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Monday, January 23, 2012

She Was Naked When I Found Her

I know what yer thinking "It's Boobies day at Anne's place."  And I would say "No it's not, it's about creating fantasy warriors from pictures of naked women that just happen to be lying around my place." And no, it's not my porn this time, it's my husbands porn. 

Most little girls grew up playing with dolls and daydreaming about being a princess. Not me,. I was born on a farm in rural Ireland in the early 1960's and when I say "born on a farm" I mean that literally. I spent my time mucking out dirty stalls and playing with boys. My best friend in the whole world was named Michael and we spent our time playing rugby in the mud and playing at being soldiers. I climbed trees (someone had to be the sniper) and one summer we built a fort from wood we stole from building sites. Once I was given a baby doll for Christmas. I decapitated her, pretending she'd been captured by the Japanese and beheaded with a Samurai sword. Then I hung her by the hair from the rail of the bunkbed. My parents were horrified.

Recently I discovered that I have a knack for drawing things using MSPaint. And I said to myself "Anne, you can finally draw a picture of the warrior woman you wanted to be when you were a little girl."  So I downloaded a trial version of Corel paint to see if I could use it  in place of MSPaint and make her more life-like.
And here she is.


I did her in oils, so that I could use diffent brushes and techniques to get diffent textures. I used a thick opaque brush to do all the metallics and everything from dry brushes, to wet brushes to detail brushes to fan brushes to do the rest.  And because some arsemonkey asked me if the pic I did of Bersercules was "scanned", I've included a cropped close-up so you can see my paint strokes.


She started out as a nude, and that allowed me to dress her any way I wanted to. I traced an outline from a picture, scanned that into my computer and took it into Corel Paint. And yes, I know she has blue hair, but there's a reason for that and if you don't know it, I'm not going to tell you.

All this leads up to the second purpose of this post and that is wargames. I follow quite a few of the wargame pages on Blogger and my two favorites are The Angry Lurker (by Angry) and Don't Throw A 1 (by Ray). The work on both of these pages is top-notch, but there's also the friendly rivalry between Angry and Ray which is fun to watch.  And right now there is a big competition going on called The 2nd Annual Analogue Hobbies Winter Painting Challenge.  Currently Ray is beating Angry and the two of them are engaging in verbal smackdowns and it's so funny that I decided to make an MSPaint comic about them. They've both seen it and asked me if I would post it. So I'm going to be posting that on Wednesday. If you don't follow these guys you might want to stop in and have a look at their pages so that you can understand my post on Wednesday.  





61 comments:

  1. The painting's flipping marvelous. Really loved it. Must have taken a lot of time.

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  2. That is absolutely amazing.
    Wonderful. You are so clever with digital art.

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  3. I love it. Especially the blue hair. That's the first thing I noticed and I practically squealed with delight. I would have actually squealed but didn't want to wake up Rob sooner than necessary. He's a bear when he wakes up.

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  4. Nice art Anne and nice shout out for Ray as the buffoon needs all the help he can get.....

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    1. We both know what's in that cartoon though don't we big guy? Poor Ray.

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    2. He loves me really!!! The PIG!!!

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    3. I know he does Ray and he's really a sweet guy. He just doesn't want anyone to know it. Don't tell him I've figured this out.

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  5. Ah, so that's what you meant by the tweet about turning a naked woman into a soldier the other day! In all seriousness that art is awesome, you've done an amazing job turning something very simple into that, Mynx is right that you're really clever with digital art.

    It's cool to hear about your upbringing being different from the typical upbringing too, I've always felt kind of thankful I was never brought up on a farm but it sounds like it was actually a lot of fun so maybe I was just a ponce to feel like that!

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    1. Actually for that period in Southern Ireland it wasn't all that unusual. This was just after half a million of us emigrated out, bad times indeed. We made our own fun in those days and I wouldn't trade it for the luxury of today's world.

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  6. That does look great. I've actually never considered starting with them naked and then doing the clothing. If I have a little girl one day I hope she grows up like you. I actually do.

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    1. Thank you so much for that Mark. I'm very touched by that and I mean it.

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  7. believe it or not, I also grew up on a farm with piggies, cats, chicken and other beasts :)

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    1. I believe it Dez. I love the wee beasties of the world too. We've much in common!

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    2. I also had to work on the corn fields and dig the potatoes out of our fields, and I know how much your and my people love potatoes.... and depend on them... it was often our meat throughout history.
      But a job I had to do as a kid which you would probably love is collecting fallen plums in our orchards from which my granpa would make famous Serbian "slivovitz", or the plum brandy :) Have you ever tried it? It's very poisonous.

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  8. garh, i really need to start painting on the computer again, they are amazing.

    was the same as a kid, a big tomboy, the problem is i would climb on trees and houses but never get down again...unless i would fall down, my poor parents. I looked like i got beaten as a child.

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    1. Where were you when I was a kid? I could have used a girlfriend like you back then.

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  9. I grew up with fields and cows, does that count as a farm?..lol...and look at you a thief! Stealing wood, geez..haha

    Damn fine work once more, you brought the warrior out and she shines. Of course I half expected her to be holding a doll head after reading you cut yours off..haha

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  10. That title? That's my story, too.

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  11. You're very talented! Gorgeous painting :)

    Decapitating dolls pretending it was the Japanese??? hahaha That scares me a little lol

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  12. My sister has been teased for the last few years because she said she felt that something made her feel so bad she wanted to punch babies, so I am going to make sure to let her know that she isn't the only girl out there that's not that into dolls either lol! And I know this sounds like an afterthought but it's not...your art is great and you are talented.

