It was dim in the dragon’s lair, but warm and pleasant. The inhabitant got up to greet her visitor warmly before returning to her lazy sprawl in a nest of cushions atop her hoard.
She picked up a magic mirror lying nearby, and tapped at it. Ethereal music filled the air, as if a host of angels were hidden in every corner of the cave. And the dragon frowned.
“Fuckin’ Spotify,” she said. “That’s not supposed to be on this playlist.”
In its infinite wisdom, the Internet has decided that one week early in January is to be “Witchsona Week”, wherein one draws oneself as a crazy fantasy witch with magic centered around one theme or another – mushroom witch, bird witch, cheese witch, whatever. I always feel a bit weird about that one; participating in group things is fun, but I don’t need to make up an imaginary witch to be – I am one. I’ve done an intensely-researched Tarot deck, I have cast some spells and (possibly) had them work. (Or have succumbed to massive confirmation bias while stoned. Magic is like that sometimes.)
This year, that coincided with a “Meet The Artist” thing going around, where you combine a self-portrait with a few bits of data, and maybe some things you likes/dislikes, and the contents of your usual bag.
I decided to combine the two.
Still listening to Kobra and the Lotus’ “High Priestess” on repeat. Because it seems to be that kind of day.
This is a straight up photo trace because I didn’t wanna have to think about anything but the materials experiment. I am not entirely happy with the likeness (especially the nose, geeze) but I spent a half hour on it and that’s enough, especially given that this particular tool was drawing a little bit offset from where I expected it to.
This “pencil” is actually a bristle brush, with some effects added:
Warmup/procrastination/self-indulgence/self-portrait. The file is named “witchsona with boobers” and that pretty much describes it.
um yeah looks like this I’M A SEXY VECTOR QUEEN thing is happening I guess
i feel so self-indulgent
still dunno if i’m gonna actually make this the front of the site
Thinking about a facelift for the website. I’d keep the same overall format, just refresh the imagery a bit. It’s been about three years since I built the current version, and about three years since the previous one, it kinda feels like it’s time.
I dunno, does this feel like I’m being too egotistical? Having the first thing you see on my site be this giant stylized sexy version of myself with a crown of vectors and a giant stylus, so large that it refuses to fit on your screen at one time unless you have a 24″ monitor in portrait mode? HI I’M PEGGY AND I’M THE AWESOME EVIL VECTOR QUEEN ALSO MY EGO IS THE SIZE OF JUPITER.
Soon. Soon I will be able to do this iRL. Soon.
Or at least I hope so. I tried a couple of pole crunches at the end of strength class today and they were pretty damn good, which means I’m pretty close to doing this. Just in time to start running around and getting less exercise as I do four cons in as many weekends, but hey, I’ll have them again in a month afterwards at worst.
I know the featured image I’m referring to won’t show up when this is crossposted to LJ. I wonder if it’ll vanish for Tumblr as well? Let’s find out.
This year’s #witchsona is some kind of dragon/reptile taur hanging out in the desert.
Technique-wise it’s kinda inspired by some marker sketches I made while I was visiting Monument Valley last week.
I made a very informative post on a webcomics forum, which resulted in another regular joking that he was going to start referring to me as Cerebro. X-Men are alright, but I’d rather be one of the New Gods…
Self-portrait as dragon, on the occasion of turning forty-three tomorrow. About two hours of work.
The background is a bunch of ‘abstract techy-looking junk’ brushes, with varying amounts of blur applied. I like how it turned out; I may have to do more of that.