Medusa book cover commission: Constance Burris

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Long overdue post! I did this illustration late last year for a wonderful client, author Constance Burris, for her book Medusa, which you can check out here on Amazon: ow.ly/EeXXn. It was a super fun project and we had a great time working together.

You may remember this image from a couple years back! I should post it as a draw-this-again meme. Before I had photo-bashed a bunch of snakes into hair, and now I took the time to redraw all of them, which surprisingly was less tediously horrible than I thought it would be (all those scales ahhhhhh).

Best of luck to Constance with the book and with her work! <3

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16th-century sci-fi

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Here are the last sketches I posted all colored in. :)

So…little backstory…the White Queen-sort of figure is a bit of an antagonist (but certainly not the main bad guy in the story) and has a smoldering past with the dude with the glowing blue laser filigreed gun thingy slung over his back…a smoldering past that burnt the shit out of them both.  But now it’s been at least a decade since the ANGST. So it’s just nice and awkward.  Also, she IS a queen.

The other dude gets along with everyone, so really, he’s pretty set.

character design sketches

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Sketches from an unfinished universe I created in college about the divided kingdoms of North and South Baring, which I used to create these characters for class now about ten years later. It was serendipitous! I found these old papers and descriptions of people and I had an assignment to design some 16th century science fiction characters that it was perfect for.

I am finishing up coloring them, so this is just a preview…

color studies

colorpainting_colorstudiesWhen it came down to it, I liked two value studies enough to continue on with both of them, even though I was sort of sure I was going to pick the one on the right.  These are super helpful, even when (like me in this situation) you have a fairly specific idea of what you want.  I’m going to work up the right bottom for the final painting.  Even though she’s less in focus than the studies on the left, there’s something that feels right about that.

So, the real version of this is being done on illustration board with acrylics. I’ve toned the board purple and have started painting a few elements, so updates when there is a little more to see. :D