Another Process Video :-)
For today's post, I am sharing a process video for one of my more recent finished pieces. I called the Illustration Essence of Flame.
If you haven't figured it out from my work on my Illustrations tab, I LOVE FIRE AND I LOVE WINGS and a lot of times, those two are brought together in my personal work.
This particular image is special to me because it was the first illustration that I had completed after a long period of feeling stagnant and unimaginative. Even while working on it, I had a bit of trouble deciding what I wanted to do with it and how I wanted it to look (You can see ALL of that in the video). That being said, I am pleased with the was she turned out and, tanks to this piece I am feeling a bit more sure of myself every day.
I hope you enjoy. Thank you for your support!
Today I thought I would share a video with you of the coloring process of a dragon I worked on for my Fiance. I would share the whole sketching process but I can't seem to find a file with that part of the process saved. (I end up making multiple files for some pieces while I am working and, though I try not to, I sometimes mistakenly delete the original ones.)
There isn't much of a story behind the illustration and I actually sketched out two different dragon heads for the whole gift. You can view the line work for both in the Line Work gallery on my 'Illustration' page. I had an extremely difficult time trying to color the other head though so, at least for now, this is the only one that is completely finished..
One thing that I love (and hate) about working digitally is how much I can play with color. While it opens up a world of possibilities for what you can do with an image, it can sometimes give you TOO many options. More times than not, I will spend far too much time tweaking or completely recoloring an image just because "it might look cool". I really am trying to keep myself in check.
I do hope you enjoy the video. I am also including an image of two other different color schemes for the dragon.
Stay safe and healthy!
The Yurei and the Warrior Tree
So today I thought I would post a video of The Yurei and the Warrior Tree.
I use Procreate on the iPad for most of my digital work and it has a wonderful little feature were it will record all of my pen strokes and I can share the whole process as a video (I also do some tweaking on iMovie).
This illustration was really fun to make but it sure was difficult. I spent the most energy on the tree bark, and at one point I got so tired with the whole illustration that I just said 'screw it' and used the sunflower design from another piece I had completed prior. I am happy with how it turned out though! :-)
In a field of sunflowers sits a barren tree. It is believed that whosoever chops down this tree will be granted eternal power and success in all of their lifetimes. This tree, however, is guarded by a fierce and powerful spirit that must first be vanquished. Many warriors have tried and failed to conquer the specter. Their swords remain embedded in the trunk and roots of the tree while their spirits are bound to serve and protect the Yurei, and the tree, should she demand it.