Monday, July 24, 2017

What happend to the Dailies and a look into the future

Hello Everyone!
It has been a while since my last post, once again. I'm terribly sorry about that.
With this post I want to catch you up on what has been going on lately and tell you the reasons why I stopped posting them here.
Also I want to tell you what has happened lately and where the future of this blog is headed.

Lets start with what was going on lately.
The last two months have been very stressful. I moved house and my daily commute rose to more than 4 hours. I basically came home and hat to go to bed almost immediately if I wanted to get at least 7 hours of sleep. Sticking to a daily routine during that time was impossible for me. The weekends mostly went into much needed breaks or pre-production of projects I want to get to. I only drew a few now and then and shared them via Instagram .
Well, that job ended this week and I have too look for a new one, make new and better portfolios and so on. But I finally have time to draw for myself, so that's a plus!

So, what will the future hold?
Concerning the dailies, I won't go back to that schedule completely. I want to dedicate more time to my portfolio and projects. I will still do warmups and cooldowns which could be considered dailies but might consist of basic practice some of the time. I don't know If I want to upload them or not.. But I have something to do first:

I will redesign and finally brand my online appearances!
The dark "Painting till death" does not fit what I do anymore and needs to change. It was a cool persona in the past and will be held in my memories.
Part of the branding will be a "new" blog. I'm looking through different solutions ( better blogger designs, wordpress, own website etc ). I want a " hub " of some sorts where all my portfolio sites and social media accounts can lead to, but also a space somewhat separate where I can write to you like I do now or where I can talk more about a specific piece of art.
The " hub " will have priority over the blog since I need that to present my portfolio for job applications.
Of cause if I change the blog I will announce that some time in advance! Until I figure out how exactly I will use a blog in the future I will make my more regular uploads via Instagram. and write articles about bigger pieces here.

Well, that should be everything for now. I have a bigger illustration and portfolio piece in the pipeline right now, which will be the next blog post. So despite everything, art returns!

I thank everyone who is still following me here, despite the irregular uploads. I hope you will stay with me a while longer and maybe after the changes to my online appearance are through.

See you later!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daily Drawings week 18 and 19

The next batch of dailies, finally! I am very busy right now. Between finding a new place to live, looking for a new job and preparing, reworking portfolios and the commute to my current workplace I rarely have time for anything else at the moment. I hope you can excuse the resulting lack of posting here. I still share my dailies on twitter (@MarschelArts) and Instagram (marcelgroeber) but I can't get one done every day. Once everything calms down a bit I will get back to my original schedule. Until then, lets go through the images of the last two weeks, shall we?

107: For the images to come I've decided to design some monsters. After drawing more happy, funny and nice things for the most part of the dailies, it was time to let my " darker " side out for a walk. So I drew some monsters, starting with one of the more classic, low level enemies, the skeleton warrior.

108: The second monster, a mine / cave bat. Got more cute than intended oô. These big bats have been tamed and partly bred to assist miners in their daily work, carrying lanterns deep into the mines. They also found owners in some aristocratic circles who absolutely don't line blood at all.

109: Reptilian rogue / warrior. Not much else to say here :)

110: Another low level beast! The giant dungeon rat. They are found in almost all dungeons and levels, scavenging for leftovers or uncollected loot. Since they love shinies they grab coins as soon as an uncaring adventurer dares to look away. Fighting them is not really worth the hassle. Not much exp.

111: The common goblin fighter can be found in almost all zones with slight variations in equipment. They are not very bright or strong and pose only a mild threat to inexperienced people. A pack or even a horde on the other hand is a completely different beast.

112: A skirmisher of the feared gnome air force. The lightest of the gnome air troops is equipped with a strong slingshot and several bolts and only light armor as to not slow down the bird carrying the pilot. They perform quick scouting missions or put pressure on densely packed, light armored formations to disorient them or slow them down.

113: Now follows a set of Mimics. I always loved mimics as a concept for a monster and as with many things, I like to overthink them. To me, mimics are either a form of parasite or fungus, infecting organic materials via spores and grow through them into the camouflaged monsters we know. I used a couple of dailies to explore this idea with various items, such as a book for the first one.

