Sunday, June 17, 2012

Trisan and Isolde progress shots

In my last post, I showed my drawing after two days of intense work and critique. There was a day after that which I spent transferring the drawing to the board and toning it, during which I took no photos until the end.

Also worth noting, between my 'finishing' the drawing and getting it on the board, Boris [Vallejo] and Donato came by and gave me two pieces of critique - Boris said that the middleground shadow should extend more toward the figures, and Donato suggested that instead of an incoming shadow, I make King Mark into a small figure in the background. I implemented these crits while working on the transfer!

So, at the end of the 11th, Monday:
The brown is acrylic; the blue is oil.
 Sometime toward the end of the 12th, Tuesday:
I could have gotten more done, but the bright slash of green freaked me out and made me drag my heels.
 How I started working on the face on the 13th, Wednesday:
can has skintone in deep shadow against bright light?

Which, by the end of the day (4am), had grown to this:
Yes! CAN has skintone in deep shadow against bright light!

And here's the end of the 14th, Thursday (5am):

So, in total, I spent three days working on the painting portion of this illustration, for a grand total of a complete first pass. I have a lot of work left to do (aaahaha that environment) but this painting as-is is better than any previous piece of mine by an order of magnitude.

And that's what I did at the 2012 IMC.

(I'm working on an actual writeup, actually, but that... is going to take some time.)


  1. If I was even in the same room with Boris, I'd be so awe struck I couldn't move, but to be in the same room with both of them, -- I don't think my poor little brain could handle the awesome awesomeness of it. I'd probably have a major fangirl meltdown. Donato's suggestion about making the shadow into King Mark was genius -- dun-dun-DUN!

  2. Haha! It was intense at first, but they're both so down to earth and friendly that they put me right at ease.

    It WAS! I love his use of dappled light to direct the composition...