Cyclops Stormcaller

Sorry for the lack of posting. October is always a busy month with NY Comic Con and Illuxcon along with the general busyness of life.

But no fear!

With all the drawings I've created, very few get finished with full color. But I'm trying to change that by taking some of my favorite pieces and color them to send out as examples to art directors. So I pulled out the Cyclops Stormcaller I drew inspired by the Critical Role source book. I really liked the description and lore Matt Mercer created and knew I wanted to draw it.

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Digital color to me is always a balance of cools and warms and not losing the drawing under all the layers of color. The base colors always start either warm or cool then the shadows/highlights will be the opposite with glazes of color on top to unify. My method is probably not perfect but so far its been working for me. So back to coloring I go!

Exploring Fablewood- March 13, 2017

Continuing my adventure into digital coloring. I started coloring this portrait back in January and needed to finish it after staring at in on my desktop for weeks. Spent the afternoon adding textures and shadows to the base colors. 

One of my goals this year is to improve on my digital skills and finishing smaller pieces like this one. Let's me practice without the intimidating nature of worrying about all the figures and elements of the piece as an entirety. Here's one down and many to go as I continue digital art exploration.

Igor Warren, Night Maggot Rogue

Having last week off from my full time job I was able to spend time not just finishing the Parade of Wisps illustration but also color this illustration as well. 

While I feel that my digital skills have grown in the past year, I still have a ways to go in my speed. Its a great amount of experimenting before I get a final result that I am pleased with. I am starting to dungeon master a game for my friends and can imagine this character showing up in their adventures. 

Exploring Fablewood- February 20, 2017

Its done! Or at least mostly, I might go back and push somethings after receiving some feed back. But any way, here it is! Parade of Wisps as a full colored illustration. With much trial and error and persuading photoshop to be my friend, I have created the fist full color illustration of this year. Which means I should start doing one of these a month at least. I forgot how rewarding it feels to finish a piece like this. And it's going to feel great sending this piece out to art directors to see. 

Exploring Fablewood- February 13, 2017

More progress on the Parade of Wisps illustration. With a few false starts in the past, this is the furthest I've gotten to completing the process of digitally coloring this piece. From last week, I started to add highlights, shadows, and color washes. This step is the most time consuming due to trial and error. Though there is still a ways to go but with the next week off from my day job, I should have this illustration done for next week.

Exploring Fablewood- February 6, 2017

With one of my goals for this year is to create more colored illustrations, I finally jumped into the Parade of Wisps illustration. It was intimidating to start since it has a lot to juggle color, value, and saturation wise. But I thought back to how I worked with Corey to get the coloring process started. So I pulled up photoshop and made a rough color comp.

Though this color comp won't be how the piece looks in the end, it was a place to start and gave me a sense of direction to work towards. Here's how far I've gotten working on the piece after work. The whole piece has its base down with some of the shadows in and now starts the stage of values and color washes.

Exploring Fablewood- November 21, 2016

Currently on the drawing table, or rather the computer is the Tree Imp from 2 weeks back. Since returning from Illuxcon, I have really wanted to improve my photoshop skills before setting off to color larger illustrations from Parade of Wisps. This next week I will be spending more time at the computer then the desk in an attempt to get as much practice as possible. Here's a sneak peak at how the tree imp is turning out. Still has a long way to go!

Songs of Fablewood Kickstarter

Launch_banner Songs of Fablewood kickstarter launches on September 15. There will be digital downloads of the book, printed editions of the book, sketches, finished artwork from the book as well as a variety of commissions. Over the next few days I'll be revealing artwork from the book, some available for purchase through the kickstarter.

Today I'll share one of the full color illustrations of Otis, the goblin bard and Gertrude, the bird as see the legendary Dragon Fish.  This was one of the illustrations I worked on during the ten week mentorship with Cory Godbey.

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Rock Elemental Design Sheet

rock_monster_sheet Here is the design sheet for the process of creating the rock elemental. Started out with a sheet of thumbnails for silhouette and design. There were more then 8 designs but a few were just variations of other designs. Then moved onto creating ink drawings of 4 designs to see what a fleshed out version of the thumbnails will look like. Next I picked one of the four designs to take to final, starting off with small color comps  that are used in the final full color version of the character.