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Whimper in the Dark Now Updating!

Hey hey what can I say?

Well, Whimper in the Dark has it’s page up, though I have a lot of layout work to do 🙂 It updates every Thursday. So you all can check it out here.
Additionally, here’s a nice little character study of my dog, Julius 🙂

Dark Horse is nearing the end of Act 4! Holy crap! I need to get to work on Act 5 right away! I did work on a few *small* script additions, and I’ve got the cover art drafted. I’ll have a few pages after Act 4, such as the Author’s note, a Web Short, and some other images to help pad the comic until I get a couple pages up and running. Gotta have that cushion 😉

That’s all for tonight, folks! Feel free to ask questions, post comments, look around, enjoy your time 😀


Peace out!

Blue Dragon


Posted in Dark Horse Art, The Whimper in the Dark, Updates.

New Comic on the Way!

Hello good peoples 🙂

So, I know I’m being a little ambitious, but  in addition to working on Dark Horse and Devil May Take You, Brad Arnett and I are collaborating on a comic that’s going to be done in ink. It’s an idea he’s had bouncing around in his mind for a while, and I like his ideas, so we’re going to put it to put it paper.

Here’s a sneak peek at what The Whimper in the Dark is going to look like:

We’re debating on exactly how we want it to be, but as you can tell from my little notes, it’s a little inspired by Edward Gorey. 🙂 Obviously not nearly as well illustrated, bu we’re going to keep it mostly black and white (with a little color here and there.)


Once we get a couple strips into it, I’ll create a website for it to be viewed. Please keep an eye out for it! And, of course, it’ll be accessible for free!



I’ve been a bit sick, or I’d be much farther along. Also prodding at Brad to get me some script ideas 🙂


Cheers for now!


Ashleen Woods
Blue Dragon

Posted in The Whimper in the Dark.


Hey everyone!

Been busy inking pages for Dark Horse! Super excited to complete Act 4–though we’re still quite a ways away from that. I’ve finished sketching all of Act 4, and began inking earlier this week. But—Dilemma! Earlier this year someone stole my light box…and we’ve been kinda tight on a budget…

So what do you do when you have no light box and no money? Turn your partner’s desk into a light box!!!

(But only while he’s at work)

Ta-Dah!!!! Glass tables make great light boxes!

I’ve been updating some pages here, and commissions are open, so please check out my commissions page if you’d like something! It’s under construction, so please forgive the temporary disarray.

Dark Horse updates every Wednesday, so you can read it for free here!

‘Til next time!


Blue Dragon

Posted in Dark Horse Art, Total Randomness, Updates.

Gen Con! 2016


So I wasn’t sure if I’d have a chance to post anything, since I’ve been at Gen Con, but seems as though I’ve got some free time in my schedule 😀

Here’s some pictures:

In the hotel Marriot with four friends. This is our view.

A nifty Theatre by the Embassy Hotel, where some of the events I attended were held.


Old School (Adam West) Batman.


Super Girl!


If anyone knows who this dude is cosplaying as, please let me know!


And Captain Kirk and the Joker.

Last thing I’d like to post is a mock-up of a commission I’ve completed (except for the cover, which this is just a mock-up, as I’ve said.) I need to scan in the finished image so the lines are cleaner. I am also making a few changes that were requested, including adding some buildings.



Okay! That’s all I have time for today. I hope to post some more later 🙂


~Blue Dragon

Posted in Updates.

Commission and Next Dark Horse Post

Good morning! Almost afternoon!

So while I was away from the Internet, I got a commission from a woman with whom I worked. So I got this done back in May for a gift the client was going to give to her friend. It may not make a lot of sense just looking at it, but suffice it to say it had something to with getting something off this person’s back.

She liked it and all was well 🙂 Click for a larger version.



Dark Horse is scheduled to update this Wednesday! So feel free to check it out here: Click!

And I’ve been working on screening the next page, so it should be ready for the following week, as well. I’ll be going to GenCon this weekend, so I may not have any updates until following this event. Maybe I’ll have some pictures to post! Who knows!


Have a great week everyone!


Blue Dragon

Posted in Regular Art, Updates.

New Updates on the Way

It’s been a while, I know–for this, I apologize. I have had so many thing going on, including a move from Illinois out of state. So…things have been more than a little crazy, and I’ve had no time for art–and little access to Internet service.


So once I finally get my desk and scanner and everything up here, I’ll be working on Dark Horse again, as well as some other stuff. Until then, here’s a picture I drew so I didn’t get too out of practice.

