Hello all. I’m so sorry that it’s been so long since I’ve posted. Too much to do, art related and life related. And the latest project I just finished was a very labor intensive project, one that I wrestled with for weeks and months. I’m happy with the result, but I know that it going to make true Skyrim players upset (I’ve already heard from a few). Alduin is almost exclusively black and grey in the game. Mine ended up with other colors. If you haven’t seen the finished video on Youtube and just want to watch it and leave it at that, just click on the photo below.
For those interested, I can just relate how it ended up so different than just black and grey. It’s pure artistic obsessive compulsion at work. When thinking about the project I looked at numerous renditions online. There were several that had a fire-like effect emanating from the body (and the mouth and nose and eyes). I decided to go for that effect. I experimented for weeks to get the lights between the scales to project outward. At one point I even bought a hundred little reflectors for pen lights from China. They didn’t work. Even though I hated the idea of using it, for ecological reasons, I ended up adding silver glitter along with orange lights. The glitter worked better than anything else I tried. Then I tried adding some orange and yellow paint, and that made the lights stand out even more! The bottom line is that I ended up far afield from the original design of Aldiun. But by that point I was too far in to back out. And so it ended up the way it did. In hindsight, I should have named the piece “Started as Alduin”. Having said all this, most of the time the project doesn’t have the lights on and it does look a lot more like the real Alduin with the lights off. See below. But you have to admit, it’s less exciting with the lights off.
I’ll try to post more regularly with whatever I decide to make next. I have a few ideas. Thanks for your patience. Make some art!