I've seen too many examples of this of late, so I feel the need to address it. Tiny bit ranty, but I'd rather people be aware of it and address it directly-
Many of you are painters or photographers who share your work online, and it makes good sense to sign/watermark your work so it can't be redistributed/used/altered without it being clear where it came from.
That's great, but everything you put in a picture has a visual weight, and having a GLARING RED NAME in a lovely cool composition literally ruins the experience. It's worth taking the time to pick a colour, size and style that will work WITH the image and not look like a blistering eyesore.
I always go for a tightly kerned Arial ciaranlucas or ciaranlucas.com in the corner for finished stuff, in a local to low tone that fits the rest of the picture. Some people use kanji, some people use initials, and all can work excellently . However, your name shouldn't be the thing people's eyes go to first, or else a name is exactly what you're gonna get.
I don't usually stick up the warmups, but I rather enjoyed them this week. Was working with a normal biro, just to see what I could come up with. Went back to pencil for the later poses, but definitely an interesting evening's drawing.
Will Sliney's Celtic Warrior: The Legend of CuChulainn was published recently by O'Brien press, and I have to say I was looking forward to this one for a while. There's been a great surge of Irish content recently, free of being twee or self deprecating or farcical; just really great stories.
Haven't had a chance to do a full blown painty-painting in a while, and it was definitely fun to get back to. I have issues with stereotypes, Irish ones not being the least of them...so I decided to try and design my own Leprechaun.
Here's what happened :D