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Never enough time…

Hey all!

It seems there’s never enough time to do everything one needs/wants to do. But today I took a trip to Naperville so I could get some watercolors for class…but really it’s because I haven’t been getting out of the house at all besides class and work. So it was a nice little trip to Dick Blick (which I noticed they now call only “Blick.” Good call.)

I intend to post some of my art projects up here for sure, but I forgot to take a picture of my mixed media project before turning it in o_O So I’ll get it up here once we get them back (they’re hanging in the art building now.)

I have gotten a few pages of Act 4 done (or I will before I go to sleep.) So here’s a little treat for those of you visiting my blog: Page 1 of Act 4!!!



So the first few pages of Act 4 are all in color :) And I have a few more color pages elsewhere in the comic. It’s fun to do color pages, but sometimes too time consuming. Plus I love the gray scale in manga :) It makes the color that much more “special,” to me.


I have a lot going on, and I want to finish another Dark Horse page, so I’m going to close for now.

Until next time!


Blue Dragon
Ashleen Woods

Posted in Updates.

Glam Rockers in House Tonight

So, I’m posting my progess on my Glam inspirations. Yes, I’m missing the premier Glam rocker, the one who started it all, Marc Bolan, but I have shamefully not listened to his Glam Rock (aside from Bang a Gong, Get it On,) until recent years. I instead preferred his British Folk music, like the album Unicorn or My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair… But Now They’re Content to Wear Stars on Their Brows. So, sad to say, he’s not here. But I may do something on him later :)


Here’s the update:

So we’ve got Kevin Barnes in the upper left corner, David Bowie circa Scary Monsters, and Lady Gaga upper right. Not done, but getting there :)


I hope to have more of the commission done this weekend. I intend to work on that tomorrow, and I have an update of Dark Horse coming tomorrow at 12:00am. Be sure to check it out!


Thanks, and until next time, keep on rockin’!


Blue Dragon

Posted in The Miscellany, Updates.

Been about a month…time to post!

Ugh, I’m sorry for not posting more. So much going on–we finally are unionized though! Whoo hoo! Still soooo much work to be done!


Anywho, I’m going to be taking some classes this fall, and eventually will also be applying full on to Graduate School. What’s this mean? Well, less time for posting…which I’ve been neglecting anyway, but more art being produced! In fact, I have some works in progress I’d like to share tonight! Tomorrow I may also have time to post some of the commission I’m working on.

Here’s one I started a couple weeks ago. Very personal…yadda yadda…most art is. Anyway, it’s called “Remembering Disrememberance,” and is a reflection on my past; a certain person who inspired me to do what I felt I should regarding college, rather than just focusing on what I thought would get me a job, and a lot of other stuff. So there’s that…

Kinda not so good of a photo, since it’s on the basement floor, but it’s not done yet, so I’ll have another at some point.


And this one is about Glam Rock and Pop Art, but it’s just in it’s VERY preliminary stages. I still need to get a canvas, unless I decide to keep this on bristol board. Look! It’s not manga-style! I can break with that style when I want to…it’s just not something I usually feel like doing. But sometimes I do. And you’ll be seeing more of this type of stuff. Gotta expand my horizons a bit.


I worked on some other stuff, too, but that’s all I’m posting for now. Dark Horse updates tonight, so be sure to check it out!!! We’re almost to the end of Act 3!!!!


Blue Dragon signing out!



Posted in Updates.

Another Completed Image

I’ve been so busy, I’m running out of my buffer of Dark Horse and moving slowly on the commission on which I’m working!


But I got a bit done this weekend. Almost completed a page for Dark Horse, and I got the following image completed for Paige’s Commission:

The reason why it took so long to complete this one, is because of all the layers required for Tug’s outfit. I had to keep adding colors beneath to accurately convey the sheer material, which was took a lot of back and forth. I do clothes, skin, details, shadows, accessories and such are all on separate layers so I can tweak certain parts without effecting others. I also had trouble deciding what I wanted the background to be. I hope it looks okay!


I plan to do more work this weekend. Hopefully I’ll have something new to post ๐Ÿ˜€


Thanks all!


Blue Dragon

Posted in Commissions.

It’s Summer Time!

At long last!!!! We’ve finally made it to summer (well, technically the 21st is the first day of summer,) and we’ve finally began our flex schedule at work! This means I am going to have Mondays off, a three day weekend! So I’ll have a little more time to work on things.

