Commissions

Commissions, Digital Illustrations

The Two Year Commission

I don't take commissions often or ever if I can help it.  Not because I don't like illustrating other people's characters, but because I'm terrible at managing my time.  There is a list of excuses and straight up, I don't want to do it.  I think I've only done two commissions in a reasonable amount of time.  So when my friend asked me to illustrate her sorceress from a 5-year long campaign, I decided it would be fun.  

I started off well enough.  You can actually find the original preview sketch [HERE].

Then school picked up.  Then I fell into a slump.  Then real life.  Then I forgot about it.

This commission has been hanging over my head for two years.  So I finally just did it.

It started with a new idea and a new sketch.

It started with a new idea and a new sketch.

I started over.  I think a lot of why I never finished the original sketch was because I did everything in Photoshop, from the sketch to the grayscale base, then coloring over it.  It never felt right.  So when I decided to finally finish the commission, I was just better to start from the beginning.

A side by side for the new and old drawing.

A side by side for the new and old drawing.

On top of not really liking the old process I used, I found the old pose too static.  This was a sorceress that bathe the world in flame, I felt like she would not just be standing there.  So with a lot of adjustment layers and masking, I finally finished Adara.