1. Over the last several days, I added some more detail to the background clouds and layed in the flat “base” colors on the figure.  
    She’s not actually going to be bright purple in the end.  It will be something more neutral that contrasts the saturated background.

  2. acelineus:

    In this wartime fantasy otome you play as a young girl who was rescued from a royal coup, and raised as a boy to disguise her identity. Ten years ago the King and Queen of Orthera were assassinated and a loyal Sylgardian knight rescued her and brought her home under the guise that she was his youngest son.

    On her eighteenth birthday she joins the Ortheran army to search for her older brother. Rumors of war with a kingdom across the ocean had been brewing for some time, but no one had expected the war to take place on their own soil, or with their Sylgardian neighbors.

    The protagonist is thrust into a position of power and is forced to lead the Ortheran army to victory against the kingdom she’s always known to be home, but her true test of mettle comes when she finally learns about her heritage.

    Reminder that the Kickstarter launches on August 15th!


    (via serenityfrost)

  3. Returning to a palette I’m really familiar with so I can attempt to expand on it in later steps.  I imagine it’s going to get some really dark purples and murky greenish-yellows. 

  4. vambrace:


    You may have seen these delightful squid pillows before and thought, “I sure would like one of those, but I have no money!” Well I have good news for you! You can win a FREE or DISCOUNTED squid! How you ask? Let me give you some details!


    There are three prize packages available!

    GRAND PRIZE: One person will win the one-and-only Hodge Q. Podge (picture 1), made from the quilt I fashioned out of leftovers from commissions. You will also receive a lifetime of joy from his cuddles, and my eternal friendship.

    If you are chosen as the grand prize winner, you may opt to choose second or third prize instead, and another grand prize winner will be chosen.

    SECOND PLACE: One person will win a FREE squid commission of his or her design. You tell me what to make and I’ll make it at no (or at least little) expense to you! It can be any size, any color, anything at all. Doesn’t that sound swell?

    If you are chosen as the second prize winner, you may opt to choose third prize instead, and another second prize winner will be chosen.

    THIRD PLACE: One person will win 50% OFF the purchase price of ONE squid commission. For a large squid, that’s a savings of $35, and for a small, that’s a savings of $20! PLUS your shipping is paid up to $20! Whoa!

    All prizes include $20 worth of free shipping. That is, shipping will be free for US winners, and should an international contestant be chosen, you will receive a $20 discount on shipping. While I’d like to offer shipping worldwide on this giveaway, it’s drastically expensive to mail a giant squid body pillow overseas. But you’re still getting a great deal! For international rates, check here: (click)


    1: You must be following vambrace.

    2: You must reblog the original squid post at least once. You may reblog it as many times as you wish, but that will not affect your chances of winning.

    3: You must reblog this giveaway post, and you may like it if you so desire. There is no limit to the times you can reblog it, but please be considerate of your followers. Don’t spam them with giveaway stuff! Each like and reblog will count as one entry in the giveaway. You can set up a queue, make a schedule, reblog in waves, whatever. As far as “giveaway blogs,” I don’t really care. As long as your conscience is clear, I don’t have a problem with who wins.


    The giveaway will start July 8, 2014 and will end on August 7, 2014 at midnight (Central Standard Time). Reblogs and likes from 7/8/2014 to 8/7/2014 will act as names in a hat, and three names will be drawn on August 8 before midnight.

    Winners will be notified by ask box, so make sure your ask box is open. If the winner chosen does not wish to take the prize package they are drawn for, they may decline, and another name will be drawn.

    The winning message will include a promo code, which will be exclusive to you. To accept your prize, you must send the promo code to tentacle.club@gmail.com within 24 hours, along with your shipping information. Once you have accepted your prize, it acts as a ticket which you may use at any time to redeem your prize package. If you win third prize or are outside the US, you may send the remainder of the money via PayPal to redeem your prize.

    Winners will not be publicly announced, but I will announce that all the names have been drawn and that giveaway is over. 

    That should cover it! If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, you may contact me via tumblr ask box or at tentacle.club@gmail.com.

    Best of luck to all of you, and Go Go Squid Squad!!

    Followers: Sorry for getting spammy with this giveaway, but I kind of really want to win one of these. :P

    (via cherubim-scribes)

  5. vambrace:

    Hey there! So, you may have seen these body pillows around. You may have thought, “Wow, I sure want one of those.” Well good news! I take commissions for these cuddly lil nuggets!

    Each squid is handmade with love from fleece, cotton, and felt, and stuffed with hypoallergenic 100% polyester filling.

    Two sizes are available: an 8-foot body pillow, and a 4-foot cuddle buddy or travel pillow.

