I managed to finish something before the end of this year. There still is a room for improvements, but the deadline made it. It's an illustration based on a short fantasy story by Wit Szostak done for the Istrozin (fanzine). Hope you like it. C&C are welcome.
is it pastel I see on first post ? (penultimate one, the man seen from the back) I can feel the volume of his body as he was standing just before me ! I don't understand colour enough to see why you used this many different tones - blues, yellows, and reds - for the skin - though it evidently results in a wonderful skin material.
The card player is very cool ! Photoshop only ? His face makes me think of Dominique Pinon.
@ Mawh - yeah, it's pastel work. Glad you like that one. Somewhere / sometime during my studies I accepted the idea of using many different colors developing materials one often see as one color only. Looking back to works of Impresionism, Fauvism but also paintings of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo helped me to build it on. Many times it's about color echos from the surrounding or about transparency of the material. I often use complementary colors to pick out something no matter the color can be visible in real life. Problem with recent commercial illustration is that artists tend to build images based on movie screen or photography rather than feelings and color observation. The Card Player you like is based on movie shot observation, and you already can see the difference between these two. I think the Card Player is more appealing to consumer because the film and photography have such a strong influence to us.
@ a la bapsi - hehe, thanks for the short. That piece reminds me my university studies a lot. The time of experiments.
I bought me a new mini sketchbook so I am doing this little observations sketches more frequently now. Here are some most recent pages out of it and a little painting I did as a X-mas present for my love... As always, comments and critique are welcome. Thanks for your time.