Friday, July 29, 2011

Climbing the Family Tree

The Cianachta or Clan Cian! ("Race of Cian") At least that is what has been found in recent family history digging.  This genealogical research started back in January after my grandmothers 80th birthday, which went very well fortunately.  My mother being the prime historical investigator, uncovered a few fun things.  Actually more than any of us thought possible.  Much of it appears to be accurate, but for myself I like to just imagine a bunch of blue faced celts living and surviving in a time that I'm glad I didn't live in, except in my overly fantasized imagination.

Alright, time to start the weekend!  Oh and the genealogy breakthrough name?  It was Carroll.  Finding the relatives coming to America in the late 1800's was the hard part - another century I'm glad I didn't live through.  Weekend!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sketchbook drawing - Warrior

A lot going on right now, and since I need to post something, here's a sketch for part of a painting I was doing… and still might do.  It's important not to desire vain things in life, but man I wish I could carry that look!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

More from the sketchbook

Been watching Errol Flynn movies the last few nights; The Adventures of Robin Hood (one of my absolute, all time, ever since childhood favorites!) and Captain Blood.  In addition to the above pages, I wanted to get a few good sketches from the movies, but it didn't happen.  Maybe next time.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sketchbook Scan - Romans and Gauls

To the left is Vercingetorix the Gaul, who gave the Romans serious trouble until the battle of Alesia in 52 BC.  To the right, a Roman soldier and a Gaul in forbidden love.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Travels of the Game Warrior!

I'm glad I didn't have this game when I was a child, or else I never would have gone outside.  I spent this past weekend breaking heavily from any thoughts of work (first time in a long time), and submersed myself in the virtual, medieval world of… 
Mount & Blade - War Band!

My brother downloaded the game just the other day.  He started and grew to be a count.  I started as a female warrior (to see the variation of game play) and turned out to be a joke.  I'm one of those, "do this and see what happens" people, so the results were a bit funny.  The game play is awesome!  You get to:

Receive encouragement from your men!

Vanquish enemies!
And meet old friends…

The game is more for teens with the blood sprites and stuff (you can disable that).  If you're interested in this kind of thing you can check out their website at Tale Worlds.