Sunday, September 21, 2008

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Image 4

Here is an in-progress image. Many of you may cringe, but for these particular images I am using a butcher paper substrate. Not archival at all but it is a fascinating surface. It gives me a soft effect and the tooth is interesting. It lends the images a sense of faerie that I really enjoy. A mistiness that conveys, for me, the idea of another world. Just like the compositional choices I have made convey a looking from one world to another. Sometimes a world of light into dark or vice versa.

Here's the colour study.

Here is the line drawing for the next illustration in the series.

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Images Revisited

Here are the touched up versions of older works from this series.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Image 3 Concepting

There are a few colour studies that coincide with this partial final. I started the "final" very uninspired. I was not pleased with the way the image fit in with the other compositions. It just wasn't working. And as I worked, the more frustrated I became until I finally just stopped and chalked it up to grindwork.

I sat down again and worked until I came up with the finished piece further down in the blog. I was in such a stride with the other images. This one really stumped me and took the wind right out of my sails for awhile.

I do like the above image as a whole and I will probably revisit it as a larger work, maybe 18"x24", and let it be its own entity. I won't say that I gave up on it. I hate giving up. I merely decided to use it as a stepping stone to success.

This is an image that I felt gave me the effect I wanted while departing from using a main character from the story dominantly in the foreground or background. However, something wasn't coalescing. I went ahead with the next steps anyway, hoping to get a final out of it, since I did like it.

This is one concept that I felt really captured the attitude of the Witch, but failed to evoke the sense of mystery and voyeurism I was looking for.

These are some thumbs exploring the basic value and compositional structure I was looking for.


The actual size of all of the images for "Of Gold and Morning Light" is 5.5"x8.5". The book cover with Iduna is 18"x24".

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Image 3 Final

Here's the final image.

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Image 3 Colour Study

Here's the colour study.

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Image 3 Value Study

Here is the value study.

"Of Gold and Morning Light" Project - Inside Image 3 Line Drawing

This particular image gave me a great deal of trouble. I will upload all of my concepting for this image at a later date. For now, here is the final process and image. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I am curently in the process of updating some images. I returned to the "Iduna and the Golden Apples" image, pumping up the saturation and contrast, changing the costuming to fit the story more and applying some newly acquired skills. I did the same with the last three images for the "Of Gold and Morning Light" Project. I will be posting these images shortly, along with the newest illustration for the "Of Gold and Morning Light" Project.