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This Week In UK Internal Politics…

Posted in Art on July 1, 2016 by davidnm2009


I think this picture sums up the current situation quite accurately, doesn’t it?

I seem to recall writing a story a few years ago, where the complete collapse of a parliamentary government was a plot point. I didn’t expect to actually live in a place where that happened. For most of the past seven days, I’ve been alternating between complete horror and boggling at the utter insanity that’s been unleashed.

(Needless to say, for what it’s worth, I voted Remain. 48% and proud, dammit!)

While we’re on the subject, apparently Michael Gove forgot the First Law of Politics In The Internet Age (register your domains before you announce your campaign). With that in mind, here’s a snerk-tastic link:


Shrine to the Dragon God

Posted in Art, Uncategorized with tags , on May 14, 2016 by davidnm2009

It is finally finished – hurray!

I skipped a few of the more complex shadows, but as an experiment in colour and lighting, this was interesting.

The Shrine (line art)

Posted in Art with tags , , on May 8, 2016 by davidnm2009

I plead guilty to having dragons on the brain at the moment; blame Skyrim.

Presumably this is the shrine you pray to if you want someone brutally-dismembered…

Blue Moon

Posted in Art with tags , , , on May 3, 2016 by davidnm2009

New painting

New painting – everyone’s favourite space art trope 🙂

Tai & Three Shadow

Posted in Art, SF with tags , on October 30, 2015 by davidnm2009

Out of Place is fast turning into one of those projects where I do a ton of dev-work, but never actually manage to get anything written. That’s basically the story of my life these days, but with that in mind, here’s the completed version of an OoP-related painting:

Tai & Three Shadow

This is a long way from perfect. I’ll freely put my hand up in the air and admit that – it got a bit overambitious. (Shadows? Multiple figures? Defined lighting? Perspective? Oh my.) Needless to say, a lot eventually went wrong. Still, at least I got it finished, so there is that.

Line art time

Posted in Art with tags , , on September 13, 2015 by davidnm2009

Ash Lizard line art

Time for a bit of line art. This is an illustration from an ongoing personal project. The Ash Lizards (not what they call themselves, their actual name being physically-unpronounceable by anything with a human larynx/jaw) are intended as one of the more “familiar” alien species from Out of Place. They’re arguably just barely something that could have evolved here on Earth, although even then, there is some serious weirdness.

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Breaking Quarantine

Posted in Art with tags , on December 23, 2013 by davidnm2009

This year I decided to take part in the annual gift-exchange on the LiveJournal Mass Effect community. I’m glad I did; having a project to work on was good, and it also made me go a little bit out of my artistic ‘comfort zone’. It also felt good to be doing something generous.

I can probably break quarantine on these now, as they’ve been posted to the community. I ended up working on two of the prompts that I was given. (I actually had a go at all three, but one of them was, uh, not any sort of success, shall we say!)

First off, here’s the Normandy with the Citadel, and some rather-badly-fluffed shadows:

Secondly, here’s a portrait-piece of one of the giftee’s incarnation of Shepard:

The gibbous-phase background moon/planet, unfortunately, looks a bit weird. It’s arguably accurate astronomically, but a crescent or a half-phase would probably have worked better from a visual point of view. Another one for the learning curve, and all of that…