So a continuation from the last post. After working out a thumbnail and doing those color comps I got to work on the illustration itself. I used to really overlook doing thumbnails and studies and all that other preparatory work, but doing so this time has definitely helped and given me the confidence to keep powering through this. Plus finding some decent reference shots certainly helps. Anyways, this is still a work in progress but it's getting there.
More details. Slight color adjustment. More light and texture. Still lots to clean up.
I'm reading this book called Knights: The Eye of Divinity. It's totally part of that cheesy medieval-epic genre. Nerdy, but I like it. Anyway, these are some color comps for one of my images that I have in mind. My goal is that I hope to come up with storytelling images as I go through the book. This picture would be the beginning where the main character Lannon (god, that is so nerdy) is introduced, as he is walking through the nearby forest that surrounds his home. The scene is described as a lush green forest with mist and cool winds blowing through. I think I like the top right color concept best for that, but the bottom two images interest me.
Just some studies from Lord of the Rings. An exercise in composition and understanding of the importance of foreground, middle ground, and background elements. What works and what doesn't? The cool thing about these is they're just shapes, so really they can be anything, which turns them into pretty good composition references.
If you want to do the exercise check out CtrlPaint.com's Film Studies section.
I'm making an attempt to illustrate a medieval book I'm reading. These will come in handy. Sorry I haven't updated with anything original.