Spectrum Fantastic Art Live… post 2!

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Just a reminder that in less than a month, I’ll be exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (number 2)! I’ll be sharing booth #521 with Evan Jensen and Galen Dara, and we’ll all have art prints and postcards and great big grins on our faces.

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You should totally stop by and say hello! >:D

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Evan and the Eggs (experiments in digital coloring)

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Evan and the Eggs

A frequent mental refrain of mine is “Dang, wouldn’t it be cheaper/less messy/take less space if I just worked digitally?” Typically this sentiment is quickly dashed when I actually give it a shot, throwing up my hands in frustration when I take a stab at coloring some meant-for-watercolor linework in photoshop and find myself frustrated with the results (except for that Fireside Magazine cover of mine, but special cases.)

WELL. I stuck with it this time. And I have to say, I’m rather fond of the result.

What do you think? I also played with using a textured paper I’d scanned as a background:

Evan and the Eggs -- with paper texture

This is all rather new to me, and I’d really love some input! I’m personally leaning a little toward the paper background, but since I’m so used to traditional painting/printmaking I’m wondering if I’m just using it as a crutch to make myself more comfortable.

(And if you think that looks like a certain Evan we all know sitting in the tree, you’re right. He took one look at my original thumbnail, and declared that he wanted to be in it:

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Evan, you have odd tastes.)

 

Quick draw

Quick draw

I started this a few months ago (haha, longer ago than I last posted here actually…) and it just got snowballed under everything else I was up to.

It’s my contribution to the ‘cute girl with dragon’ trope in fantasy illustration, that sort of seems like a requirement anymore…

Water color, and ink (experimentally, I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting lately) applied with a brush. I have mixed feelings about it, but I’d love to hear input from others! What do you think?