Random drawing I did for practice.


I look forward to updating this blog and my comic once more! Sorry for such a long delay :*(


~The Blue Dragon

Posted in Updates.

No Sleep til Brooklyn…

Pulled an all night job to get all the works for my final completed in time. I may post a few other images later on, but for now I’m just going to post my final series I’ve been working on. I intend to continue this series next semester 🙂

(Click to see details)


Close Up:



Close up:

Last one:

Close up:

It’s been intense this semester: this is just a small portion of what I’ve been working on. I have three pieces Billie had hung up. Our whole class had fantastic work, and they’ve a lot of work hanging in the building, too 🙂 I was very envious of many people’s talent.

I am hoping I will be able to work a bit on my comic this break, but I am going to keep working on other art, as well.

Winter is the time to listen to later/mid Depeche Mode. It’s a dark time…


I am tired, so I should get to sleep.

Good night!

Blue Dragon

Posted in Regular Art.

More Progess…

Well, D-Day (Due Day?) is coming soon. I have to get to work, since I’ll be home for Thanksgiving and presumably useless regarding any art working. Was in the studio the other night and tonight. Slowly getting done. Trying to take suggestions from faculty while still retaining what I want. I don’t really care what certain symbols mean to others–images have many different meanings, and I’m well aware of many of them (it’s hard to think perhaps I’m more well read than people assume?)


Anyway, not bitching just saying, I know what a tree symbolizes, but there are ways to changing that meaning or using that idea and flipping it. This has nothing to do with the image I’m posting, aside from they’re all part of the same series.

Here’s an update of one I’ve been working more on than the others: it’s near completion. Personal subject matter, but hopefully some of it comes across.


Poor picture quality. My apologies. I am also well aware the arm needs work. Needs to be smaller for sure and is off. I’ll figure it before cleaning it up.

I keep meaning to post an update of the egg tempera crow. It’s pretty much finished as much as I’m going to work on it. So I’ll try to remember to get a photo of it 🙂


More to come later!


The Blue Dragon

Posted in Regular Art.

Finished and In Progress Projects

Hey there!

I finally got this painting finished. The artists I was “channeling” are Barbara Kruger, Glenn Brown, and Tobias Rehberger.


We also had some tempera projects, and this is the first one I completed.

I have since finished this, and will post it at a later time. Also tempera.


An update of this image, still not complete. Part of a series. I think there’s going to be a lot of these I do for myself, even after class.


And this is all for now! Hope you are enjoying the images 🙂 I’ll be working on Dark Horse during the winter break. Pretty sure I mentioned that, but just reaffirming it 😀


Thanks and have a nice weekend everyone!


Blue Dragon
Ashleen Woods

Posted in Regular Art.

Class Projects and Finished Charcoal


Lots going on, as per usual. I apologize for the hiatus of Dark Horse, but class and work and everything has just been taking all of my time. I am planning to work on my buffer over winter break. I’m so sorry!!

In the meanwhile, other art stuff has been going on. I am posting some projects I’m working on. Below I finished the charcoal I was doing. Not sure if it’s better finished or unfinished. I used just a little bit of oil pastel, blue, for color. But mostly just leaving it monochromatic.


Due Thursday, but not quite complete is a project of appropriating from 3 contemporary artists. I can’t remember every artists name, but the zombie look comes from Glenn Brown, I’m going to have text boxes like Barbara Kruger, and I forgot the name of the interior design dude the background is from (I have it on my other lappy which is at the studio.)

I need to fix up the face a bit and finish cleaning up the background. That pink color is High Flow Golden brand stuff…and it’s like usable for air brushing, so it’s really thin. But I have nothing I can thicken it with. Anyway, I figure this is appropriate for a late Halloween picture 😛


Also, working on series for final projects:

This one is no where near finished, and I may take the third bird out (I only made it by accident, dripped pain there. I don’t like it.)


This one I am going to paint over and redo because they are not small enough (I want more empty space.) But you get the idea of what the layout will be.



Also, for Halloween, I did early Gaga. It was either Lady Gaga or David Bowie…and I didn’t have time to find stuff for Bowie 🙁 Maybe next year!

Here’s some pics:


Okay, I need to go to sleep. Good night everyone!


Ashleen Woods
The Blue Dragon
Fat Lady Gaga (but only on Halloween 2015 and Nov. 6 when I party this weekend.)



Posted in Regular Art, Total Randomness.