Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Concept art: Female outfits & hair

I'm working on another digital fantasy painting and wanted to figure out the design for a female archer. I wanted to avoid the standard elvish-style outfit but still suggest that this is a fantasy world. I have a female template drawing on file to which I can add clothing and hair if I want to simply work up an outfit. This eliminates the need to constantly redraw a female body every time. Of course, if I'm trying to nail down characteristics like race/species, attitude and so forth, then I have to start from scratch, but the dress-up doll approach is a handy tool for stuff like this.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Holding Hands #1

It's good to be drawing regularly again after a stretch of just "being too busy," which I'm aware is no excuse. I think as an artist you ignore your basic drawing skills at your peril. This is Prismacolor pencil on toned paper. I used white for the highlights, burnt sienna for the shading and Tuscan red for the darkest values. I love how this one came out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Amy at Border's

Graphite on moleskine sketchbook paper.

Jimi Hendrix Poster Updated

I was finally getting around to updating my website with the Jimi Hendrix concert poster and decided that his face looked too ashen and gray compared to the rest of the image. This should be a bright, vibrant celebration of music and art. I rendered his face again, this time taking a more loose, colorful approach. However, I found that this came dangerously close to making him look like he slopped a bunch of face paint on, so I added some colorful texture to the shirt, guitar and hair. I think this works much better than the previous draft (see below). I'm calling it done.
Previous version.