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Digital painting and photography by tripsis.

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Stack of Unread Books

So... here's my latest stack of books in my "to be read" pile. I'm slowly making my way through them:     And this isn't even counting ebooks!   Just for fun, because my cat is adorable  

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New Signed Books! Hello My Pretties!

So I was in the UK for a few weeks and when I got back to California I had an AMAZING stack of books waiting for me:     Is that not the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? I love them all and I'm so excited to read each and every one. I'll show off just a few of them :)   My friend works at a publishing company and sent me a copy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn as a gift!     From Bethany Griffin, author of Masque of the Red Death, I got a bookmark and a signed bookplate:     Now here are

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More New Books (Arrived & On Order)

Books, how I love thee. Here's the loot from this week:     You can ignore the first two. I know I posted them in my last blog entry but I took this photo for something else and couldn't be bothered taking a second one.   However, I did actually finish Shiver and The Scorpio Races. The Scorpio Races really, really disappointed me, unfortunately :( If you want to see my reviews of them, you can check them out here: Shiver, The Scorpio Races.   So moving right along.   DIVERGENT!!!!   Holy cr

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New Books! ...and a Book Blog

Mmmmm I love new books. They excite me! It's like I get this incredible rush when I open a package containing a new book. You should have seen me shrieking and screaming as I ran towards the unopened packages :mrgreen:   Now for the awesome new titles!       At first I really wanted to read The Scorpio Races first.. and I still do.. because supposedly it's like "the new Hunger Games" or something. Plus it sounds awesome and it involves horses. Like what could be better?? But I think I'm

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More Books: First Edition, Signed, Oldies

===The Oldies===   Not necessarily first editions or even valuable books, but just old books. Old books are awesome :P   Pride & Prejudice   [hide=Photos]   [/hide]   The Iliad   [hide=Photos]   [/hide]   Count of Monte Cristo (in 3 volumes)   These are probably the most fragile books I have. The pages practically crumble in my hands.   [hide=Photos]     [/hide]   Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass   [hide=Photos]   [/hide]   ===First Editions===   First e

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First/Limited Edition and Signed Books!

I've always LOVED books. But more than that, I love to own and collect books. As the years go by, I'm getting more and more interested in collecting signed/first edition books. I was having a little fun indexing some of my collection and thought I'd post here :P   A Game of Thrones - Advanced Reading Copy   Advanced reading copies are uncorrected proofs that are printed and privately released before the final book is published. They are for promotional purposes and often get sent to bookstor

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Sci-Fi Art!

Well I finally (kind of) finished this picture! I started the sketch months ago but then I raged because I couldn't get the ship to work out right (and I still can't, more on that in a second) and I was having trouble coming up with an armour design. Eventually I ditched it and figured I'd come back to it when I had a how-to-draw-sci-fi-stuff epiphany or when I became motivated enough to give it another shot. An assignment for my Computer Art class actually provided the kick I needed to retur

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More RuneScape Art

Been a while since I've done a blog entry :) I have two new pieces to show off! One of them was a request from Barihawk, which he is currently using in his signature!     This next one was just a personal piece. I had a lot of fun doing it!     [hide=WIP Screenshots]         [/hide]

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Vengeance

Moar RuneScape fan art! This time it's of a Bandos-wearing, dragon claw-wielding, female warrior casting the Vengeance spell. The claws were kind of weird to draw since I couldn't figure out how they're wielded in the game. So I decided to turn them into dragon gloves and the claws kind of attach on the top of the glove near where the knuckles would be. This piece was loads of fun :thumbup: :)   Enjoy.     [hide=WIP Screenshots]             [/hide]

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Mermaid

My cousin wants a mermaid tattoo so I got pushed into drawing something up for her :lol: It was originally going to be lineart only but I was having fun so I decided to go on and colour it for my own enjoyment/practice :) I could probably touch up a few areas but it was a speed paint so I won't.. XD   ~2 hours, PhotoShop CS5 + Wacom Intuos4     I also have a ton of artwork I've done in my drawing class over the past 5 weeks, but it's all traditional.. I have photos of some of them but none of

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LotR Collage

Ever since I got my new PC I had been wanting to create a massive digital painting to use as a background across both my monitors. I finally made it happen! :P   I used references for basically everything.. The following screenshots are all at 16.7% zoom. The original file is massive :P     [hide=WIP Screenshots]           [/hide]   [hide=Details @ 50% Zoom]       [/hide]

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Fathers' Day

I'm working on a portrait of my dad as a gift to him on Fathers' Day. Here's are screenshots of my progress at 25% zoom:       I don't have as much experience drawing males as I do females so this is good experience for me :P Obviously I'm not done so.. stay tuned :)   EDIT:  

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New Book & Art

Well it's been ages since I've updated this :P Although I haven't done much. I already posted this image on my thread in the RuneScape Media forum but I'll repost it here anyway:     My most recent digital painting.   This weekend I made a scrapbook kind of thing for my mom for her birthday. I bound the book from scratch as usual, then I filled up about 15 pages with photos of our family and other decorations.   [hide=Photos]     [/hide]

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Backstabber!!!

