Monthly Archives: July 2013

Orc Shaman Redux!: part 2

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From this point forward its almost all direct painting on a single layer. After working for a bit I noticed that the skin tone was leaning too far towards green. I wanted a more elephant-like chromatic grey so I dialed back the saturation across all of the skin. I’ve started on the fur texture of his garb as well which I think will be a long process of many layers to get the variation in tones that I’m looking for. Finally I got some photo reference for the feathers that hang from the head of the sphere so that I can get a more accurate shape and color on them.

Part One: https://kenkokoszka.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/orc-shaman-redux-part-1/
Part Two: https://kenkokoszka.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/orc-shaman-redux-part-2/
Part Three: https://kenkokoszka.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/orc-shaman-redux-part-3/

Until next time…

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Orc Shaman Redux! Part 1

A little over one year ago I created an Orc Shaman illustration for an Art Order challenge.

Orc Shaman

This is a good measurement of my skill level at the time. While I was proud of the finished product it wasn’t long before my skill level advanced past the level of finish that this piece shows off.

Since I’ve recently graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and I now have a plethora of free time to devote to personal work I decided to go back and re-paint this illustration to bring it up to the level of other pieces in my portfolio such as my recent Troll Hunter.

I still feel that the initial sketch and line art are strong and hold up when compared to the rest of my work so I’m happy to use the same chassis.

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One of the elements that I’m less satisfied with in the original is the over-exaggerated value contrast. As I moved into developing the lights and darks I tried to include more graceful transitions in the light .

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As I developed the underpainting I tried to restrain my level of saturation – I can always pump up the vividness of the colors as I paint in the later stages. Here the colors are added in thin transparent layers so all of the initial line drawing is still visible throughout.

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Now we are caught up to the piece as it stands currently. I have just begun to paint directly on top of the image with opaque colors. The original drawing gets covered up in most ares but there will be some places where it still shows through, even in the finished product. As I painted I toned down some of the more rapid value shifts even further and I am concentrating on keeping a matte finish in some areas. One of my nitpicks about the version from last year is that the colors in the entirety of the image seemed too glossy.

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Next Time: more direct painting and some subtle glazes to get a rich variety of tones and hues throughout the image.

Part One: https://kenkokoszka.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/orc-shaman-redux-part-1/
Part Two: https://kenkokoszka.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/orc-shaman-redux-part-2/
Part Three: https://kenkokoszka.wordpress.com/2013/08/11/orc-shaman-redux-part-3/

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FINAL: Troll-Hunter

The final version of this piece is completed!

Trollhunter

I also submitted this piece into the ArtOrder.com free portfolio review program. If you haven’t heard about it before, this is a program wherein 50 pieces (including a single, specific question) will be addressed and reviewed on the ArtOrder blog. The deadline is in mid-July so I am very happy that I was able to finish this before it became crunch time.

The question I submitted along with this piece is as follows.

“Given that this piece is a good example of where I currently stand from a technical perspective, what element of my work most urgently needs to  be addressed/developed further/changed in order to become a successful illustrator for the interior pages of RPG/gaming books?”

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