Photoshop

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.

Video Work

Full Draw: Ren

It's been awhile since I've done a pencil sketch to digitally colored portrait.  Originally my 3.5 D&D Lawful Neutral Ranger, he's since been converted to 5e Ranger/Paladin.  

He also shares a namesake with my Guild Wars 2 Thief/Daredevil because I liked the name so much.

The original recording was 3 hours long, but has since been condensed to about 30 mins.

Credits:

Intro Music:
Schizophrenic Wolf (0.8511) by The Fucked Up Beat
Body Music:
Mario Bava Sleeps In a Little Later Than He Expected To by Chris Zabriskie
The Life and Death of a Certain K. Zabriskie, Patriarch by Chris Zabriskie
Pick Up a Convict on Alcatraz by Chris Zabriskie

Digital Sketch and Color

Monsters and Myths

Apparently it was a running theme to draw yourself as something.  This week it was a mythological creature.  So I chose a Harpy because it was either that or a werewolf and I have too much curls for hair.  That and I like birds of prey like owls and such.  Plus all the hagravens I've killed (and been killed by) in Skyrim tell me that they are pretty cool. 

Body type is a lie, but I like to think if I did have to fly I would be physically fit. 

Body type is a lie, but I like to think if I did have to fly I would be physically fit.