114: What would happen if something like a hand mirror got infested? Can a mimic change any material or is it limited to only organic substances? In case of the mirror, would the glass completely shatter or break up in a complicated mosaic when it attacks and fall back into a perfect shape when it hides?

115: The bigger the object a spore infects, the bigger and more terrifying the resulting mimic. So when a spores infect a wardrobe you get a Mimic that can eat a whole family at once!

116: In my thinking here, Mimics are a natural occurrence, they have to be able to infect things that are not man made. So, before humans were around the natural Mimic infected nuts, seeds, shells and other natural occurring hollow objects. Of cause those things still exist and Nuts infected with mimics have become a delicacy in some countries.

117: The dwarven nightmare, the bane of bavaria... A Stein-Mimic! Many a dwarf lost his nose, or more terribly,  his beard to one of those beasts.

118: I just can help myself. after a few days of monsters it immediately fell back to nice stuff. This fine old lady always had an interest in Mimics. She researched their spread and procreation in order to breed more harmless, docile mimics which she could as pets. Decades later she succeeded! Besides the first breed of harmless mimics she found something that saved the lives of untold numbers of adventurer in the years to come: Mimics love sweets. Now adventurers check chests by throwing cookies or sugar cubes on them, greatly minimizing the risk.

119: Two brotherly burglars hatched a plan to break into a villa of a old aristocratic family of great renown. They gathered information which told them that the the families patriarch is alone for the weekend. And so they broke in, sneaking through the house until they stumbled upon a round-ish shape on the floor. "Brother.. what, what is that thing?" whispered one to the other. " I don't know, but it is terrifyingly fluffy... we better keep our distance", replied the other. No informant told anything about pets in the house!

120: They sneaked further through the house until they reached the wing with the living chambers. A door was slightly open and a dim light shined through the cracks and keyhole. They spied through... and there he was. The patriarch was still awake, surrounded by more of his fluffy pets.

That is all for now. The next batch will follow soon with some random drawings followed by 2 new little stories.

Once again sorry for the delay but my situation gets slowly better. Towards August and September I expect to have more time on my hands again. Thanks for sticking around!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter 2017!

Hello everyone and happy easter to you!
Same as last year, I made an illustration for a postcard print to be send to family, friends and customers. I reused the characters I created for last years painting, further telling their story

"Sir Haresley, once again charged with protection of his orders sacred Idol, the Silver Egg of the great Easter.
After it was stolen just the year before, the elders of the order decided to move it to a safer location after this years grand ceremony.
His route to a protected fortress leads him through a dense forest where danger might lurk behind every tree..."

Sadly the prints for my friends and family will arrive late due to delivery issues. I hope they won't mind receiving them a week past Easter :p 

You can see the painting process here on my Youtube channel

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Daily Drawings week 16 and 17... Catch up post!

I've been rather lazy with my blog lately for no good reason other than.. being lazy?
But the daily drawings continued none the less. So this one will be a catch up post to bring you up to speed. So buckle up, there are a lot drawings to go through!

I present: The Pillow fighters! A set of characters that sprung from a silly dream I had about a huge pillow battle. A huge battlefield with trenches, barricades bunkers and all that stuff but the forces fighting where kids with pillows as weapons and armor. So I spent approximately one week just with characters inspired by that dream

93: There's not much to say about the characters themselves. No big backstory or description. Most of them are directly inspired by characters from said dream

94: And yes. In the dream some had shoulder pads and body armor made of pillows or cardboard, both loosely tethered to the body by strings or rope. Some had cardboard helmets and shields as well.

95: Some fought wild like berserkers, jumping all over the place, twirling around dual wielding or using one giant pillow like a club.

96:They where various ages and sizes. some used living plushies as mounts , like a form of cavalry, some used them like hunters would in some mmorpg's.

97: Some where more timid than others, hiding behind cover only to strike in the most opportune moment

98: Others formed a solid front line,. heavily armored using shields to deflect blows. Think like a medieval battlefield.

99: And there where also ranged warriors, standing on a mountain of small pillows, hurling them towards the enemy line or trying to dismount the riders.

