1. emilysculpts:

    Creature Sculpt is becoming Fantasy Creatures in Clay!

    I am so happy to announce that Creature Sculpt has been picked up by impactbooks, the amazing publisher that has brought you such books as DragonArt by neondragonart.  I am so excited about our partnership and I can’t wait to see where this new venture will take me and my business.

    I have been sitting on this news for a while, but I wanted to wait until I had pre-order information available.  I just reviewed the final draft of the book this past weekend and it looks AMAZING!  Though some content had to be cut due to space constraints (down to 160 pages from the original 200),  I am very happy with the overall flow of the book and am confident readers will learn just as well as they did with Creature Sculpt.

    For those of you that already own Creature Sculpt, this is NOT a new book, content-wise.  Most of the same information and images that are in Creature Sculpt are also in Fantasy Creatures, with only a few extra new tips.

    Pre-order Today!

    Use the link below to pre-order your copy of Fantasy Creatures in Clay!  And please spread the word.  If you purchase via this exact link, I will earn higher royalties on each copy sold.

    Pre-order on Amazon

    Creature Sculpt has Sold Over 1100 Copies since 1/31/13!

    Between paperback and eBook, Creature Sculpt sales have exceeded 1000 copies sold world wide.  Considering this was my first book and it was 100% self-published and self-promoted, that is pretty darn awesome!  

    I want to thank everyone that has supported me and my book, especially those that got me off the ground by pre-ordering a copy.  I never would have made it this far along without you guys.

    The Future of Creature Sculpt

    Creature Sculpt will continue to be available for purchase through my website and Etsy shop, even after the publication of Fantasy Creatures.  However, I am down to about 175 copies of the paperback (out of the 780 I originally ordered).  Once they are gone, no more will be printed.  

    If you are interested in owning a copy of the original text of my book, I suggest that you do so sooner than later.  The eBook will continue to be available even once paperbacks are sold out.

    Let’s Celebrate with a SALE Through 4/21/14!

    To commemorate this momentous occasion, I will be running a sale for the next week on ALL versions of Creature Sculpt.  Now is your chance to get the full, original 200-page text of my book at a discounted price.  It’s just a little thanks for all the support I’ve been given over this past year!

    Combo Pack - $39.99   SALE PRICE $33.99

    Paperback - $29.99   SALE PRICE $24.99

    eBook - $19.99   SALE PRICE $16.99

    Shop now on my website or through my Etsy shop!

    Congrats, lady! Impact is an amazing company to work with. They’re lucky to have you!

  2. kimaeric:

Even more awesome LOOK WHO’S TRENDING

Ok, that’s awesome.

    kimaeric:

    Even more awesome LOOK WHO’S TRENDING

    Ok, that’s awesome.

  3. Registration is Open!

    flightrising:

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    Click here to join!

    Flight Rising is the game I have been illustrating for of late. It’s a browser-based game where players can breed, raise, and battle dragons.We are having a 24 hour registration window where new users can join!

    I am so excited for new players!

  4. neekko asked: Are you ever going to reopen your shop again? :c

    I’ll probably use my etsy shop from time to time, but not to the degree that I used to. I will likely be using it for one-off creations.

    Its not set in stone or anything, I just do not see a massive restock of the candles, soaps, and lip balm in the immediate future. :)

  5. grimluxx asked: Hello Neon, I have a question about your terrains that you are making. you mentioned in your cliff terrain that you are using pink foam. I was wondering if you could give me the name and where you got it, also if there is anything specific about it would be great as well. Like is it condensed, ect.. I have some craft projects I'm looking forward to working on but I haven't found the right material I am looking for. And yours looks like what I have been looking for. Polystyrene(like the lil coo

    I used rigid insulation board and a hot wire cutter to craft the terrain. I got mine from home-depot. Most brands are sold at 4’ x 8’. When I was in the store I found one brand at a 1 inch thickness that sold 3’x3’ squares, so that is the one that I brought home. The other kinds were much too large to fit into my tiny car!

  6. A few of the recent familiars I’ve drawn for Flight Rising. We’re going to be having a registration window on April 14th for the game!

  7. More craftwork. I backed last year’s Dwarven forge game tiles at 5 sets. By the time all the stretch goals were added, I had a silly amount of pieces available, so I split them in half. One half I painted a standard grey to look like medieval buildings. The other half I set aside for an alternate paint scheme. These are intended to be used with tabletop RPG that use a one inch grid system. They’re sort of like terrain legos.