    I can find just about any color, within reason. I am limited by what the fabric store has to offer, but the selection is great, so I can try my hardest to get the exact color you want.

    Again, I am limited by what the fabric store has to offer, but I can find just about any pattern from paisley to polka dots in nearly any color. If you wish, you can request that I choose an underside for you based on the main color you choose.

    I can fit the squids with an eye color, if you so desire. If not specified, your squid will come with traditional black and white eyes.
    Also, three different highlights are available for your squid: original (photos 4 and 5), circles (photos 6 and 8), or crescent (photo 7). If not specified, your squid will come with original highlights.
    Additionally, you may request the firmness of your pillow. There are three firmness options: firm, regular, or what I call squishy. If not specified, your squid will come with regular firmness.

    Large squids are $75 (shipping not included) and small squids are $40 (shipping not included). Shipping will be $20 nationwide. International shipping is available, and those shipping prices can be viewed here.

    It’s easy! Just email me at tentacle.club@gmail.com with the following information:

    Underside color and pattern
    Shipping Information
    Eye color (optional)
    Eye highlight (optional)
    Firmness (optional)

    I will reply to your message with the email address you’ll send money to via PayPal. If you would rather send a check or money order, I will provide you with that information at your request.

    Please know that these squids are not made in a pet-free home; if you are allergic to cats please be aware that despite my efforts to keep them away from my cat, he still might have sat on the fabric while I wasn’t looking. Also note that these are made with FLEECE; if you have a fleece allergy, please do not buy these pillows. The filling of the pillows is guaranteed hypoallergenic BY THE COMPANY, NOT BY ME. If it turns out you have an allergy to the stuffing, sue them, not me. I am not responsible for any injuries that happen from your enjoyment with my pillows.

    Thank you all so much for the support so far! I hope you consider purchasing one of my squids, I have a 100% satisfaction rate so far. And please, spread the word!

  6. The previous background concept I posted is going on the back burner for a while.  The powers that be have requested a big high-res illustration for promoting the Queen At Arms Kickstarter (just a month away!!!).  This is a VERY rough sketch for said image.

  7. Rough sketch for the my next Queen At Arms background.


  8. Queen at Arms Music and Kickstarter Trailer Talk


    I’m getting pretty stoked about some of the cool new music for the game. Our demo has a lot of Kevin MacLeod tracks, which are lovely, but are often overused due to his amazing copyright policies. You demo players out there probably already had some feelings of deja-vu because of it.

    We managed to bring on Andrew Morgan Smith a little while back. He’s made some nice character themes for us (James, Nick, and Rubus) already and I couldn’t be happier with them. He’s going to be doing the music for our kickstarter trailer as well, which I’m currently writing the script for. We’re going to go the swift game intro/appeal method for money begging, which I think is the best call. I’m not gonna go into any of the boring details of how we’re gonna construct the trailer until a little further down this post though. 

    Ryan Brady came to us not too long ago. It made my day to find out we’re attracting so many talented people that want to work on this game with us. (I blame our artists for that. They make the thing look so impressive.) He’s put together a very nice sampler of work and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of his skills. The tricky part will really be figuring out which composer is better for what track so that we can really give you guys the best quality earworms.

    I suppose I did just imply that I would talk about how we’re making the kickstarter trailer. If that’s something that doesn’t interest you, feel free to continue scrolling down the page for funny memes and fanservice gif sets. In fact, I’ll save you some scrolling time by putting all of my trailer construction rambling under a read more.

    Read More

  9. Latest background for Queen At Arms.

  10. impistry:


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    The things people do not understand when they see someone’s commissions prices; the person doing the work needs to be paid a fair wage for the work they do (and when cost of living/their bills go up, so do the prices they charge). So demanding someone lower their commission prices because you ‘don’t feel you should have to pay that much’ is demeaning the artist and their work. In essence, you are saying that they are not worth the amount they wish to charge and should NOT be paid a fair wage in exchange for all of their experience and effort.

    So next time you find that your favorite artist has raised their commission prices, keep in mind that for many artists this as their sole means of income and they charge accordingly so that they can at least try to get by.

    And as a side note: MANY artists are underselling themselves because consumers have been taught by big business (and the internet) that they should get something for next to nothing (and sometimes just for free), and that people often forget about the MANY faces behind those cheap and affordable products everyone takes for granted. When you aren’t dealing with a company and are dealing with an individual, the item you want is ALWAYS going to seem like it is vastly overpriced, when in reality, it is actually far under priced for the amount of work/ingenuity/materials/experience/etc that really went into the final product; You are paying for a labor of love, not just an end product.

    (via cherubim-scribes)