I'll be posting some art, that's it. Good for the art nerd that likes ogling over pictures of Tigger crossed with a dragon...
You can look at it for yourself...
So you'll notice that it DOES say "451 Project" but that's because that's what this site is mainly about. However, I do have other things on here. Check the below box headed "Recent Updates" on really BIG updates on my art life and how my art-monkey-ness is going...and below that you will see a heading that says "About the 451 Project".
ABOUT THE 451 PROJECT
If you want updates on how I'm going about this and my progress, here's the RECENT UPDATES section. Below will be a basic overview...man this home page is huge. I'll split it up eventually...
THE 451 PROJECT: OVERVIEW
Have any of you fantasy lovers ever wondered what else was out there? I mean, sure, there's griffins, sea serpents, basilisks, unicorns, gargoyles, chimeras, and pegasus. Not to mention DRAGONS. But what else could there be?
Since I obviously have no life, I decided to research into just what else could be in existence that I hadn't been aware of (and if J.K. Rowling had actually made up grindylows and kappas or if they existed). I looked on Wikipedia because it's magical and looked up an alphabetical list of all the mythical creatures in its infinite pages. Well, I found a list all right. A list that even Wikipedia would be proud of! If you thought there were just what I mentioned above, how wrong you are! I copied down all the ones I was interested in drawing, and the total? 451. Unless, of course, I can't count, but give or take 1 or 2...451 is a rather spiffy number anyway.
And and ah...no, J.K. Rowling did NOT make up grindylows and kappas. So if anyone's freaked out by that, don't be surprised. I write as well...it's harder than you think to make up a new creature that actually has a name that makes sense. It took TEAMS to make Avatar's world of Pandora, you know...and WORLD-CLASS artists. We writers are typically solo-go or small-groups-go...and no, we don't get ten to twenty years to make a book like Avatar did...Avatar took a little more than ten years.
But enough of that rant...
Besides, what I wrote down was only one-third or half of what was listed! Mythical creatures are great, because there are so many of them in such a variety of descriptions and lore.
So that's what the 451 Project is all about! It's about interpretation, research, and drawing. The guidelines are as follows:
1. Don't look on Google-images for images.
2. Don't look in drawing books for tutorials (DragonArt is off limits, folks!)
3. You can look in drawing books for shading/anatomy help, but no ideas please!
4. Work at your own pace; don't be pressured. And don't try putting this tops on your priority list when you have something called homework...it doesn't work. Trust me. (Yes, you're hearing this from someone who learned this the hard way!)
5. Work in any order. Who cares about alphabetizing these days?
6. Try and make the images look like it took some effort. Color is nice, but if it's a ridiculously detailed and neat sketch or ink, that's fine too.
7. No, the 451 has nothing to do with "you have to do 451 images". It just sounds cool and that's my count.
8. Once you've done your research, give yourself deadlines. I mean it. That way, you can procrastinate without penalty (I don't, but all of my friends do and usually they get punished. Now you don't! Yay!), you can motivate yourself, and you'll be able to keep yourself busy instead of falling asleep in math class...
9. When you do draw, don't make that centuar look nothing like a centuar. Sure, interpret it your own way, but please, it's a half man-half horse thing, not a sheep with wings. I'm sorry for those fluffball fanatics (cough...), but no. Stick to the cliche definition, but here's the catch: Stray as far from stereotype as possible, while still keeping it recognizable. Why not make that unicorn's horn NOT gold for a chance? Or give it glowing blue eyes instead of soft, big, blue ones? Why not make it midnight black, not pink or white? But give it the horn...give it the hooves, the mane, the tail...
Are you up for it?
Of course you'd say yes! Anyway, you can see my blog for my own progress...if you're willing...
Oh, and do check the gallery. I have photos posted. Note that ALL OF THEM have no photo-editing whatsoever. Unless my dad Auto-Corrected without me noticing, which he probably did just to fix up the brightness/contrast issues. Sometimes our scanner mutes the colors, and to de-mute them, auto-correct is magical. But otherwise, scanned colors are as close to the original as can possible be. I matched them up myself!
Wanna do a project of your own based on what I've come up with? Here's the Wikipedia Link:
Please note that if you want to draw a modern creation (like the thanator in Avatar), it's NOT ON HERE. This is the more traditional stuff, but beware! There's lots and lots of stuff you'll find! Anyone bother counting? More than 451, I'll say that much.