    I recently began the process of tackling my unpainted tiles. I went with a sandstone paint scheme, which I think will work well for desert ruins or for buildings that are a bit finer than the standard medieval fare. (Azlanti ruins are go!) Here’s my alt paint scheme. I haven’t yet tackled the stretch goals paint, so there’s more to do. I did have enough to make a two room setup though.

    I also cast some additional epoxy tiles. The dark green water I had looked great for the purposes of dungeons, sewers, or swamps, but I wanted blue water for my sandstone set. Something that was clear and enticing! Here’s the tiles I’ve cast so far. The tile on the left is what it looked like before I poured the epoxy. I added several drops of blue ink to the epoxy to help give it some depth. The little stone bits are plaster hirst arts casts that I painted the same way I painted my game tiles.

    I received asks about the game tiles the last time I posted. You can purchase them here, but they no longer have the stretch goals or free shipping associated with them from last year’s kickstarter, They are a bit hydrophobic paint-wise, so it might take a couple of coats to get it to stick. On the positive side, they’re incredibly durable and can be rearranged many different setups, so my RP group has been getting a lot of use out of them. Additionally, DF is running a caverns kickstarter now. It’s a bit more expensive this time around, but the pieces are more detailed to mimic natural cave formations and very exciting! They’ve unlocked a healthy amount of stretch goals so far. :)

  8. I have been working on a 75 gallon planted aquarium for the past couple months. Having never done a planted tank before, it’s been interesting learning how to care for the aquarium environment as a whole. I’m currently running a 7.4PH, high lighting tank with no CO2 injection, so my plant selection that I can work with is not as large as it could be, but it’s not terrible either. I am waiting for things to grow out, but I’m hoping to have a densely planted tank.

    The fish is one of five turquoise rainbowfish I picked up a couple of weeks ago. The photo really does not do its colors justice. It’s an iridescent fish, and difficult to photograph. These fellas are currently 3 inches long, but will grow up to 4.5 and fill out when they reach adulthood.

    The bamboo shrimp in the second photo an interesting little fellow that joined my tank tonight. He’s hiding here, but when he comes out he has these 4 fan-hands that he spreads out wide to catch debree in the water. He also changes color from blue to red to yellow to brown! Chameleon shrimp! He’s about two and a half inches long. I’m going to be watching closely to make sure that the rainbowfish leave him alone.

  9. Dragonborn

    I somehow acquired Skyrim: Dragonborn, and I don’t know how. :-/ I haven’t looked at steam in ages. I wonder if I picked it up during a sale?

    *shrug* oh well! After work it’s time to mow through some DLC!

  10. liveblogging-depression asked: I am super excited about your tabletop shenanigans. I have never been able to get into a group but I enjoy watching people do real life crafties that I am incapable of doing it.

    I’m glad that you like them! The terrain elements are tertiary to the game - Tabletop roleplaying games can be played with coins to represent your characters and a grid - or with some systems, no grid at all and just your imagination (ala Shadowrun) Still, I enjoy crafting them to add a little bit of extra interest, plus it’s nice to have an excuse to work in 3-dimensional media. I’m 2D by trade. :)

    Tabletop RPG explanation and information on how to find groups to play with under the cut - It reads as giant info dump/advertising pitch, but I love getting more people into gaming!

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  11. More tabletop terrain creations***.

    1. I am working on constructing a modular tower system out of pink foam. I have left gaps in the foam so that I can insert existing dwarven forge game tiles into them.
    2. I painted the pink foam with mod podge, spray painted it black, and then attempted to mimic the paint scheme I used on the game tiles.
    3. The tower pieces stacked on top of one another.
    4. The individual layers of the tower filled with game tiles and miniatures. It is not perfectly seamless but I think that it looks fairly good for what it is.
    5. The tower stacked up. This is how the players would approach it. When they enter the first level I would then remove tower pieces that they can view the contents of each level and explore with it. The interior of each tower is just a little more than an 4x4 square of playable space, though semi usable half spaces surround this.

    ***These are intended to be used with grid-based RPG such as Pathfinder or D&D.

  12. The further adventures of tabletop terrain crafting. I sliced up the mdf board at my friend Joe’s house, who was gracious enough to allow me to use his band saw. Because of the limitations of how large of a cut I can make (as well as the limitations of what will fit in a box on the way to a game session.) the maximum tile size I can work with is 8x8. I want to allow for large lakes and swamps for my players to traverse, so I thought I might try a modular approach.