Well people seemed to oppose my title of Falador Massacre 2.0 so I chose something else :P Anyway this drawing that I started ages ago is finally done! D: I know there are plenty of perspective issues (that guy's pose was so hard to draw!) and the reflection in the sword probably makes no sense but I liked the idea of it!  

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Falador Massacre!!! 2.0?

Well I knew I wanted to do a digital painting version of the pixel piece I was working on but I ended up changing it quite a bit :P The girl is pretty much the same but everything else is different. I was inspired by the Falador Massacre (the background will be the crumbly wall thing in Falador) but I guess this could be 2.0 since the Dragon Helm/Platebody didn't exist back then? :XD: Anyway this is still very much a rough sketch (especially the background).         I still haven't finished

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First Pixel Drawing o_O

So I've never done pixel art before and tonight I decided to give it a go. It's not finished, obviously, but it's 1:30am and 1:30am = movie time. From this experience I have learned that pixel drawing is so incredibly devastatingly boring. Digital painting pwns it :P I will probably do a digital painting of this same subject once I finish this pixel piece (if I finish it :XD:). The composition would be slightly different though. I wanted this pixel piece to be signature size so I had to sc

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Team Fortress 2 Anyone?

My goodness was this difficult! I've never played TF2 myself but Peter plays so I wanted to draw this for him :P But since I've never played I had to Google all the classes to get their outfits right (and that rocket launcher.. OMFG!), etc. Hopefully it looks alright though :ohnoes: I've spent more time on this painting than any other.. I'm not even going to tell you how long it took because that information screams "TRIPSIS IS SLOOOOW AT PAINTING!" And sorry but no WIP screenshots this time

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Painting 3 Done - REAL RuneScape Fan Art!

In my last two paintings, I took a lot of creative liberties. Although they were loosely based on RuneScape (more so the first than the second), neither of them really screamed RuneScape fan art.. this one, however, does! :lol:     Same stuff as usual -   Original file size: 3750x3000 pixels Time taken: ~12 hours Tools: PhotoShop CS2 + Intuos4   I'm finally done with my ~40 hour art assignment! I FEEL LIKE I CAN BREATHE AGAIN!

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Real Life Book of Zamorak - COVER DONE!!

..well mostly ;)   Tip.it is FINALLY back up and running so I can actually post the update that should have been posted last night!! The cover is essentially completed. The cover is not yet attached to the actual pages because I have yet to pick out and prepare some end sheets (pages for the inside covers). That being said, let's look at some photos!   Naked cover this time!     And after the leather was put on (I stuck the pages inside the cover to make it look like they're attached, but th

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A Naked Book

My dearest Book of Zamorak followers:   Progress has been slow. I am overwhelmed with a huge art assignment that has greatly cut into the time that I have been able to spend on this book. But last night I spent like 2 hours finishing sewing the pages together!     Hopefully I'll get the cover on this weekend, but no promises!   Also, here's progress on my second piece for my art assignment:     My second snow scene ever >_   EDIT: Painting #2 done -  

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Three Paintings 1 - FINISHED

I normally would not call this finished, but it's complete enough for me to be content with submitting it as an assignment. Once I finish the other two pieces, if there is time I will return to this and add more details into the foreground around the skull and into the background near the pile of skulls.   Total Time Spent: ~14.5 hours >_ File Size: 3750x3000 pixels   Here's the final product at 25% zoom, as always:     [hide=Details]These are screenshots taken at 100% zoom.       [/hide]

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Three Paintings 1

My art professor is insane. For our fourth and final assignment in this class, we have to create THREE pictures >_   I'm currently working on digital painting #1. I have ideas for the other two and basically I'm going to be featuring warriors! These warriors are loosely based off of RuneScape, which is fun! Right now I'm thinking of doing a melee character (painting #1), a mage and a ranger. Now onto the first painting!   This picture is based off a scene from the RuneScape wilderness.

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Handmade Leather-Bound Book

More books! Well as I mentioned a few entries ago, I wanted to make a practice leather-bound book before binding my Book of Zamorak. There were a few things that I wanted to try out. For starters, until now, all of my books had been bound in fabric; I had never used leather before. I thought it was important to practice with leather before working on a big project since leather is much thicker than fabric. Second of all, I wanted to experiment with a beveled spine (not sure if that's the pr

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Zomg A Digital Painting!

A digital painting from tripsis! WOW! :P Also, for those of you keeping track of my Book of Zamorak process, I'll make a quick note about that at the end of this blog post.   So this painting is for an art class assignment. It was a little rushed, which sucks, because I needed to finish it in time to get it printed, which will take a few days.. and it's due on Tuesday so.. :o It took about 12 hours from start to finish. The original file size is 3000x3500 pixels so I will post some closeups

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