Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Owen's Dragon Thumbnails





I am doing a dragon piece.  My portfolio doesn't have many monsters or made up beings so thats my next challenge.  Anyone who wants to be a fantasy illustrator needs to show that they can do a dragon.  If you can't tell 2 and 3 are of a dragon that breathes lightning instead of fire.  Number 1 is kind of a whale shark version of a dragon.  And the 4th one is pretty mundane, kind of a vignette type piece.  Let me know what you think because I kinda like them all.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lis's sketch: Travelers

Travelers or Off the Beaten Track... depending on which sketch I choose. I like them both! Argh! So I think I will do another of whichever I don't choose with different characters in the future. Hmm which one for now?

I chose an elf and a horned drake. I want the drake to be fairly young looking, and I really like that sturdy squat look for the elf (even though it may not be right?). The head is a little too big on the elf so making that smaller would probably help. I could also make the elf younger to fit the body... but I'm not sure! I kind of like him being older, handsome, AND squat, haha! I guess he would be closer to a halfling... but I want the pointy ears :P. Anyway, it probably doesn't matter. There's probably some type of elf thats sturdy and squat out there.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Scott and Owen's Next Piece

So Scott and I both want to do fantasy compositions (since thats pretty much what we do) for our next painting.  But our themes are vastly different, so FANTASY is our theme.

Due Dates:
Sept. 1st - Thumbnails
Sept. 10th - Sketches
Sept. 24th - Final

Scott and I have varying specifics for where our portfolios need improvement, that is why we can't really pick a theme right now.  So bare with us, we have no rules, just making good art.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Next Project: D&D for Kids

When Lis went to Gen-Con and met with Kate Irwin, an art director at Wizards of the Coast, she was introduced to the world of Dungeons and Dragons... for kids! Unfortunately the Practical Guide series was finished, so Lis and Becca have no hope of ever getting work for it. And one of the Practical artists, Beth Trott, does watercolor just like them! Curses! However, Kate mentioned that Lis should make D&D childrens book style art anyway, and send it to her via the Wizards artdrop in case any future projects under Mirrorstone or for kids were done... so here we are. The next project!

Pick a character (human, drow, dwarf, halfling, etc), give them a class (cleric, thief, paladin, etc), and have them interacting with a monster/creature (choose one from a monster manual) in some way. It should be more of a vignette with basic background, rather than a huge finished painting. Concentrate on the characters. And most importantly, keep everything 'kid-ified.'

Sketch due September 2nd. Final due September 17th.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Becca's Baba Yaga

Well, here is my Baba Yaga! Any thoughts before I pull of the tape? I had a ton of fun with this piece! This one is 100% watercolor.

Watching Over the Princess

Finished!!! As you can see, I added a little fairy to the right, closer to the bed. I'm not sure which I like better, the pencil or the colored version?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Watching Over the Princess

This is a portfolio piece I'm working on right now. Kind of an experiment, the way I'm going about it. Scanned the sketch, fixed it up digitally, added some shading to figure out the lighting... now I'm going to print it on drawing paper, do a final pencil drawing on top of it, scan it... and then color it digitally. We'll see how it turns out :P

In other news, Becca and I are plotting our next RWP project. Stay tuned for that!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Becca's Baba Yaga Sketch

At long last - here is my Baba Yaga sketch. I am pretty excited to paint it! This has been surprisingly tricky to draw. I ended up making a model of the house on chicken legs, and had all the characters on separate pieces of tracing paper (hence, the final drawing on tracing paper). Sorry the reproduction isn't great - try to disregard the shadows if you can, ack! Let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ravens' Watch

Hello! Well as we're in between projects, I've been doing random personal pieces. Haven't done a good pencil drawing in a while. Thought I'd post it here!

Been getting a lot of feedback recently on my work. Everyone loves my watercolor work, but they also love my ink work. I thought pencil might be a good in-between... similar to ink but softer. I also need to build my black and white portfolio.

Anyway I was just playing around and wanted to do something that didn't take as long as a watercolor piece (: