So, a couple friends of mine were getting married. As a present for them, I did this digital painting of their sweet pup, Daxter, a feisty chihuahua mix. This isn’t based directly on any single photo of him; I sketched a pose I liked and then looked at several pictures of him to make sure I got the details right.

He’s such a cutie! He’s one of those dogs who’ll bark up a storm when you first visit, but ten minutes later, he’s your best friend and wants to sit on your lap.

Painting Garrus’ Armor

We’re almost to the end! The last post, Other Garrus Armor Pieces, talked about foam armor building. This one shows how I went about sealing, priming, painting, and detailing all of the armor pieces.

Foam armor is amazing stuff, but painting it is not a quick process! If you try to paint it without sealing it first, the paint will just soak right in and you will not be able to get the effect you want. I also recommend a primer before painting, but I’ll get into that more below.

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Painting My Garrus Mask

In the last post, More Garrus Mask Work, I showed how I sculpted and cast the lower jaw and mandibles for my Garrus mask, as well as the beginning part of the neck. This one will cover the paint job, a very important step – and definitely the one that makes this mask start looking like a proper turian!

The mask is painted in acrylics, all done with a sponge (and a little bit of paintbrush here and there). No airbrushing. I’ll be the first to admit, this is not normally how you’re supposed to paint latex! In this case, acrylics work because the mask is not at all flexible. It has enough interior support that it’s almost as rigid as plastic, hence, no bending points that would make the paint crack. Because it’s stippled on with a sponge, it won’t peel off like it would if applied entirely with a paintbrush.

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Tutorial: Digital Art and Image Size Terms

What do “pixel”, “screen resolution”, “image dimension”, “PPI”, “DPI”, and “high resolution image” mean, and why should you care?

Quick note: The screenshots in this tutorial come from Photoshop CS2, but there should be something similar in most digital art programs.


A pixel (picture element) is a single, tiny square of color, the smallest unit displayed on a computer monitor. It is common for digital artwork to be done as a raster-based (aka bitmap) image – that is to say, it is comprised of a grid of individual pixels.

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Forest Child

Forest Child

There are few places safer for a unicorn foal than a small, sheltered clearing in the forest home of his brethren. Settled in the soft grass, this young creature will one day grow into a proud adult unicorn, a graceful and elusive protector of the wilds.

The original painting is sold, but I do have prints available!