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Sketching on the UGEE 2150 :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 2 0 Warm-up sketching 2017-03-25 :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 2 0 WIP - ArtRage5, Skin Tones :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 0 0 Auror Potter at the Ministry :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 4 2 Mermaid Triptych - Chris Howard :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 21 8 Saltwater Witch Audiobook promo poster art :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 12 2 Three of the Queen's Trusted Eight :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 8 0 Kilauea meets the Sea and they Get On like a HOF :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 8 2 Welcome To City Hall :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 2 4 Art for Pandemonium Books - Haldeman Carver Howard :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 4 0 Visiting Bachoris--scene from Sea Throne :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 2 0 Saltwater Witch Issue 1 in SPANISH! :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 0 3 Seaborn Witch :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 8 3 Saltwater Witch Comic - New Panels 4 :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 2 0 Saltwater Witch New Panels 3 :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 0 0 Saltwater Witch New Panels 2 :iconthe0phrastus:the0phrastus 0 0

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WIP - ArtRage5, Skin Tones
Work in progress, doing some sketching and skin-tone stuff this afternoon on the Ugee 2150. This shows how I paint skin--when I want it to be somewhat realistic. I almost always use three layers, a cool tone on the bottom, a warm tone on top, and a third layer for shadowing. I then use the burn tools and brushes to bring the blue through where the skin should be highlighted. 2 hours in ArtRage 5.
Mermaid Triptych - Chris Howard
Mermaid Triptych: from left to right, "Mermaids Fucking with the Forecast", "Mermaids Discuss the Complexities of Global Shipping", and "A Mermaid and her Friendly Floatees".

Mermaids Fucking with the Forecast: after a particularly raucous underwater celebration, three sisters conjure up a real ship-tosser of a gale, complete with random bolts of lightning, cloud-riding ghost humpbacks, and several million dollars in damages.

Mermaids Discuss the Complexities of Global Shipping: there are millions of shipping containers on vessels on the oceans at any given moment, and for various reasons some of these are lost at sea en route, reported missing, and written off. Someone finds them, mainly because they don't sink right away. The World Shipping Council estimates that on average there are between 500 and 600 containers lost at sea each year--that's hundreds of forty-foot boxes of steel just tumbling over the side of the ship and into the ocean. (This doesn't include cases where the ships themselves sink or run aground. These catastrophic losses put the number of lost containers well over 2000.)

A Mermaid and her Friendly Floatees: In 1992 a container ship bound for the Port of Tacoma lost a container over the side in the middle of a storm in the Pacific Ocean, and almost 30,000 rubber ducks and various other floating animals were released to drift in the currents. As late as 2007, fifteen years later, people were still finding rubber ducks on the shores of Ireland and France, the Floatees having made their way through the Northern Passage, above Canada, around Greenland, and into the Atlantic. More here:…

I painted these three in ArtRage4 and Photoshop CC, about twenty total hours.

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



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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
TheSeaKnight Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
amazing stuff !! but my page keeps crashing evertime i go to your page
TheGhostSiren Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for favoring my work :blackrose:
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
You're welcome!

revois Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the favorite! Would you maybe be interested in watching me? I’ll continue to make more art :heart:
If not, that’s fine too, and I hope that you have a wonderful day! :heart:

Oh! And if you’re interested, I’m currently hosting a contest. You can win up to 1,000 points! Feel free to check it out here:…
Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much Chris for the :+fav: ! Much appreciated ! :iconcheerplz: :iconheartbumplz:
OceanAtEndofTheLane Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
been following your work on DA for as long as I can remember. Finally sitting down to read Salt Water Witch :)
the0phrastus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Awesome! Love to hear what you think!


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