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Journal Entry: Thu Mar 12, 2015, 3:53 AM

Printed in ImagineFX

I'm giddy since I got my art into the ImagineFX 120 - with as many as five pieces, no less. Yay!

Lensflare tutorial

I finally got around to a new tutorial that's been in planning for while: How to create Lensflares without touching the lensflare filter!
Also, check out my Tiny Tips tutorials:…


The reason things have been fairly slow here is the fact that I have been working on many things that I'm only allowed to show after they've been published. I can say that I have created artworks for Fantasy Flight Games for the Star Wars trading card game and roleplaying game, which is totally cool because Star Wars is so cool.


Asgaan, queen of the orlas by Ranarh
Asgaan, queen of the orlas
"We had told out Rakshi so many times for treating his orlas like that. One day on the hunt, they turned on him, and we could only see him disappear under a pile of orla bodies, one of which I swear was a dwarf, but just as beastly."
— Grishti, hunter

Asgaan is another animal lord from my setting Genius Loci. The animals she commands are called orlas, and are favourite hunting companions to many peoples of Kitas; they're friendly and easy to train. I really like the idea of beastly humans running with animals; having a deeper understanding of nature, rarely seen in our world.

Check out Genius Loci in my blog Starmaker's Gaze and my website.
Lord of gubras Gahatenge by Ranarh
Lord of gubras Gahatenge
"One day my gubra stood up, bit my eldest son and ran for the forest. That was of course the day Gahatenge called them back to the wild, and we haven't been able to recapture any of them - it seems the more docile they were, the more wild they are now."
— Shehnarga, hunter

Gahatenge is the first illustration of an animal lord of my fantasy world Genius Loci (well, other than the burrmo princes Darous and Darem, who technically aren't animal lords but were stolen by one and raised as his heirs).

I tried some new techniques here, like the bokeh background and foreground blur, which I saw recently from Ilya Kuvshinov (KR0NPR1NZ) and liked it a lot. I think it's more suited for his artwork than mine, though; but maybe I'll give it another try.

Check out Genius Loci in my blog Starmaker's Gaze and my website.
Concept: Lozirian cave city by Ranarh
Concept: Lozirian cave city
"You'd think they know nothing of water in those dry lands; but they are in fact experts in finding, getting, refining, cleaning, and selling water."
— Mantanara, traveller

Concept for my world Genius Loci (…). On the desert continent Lozir, some peoples dwell along the sea in large caverns washed out by the waters, and build entire cities in them.
Hatami spacesuits by Ranarh
Hatami spacesuits
Spacesuits for a gaming group playing the NOVA rpg. It was fun to come up with these; one crew member modified the suits from two existing models into these more personalized versions, and another character designed the colours.
As you can see, I went all in with the shiny scifi effects and lettering. Not shown: the ship's cat, Tiny.

I often find it hard to decide between retro scifi and really advanced ultra tech when creating scifi concepts. Should things look oldfashioned, like in the Alien films, with cathode monitors and keyboards with actual keys? Or super advanced like After Earth, with spaceships made from fabric?
The Empty Lands by Ranarh
The Empty Lands
"The plasmat city, the East Knights' headquarters, even the rhu'khach, are supposed to be in the Empty Lands. Probably all lost left socks, too?"
— Inkarmil, traveller

I wanted an illustration for the Starmaker's Gaze blog article about the Empty Lands. But how do you paint a landscape that by its very definition is bare of any interest? I finally found a solution in a dramatic sky, but not before producing several failed attempts that became concepts for other corners of the world.

Check out Genius Loci in my blog Starmaker's Gaze and my website.


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Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Could you by any chance make a tutorial on making smoke? :la: I wanted to make my own brushes, and a smoke brush is one of them :)
Ranarh Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
I will look into that. I've been slow on creating new Tiny Tips, but your wish is almost my command :)
Zedna7 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hehe okies. Think I have found something on youtube tho, with maximizing and warping, seem quite good :la: sorry for wasting your time abuot that :o but can't wait for your next tiny tip :)
printsILike Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
:iconhappyfellaavatar: thanks for the :iconllama3dplz::iconseeyouplz:
P-COMIC Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Nice Gallery~!

Ranarh Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Thanks a lot! :thanks:
Reomira Featured By Owner Edited Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
du hast eine fantastische galerie, deine bilder sehen aus wie aus traumwelten :)
Ranarh Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015
Dankeschön :thanks:
Eigentlich sind es sogar Traumwelten :)
Reomira Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
sehr fanatsiereich :happybounce:
TheQuitter Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for watching!
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