Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Walk-through of "Windows to Your Soul"

   Halloween is my favorite 'holiday', but I haven't really made much preparations this year since it's on a Wednesday (most unfortunate...) and it's a school night for kids.  I'm not sure how many trick-or-treaters I will get at the house to check out the costumes and hand out candy. ^^;  The weather always takes a radical turn for the cold from a nice long fall for us, and it can be nasty on Halloween night around here.

   Anyhow, here's a walk-through of "Windows to Your Soul" since this piece is for Halloween. ^^

   The first thing I do with all my pieces once the line art is finished and the scan of it is cleaned of cat hair and dust specks is to lighten the lines by adjusting "brightness and contrast" and then add a 'tint' or 'paper color' to my line image by adjusting the 'red-green-blue' in my photo editing program.  I am giving a warm orange foundation to this piece since it will be saturated by orange glow in the end.

   I open my edited line art file in Corel Painter, and this will be the 'canvas' layer at the bottom.  All subsequent colors will be placed on top of the lines.  Most of the colors will be transparent like watercolor.  I set up a 'background wash' layer for the darkest of the dark in the background and the foreground.  Repeated 'washes' of transparent colors are applied to build up the saturated dark brown.  On a separate layer, I do the 'underpainting' of shadows in sepia shade.  This is to set the general idea where the shadows and the dark spots will be, and most of it will be painted over in subsequent applications of color.

   I quickly experimented with the lights and shadows at this point to see how the marbles will be done.  A separate layer of 'highlights' was set up at the top of the stack for the opaque application of 'soft charcoal', which is very much like pastel in traditional sense.

   On a separate layer, I start painting the colors of elements like hair, ribbons, iris of the eyes.  To show the satin texture, I experimented with the highlights layer with the opaque soft charcoal application.  Some highlights were added to the girl's face and eyes as well.

   Working on the 'highlights' layer with the same soft charcoal, I added the highlights on the hair to suggest the platinum blonde.  On the same layer as the ribbons color, the satin sleeves of her dress and satin ribbon trim on her collar were painted.  

   The girl's arms are painted and given highlights.  I also finish painting the highlights on the marbles and add reflected light on the floor to give the illusion of the highly reflective floor.  I decided to apply 'salt' on the background to remove some of the colors to give a subtle texture for a bit of interest.

   Some of the highlights were removed from the girl's sleeves, and bloody trails near the eyeballs were added as the finishing touch.

   The kitten is given some colors on the same layer as the underpainting of shadows, and then given fur on the highlights layer.  The same soft charcoal tool, set at really small size tip and high opacity, was used to draw the fluffy fur.  Subtle adjustments were made throughout, like lengthening the kitten's shadow, adding the reflected colors of both the kitten and the girl's arms onto the floor underneath.

   The total number of layers used in this digital coloring was 8, including the 'canvas' layer, which is the original line art file.  I had lots of fun with this piece.  It's different in many levels from my usual pretty fluff stuff.  It's more shadowy, and the theme is definitely on a dark side, even disturbing, with the juxtaposition of innocence and evil.  It is fun, and I do think it's important for any artist, to experiment and do different things.  Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Windows to Your Soul" for EV "Spooky Eyes"

   Just finished the piece for the EV's monthly theme, "Spooky Eyes".  I don't like 'spooky' in the title, so I'm going to call this one "Windows to Your Soul" instead.  I thought about several other possibilities, but when I got done with the image and looked at it, this seems to fit the best.

   Since this was the Halloween theme, I went all out and did a creepy piece, rather than painting some pretty fairy.  I seem to be in the phase where I'm less interested in pretty faces, and craving something different from what people have come to expect from me.  I like things on the dark side occasionally, so this suits me just fine.  Once again, I imagine that it's not for everyone. ^^;

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Color Test for "Spooky Eyes"

    Finally got around to do a quick color test on my inked lines for the EV theme "Spooky Eyes" after a busy weekend.  I really don't like to use "Spooky Eyes" as a title for this piece since we have the option to take a theme and create an image, but give a completely different title.  This one will be one of these occasions where I would like to take advantage of that.

   There'll be so much more details and shadows added to this piece eventually when the full-out coloring takes place, but I like to set the general color scheme by doing a quick test.  I like working in warm hues of browns and gold.  And I do like creepy little kids with light hair. XD

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Concept Sketch for "Spooky Eyes"

   Enchanted Visions Project's November 2012 theme is "Spooky Eyes" due at the end of October.  Since it's Halloween, "Spooky Eyes" is as good as any for the season. ^^

   Here's the pencil rough/conceptual sketch for the theme.  I'm not sure if I want to title anything "Spooky Eyes", so I might change the title of it once I come up with something suitable for the image.  I've always liked those creepy-looking little kids in horror movies and I do enjoy drawing/painting these high-contrast eyes (light colored iris with tiny pupils).  So here's a creepy kid with a kitten.  I don't have the color scheme worked out for this, but I'm running out of time, so I'll probably just go ahead and go with this rather macabre idea. XD  Happy Halloween. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

October Auction

   I am listing my coloring book "Gardens & Goddesses" with one page colored (Orchids in the Rain) and signed at the Monthly Fantasy Art Auctions group on Facebook.  This is a special one-of-a-kind item available only through this auction.  (And I don't list my stuff in auctions generally... ever.)

   Anyhow, if you're interested, the listing is at Monthly Fantasy Art Auctions group on Facebook.   Everyone is welcome.  Just send a request to join and one of our administrators will approve your request.
Here's the direct access to my coloring book listing.  You can place your bid in the comments.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Win a "La Mer" Mug!

   The new giveaway on my Facebook page is for a chance to win an 11-oz. size porcelain mug of "La Mer".  The image wraps around the entire printable area of the mug for a maximum visual impact.  The artwork is beautifully reproduced on this dishwasher- and microwave-safe mug.  The mug retails for $15.

   It will be shipped to the lucky winner securely packed in a box.  There's no cost to enter.  Shipping is covered by me. ^_^

   Enter at my giveaway link today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Tag Contest at PSP Tube Stop Forum

   Here's a chance for a tagger to win a signed poster print of "Santa Muerte" and have his/her tag featured on the front page of my site, www.AuroraWings.com.  All you have to do is to make a "Halloween" or "Day of the Dead" themed tag with one of my creepy tubes available from PSP Tube Stop and enter the contest by simply posting the tag to the contest thread at the PSP Tube Stop Forum.  The deadline for submission is Sunday, October 28th, 2012.  The winner will be announced on Halloween.  You can read all the details at the contest thread link.  New members are always welcome!  Have fun!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Tempest of Ice" Completed

   I really had a lot of fun with this one.  I'm sure it's not for everyone with the implied element of violence with blood and all, but there comes a time when drawing pretty fairies and flowers (in other words, doing the same thing over and over) gets boring.  I like this one a lot, no matter what people think. :)