Back when I started this blog, I know I said something about showing my art here, so I decided it might be a good idea to carry through on that a little more. 😉 So a couple of days ago, I spent a good part of the afternoon taking my artwork from their frames or portfolios, and setting them just right in good, natural, overcast, daylight. I took my pictures carefully, painstakingly, and slowly. And they still ended up looking only so-so. Is there nothing as difficult to photograph as artwork?
Luckily for me, the wonders of photo editing programs on computers can fix so many flaws, so the images have been corrected and now look better than the original photos did and look much like the original works of art look in real life.
Here’s what I’ve chosen to post today. It’s called “The Naiya Dowah”, which is a fictional tribe of Native Americans I created for a novel I started a few years ago. That particular novel is not yet finished as other projects and stories have taken my attention from it.
The name “Naiya Dowah” is not English, but rather Skyan (the Skye are another fictional Native tribe). In English, “Naiya Dowah” translates to “Scarlet Wolves”. They are an enemy tribe to the Skye Indians in my novel, thus, the menacing name.
Usually, I like to use a reference for drawings, but it is difficult to find older reference images that are in the public domain and that are also accurate or detailed enough to work from. This particular drawing was drawn simply through careful research and imagination and without an actual reference. The wonderful people over at WetCanvas were extremely helpful to me while I was working on this drawing!
This drawing is 8×10 and drawn in graphite. I’m afraid I can’t remember what type of paper I used. I’ll also include some close-ups to show detail. I hope you like it. Please feel free to leave a comment! Thank you for looking.