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Final week! Sorta. SDCC has thrown a monkey wrench into things so that our guest critiquers are busy, so we have an extra week to work. That’s okay because I am totally taking advantage of the additional time to put extra polish on my art and finish up a color painting I wouldn’t have had finished by the end of this week, anyways.
This past week, I’ve continued my feverish working on panels for the book trailer! It was a week of learning that if something just isn’t working right, I needed to learn to let go of it. It’s a tough lesson to learn, as it meant redoing two of my total panels!
The truth is I wasted a lot of time trying to make the original ideas work when starting over would have been quicker. Lesson learned! Onwards and upwards!
Last week, I mentioned photo collaging as a technique I’ve been experimenting with to speed up my workflow. Here’s an example of the photo reference I cobbled together from bits of hair, cloth, various model references from DeviantART, and desert photos.
The trick really is in bringing it all together at the end through lighting and values, making your own creative changes, and knowing when to deviate from your photo reference so you can create the most elegant final image. I’ll be notifying the model stock providers of the use of their photos once the images go public, while the reference of Jaipur fort I used for the palace will need to be changed later, since it’s only a placeholder for my presentation right now. Generally, dA stock providers are a kind bunch who allow commercial usage for free or low cost, which makes it one of my favorite places to find stock.
I’m currently working on the final color painting of the opening image. I’m planning to post the final color painting with a step by step to Patreon once it’s finished, so keep an eye out!
So here I am at the final push. I still have a color painting to finish and a video mockup I’d like to throw together for my final presentation. Wish me luck!
Week 8 Art Wrap-Up
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