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The Way Home - Sea or Stars by the0phrastus
The Way Home - Sea or Stars
"The way home—whether on the sea or in the space between the stars." Got up late, but still managed to paint, about 4 hours in Art Rage 4 and CS6.
Mermaid Comic - Chris Howard by the0phrastus
Mermaid Comic - Chris Howard
A while back I did some promotional comic pages for the intro to the book Mermaid--drawn in first person POV. I have the whole first chapter storyboarded out, but here's the finished set up to the point where Kassandra becomes a mermaid. One of the ideas I was playing with was developing colors and shapes to represent Kassandra's inner emotional state and degree of pain (yes, it's not that pleasant having your bones and muscles contorted and fused into a something like a dolphin's tail).

Enjoy. Love to hear what you think of this set--especially the first person view, where you're the mermaid.

Mermaid Amazon Link:…



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Chris Howard
United States
I'm a fairly creative guy with a pen and a paint brush, author of Seaborn (Juno Books), Salvage (Masque, 2013), Nanowhere, and a shelf-full of other books. My short stories have appeared in a bunch of magazines and anthologies, including “Lost Dogs and Fireplace Archeology” in Fantasy Magazine, and ‘Tear Apart Worlds” in Pen-Ultimate. My story “Hammers and Snails” was a Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Fiction Contest winner. I write and illustrate the comic, Saltwater Witch. My ink work and digital illos have appeared in Shimmer, BuzzyMag, various RPGs, and on the pages and covers of books, blogs, and other interesting places. Last year I painted a 9 x 12 foot Steampunk Map of New York for a cafe in Brooklyn.

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Current Residence: North Hampton
Favourite genre of music: alt,rock,punk, electronic
Operating System: OSX on my MacBook where I do a lot of my digital work, but I also Windows (XP, 7), Linux (Fedora, Ubuntu)
MP3 player of choice: iPad, iPhone
Two new pages up for SaltwaterWitch Comic 16!

This set features the start of an intense discussion between Kassandra and her grandmother--Kallixene. Even with Ephoros at her back, Kassandra's on thin ice, not certain about which direction to go with her new-found family.

Here's the latest Saltwater Witch Newsletter:…

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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Agent Ribbons
  • Reading: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Watching: Cosmos
  • Drinking: Coffee

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Andaelentari Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for faving! :hug:
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
A very joyous year's ride 'round the sun on Carousel Earth starting today, with the ups and downs so exciting and fun that you only laugh and hang on the harder! May a year from today find you wiser, more skilled, happier, and successful, and reaching out for the brass ring with a big smile, eager for another ride! May beauty and laughter be your constant companions. May your friends smile to see you, and strangers look at you with interested respect. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Beautiful! Thank you so much!
MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Thank you for creating and sharing beauty.
NestorPriest Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Student General Artist
thank you for the watch!
GreenVoice Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!!! Thank you so much for the Watch!! Cheerleader
TheGhostSiren Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for favoring my work :blackrose:
TiredOrangeCat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the fave the0phrastus.  Diggin your use of color.
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Dragonrose36 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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