I nearly have this image complete. I still need to color in Pot’s mouth so it doesn’t look green o_O



I have fallen behind in working on my buffer for Dark Horse, so I am going to try to also get some of that completed this weekend. I can’t believe I only have one more page (Sunday’s/tomorrow’s) before my buffer runs out! Ahh! So much to do, so little time!


Well, I’m going to get to work! Ta for now!


The Blue Dragon

Posted in Commissions.

Just an Old Fashioned Blog Post…

I have Three Dog Night on my mind for some odd reason…

So today I got the Title Page for Dark Horseย Act 3 done. Hurray!

It’s been a while since I had to write in the Title font. But here it is ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s the inspiration for Kanna’s Dress :)


I also thought I’d post the first cover I ever did for Dark Horse, which I didn’t like then, or now…but anyway, I’ll let you see what the cover looked like for my college project:




I haven’t had much time to work on art this week :( Next weekend I will be out of town, so I probably won’t get much done next week, too :( I apologize ahead of time!!!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend everyone!


~The Blue Dragon~

Posted in Updates.

Two Posts so Close together?

So I’ve known for some time I needed to get a Title Page done for Dark Horse Act 3: The New Deal. Back when I’d first started this comic, I’d drawn out something heavily inspired by Sailor Moon, in that it was cutesy and had like star mint candies in the background. I had Rhina holding Odysseus in his dragon form, and Kanna like with her arm around Rin’s shoulders, petting Odysseus. I can’t find this TERRIBLY rendered image now, but if I find it, I’ll scan it in and post it for a comparison.

Well, I wanted to keep the same idea…but Kanna really isn’t cool with the dragon. She’s still kinda wary of what he is (uh…rightfully so, but Rin’s an airhead, so she’s all at it.) I thought it’s be better to express this in the title page. And, for the hell of it, cool Asian clothing! This time not Indian themed. I think Rin’s dress is more Thai (can’t tell…I got the idea from an advertisment sent to someone at work and it didn’t say the inspiration) and Kanna’s dress is like a Chinese dress I found online. Made Kanna’s hairstyle up because I didn’t like the Chinese lady’s hair style, which looked like a 1980s Duran Duran model. Nothing against that, just not what I was going for.

So here’s the sketch I came up with! Please let me know what you think!


Until next time!

~The Blue Dragon~


Posted in Dark Horse Art.

Don’t Forget You Can Get Off the Conveyor!

So….yeah, just singing this song here:

Start at 13:21, I just can’t find this song anywhere that’s the actual version :/ Youtube…love hate relationship. <>

Because I just spent all day (aside from two walks to the gas station-because I was lacking .10 for my purchase-and walkies for Julius…and a run for some Almond Dream ice-cream, the cheapest “vegan” ice-cream I could find) working on Paige’s Commission! I wish I could do art full time, get off “the conveyor” and just do my own thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s some stuff I did. It took all day because of the stones. ~Le sigh. But I’m happy with it! I really like how these babies turned out ๐Ÿ˜€


When viewing this image think:

And finally:


I’ve also been working on my buffer for Dark Horse, Act 3. Got 3 pages done!!!! Yay!


Well, I’ll have more soon! Enjoy the songs (if you’re checking out Reverend and the Makers, I love “Heavy Weight Champion of the World,” too! Give it a go ; ) )


~Blue Dragon~

Posted in Commissions, Total Randomness, Updates.

Completed Image!!!

I forgot to mention in my last post, that I finally completed the following digital image:



So eventually I’ll finish the painting, but I haven’t had much time to work on that kind of art. I will be sure to post pictures of the finished product, as it will be framed (like, I mean, each image is framed with another image. I hope you all like the end result. It’ll be a while, so you may not want to keep that on your radar :O


Dark Horse updated yesterday, so please be sure to check it out!!!

Posted in The Miscellany, Updates.

Up Next…more drawrings. :P

Yep, finally got some time to work on this commission some more. I wish my full time job was art. But, that’s the way it is right now ๐Ÿ˜€


Here are two more drawings.









Okay, so I am trying to work on some more of these today. Maybe have more to post later ;D


Not much to say. Act 3 of Dark Horseย is in the process of being screentoned, so that will be coming up in May!!! Don’t worry, posts are still being made, including a web short series I made ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m excited!


Keep on reading and visiting! Feel free to make requests, too.


~*The Blue Dragon*~


Posted in Commissions.