April 4, 2012

Where Have I Been???

Perhaps you've already noticed, but in case you haven't, I'll put it out in the open so your many and varied speculations may come to an end-- I have recently made drastic renovations to Graphite Butterflies.

It had been nearly 10 months since my last post. Those of you who follow this blog may have fancied you were seeing a phantom of sorts when Graphite butterflies came up in your Blogger reading list. This is no dream: I have finally returned.

My posts usually consist of a vague and ambiguous title followed by an art piece of sorts, polished off with several paragraphs explaining the title I chose. Get ready-- because big things are happening. While I've been away I've brewed all sorts of fantastic ideas, ranging from the droll and mundane to the euphoric and phantasmagorical. A new look isn't the only thing that's new for Graphite Butterflies, and I can't wait to get everything up for you, and the world, to see.

Check out the new tabs at the top of the screen, including my about page, and look forward to new types of content such as news relevant to the world of geeks and artists alike, as well as artistic tips and tricks and how-to's.

Also, make sure you like my art on Facebook! You could always just search "KDVan" on Facebook...or you can go straight to the page and like it right here.

This way, you can be updated whenever any important posts are made, or when new artwork is up on Graphite butterflies. See you then!

April 1, 2012

Hershey The Cat

If you're not one of those singular individuals lucky enough to be christened "geek," "nerd," or "obscenely obsessed fan of a dying franchise (i.e. Sonic the Hedgehog)," you likely don't recognize this character.

 Hershey the Cat is the name of this somewhat obscure character, who appears firstly and foremost in the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book series. Apparently fanart of this particular character is somewhat scarce compared to others on deviantart; within days of its publication multiple deviants wanted permission to add this picture to their sonic fanart galleries and group albums, which I willingly obliged to.

This digital illustration was actually completed just after the Espio the Chameleon illustration, yet was left unpublished on Graphite butterflies. To be quite honest, I felt that my art blog had endured enough stress from one piece of fanart to the next, to earn itself a much deserved break. Seeing this as the case, I posted this image on deviantart instead, where the art of the "obscenely obsessed," to coin my own phrase, are warmly welcomed and zealously encouraged. 

I came to the understanding after much deliberation and contemplation and  hesitation and whatnot, that art, is art. If this is what I have been working on, and I created it with my own two hands, then this is an artistic experience and instance that not only exists but that I can learn from. I'll be the first to admit that this digital artwork turned out much better than its reptilian predecessor.



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