So I did just that I challenged myself. I wanted to test out some new painting techniques and software without having to answer to a paying client. I also wanted to make sure that I was not painting the same sort of thing over and over again. The challenge was to ask the awesome people on Twitter If I could "photopaint" their image in to a new piece of art. Ric The GM was the first to answer. https://twitter.com/RicMTheGM. Being that I am a fan of his Youtube channel how could I say no.
I took the Orginal image and started to work. Photo painting is where I convert an image into a painting by using painting Techniques on the image. I don't like to use filters because they often pick the wrong details to highlight. All the shading and details are added to the painting as I go. As you can see with the image above I take a bit of Artistic License with clothing and environment.
So the other night I upgraded my painting software. It's a good thing to do now and then. Especially when there are some new tools and brushes that might make my life as an artist easier. One of the things that I have learned in my years as an artist is that it's a very good idea to practice new tools BEFORE! a client calls you. Sometimes these tools and techniques can really slow you down, or worse they can have unexpected results in the middle of a project. So if you are to work with these new tools you need to do it when nobody is looking. This mage is one of the examples.
Now I did not have any issues with the tools or the mage however I did spend a lot of time playing with the new lighting tools. IF I had charged a client for me to play around it would have cost them and extra $25-50 and that is just not cool. If I am going to be spending time playing around its going to be on my dime.
The idea of this painting was to play more with the folds of fabric and to get to know the lighting effects a little more. I also wanted to work on the texture of the mage's belt and such.
One of the cool things about being in the SCA. is that I have all kinds of examples of historical clothing and accessories some of them are even lying around my house. one of the Items in this painting that really stood out is the cloak pin. Yes that little U shaped broach on his hood. Personally, I hate them because I am always poking myself with them. (They are not safety pins). The scars in my hands gave me a very good memory of what they should look like.
As for the lighting effect. this painting was done with a few levels. The wizard's hands are actually 4 different layers making sure that I was able to show that the spell the mage is about to cast is centered between his hands. This being the secondary point of light in the painting.
Well, I should get back to drawing I have a few sketches to do for a client.
WOW! This took longer than I had expected. Imp and I have been working all week to make it so I can sell my images online. The toughest part was making sure that the shopping cart was compliant with the copyright standards that Imp set out. (One of the advantages of being married to a copyright lawyer)
So Here is our first batch of Paid images. I spent a long time working on these and I am very happy with the results. I even cried a little while working on the flintlock because I miss my grandfather who was a gunsmith.
We have set the price of the Licence for each of these Items to be around $15. We have also made a package deal of 7 Images for $65.
We were playing Robo Rally the other day and I was thinking I should make some robot Icons. So here we go I'm going to make these for free because It only took me less than 10 mins to make them. So if you are working on a board game and need a robot Icon feel free to use them
I'm working on some other Board game stock for board games. If you have any ideas of what kinds of board game art you would like to see let me know.