Monday, June 28, 2010

Epiphany - Sketch


2. an appearance or manifestation, esp. of a deity.
3. a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. 

I think maybe I'll put her in red or orange. Maybe green; anything other than white or blue to give this image a more generic religious association.

Sunday, June 27, 2010


I did this one all digital, so here's the sketch and the finished piece together. It feels like it went faster because there was no drawing to scan, but I do not think that is correct. I think this took me the same amount of time that it would have if I had drawn it on paper first.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oksana - Final.

Meet Oksana, to date the best face I've ever painted with a Wacom pen.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I had a good bit of trouble getting this figure to work the way I wanted it to. The foreshortening was tough, as were the proportions. I struggled with it for a while, but I eventually got it working the way I intended. Here also is the background to go behind this character.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brandish - Final

Here's the final for my 'Brandish' illustration.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beginning Color process - Brandish

I added in the background and began the color process for this image. It is almost done except for a final rendering of various odds and ends. His feet need work, along with his 'pieces of flare', and the lighting on the hammer. I also need to add in reflected light from behind him.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brandish - Underpainting

This is the underpainting step for this illustration. I tend to work in sepia because it feels familiar, as though I'm working with tangible materials on a real canvas. It is just a value pattern however, and the color can of course (and will) be digitally altered, irrespective of the color 'underneath'.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Brandish - Sketch

I'm done with all the illustrations for the book project I've been working on for the past two years. I counted 96 illustrations (and graphics) for the book in total. It was an enormous task for me, and because of that, much of the artwork was a little rushed. So now, beginning with this character here, I'm slowing things down. I'm fully rendering and taking my time to produce the best possible images I can.

This is Brandish, my first ever D&D character. Fans of Rifts will note where his direct and borrowed inspiration came from. I used to draw this character repeatedly in high school--sometimes with no mask, sometimes with the mask, and with or without the hood. This time around, I wanted to show all of those states at once. His hood is partially off, exposing his rockin' 80's metal band hair, that he is an elf, and the hood all at the same time. I wanted to try to glom all those ideas from high school into one image. I still have the mechanical pencil I used to draw with in high school (more than a decade ago) and this image is being partially drafted with the very same pencil. I still have it! And it still works great.