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Michelle D Bouchard

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From the Ashes; The Highwayman

Well, after hours of goofing around in ProCreate, and years of trying to find a way to tell this story, here’s a little preview…



I got it down to two-three hours a page, so, I can live with that. ‘The Highwayman’ is a 40 page vignette/origin story that I put together in Photoshop a while back. I couldn’t get the “look” right, no matter what I did. It was after some research and trying out different digital art methods I found I need that tactile sensation. My Wacom served me well for years, but it’s time to move on.

Here’s what things will look like colored. I think it’s reminiscent of old naturalist’s notebooks…

Commissions are Open


Hey all — if you’ve ever ‘liked’ my art and thought to yourself “man, I wish I had a weird bug-cat-thing of my own”, well do I ever have news for you… I’m taking commissions! I usually don’t advertise, but I have big plans that require a bit of extra bacon. So, hit me up with your ideas — pet portrait, making a template for MS Office, some art for you next tat — I’ve done it!

new ipad pro, who’s this?

Well, I took the plunge and I couldn’t be happier. Armed with an Apple Pencil, an iPad Pro, and ProCreate… I will be an unstoppable force of half-conceived, half-finished concept art… of a concept I can’t seem to bring to fruition!

Rest in Petoux

It’s been a while, WordPress. Life has a way of taking us from the things that feed our souls… work, apartment woes, death, personal dilemmas… it’s been a crazy two months.

I have been creating during that time, however. 

One of my simpler, yet more meaningful, designs was that of my late cat, Petoux. She died suddenly of heart failure at the very beginning of May. I was devastated by the loss. Even now, I still call to Petoux, and look for her in her usual spots. Not a day passes that I don’t think about my beautiful, big girl, and the short 11 years we had together.

I decided to memorialize her with a tattoo on the inside of my left forearm.

Once she’s finished healing, I’ll take a better picture. Rest assured, I’m more than happy with how it turned out. And now I have my big, happy girl with me always.

…more art and news to post later.

Some things are never done…

There’s something that I can’t quite finish about this piece, and I’m not really sure what that is. Something’s bugging me about the contrast, the centaur’s hind legs (despite using a model and darn near tracing it), the backgrounds… but… it really isn’t up to me on this one. I was hired to make these, and I’m really far past my self-imposed deadline.

I sent them as they are below to the fellow that asked for them. I’ll see what he says. I don’t want his art to fall into the pit of “it’s never good enough”… I really shouldn’t let my own art fall into that pit, either… but here we are.

Sagittarius and Scorpio

rolecall

r. jenna jones 
William T. Fletcher, Jr.

Nicholas “Kid” Maloney

Renee LaCroix

Berniece Blackbourne

Melora Hathorne 

William “Billy” Campbell

silent storytelling

I doodle between emails now, pondering work, my personal life, and finances. In the back of my mind I still turn over imagined complications. I’m still writing a story, while living my own, and a thousand times over I tell it to myself and I wonder… when am I going to share it with others? 

Will I ever manage to start and finish one of these little plots? There are a few worlds floating around my skull…

I won’t even say it’s procrastination, because I do work on these things… I just don’t let anyone see them. 

I can take criticism just fine, there comes a point when people see things in my work where I just slip their observations in my pocket for next time, so I know it isn’t that… 

Maybe because my little stories are there rattling around with my deepest, darkest, rawest thoughts that I’m afraid people will see too much of who I really am?

Either way, I doodle between emails and live a life that’s not mine now and again; when I’m silent, glancing out the window or chewing the end of a pen, I’m telling myself a story.

Little Projects


No, I’ve not dropped off the face of the earth, though that would be a reasonable conclusion based on my lack of posting art lately.

Art has been hard to get to lately. I’ve been working full-time, then working occasionally on the weekends, doing some commissions (see Sagittarius above). 

I’ve also been crocheting a lot… it’s a necessary stress-reliever. My job requires that I look at a computer for eight hours and, believe me, a monitor is the last thing I want to look at when I get home.

It’s a struggle to find that work-life-balance that others seem to have found. But, at least I’m getting in little doodles now and again.

Doodles

I am gainfully employed now… but during this training period I find that a lot of my day is spent waiting around for something to do… it’s a little disheartening, but I hope to have an overwhelming workload soon.

In the mean time, I’ve been doodling quite a bit while a work, mostly terrifying little creatures that elicit uneasy/perplexed responses from my coworkers, i.e.: “what is that?” 

I hope in the coming weeks to kind of nail down a schedule to get my graphic novel project up and running again.

I also have that zodiac commission… hm…

Lots to do… just none of it at work… yet!

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