    1. I have painted the mdf board with a grid and base color.
    2. I glued painted plaster cast hirst arts tiles to the board.
    3. I made a dam out of foam core.
    4. When placed against the dam, I am hoping that the resin will stay where it is supposed to in just the recessed areas. We will see if I wake up to a giant puddle of resin in the morning.

    Edit: Update - It’s leaking. It’s leaking everywhere… but not from the dam! The dam is solid! It’s a fine dam!

    The cracks in between the tiles are leaking out the other side, haha. I’ll have to try filing them with hot glue or something else if I pour another tile. It’s a slow leak, so I think I can salvage the piece. I think the epoxy will start to set before it all leaks out.

  13. The progress on my water tiles so far. These are intended to be used for tabletop RPG such as d&d and pathfinder where a one inch battle grid and miniatures are typically used.
The tiles used here have three different methods applied. 
The first try used no grid (by mistake) and clear resin. These results are in the upper left. 
My second pass I added a grid to the tiles so that players can more easily see how far they can move. I also used clear resin. These results are in the upper right. 
Finally I combined the grid with resin that was slightly tinted by ink. This resulted in a deeper look to the water, as if it were something that a player might be able to sink into rather than very shallow water. These results are in the lower right.
The final method is the one that I believe that I will use going forward. I think it looks the most like water.
I am going to try replacing the cork tiles that I have been using as the base for these pours with mdf board. The mdf is much cheaper and more durable. I hope it will be less inclined to float in the molds after the resin is poured. The 2’x4’ MDF sheet was $6.50 and has enough real estate to make 576 2x2 tiles or 144 4x4 tiles. It is also much smoother, which could be a good or bad thing. It’ll be easier to paint on than the cork, which liked to flake away as I scrubbed at it. I do worry about the resin having a good adhesion to it. The cork tiles had plenty of little pours for the resin to set into and “grip”. I do not know if the resin will peel off the mdf or not.
In any case, I think I’m zeroing in on the method I’ll use to make my swamps, sewers, and lakes. I may do some truer blue tiles for clear water and pools, some tiles that look like tar, and some tiles that look like acid. I feel the majority of the tiles I produce will be this blue/green, because I think it works very well for swamps, sewers, and generic water.

    The progress on my water tiles so far. These are intended to be used for tabletop RPG such as d&d and pathfinder where a one inch battle grid and miniatures are typically used.

    The tiles used here have three different methods applied.

    • The first try used no grid (by mistake) and clear resin. These results are in the upper left.
    • My second pass I added a grid to the tiles so that players can more easily see how far they can move. I also used clear resin. These results are in the upper right.
    • Finally I combined the grid with resin that was slightly tinted by ink. This resulted in a deeper look to the water, as if it were something that a player might be able to sink into rather than very shallow water. These results are in the lower right.

    The final method is the one that I believe that I will use going forward. I think it looks the most like water.

    I am going to try replacing the cork tiles that I have been using as the base for these pours with mdf board. The mdf is much cheaper and more durable. I hope it will be less inclined to float in the molds after the resin is poured. The 2’x4’ MDF sheet was $6.50 and has enough real estate to make 576 2x2 tiles or 144 4x4 tiles. It is also much smoother, which could be a good or bad thing. It’ll be easier to paint on than the cork, which liked to flake away as I scrubbed at it. I do worry about the resin having a good adhesion to it. The cork tiles had plenty of little pours for the resin to set into and “grip”. I do not know if the resin will peel off the mdf or not.

    In any case, I think I’m zeroing in on the method I’ll use to make my swamps, sewers, and lakes. I may do some truer blue tiles for clear water and pools, some tiles that look like tar, and some tiles that look like acid. I feel the majority of the tiles I produce will be this blue/green, because I think it works very well for swamps, sewers, and generic water.

  14. dracanthropic asked: Hey there, so I'm a pretty big fan of dragons and a lot of your work. I'm also a fan of breeding type games and stumbled upon Flight Rising. I was just curious if you had any idea when registration will open back up? Thanks! Love your work!

    I’m not able to give a concrete date, as it depends on when the programmers are able to finish their work on parts of the site. As soon as possible we will open it again. :)

  15. The flat paints and final colors on the cliff terrain I was working on previously. To the scale of the game (1 inch = 5 feet) this cliffside is 35 feet high. Each tile is one inch, forming a battle grid that the characters can fight and ascend.

    (I was at the game shop. The warhammer figures are not mine, though I entirely approve of pink, rainbow-feathered demons.)