Thursday, April 19, 2007

Website Update

I have updated my website, finally. It have been a yearish since it was done but there are all kinds of new pieces in my portfolio so check it out if you want.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Fortune Process 1

I decided to show my process for this piece. Continue to scroll down so see the finished illustration.

All my illustrations usually start out with thumbnails that look really bad. I choose one and enlarge it and use it to draw the drawing I am going to use.

Fortune Process 2

I take my drawing once I like it, and make copies. Then I do a value study and a color study. In the value study I also figure out what kinds of textures I am going to use in the finish. The color study is done really fast, it is usually less helpful than the value study and sometimes I skip this step if I think I can get away with it.

Fortune process 3

I print a light version of the final drawing on bristol vellum so I don't lose stuff redrawing it. (This is a trick I started using only recently and I am a big fan) Then I rework the line with a brown prismacolor pencil. (I go through a lot of these) I really wanted the line work in this drawing to stand out with lots of thicks and thins.

After that I start on the color. Prismacolors are like watercolor in that you have to save the lights at the beginning. Once something is dark you can't go back and put light back in. So I started out with the yellows and just indicating the shadows, and colors of other things. The colors look pretty funky at this point. for instance her hair is blue.

Fortune Process Finish

Here is my finished fortune picture. At this point in the process I continue to make the values darker and unify the colors being careful to save out the lights until it is done. And There you go!

(If you are visiting from Illustration Friday you can see my whole process beginning with the post titled "Fortune Process 1" Hope you like it)

Monday, April 09, 2007


I have been working on this for the last week. It is convenient that it goes along with the IF theme. I did it for fun to be a cover for Ella Enchanted. It is a really fun book. If you have never read it I highly recommend it. (it is nothing like the movie so if you don't read it because of that you are really missing out, really) SO go read the book and tell me what you think of my cover art. (really missing out, I am not even kidding)


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