Friday, May 16, 2014

NAGG - Day 9: Inner Geek

Man, if you all had a nickel for every time I've said I'm going to get caught up on something "soon", you'd have like...100 nickels...which isn't exactly rich, but you could probably buy a tasty ice cream somewhere or something ;) Anyway, I'm STILL trying to catch up on the NAGG challenge and I'm a full week behind Mireia which I'm feeling terrible over. 

Tonight's theme is "Inner Geek" and to me, my inner geekiness is my absolute love of fantasy novels. It's an absurd love but I will read anything fantasy. My love for the genre started back when my mom took me to get my first library card and I somehow ended up with the book The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley as one of my first checked out items. I was immediately hooked and I've looked back. To this day, when I see the cover of that book, I get excited and the thrill I felt when reading it the first time comes back to me. I'd definitely recommend it for any fantasy lover! 

To commemorate the start of my fantasy love, I decided to attempt the cover of The Blue Sword. The book is set in a desert landscape and I love the artists take on the rocks and mountains but making them choppy and somewhat abstract.
I'm not sure how I feel about these. I like them when I can see what they're inspired by, but it's a pretty obscure book cover so I know the art isn't recognizable. I just hope that these generally resemble an abstract desert landscape! ;) I originally set out to add the horse and main character riding in the foreground, but holy crappola, they were tough. As you can see, they were omitted from the final product ;) 
I used all acrylic paints for this look as I was going for speed tonight (remember how I said I was behind??). I used several coats of seche vite once my painting was done (to smooth out the acrylic) and finished it off with a matte top coat. 
What do you think of these? What is your inner geek? Be sure to check out Mireia's looks through the inlinkz below! 
Happy Polishing :)