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  13. Anne, you just keep getting better and better, which, well, is putting us to shame. Also, you sound like you were an awesome kid. The girls that played with barbies and brushed their hair never grew up into cool, liquor drinking, rock playing badasses, did they?

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    1. No they didn't. They wound up having babies with different daddies. I got my revenge!

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  14. Wow, your warrior woman is amazing! You are seriously talented..!

    GM x

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  15. Looks like you put a lot of time and effort into that piece of artwork- good job.

    Also, I like that even as a little girl you had a knowledge of some of the more brutal aspects of the Japanese military

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  16. The armor is nice and all but I still don't get the thing about the blue hair.

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    1. That's to honor the people of another country who are engaged in a struggle near to my heart. They read this blog and know what this means. Solidarity.

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  17. Love that picture! I hope I see more someday! (though I was a bit sad that you covered up her nudity.)

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    1. I'm working on a new one now and hope to have her done by Friday. These take 3 days to do.

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  18. Nice looking picture! And fun story- the horrified parents made me laugh. Always good to keep people guessing ;)

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  19. ha i look forward to your comic and nice pic...i like what you did with it...the fantasy elements...and you know that is ok growing up with boys...bet at times it was a head ache...lol..grew up around cousins ona hill seperated from the world a bit...

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  20. So you were pretty much cool since ever. It's not something you grow into? ... Damn!

    And that's one fine piece you made there! A true artist, no wonder I like you.

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    1. My family didn't think so, I was referred to as "a holy terror" a "heathen child" and a "hellion" I came out of the shoot this way.

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  21. Dang the pictures are so good!

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  22. I am speechless. A wonderful image and a great job. Everything fits here, from conception to implementation and the choice of colors. Really great.
    Regards
    Lonewolf

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    1. Now can you see why I want to get into wargaming? Painting those figures combined with my love of war history would be a dream come true.

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    2. I hope you will start painting figures if you can find the time. I believe you will show us wonderful works.
      Regards
      Lonewolf

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  23. That picture is beautiful! You are quite talented, m'lady.

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  24. talented is an understatement. A friend of mine is starting to do animation like this with his computer. I used to be able to draw fairly well IRL, yet I couldn't scribble to save my life on his computer! Keep up the good work.

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    1. I hadn't drawn anything since I was about 18 years old and didn't try this till about a month ago. The first couple were shit, but eventually it all came together. You could probably do it, once you got the hang of how to use the pen.

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  25. Very nice artwork Anne, and thanks for the link!!! Looking forward to see me and Fran cartoon style on your blog!!!!
    I've been thinking of getting coral for my flags, is it a lot better than MSPaint??

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    1. It's great Ray. It's so much better than MSPaint. You can do anything you want in it. But it's real expensive. In the States it's $499.00 and right now I can't afford to buy it. So I'm using a free trial download.

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  26. You are truly talented Anne!! My hubby follows Warhammer, don't know if you are familiar with that??

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    1. I just found and followed Warhammer. Christ, they've got the most amazing stuff over there. Serious eye-candy.

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  27. Your talents know no bounds, sis! I lament the fact that I have no artistic skills. Although she's older than you, my mom would've been a great friend for you to play with. She grew up on a farm and was a tomboy, too. She climbed trees and rough-housed with her brothers. I was also a bit of a tomboy. I remember throwing my Barbies in the air pretending that they were gymnasts. One hit the ground and broke right where the two pieces of the doll connected at the waist. Topaz and I send you and Toki lots of love and hugs. Topaz also sends a nosebump to Toki :-).

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    1. My daughter is just like me. Hates dolls. I bought her a few of them and she cut all the hair off. She plays wargames on XBox all the time. She loves blowing things up! I don't know what I would have done if she'd turned out liking romance novels and chick flicks. She loves Japanese literature because it doesn't lie to women.

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  28. She is stunning. That's what I wanted to look like as a child!

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  29. Ohhhh no wonder people find you by googling boobies. Great pic, though.

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  30. wow Anne you have an awesome talent for drawing. Wish i could draw :(

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  31. Personally I would've kept it nude. Though everyone is enTITled to their opinions.

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  32. shes looks fully clothed to me

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  33. Wow! You are so talented! I could never do anything like that. Keep it up, my friend.

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  34. That is absolutely awesome! I haven't even scratched the surface of MSpaint capabilities! My cheesy doodles are no match for this!

    When I first began, I hoped I could be as good as ABFTS and I'm not even close to that yet! But now I have a new goal in mind...to be as great as you!

    I bow down to your awesomeness!

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  35. Thank you so much for putting me in your blog roll! I don't see it yet but I'm sure it should show up soon. I hope we can be blogging buddies for years to come :)

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  36. Anne, First of all, that is a really fantastic sketch of your woman warrior. You are so visually talented. My 16 year old daughter has an eye and I want to show her your stuff (Don't worry, she is used to bad words).

    Secondly, I would have given one of my nuts if you were my playmate when I was a child.

    Lastly, Blogger should have sent you an invite to guest post. I have not seen where you accepted. Let me know if you didn't get it. Thanks.

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  37. That's an extremly beautiful and seductive
    warrior. I'm quite astonished that you could
    do that on a computer. I was always curious
    if people were capable of making great
    looking paintings on a computer. As an
    computer enthusiast, and a fan of art I find
    that very contemporary.

    Haha, I would have loved to see your folks reaction to you beheading your doll!

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  38. Shitting hell that is amazing!

    There is nothing better than a girl who plays boys games. I remember at primary school there was a girl who played Ghostbusters with us. I think that was the first time I ever felt love.

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