Wednesday, January 28, 2009

School Project: Demon Painting WIP

Here’s the near-final version of the demon sketch from below. Each variation was loosely based on a color scheme from other art I’ve found. Once I finish the class-assignment portion of the project, I plan to take whichever version I like best, and finish it out, with more detail, better highlighting, and magical lettering or runes on the armor. (ran out of time with this one..)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

School Project: Demon Painting

One of my classes this semester is Digital Imaging for Print. Effectively, it's a digital painting class, with an eye towards sales and hardcopy. (The teacher is the same woman who taught my Professional Practices class last year, so there's some bleed-over.) My project is this demon-figure, doing it out-in-full as a painting. The goal is to create the image, then create variations using different color schemes, using references for what's considered historic, what's modern, and what could be the future trend.

Because Fantasy is pretty much limitless in terms of what's 'current', everything carries connotations and flavors, I decided to limit myself down to just a specific frame of reference. The colors used for Demons.

The first is from D&D's 3.5E monster manual, the second two are World of WarCraft wallpapers.

At any rate, I'll be posting up more as I finish it.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Random Half-Elf

Drawn from a photo of the newly-cast 11th Doctor. I decided his features, as I sketched, warranted an elven ear. (I'm trying to do a digital painting of a half-elf druid-type for WotC consumption. After the end of last semester and an exhausting holiday, getting back into the groove of artwork hasn't been easy.) At any rate, I'm figuring this as a hal-elf because I don't do them often enough, but a muscular, barbarian-esque figure. (Although not a Barbarian as such. I was aiming for druid, but maybe the 4e Warden is a good guidepost.)

I recently picked up a couple of art books, in addition to the ones on my christmas list. One of note is Bold Visions: The Digital Painting Bible, by Gary Tonge. VERY nice book. The techniques and examples all keep things fast and light, but combined with a recursive step-process, they provide VERY nice results. (I'm feeling a lot better about handling scenery if I need to, now.) The painting I'm working on is supposed to serve as an example of my rendering skills at this moment, before I jump into my next semester, which includes a digital-painting class.

Done entirely with a black solid brush, with some white solid touchup, much like a brush-pen.