These are ink illustrations on paper and are available here.

“The rainfrog is going to steal a cow instead” is inspired by a story I heard about the tribes in isolated forests where the process of proving yourself includes showing others that you can kill someone from the other tribe. At some point the tribe elders realized a single killing ends up being a long line of separate inter-village bloody vendettas which will never end and that isn’t useful for anyone. After that they’ve come to conclusion they will secretly start stealing cows from one another instead of killing one another. Chivalry is not dead. So if someone pisses you off, it’s a possibility that you can solve it by stealing a cow, but you have to do it in a really skillful and an impressive way.

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The rainfrog is going to steal a cow instead

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“The spider saga” – the rainfrog is truly considering what Mr.Tolkien has written into his diary: “True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.” And then Mandela had gone and said: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” After that you have to consider the words of Winston Churchill “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” And at the end of the spider sagas, you can reflect on the thoughts of Oscar Wilde: “It’s an odd thing, but anyone who disappears, is said to be seen in San Francisco.”

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Tolkien wrote: “True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.”

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“First flower of the spring” – for a Nordic rainfrog, the spring is extremely important, because it’s rebirth for most of the nature and everyone has to relearn some of the daily things. You’ve forgotten completely how the ground looks and that there are colours in the nature, and daylight, you crash your car a couple of times because you have forgotten the Sun, you crash your bike a couple of times because you have forgotten the physics, you start remembering feelings. Sometimes this is all delayed, so you’re a bit angry at the weather, curse you, weather!

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But at the end, every rainfrog gets a kick out of the first yellow blossom they see and it makes them think of the wonderful blooming summer ahead.

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Jon Snows Nothing (oil portrait)

How to paint cute men and puppies, the key to oil painting is to learn everything you can about oil paints, then just practice about ten years and you’ should be good to start trying. So obviously I was scared to re-unite with oil paints after the long pause in any other way that to try to remember what I used to know and try a couple of portraits. This is the second portrait painted just for fun and during this one I remembered how important it is to select (or have) a set of brushes that works in your hand, so you might have to modify them a bit or use the wrong ones. So far, both trial paintings have been useful in different ways, even though they look a lot alike.

My glorious set of new paints, very proud.
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First thing I always want to do is to spend a lot of time sketching the portrait, even if it seems like a waste of time because it will all get painted over right away. To avoid getting everything dusty with pencil lines, sketch on a different paper first I guess.
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I thought a mistake here was to make the flyaway locks and hairs before the background, but not really, if your background is very simple, you can blend it pretty nicely and add layers. 
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I figured since it was so obvious what I was doing (making a portrait of Kit Harington is the easiest choice if you’re going for cute) I though I’d like to overkill it and add a puppy, and overkill it twice – adding the magical puppy dire wolf who saves everyone.  

 

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Here is the final version of the portrait painting of  Jon Snow and Ghost the wolf. I had a lot of fun painting it and it made me remember that oil paints are really special. 

Ornamented smoking skull drawing

I started drawing/painting this on the “Mask” day of the Inktober drawing challenge, but I’m still working on it every evening when I’m having my evening tea.

Here are some progress photos of the artwork.

Later can be found at www.5erg.etsy.com

 

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Raven artwork

Lets have a special day for the ravens and crows.

 Another thing, no need to get too specific about the species, if you’re creating abstract artwork , but a few people will certainly point out that your demon raven isn’t genetically appropriate, so if you want to, you can be prepared then start with checking out this chart of comparison. You’ve probably never seen a raven if you don’t get out in the forests and parks but you have seen a ton of crows and jackdaws everywhere. If you want to see a raven, you need to go out into the forest and walk around for ten years and get lucky to see a huge black solo bird flying away, trying to avoid you.

Source: http://www.ohiobirdsanctuary.com/blog/2017/06/21/hey-did-you-know
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Source: http://highlineonline.ca/whats-the-difference-between-a-raven-and-a-crow/ 

After your lesson about the shapes and characters of ravens and crows and adding raven expert in your CV – if you’d like to draw one, you could continue to select only one aspect you like about them today. For example, I think the thing to notice about drawing these lovely birds is that they are very spikey in general,  their bones are hollow and they are like a heap of needles. This is the general feel I’m trying to capture on the first raven/crow paintings below. It’s easier to concentrate on one aspect of the birds and then create the entire artwork around only one characteristic. For example, if you’re fascinated by the beautiful black feathers, then maybe put all your effort into drawing the part of the blue-teal-black shimmer on the feathers; maybe if you’re fascinated by the character of these smart birds, you can forget about the other details and concentrate on the eyes or a close up portrait and finally, maybe if you’re fascinated with the flight motion, forgot about all the details, and concentrate on creating paintings that have some motion in them.

Here are some examples of paintings and drawings I’ve created recently, to illustrate how to concentrate on only one aspect of the subject, decide what you’re noticing today and create your entire image around only that one aspect and forget about everything else for that day.

Paintings via www.5erg.etsy.com

The needle-pile aspect of birds, the interesting macro structure:

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The talonds of birds remind the time they were still dinosaurs:talons raven painting crow painting ink art abstract art

 

The way the birds fly in flocks in such huge numbers, it looks like a new and bigger creature:

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Paintings about the motion of flying:

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The dramatic view of a bird flying in the rain:

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Inktober 2017 drawing challenge

Every year hundreds of people take part in this online art challenge called Inktober. The starter posts 30 topics, one for each day and you can tag your work and check out others’ work on the same topic.

Here we go with the first days!

Day 1, SWIFT

Day 2, DIVIDED

Day 3, POISON

Day 4, UNDERWATER

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The entire list of this years topics is here, come on and join!

 

Leopard print paintings

These paintings were made to have some random artwork in the room, my walls are usually empty and I figured I’d put something that wouldn’t be the first thing I’d think of.  The process of painting abstract patterns is interesting, I would recommend trying it.

Ink paintings via www.5erg.etsy.com

 

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