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late night skullking

Posted in Painting with tags , , on September 18, 2010 by kyralhills

(Title as suggested by Mike XD)

Felt like painting tonight, just for fun 🙂

Several hours or so painting n blocking out colours whilst on my PC etc:

(Huzzah for terrible lighting and phone cam, i really need a real camera 😛 )

To be continued..


The vampires assistant

Posted in Painting, Reading with tags , , , , on May 13, 2010 by kyralhills

I’m back from home and in Middlesbrough again.. 

Home was pretty eventful actually, got a chance to go to a book reading and signing for the first time by one of my favourite children authors and learned a few things about him (like his actual name being Darren O’Shaughnessy, writing under then pen name Darren Shan). I managed to take an hour out from working in the kitchens with my mum. I kinda lost track of time and got there a little late, but just in time for the end of a reading of his new book and then the reading of one of his book for adult readers, ‘Procession of the Dead’ (which is on my reading list as of now).

For those who aren’t aware of Darren Shan, he is predominantly a childrens fiction horror/adventure/”and everything else inbetween” writer. The Darren Shan saga which I own is about a boy who mistakenly becomes in debt with life-long servitude to a vampire (and not the glittery kind). It becomes so much more than that, but I’m not a fan of spoilers so get reading.. 😛

Got my first Darren Shan book signed (couldn’t find a picture of the edition I own, as the covers have changed several times, should have taken a pic before I left for boro!) He was a really cool guy with a passion for gore, writing and had great sense of humour, a pleasure to meet.

Also, got a pic with him:

Yes he is strangling me, what a legend.. 😀


Another item on the agenda before coming back to boro was finishing my painting, so here it is peoples!:

Done (for now at least)


Some wing detail



I have a million and one criticisms about it, but it’s better than most paintings I’ve done before and it’s an actual finished piece! (which is rare for me I have a terrible habit of starting paintings and getting bored). So that’s a step towards progress at least..

Wings are hard to paint! Not a terrible first attempt I hope. Next time I’ll probably use references, yes, that would be more sensible. 😛

Don’t blink ;)

Posted in Painting with tags , , on May 4, 2010 by kyralhills


Hi everyone, 

I’m Kai, a computer games artist about to enter my final year in BA Computer Games Art at Teesside Uni (or University of Teesside, whatever branding they’ve decided on nowadays)..

I’m not back at uni till September, so I’d like to make a headstart towards my final year, hopefully using this blog as personal motivation.


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So last week I took an obligatory trip into town (I say obligatory, there were good conversation, coffee and shopping involved 😛 )

For anyone who is buying art materials such as paints and canvas’ on a low budget, I recommend dropping into ‘The Works’, as Oldrids and local art shops tend to be quite overpriced! (Obviously if you feel like supporting your local art store then good for you, but I’m a cheap-ass student 😀 ). So I got four A3 canvas’ for £9.99 and some black, white and prussian blue acrylics for (got the blue and black on a two for £5 deal, white is harder to come by, got that for £3.99, still a bargin though).

As an inexperienced painter, I find sticking to a greyscale theme (with a hint of colour in places) the best option. This way I can concentrate on the shading.


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And my painting topic, the lovely heartwarming ‘weeping angels’ from Dr.Who.. 😛

“That which holds the image of an Angel becomes itself an Angel”..

Who could resist. For those of you who aren’t aware of the Dr.Who phenomenon the ‘weeping angels’, go ahead and google it (ok so I’m feeling lazy with the links) Or even better, find a video on YouTube!

I started my first painting without any references (such is the hormonal nature of my wireless internet), so hopefully it’ll turn out alright.


The sketch (not a fantastic photo, sorry!):


weeping angel

Don't blink!


And the current WIP:


weeping angel

Missing quite a lot of detail and sporting an amazing hairdo 😛


Terrified yet? 🙂