Saturday, November 27, 2010

Irons In The Fire

All the images I have been doing lately are not expressly for my book(s), but rather to beef up my portfolio. I will, however, maybe put these portfolio images into my books at a later time. Since they are intended for my portfolio, they are not always my first choice when it comes to subject matter. I thought I would take a break from selling myself and do some things that are a little closer to my taste.

I am of course a great lover of the fantasy genre, but I find its trappings to be tired and superficial exercises in style. I love (the potential) of what we now call 'fantasy' because it really is just 'myth' by another name, and myth is the best way to tell big, epic, florid, and, most importantly, universal stories. Universality is important to me. The big picture offers the surest path to essential truth and understanding.

It is tempting to digress into a bloviation about how ill-informed almost all presentations of sword and sorcery are when it comes to things like art and technology. I try to stay tight lipped on this blog though, so instead let me just quickly express my distaste both for steampunk and WWII retreads. The baroque era is an undervalued and misunderstood time in history that, for me, offers a ripe catalog of artistic modes and decorative styles nearly ignored in the fantasy genre. And, just like classic myth or modern fantasy, the age of enlightenment's art and culture is big, florid, and epic.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dungeon Delve Challenge - Final?

I run the risk of overworking this if I continue. This is not to say more cannot be done to improve it, rather I have run into that solitary wall called "I don't know what else can be done". The fellow running the challenge just posted a number of points regarding ways to improve one's entry and I like to think I have already covered those bases.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Angel - Facelift (New Final)

I could sleep at night knowing I had drawn that face ... but just barely. This, I think, is an improvement.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Angel - Final

I really struggled with the face on this. I am still not completely satisfied with it. Earlier, she looked quite a bit like Carla Bruni. Then she morphed toward January Jones. Now I am getting a Miranda Kerr vibe from this face. None of that matters, I just wanted it to look like 'a' face; a face that appears human.  I suppose I try to encourage myself by seeing a resemblance in order to convince myself that the face is 'working' as a face. That is all I want, after all, is a face that makes sense to the viewer. I swear I spent as much time on this face as I did on the other 90% of this piece.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dungeon Delve Challenge - Color Step

I have been anxious to get some color into this piece. The eerie, eldritch light from down below just is not the same in greyscale. After some experimenting, I made some decisions about how to both add more visual interest to the bottom half of the composition while also better serving (I hope) the concept defined by the art direction. The architectural elements enhance the perspective and present a better understanding of how lost the adventurer is. It still looks a little stale, but I think effects added into the final will change that. Still, looking at it here, I think I may add a third bridge--possibly on the extreme left.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dungeon Delve Challenge - Sketch

I have put my angel on the back-burner to participate in ArtOrder's 'Dungeon Delve Challenge'. Here is my work in progress. I used myself to take one of the reference photos; giving my bald pate all that hair was a very strange feeling. Also, in taking that photo, I learned that my coccyx and pelvis do not quite make the 7 inch clearance that is under my bed frame.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Angel - In Progress

This is coming along slowly, but well. Initially she had white hair (and more of it) and was wrapped up in a orange shawl that served to exaggerate the perspective even more. However, the effect made it appear as though her ascent was causing her to unravel and I did not want that. I spent yesterday 'back to the drawing board'.