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Tales from The Realm Ethereal: The Princess and The Barbarian

The Princess and The Barbarian

Tales from The Realm Ethereal: The Princess and The Barbarian

The Realm Ethereal is the story of The Ethereals and the realm which they oversee. This includes Metaterrans, Ethereal Guards, and other creations that have yet to even appear. But The Realm Ethereal is also a place for me to feature other stories I’ve created over the years.

I have, by and large, always been focused on producing creator-owned content. This yarn here is no different. The artwork shown here was drawn somewhere between 15 and 20 years ago. It was only recently colored sometime in the last four years, which was when I also wrote the accompanying story.

The truth is, this was supposed to be a Conan The Barbarian sample. But I don’t think I ever got around to submitting it. Back then, I would have submitted it to Dark Horse Comics. Nowadays, as of this blog post, Marvel-Disney own the license to produce the character created by Robert E Howard.  I think what ended up happening was I liked the art so much when I completed it, that I wanted to use it for something original.

So here we are today, 2019, and I’m releasing this story as “The Princess and The Barbarian”. The artwork in this story is only pencil art; I never inked it. It was colored digitally in Photoshop then lettered with Illustrator. As for the story, the plot was basically what you see in these four pages. Really, I think you can tell what is going on even if you didn’t have the dialogue.

But, these are comics and a story in bubbles with pointer tails is what it’s all about. As for the characters, setting, and story itself, since it’s all creator-owned (owned by me), I like being able to claim it for The Realm Ethereal, even though I drew this story 15-20 years ago. This is what I enjoy most about creating my own characters and owning the stories. I’m able to reuse them or reintroduce them into another story or universe landscape. Because what that means is I can keep using what I’ve already created and give it new life. In this case, new life many years after it was conceived.

So this is really just a little glimpse into another aspect of The Realm Ethereal. A little something I like to call “Tales of The Realm Ethereal.” It’s designed to give my flexibility to shift things around, bring my previously never-seen artwork into a new light, and also build more characters into this universe I am creating. And that’s FUN!

The Princess and The Barbarian

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Painting A Humming Bird

humming bird grayscale painting

Painting A Humming Bird

The last thing I expected to include in the painting “Ena, Ethereal Reveal” was a humming bird. In fact, in my very first sketch, I wanted to paint frogs. Frogs? Yeah, that idea pretty much came from out of left field. And while the last thing I expected to paint lately was a humming bird, I couldn’t help but notice that the last four paintings prior to Ena, Ethereal Reveal. Each painting below includes some kind of flying creature. From left to right below, I have falcons, a dragon, butterflies and an eagle.

Ena Ethereal Reveal fantasy artThe idea of flight and “spreading my wings” has been the major theme in my life so far in 2019. This is the first time I have really taken the leap to pursue making art full-time. This year has been a great year of exploring my own characters in a universe I am creating called The Realm Ethereal. By coming up with my own designs and worlds, I continue to push myself to make art consistently. And as can be seen, I have consistently been adding creatures of flight in my latest works.

Today’s post is going to be mostly taken up by the video shown here. The video captures me working on the drawing on the grayscale painting phase of the humming bird in the Ena, Ethereal Reveal painting. Be warned, this video is over an hour long but it does capture me from start to finish on painting the humming bird, using photo reference.

So, if you’ve got about an hour and fifteen minutes to spare, feel free to watch. Or, if you feel like listening to me talk about my art methods, show which digital brushes I like to use in Procreate, and listen to my cat begging to be let out at about 4:12 into the video, then by all means click play.

The Realm Ethereal was created by me, Rene Arreola. I am an artist who draws and paints fantastic imagery in the style of imaginative realism. My interest in making art lies at the intersection of character design and creation while owning my art and intellectual properties.

On top of all that, I really just enjoy playing with colors in a painting while paying homage the superhero comic books I read as a child. That’s why my fantasy art illustration will always have some kind of look to it that draws from and is inspired by superhero comic books.

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