Monday, June 6, 2011
Step one is rough conceptualizing and layout. Because this is a stand-alone poster, I decide to split the image between the poem itself and the visual and select a long format to accommodate the text. I want the Jabberwocky to be scary, but also a little whimsical and non-senseical. I want it to feel like he is a creature of chaos, like he's part bird, lizard insect and plant all in one. I also want to highlight the bravery of our young protagonist by choosing a composition that shows him plunging into a roiling mass of monster.
At this stage I avoid color so I can just focus on getting a value structure down. Next I'll refine this concept into a sketch.
(1 hour total time)
(2 hours total time)
Here I add an absurdly small and sickly bat wing, feathers down it's back and insect-like legs. I also decide to add a jub-jub bird to give so more specificity to the piece.
(5 hours total time)
I also finish the text in illustrator, complete with a little dragon made of gold vines, and add a bevel filter and texture in photoshop (I know it's a bit cheesy but oh well)
(7 hours total time)
(12 hours total)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
This is just a little character that poped into my head while on the train. She's a poor caravan girl who made a dieing pact with an Effrit which inhabits her body. She lives in a cave made from desert glass that she created with her flames. She wields weapons scavenged from the corpses of those unlucky enough to encounter her in the remote dunes of the wastes. Her blades are charred black from soot and her clothes are little more than singed rags. Her body is covered in fine scales.
(Pencil, Hi-Lighter, colored pencil, Prisma-color markers, 1.5 hrs)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
It's been a while, but rest assured that I have a backlog of sketches that I will post when my new scanner comes online, till then here's a digital sketch to tide you over.
This is an image dedicated to the recently departed and much loved Brian Jaques, who's tales of Martin the Warrior shaped much of my childhood ideals of honor and bravery. Though never written in one of his stories (Martin is said to have died of old age) I decided to show the old champion of Red Wall laying in state, above him a relief of his victory over the wildcat Tzarmina. Where Martin and his greatsword, cast adrift on a tabletop amid the flooded plain of Mossflower, drove the evil tyrant into the cold arms of that which she feared the most: a watery grave. With her death a realm was finally established for all good creatures of the forest. And even though Martin would die, as all living things must, his spirit remains as a guiding light for future generations that live, strive and build upon the dreams he first laid down.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I don't know what it is, I guess it's the death of Brian Jacques, but I've been thinking a lot about the creative heroes of mine who have passed on...I guess to keep to the rule of threes I should do a tribute to Frazetta next.
(Photoshop with that cool guoache brush from the last post, 1.5 hrs.)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Another brush test. This one has a ton more texture than the brush I used yesterday. If you're intrested the brush was created by Drew Green, here's the link: http://freakshow6.deviantart.com/art/Photoshop-Gouache-Tutorial-177890902 . Drop me a comment and let me know which you prefer, I'd like to get a little vote on texture/no texture :P
(Photoshop gouache brush, 2.5 hrs)
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
(Photoshop, 4 hrs)
Monday, February 28, 2011
What's lef tof him is hungry!You know how sometimes you’re just sittin’ there, eating a turkey club and thinkin’ “I wonder what a Zombie that has half of his body blown off by a fireball looks like”…Yeah mondays
(Prismacolor markers, Hi-Lighters and a Sharpie. 1 hr)
A modest little tribute to Brian Jacques who died on Feb. 5...I'm going to have to do a better piece, maybe of Martin the Warrior, for someone who brought so much adventure to my childhood.
(fine point Prismacolor pen, green highlighter, Photoshop. 2.5 hrs.)
(Fine Point Prismacolor pen, blue high-lighter and Photoshop. 2 hrs.)