That dream was really fun stuff! I think it was inspired by me playing Rome, Total war again. I've developed them a bit further in my spare time and might do more with the idea ;)

100: One hundred.... it's crazy to think about that number and the mountain of images I produced in such a short time! I'm Happy that I started the dailies and have to thank a good friend very dearly for that! Back in December, all this started when she challenged me to do one character drawing every day till new year. After that I just kept on going and the rest is history. I'm looking forward to the next 100! :)

101: Trying out a different digital pencil technique. Like using the broad side of the pencil do hatch, or using graphite powder. It's a descent result but I need to improve on both the brush and application before it is a working technique.

102: Still live my travelers and their mounts! Inspired by an article about feathered dinosaurs I've red a while back. Those beasts get less intimidating each year oô.

103: A friendly lady and her little prince.

104: Two dashing salesman ready to open their shop...

105: ... The " Item Shop on Wheels "! Are you out on an adventure? perhaps out of potions or provisions!? Has one of your party members run out and needs replenishment? Fear not! For now you can restock much needed items on the road! Full backpack? need to get rid of that pesky gray loot other junk that just keeps dropping? Not only do we sell the goods an daring, dashing adventurer like you needs, we also take the load of unwanted items you had to take " just in case.. " off your back so you have enough room when that purple and orange will drop!

106: Ah, siblings. When the older has to look after the younger, and both would rather do something else.

And that's it, we're up to date. 
Over 100 dailies now... really crazy but I'm glad I'm doing them. On the many more!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Daily Drawings week 15 and a short talk about taking breaks

Again a delay, I really sorry about that! But this time, there's a rather good reason for it. I took A break from both the dailies and the internet as a whole for about a week to focus on portfolio stuff and to get a clear head. Because of that I also forgot to post last weeks summery. More on that later, lets get to the drawings first.

88: Father and son on the road. Playing with shapes, especially in the design of the father. As I get more loose and relaxed in drawing again, I start to experiment more in the scribble phase. Sadly it did not translate that well into the final drawing, but I'm getting there.

89: Throne-Shroom guard on duty! Keeping a watchful eye over the mossy forest floor. The little guy behind him is a rookie in training. He still has to get the stern look right but at least he's eager to be on the job.

90: Little fairy girl with her doggo friend. And boy do I need to practice drawing animals... and I should use reference when I do that D':
I got good critique and advice for future dog drawings from a friend, so I hope the next one will be better. Still, need to do some studies.

91: There's always time for a good cup of tea. Especially if served by a kind young lady. 

92: It was time for a new avatar! My beard is not that fluffy in RL.. but I'm working on it ;)

That's it. Last weeks summery. Again, I'm sorry for the delay. As mentioned in the beginning, I needed to take a break from both the dailies and the internet as a whole. With the dailies, I started to burn out a bit and needed my limited free time for both studies, some freelance and portfolio work.
There's still a lot in full turmoil in my life and I suppose this will not change in the near future.

It's ok to take breaks. no matter what you do and how much you love it, if you don't take time to recover both your physical and mental strength, you'll eventually run out of steam. A break now and then helps a lot to prevent that.

But now I'm back and kicking again, so the regular summery for this week will arrive on Sunday as ( usually ) usual.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Drawings week 14

Late post for week 14! I actually forgot to to click on publish...
Well, on we go then!
This week was a bit rougher on the time side which results in more line drawings and less rendering. Which is not a bad thing per se. Getting the lines right is a very important skill. If you manage to get your characters right and alive with just the lines your finished piece will look more alive as well. At least if you don't render it to death :p

82: Ah, the honor of guard duty for the daughters of the chieftain... well, at least he'll smell good and look fancy afterwards!

82: Again, a man on guard duty, sort of. In general it is not a good idea to sleep in duty, especially when the sergeant might be around.

83: An elder ghost telling his newly... ahm "born" brethren some good night spooks. After all, the best way to teach is to encapsulate the information inside of a story!

84: Adventurous young lady out in the countryside. Storytelling and more pencil rendering practice!

85: " May I interest you for a potion of spare time?" Potion seller in his apothecary. I got the idea from a little twitter conversation with a follower in which I complained that I don't have enough free time for all my projects. She mentioned she had enough to spare but did not now how to trade it. and so this nice old fellow was born! Bottled spare time.. oh how much I would like that!

