So I finally have access to digital equipment again! My move is nearly finalized! Those following my Facebook page know I have been on hiatus temporarily during my complicated and lengthy move to the UK. To celebrate here is a vector Cinderella mid-transformation. Went for a paper doll kind of style.
Final version with complete background soon to come!
Pretty much self-explanatory. This is the development work I did for my "Snowy Sunset" concept illustration. I designed the characters before drawing them and thought about what sort of clothing they would have.
I made this piece for a client as a sample for a book deal. I have finally been able to gain permission to add it to my blog and portfolio. NDAs and all that. So in this scene we have a princess and her friend out on a stroll with a pony. The original version was a bit more naturally coloured but after some art direction I made several colour changes and small edits. So the final version is quite bright and child-friendly. Its interesting to learn the differences between what adults like to see and what colours children like. Here is the first version of the piece below;
My Queen Elsa fanart but I added in her (ultra complex) ice palace in the background. I don't make nearly enough backgrounds so I really should get into the habit of incorporating them more into my work.
Sketch dump of stuff I've been doodling both for fun, inbetween projects and also for commissions. There's some stuff I doodled as inspiration I've seen on deviant art.com too surprisingly. I've recently gone back and found some stuff that inspired me to doodle several of these. Enjoy!
My completed Queen Elsa. This was really fun and a really handy coloring exercise. The whole idea was based on a deviantart.com meme on coloring over Disney coloring book line art and jazzing it up. If anyone is interested in more examples I recommend going to deviantart.com and looking up more of these.
Still needs a lot of work but here is a preview of the Elsa Coloring Book fanart I'm working on. I'm pretty late to the whole Disney Princess Coloring Book bandwagon. But decided to do it in style and chose a Queen. I probably haven't done any fanart in years.... but decided to take a break from portraits and do something fun.
Decided to document my process again so see how the image evolves. The sketch normally is just to block out where everything goes. The color is that really molds the features better. I really got into this one and went further into details than I normally do. All in all, it was fun.
Been playing around with more logo variations until I found something that suited me. With my original designs I couldn't make up my mind on which one to choose. This means to me that none of them were right so I went back to work and finally chose my final logo! This one right below:
I wanted to document my process better this time. Here is the initial sketch and then the color blocking. I switch back to the sketch to keep values in mind as I layer on the colors. For the color blocking stage I have been mixing colors and directly blocking them in without first placing in a base color. I found it to be way more efficient that way. I then focus the highlights and soften the features. I left the hair for last on a separate layer to play around with strands and textures.
Yet another one of these speed portraits. This time of Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black fame. I was watching the new season earlier and I just think Samira has such a great face I wanted to paint her. I'm really loving putting these together. Its a great quick little exercise to do when you want to paint and have no idea what to create. This one took about an hour from start to finish.
I started off with the idea of just doing a fairly simple business fashion illustration then decided to play around with type and format it in the style of a mock magazine article. Tried my hand at making my own header type. I liked how that turned out but I'm not convinced on the main type itself. Might play with some background colors to boost brightness and contrast also later on. I have included a version without type and a detail shot of the illustration;
If you have been a loyal blog follower then you know I make one of these at least once a year. Mostly just to keep things updated and to see how my progress is going. Every artist I know, no matter how experienced is always striving to constantly change and improve. I hope to continue doing so myself.
I am actually residing in Uruguay at the moment and we are having a cold, rainy winter. So I suppose it was wishful thinking to have a bit of summer warmth. So I came up with this refreshing illustration! Been looking at all these gorgeous color schemes other artists use and I wanted to try something similar out. Not completely happy with the pose, but maybe the more I do these, the better I will get!
This time inspired by Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska. I wanted a bit more of an illustration as practice so I did something a bit more zoomed out. Again not exactly following my reference and more of just trying to make the image my own.
I don't want viewers to get too distracted by the reference photo but I'll provide it for the sake of showing where I got my practice painting from;
Yet another study/speed painting. This time I wanted to practice painting water. This was pretty challenging and I am still not 100% happy with it but it was good practice. Definitely have to continue these studies, they have been really helping me get back into the painting groove.
So several things inspired this speed painting exercise (though it seems I'm getting rusty since this took over instead of under an hour). First up is I haven't updated this thing in ages. Second I watched Eva Green in Kingdom of Heaven recently and fell in love with her color schemes and costumes. Thirdly, I saw Loish post a similar color exercise here; http://blog.loish.net/post/84322203508/steps-including-ref-image-at-the-beginning-for
So I decided to get back into painting since all I've been doing this past here is freelance graphic design stuff that I can't put into an illustration portfolio. Really hoping to post more of these exercises as time goes on just to get back into it.
I was not trying to get it to look exactly like the photo, simply to practice color and trying to make the image my own. Here is my original sketch before painting;
For reference here is the photo I used as inspiration;