New Society6 Art Prints

Over a month ago, I illustrated and designed a t-shrit for the Champlain Cup fencing tournament with an irish green backdrop as a transparency. Once it was printed, it sold out very quickly almost on the first day of the event and people had to request for more orders. I had the idea of re-creating it as an art print instead in black and white which was the original intention and so, therefore, two alternative versions have been made available in my Society6 store.

 

One would be with the white background and the other in black for a more dramatic effect with some quotes. However, the half-tones for the mask in this print has been re-created. I certainly hope that those who have missed out on the shirts would have a new chance at it, especially there are phone case offerings for them on my Society6 store.

 

" Fencer's Glory ". White background version as originally intended." Fencer's Creed ". Black background version with quotes.

 

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Deus Foil and WIP

Recently, I got a brand new drafting table to replace the old desk as my digital workstation strictly for that purpose a couple days ago. And with the height adjustability, I was able to work with better posture and reduce my RSI in tandem with my Wacom Intuos tablet which is a godsend.

With that new addition, it works well in relation to my older drafting table that's only for traditional art. I was able to complete the second image in the " Deus " series which is titled " Deus Foil " done on Manga Studio software.

Deus FoilThis image is also available in my Society6 store as an art print. The next and final image will be based on the Saber weapon class which will take some time, even though I have my eyes set on the annual Art of Horror exhibition coming up this October, one in which I have at least one or two images in mind.

Currently, I'm working on a new project for my client Phoenix Tree Publishing who's trying to do a second print edition of his book he wrote a few years ago. It will be in black and white on the inside pages as a way of introducing the characters in " Spy in the House of Fitzwalter ".

Here's the preview:

King John and the Plantagenet family

 

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Project in the works

I'm still in progress with " Deus Foil " which is a second in a series. It's still not done and much has to be tweaked and completed by then. It may be a while before it's finished. I'm also working on interior black and white illustrations for an author whom I've worked before in the past but it's expected to be completed by the end of August or a bit before then. 

Work in progress on Manga Studio

Deus Epee Hath Arrived

 

Deus Epee illustration

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I've been hard at work on this piece which was created using Manga Studio software and Adobe Illustrator, for other elements to add in, at the original size of 10 by 15 approximately. This illustration is now available on my online store at Society 6.

This illustration of the 'God of Epee' is based on the ties between classical and modern fencing throughout history. It represents the fictional patron god of this weapon class with the latin motto: Virtus, Scientia, Fortuna that translates to Valor, Skill and Fortune respectively. The idea is to honor the concept of Master to Apprentice with the knowledge of fencing being passed on, not too different from the other crafts in the Arts or any other related field.

And so this patron god bestows the powers of mastery or becomes the 'idealized gold standard' in the history of Rapier sword-fighting that was the basis for the Epee weapon of today's modern fencing.

The other intention that may not be obvious to some with a keen eye is the use of a hidden Masonic symbol. One can seen the rays shooting down past the war banner with the spears. The light rays represent the Compass while the Spears on the banner represent the Ruler, therefore that becomes a hidden composition for this famous symbol seen below:

Masonic symbol. The Compass and the Ruler framing the G with the rays behind it.It's especially interesting that the Freemasons employed the use of the Master and Apprentice ( or Entered Apprentice until promoted to Master Mason as the highest ). Not only that, back in the renaissance, there were craftsmen employed in many skills from the arts in visual, music, black smithing, tailoring, and many more. Of course, fencing masters were also around at the time and had apprentices to pass their knowledge down to and this ancient art of defense is still ingrained into the modern sports of fencing, but also in other branches of Historical European Martial Arts or Re-enactment groups in choreographed duels.

I plan on having two more patron gods of fencing in the near future in Foil and Saber.