86. This fine old lady was a passionate traveler in her youth. Sadly her age caught up with her and her old legs can't carry her that far anymore. Luckily her grandson owns a Spider Silk farm! Recently he bred a big and very fluffy kind of spider. At first he thought it was a failure and dead end since the spiders did not produce much silk and their puffy fur was not of much use either. But their shape and fluffiness makes them vary comfortable to sit on for a prolonged period and they are strong enough to carry people and luggage. Now his old grandma can travel again and he has a new business opportunity on his hands!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Daily drawings week 13

One more week gone! I mostly continued with the cross hatching style from last week. This shading technique really sticks to me and I'll continue practicing it for a while longer.

76: Comfort zoning to get the week going. Since I was sick at home I had the time to spent on shading. Although I can't recommend doing that with a fever. Took way longer than it should have!

77: Old wizard and his assistant and apprentice. She knew what she was getting into when she took that position. Still it was hard to imagine what people meant by saying: You'll be a muscle wizard after that!

78: capturing my mood after 3 days of being stuck at home with fever. yearning for the sweet release of being outside, relaxing in the sun. Well, its good to be able to express such feelings through art. I'm really looking forward to spring / summer. Being outside drawing and sketching in the sun.

79: More hoping for summer, traveling and hiking! I'ts been really long since I have been on a real vacation... years even, for really stupid reasons. I'ts about time!

80: more comfort zoning and hatching practice. not much more to say here, moving on

81:  A rare fan art thing! Got inspired by the artwork for the new The legend of Zelda, Breath of the wild. It will be a while until I can play it myself, as there is a lot to do before I can allow myself to buy a Switch. As for the topic of the fan art: I always loved the Gorons and I think they've developed great since Ocarina of time.

So yeah, another week done! I did not write much about each drawing as I'm still a bit dizzy from the flu. I'll try to get more storytelling done with this weeks dailies :)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Daily Drawings Week 12

A day late because the Sunday one took two day's and I finished it moments ago.. well.. More about that at the drawing down at the bottom.
Lets dive right into it!

69: A bard using a high level skill, the ballad of discomfort,  to bring down a vicious ogre!.. well, at least that is what his friends tell him to make him feel better about his.. performance. Still it does the job! ( as long as he doesn't try to buff his friends )

70: Two hunters on the prowl, sneaking through the forest. Will these brave, smart men prevail.. or will the huner become the prey?

71: A more peaceful concept. A boy and his dragon friend helping each other out to a delicious apple meal. Of course the dragon could just fly up and get all of them, but he was never the sharpest tool in the shed. Still he does his best and that is what counts!

72: A dashing young man in his militia uniform.. if you can call it that. Even a small hamlet like the one he is from needs an official representative of the law to keep the peace, settle disputes and keep the bandits out. Naturally he needed an emblem to go along with his duty, which his little sister provided him as a birthday present. what A kind little artist!

73: Cheers to my giant friend! I've been playing a bit of Skyrim the past week and always liked the giants with their mammoth heard. Ah, the way they fling you in the air... Sad that you don't interact much with them quest wise. I think there was much potential lost. Oh and forgive me the little self insert ;)

74: I talked to someone about drawing the other day. During that conversation we got on the topic of drawing animals where I mentioned that opposite to her, I don't feel secure drawing them because of a lack of practice. So I did the sensible thing, grabbed some reference and got going. To make it easier on my nerves I mixed in my comfort zone and made it a mount for a traveler :p

75: the one mentioned in the intro part of the post... After having a good run with the goat yesterday I wanted to continue with drawing an animal. As it was Sunday and I h ad more time on my hands I decided to pack more details in and make the drawing bigger than the usual dailies, which... got a little bit out of hand. I also underestimated the amount of time the crosshatching would take and thus took more than one day for this daily.

I should keep the drawings a bit simpler for the dailies or don't render them fully like the last one this week. After all, I can always develop them further afterwards!

All in all... I'm very happy with the drawings of this week. My ideas get more complex with each week it seems and I manage to tell or open little stories with them. If this keeps up I'll be a very happy man towards the end of the year :D