welcome

While you can always see posts on my sketches which often includes a bit more in-depth coverage on my process and workflow along with time-lapse videos, here is a quick snapshot of my most recent work (that I’m proud of).

most recent post

Attack of the Artistic AI Bots! - Earlier this month it was reported that an AI bot by the name of Midjourney took first place in art competition held in Colorado, quickly creating a storm of comments spanning the spectrum from welcoming our new benevolent overlord artists to the downfall of society (or at least art) as we know it. No matter … Continue reading "Attack of the Artistic AI Bots!"

about

Ha!  You scrolled down.  Why, thank you very much and welcome to my site, unigon pics, dedicated to everything lovely and beautiful and sublime and otherwise about unicorns, dragons, and more.

My name is Ward W. Vuillemot, and I’m arguably an amateur artist with a passion for all things fantastical.  I say arguably as it is questionable if I am at best amateur; I consider myself very much at the (re)start of a very long, lifelong even, journey.  What I lack in skill, I hope I make up for with passion!

While I’ve been doing illustrations for as long as I can remember, I put down the proverbial pen and brush after leaving high school some two plus decades ago. In the past few years, I’ve started to re-explore this latent passion. You will find on this site a mix of my own work, along with posts on things I find useful as an aspiring digital artist looking to learn his craft.

Given that I’m very much looking to bootstrap myself leveraging readily available materials on the internet or otherwise in print, I thought it would be useful to share with folks things I’ve discovered that I’ve thus far found useful.

useful stuff

If you are looking for resources such as websites, tools, or even artists I think are excellent examples – at least to me – to emulate then I recommend you read through my Artist Resources series of blog posts.

fundamentals

I am, by no stretch of the imagination, a master artist.  That said, I find that taking the time to synthesize my understanding of various fundamentals such as color, light, values, shape, human anatomy, et cetera is a useful way for me to further learn, and in the process I hope to give back to others who are starting on this same journey.  I’ve started a new series of Art Fundamentals which I hope to continue to add to, if for no reason than to affirm to myself that I’m actually keeping up with my studies.

other recent posts

While I should be spending more time doing art, I sometimes find it useful to instead while away my time writing about doing art; it’s a disguised form of procrastination!  Nevertheless, below are the 5 most recent posts I’ve made regardless of topic or category.  Enjoy!  Or click here to see all my posts.

Attack of the Artistic AI Bots! - Earlier this month it was reported that an AI bot by the name of Midjourney took first place in art competition held in Colorado, quickly creating a storm of comments spanning the spectrum from welcoming our new benevolent overlord artists to the downfall of society (or at least art) as we know it. No matter … Continue reading "Attack of the Artistic AI Bots!"
Erel - I’m back at playing D&D with a new group of folks, and as such it’s time to create a new portrait for my character. While I considered playing either Stone or Unnis – given this is a more role-play heavy group (versus the min-max tactical approach in my other groups) – I also thought it … Continue reading "Erel"
Fey Eladrin in Four Seasons - I created these set of portraits of a Fey Eladrin for a character in an online D&D campaign. Given that these creatures, relatives of elves, change their appearance to one of the four seasons per game session, I thought it would be nice to have the portrait changeable to match the current game session’s season. … Continue reading "Fey Eladrin in Four Seasons"
Viking & Thirsty Buck - I’ve been following The Tavern of the Thirsty Buck on Instagram for awhile now. I’ve found a lot of the photo shoots they take are a great place for inspiration and reference. While I do not do fanart per se, I nevertheless thought it would be fun to take one of their photos as foundation … Continue reading "Viking & Thirsty Buck"
Kailynn - Kailynn is a half-elf who comes from an affluent merchant family only find herself on the road after a devastating loss of both her husband and child whom she has buried both. Now without family, but through her tragedy, she has found a new purpose to find and heal those in need. After consulting with … Continue reading "Kailynn"

WIP @ Instagram

I tend to post fairly frequently my work that is in progress, and tag it with #unigonpics to separate it from other stuff I post.  More often than not, it may be quite some weeks before I am able to get the time to collect my notes and post a more thoughtful post here on a specific piece.  So if you prefer your Unigon fresh, then Instagram is right for you.  Feel free to follow me on Instagram, else enjoy my posts here below.  

Cheers!

Recently I’ve been playing a lot of D&D on @campdragononline online, and have started to sketch while we play. It’s something I found helps me concentrate, especially during fight scenes as it forces my ears to listen while my hand sketches. Hopefully I’ll post more of these quick sketches. Maybe a future session will inspire my subject material. Tonight’s session included a mechanical beholder so obviously that did not make it into this sketch. Next time! #dragon #fantasyart #dnd #unigonpics #sketch #notabeholder ...

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Playing a bit of D&D on @campdndonline. As a part of the party is busy doing their own thing, I made my own background. It’s important they know I am Unnis Kilyax. Very important. It’s the most important thing, to be honest. #unigonpics #dnd ...

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