Exploring Fablewood- June 13, 2017

Here it is, the finished Lantern Troll and wisp. More texture work was done along with cleaning up the drawing in photoshop. Lots of randomly smudged graphite over the bristol that is best to be cleaned up digitally. I like to start with the cleanest image possible before starting to color a drawing. That way at the end, its minor fixes and not major cleaning. Since I hurt my right hand (my drawing hand) the other day, I haven't been able to sketch comfortably so I've been pushing towards getting all of the flat color done on this drawing for my next postcard. So far about half way done and will share at a later date.

Otherwise enjoy the final product!

Exploring Fablewood- June 6, 2017

Work continues on the lantern troll. While I was working I scanned the drawing half way through to share what the drawing looks like as I am building up the values and adding textures. It doesn't always look pretty or clean. Graphite gets over everything with a tiny easer to pull the high lights out. This was drawn with a No. 2 pencil and a HB mechanical pencil for tight details. A lot of people us a paper towel or tissue to smudge graphic. But a wash cloth works best for me, its soft but durable and never hurts the paper. Just a suggestion if your looking for a longer lasting cloth then a paper product for drawing. 

Here's the half way point and next week I'll share the finished piece with you all. Soon to be on the backside of the new postcards I will be sending out to Art Directors!

Exploring Fablewood- May 30, 2017

Sorry for posting a day late. I usually have Tuesdays off from my day job and am thinking of switching Fablewood postings to Tuesdays from now on. Any way, this week I took a sketch I posted a few weeks back with the troll and wisp. With a little bit of reference for the lanterns and some finishing off of the over design, I took the sketch to the next step. I used a light box to transfer over the drawing to bristol to render the drawing. It starts out with the basic lines, then I smudge the entire drawing i spent hours on to create a base gray value for the rendering stag. This is where the texture starts from then is slowly built up. 

This is the stage of finished line work, right before the smudge, and rendering.

 

 

Exploring Fablewood- May 17, 2017

Sorry for posting two days late. I wanted to post more then just loose sketches and a more finished preliminary drawing then I had last week. So I took a little extra time to clean up the drawing below to a polished state. This troll is off to a market to Magic Market to sell his ever burning lanterns. But along the way, he's met a new friend in a little wisp friend. Unfortunately the paper I was drawing on was a little small and the hand couldn't be finished, but the final will be all fleshed out!

Exploring Fablewood- March 20, 2017

While on my lunch break at work, instead of mindlessly scrolling through different apps, I started to draw in a little sketchbook. It's not that I never draw on my break. But this week I decided to draw on every lunch break and let my brain shut down for 30 minutes to sketch. It resulted in experimenting with toned paper, which I haven't used in a while and forgot how nice it is for sketching. During lunch the other day I started to draw some trolls resulting in this weeks collection of sketches. 

The sketches above are from a small toned sketchbook I keep in my work backpack and my normal every day sketchbook I use at home. Both of which I take to work with my pencil case and head full of ideas. 

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- October 17, 2016

Look what came in the mail, just in time for Illuxcon, Parade of Wisps. Illuxcon showcase will be the first opportunity to purchase a copy. Then it will be available online here on my website in the store I am building. 

Just wanted to share the final product, the photos aren't the best, so you'll just have to see for yourself with your own copy of Parade of Wisps

Exploring Fablewood- September 19, 2016

Final week of production as the book gets sent to the printers on Friday for proofing. Now the fun part of showing the finished artwork that I've spent the past few months scrawling. Last week I showed a part of this illustration as the front cover of Parade of Wisps and now the whole drawing.

Also check out the portfolio, I've updated the 3 galleries with more images.

Exploring Fablewood- July 18, 2016

Days are starting to get away from me, July is more then half way over giving me about two months to send the next Fablewood book off to the printers in order to have it in time for Illuxcon. So I am shifting all other little side projects and drawings for later. 

This week is a troll design for a larger illustration I have composed, done a loose digital rough, and am ready to start finalizing some of the drawing for the finished work.

Exploring Fablewood- June 13, 2016

A while back I posted a rough drawing of troll witch sitting in the fields with some will-o-wisps. Over the weekend I pulled the drawing out to continue work towards creating finished drawings for this years sketchbook. Which I am still back and forth on the name, but hoping to narrow down soon, so I can create some graphics for the project.

Taking the original drawing I created a while back I used as the basis for the next stage in the drawing resulting in minor changes overall but the same feel.

After taking the preliminary drawing I lightboxed the drawing onto heavier bristol board that can take the abuse of graphite and me. I didn't have a chance to finish the drawing the weekend, so here's a work in progress shot as I continue to render the image.

Exploring Fablewood- April 25, 2016

    Fablewood’s cast of characters has been growing in my sketchbook these past weeks. I’ve decided to continue to create new characters to inhabit the merchant town of Avra Springs. Full of bustling shops, tankards of ale, and many stories. 

    A well known face in Avra Springs is Kole, a troll enchanter and collector of relics. He has a shop called The Last Stone. Inside his cluttered store is full of artifacts, tomes, and trinkets from the beginning of time. Not an adventurer himself, he often contacts explorers who wonder Fablewood to find artifacts lost to history.

Exploring Fablewood- March 21, 2016

This week Troll Witch returns. She has been a character that has stuck around for many years. Starting out as an assignment in a class senior year of college and hung around waiting to inhabit a project. When creating Fablewood, it was clear that Troll Witch would be a character I would bring into this world. With sketches and conceptualization for my next Fablewood project Troll Witch has returned to explore a larger narrative. 

Monster Monday-December 28, 2015

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page from Songs of Fablewood

Its the last Monster Monday of the year. It's been 3 years of Monster Monday and 2 consecutive year of not missing a Monday post. Since its the year end, I decided to share a page from my book Songs of Fablewood. This year has been a huge leap forward in my style, work, and process. And I look forward to the continued growth as an artist. Today is the last Monster Monday ever but not the end of Monday posts. Next Monday starts the next chapter.