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    Ranarh's Sketchbook, Vol. 2

    I take my sketchbook thread as encouragement to sketch and explore ideas and techniques. My regular sketching surface is a bound A5 sketchbook, 144 pages, 100g/m². Medium used changes often; my favourites include charcoal, gouache, watercolour pencils, and graphite blocks.

    My old sketchbook thread, running until 2nd September, 2016, can be found here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?&t=278955

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    Sketches and study for a three-part series. The three plants are poppies, corn-flowers, and barley; I grew up around such fields, and always loved the view of red and blue dots of short-lived beauty among the laborious cereals.
    I had made photos while working but they weren't good enough, so no progress shots.
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    The finals. 28Χ38cm on paper, inks, pencils, and acrylics.

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    "Dragon Age:Inquisition" Inspired Tarot Cards

    We set out for a session of the pen&paper RPG of Dragon Age, and I felt the need for tarot cards for the player characters, like those for the companions in Inquisition. It came in handy that those are small, and I could try a technique I wanted - painting over printed sketches before finishing digitally.

    I made pencil sketches in original size at 7Χ12cm in my sketchbook, cleaned them up and printed them on Canson 1557 180g/m² paper, broke out my worst watercolours for gritty effects and gave them some washes (gouache and watercolour pencils were also involved), scanned them back in and finished them digitally.
    It then turned out that despite using a printing template, it was quite difficult to align the fronts and backs in the print shop, but it was finally managed more or less, and laminated for endurance.
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    Regrets: I would have liked them to be more art nouveau-ish, and, despite my massive use of digital masks, I'm note sure that the decoratively textured but clean look was achieved well enough (I always tend to the messy painterly), there are some composition errors; and it was fairly annoying that printing was so difficult. They had to be done between jobs, and had I spent more time, they may have become better; so I will chuck any remaining dislike to lack of time.

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    A piece painted for the author of a science-fantasy novel series. The main character has an armour of single pieces floating above him and held onto his body via his pyro-telekinetic power. The trick was to show it's not actually strapped on.

    I used mainly Painter 16's Artists Oils brushes for this one - and of course those fantastically fun Particle Brushes, how could I resist.
    Sketch from found reference, extensive work on the colour scheme following Gurney's explanations about gamut mapping from Colour & Light. Knowing the perceived neutral colour was invaluable.

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    The final.

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    Landscape for my world Genius Loci.
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    Landscapes, contι. The ones with the folds are effectively A4, the rest A5. Simple sketches trying to find something that might be worth exploring.


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    great work here, i liked how you add mood on fifth picture of #7
    for your figure drawings i think you can use more colors, especially on skin

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    Pencil and ink pen. Each is A5; I was trying to completely overload the designs, and I think that was succesful

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    Genius Loci is my own fantasy world. This character is member of an order bent on destroying the old in favour of the new. The difficulty was to make her look happy - because the order also is very optimistic, not fanatic - and still make her look somewhat unhinged. And to make embers look good without resorting to good ol' Linear Dodge.

    I started a charcoal sketch in my sketchbook late in the evening. I then thought it might look good to add some oil pastels - I was wrong. But it still served as a colour note.
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    I used textures from chaotic brush strokes and splattered paint in the background, and painted mainly with Painter's Artist's Oils brushes.
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    The character is supposed to have a face with Native American influences, which I found hard in profile, and since I was working without references in this piece, there was a bit of trial and error.
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    The most difficult points I found was the back of the head - I wanted it obscured, but making it too dark gave it too much weight, too bright made the silhouette look weird. Also, firelight is very red, which made it hard to pick colours.
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    The final.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de
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    A quick overdraw of an older costume concept for my world Genius Loci. The concept is from... 2012... and I was pretty influenced by something Palpatine wore in the Star Wars prequels. I spent another hour on it, mainly updating the face to the Native American influence I now use for the world's humans. Most of the metal effect was done by using Painter 16's Blunt Tip Marker with the method changed to Cover instead of Buildup.

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    A creature concept for my world Genius Loci. I used running greyhounds as reference for the movement, the creature itself is influenced by binturongs, bears, and anteaters.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de

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    The final concept.
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    Reworked piece for my world Genius Loci. This illustrates the surreal Area, and some of it changed while i worked on it. For example, the sky is always dark. Also, the perspective and composition were bad. I aimed for a painterly, loose look. I enlarged the canvas to one side, put the tree into perspective, overlaid paint textures to get some nice colour variations, and diversified the flora slightly.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de

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    The previous version from 2013.
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    Another older piece for my world Genius Loci. I love the unsettling effect of the four eyes, even if it's not always easy to calculate the bone structure. The old version wasn't half bad this time (I did use reference then) but I like the new one better, especially the headdress is much better now. Most work was done in Painter 16 to get some painterly brushtrokes.
    Find out more about Genius Loci on my blog Starmaker's Gaze: http://starmakersgaze.blogspot.de


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    The previous version.
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    I didn't want to flood this thread with all my doodles and scribbles, but it seems a shame to not show any of them, so I thought I'll compile all my (presentable) sketches into one, per month.
    In October, my favourite media was contι and charcoal. You can see I usually use the double-page spread of my A4 sketchbook, and also usually, I draw when I'm out, waiting or not doing anything too engaging.

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    I was commissioned by authors Markus and Sandra Gerwinski to create the cover artwork for their upcoming RPG book Heroen.

    The client wants a classic adventurer party: a mage, an archer, and two warriors. The setting relies heavily on classic knight's tales, so the look has to be down-to-Earth. It's also going to be a wraparound cover, so there must be balance throughout as well as on either side of it.
    I start with pencil in my sketchbook and offer a few thumbnails.
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    After taking reference pictures, I sketch out the characters in more detail, but not tightly since I'm going for a loose oil paint look. I work in Painter with the Real 6B Pencil. I switch between Painter for drawing and Photoshop to transform as needed.
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    I want a dramatic sky. My first instinct is often to use just one lightsource, but I take care to illuminate the party with bright sunlight, and reddish light from the left where in the setting there would be a burning sky. In the colour sketch stage, I make ample use of layer effects, adjustment layers, airbrushes, and whatever brush does the job best, using many colours.
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    I begin painting in Painter. My primary brushes for this piece are the
    Concept Art Jitter Smooth from Chalks, for rough textures;
    Blender Bristle from Artist's Oils for both opaque application and glazing;
    Real Fan Soft from Oils for soft strokes;
    Real 6B Pencil for small details.
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    We decide against the fourth character. I rearrange the other figures and keep adding detail.
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    Finally, bleed is added.
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    I really try to be efficient, and use the piece as practice for traditional painting by only using a single effects brush (Particle Spring Fireball) and no layer effects (well, y'know, after whacking the thing with every tool at my disposal at first).
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    And the final.
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    Creature concept for my world Genius Loci. I know I didn't put in any size comparison, they're actually pretty big. Inspired by lynx and rhino. Executed in Painter with Artist's Oils.


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    A new piece for my world Genius Loci. I'm attempting to create one such piece every day for while. These are horr, whale-like creatures, breaching.
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    Second piece of daily work. A volcanic landscape for Genius Loci; I started in Al.chemy and finished in Photoshop with textured brushes and coffee stain overlays. For the volcanic ground, I used some funky layer effects I normally ignore, like Difference.
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    Not so much sketching to be presented from this month. Most of my work revolved around a vague idea for a world of gigantic primordial beings that I still have to see about.

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    Ah so much cool work! Your world Genius Loci seems wicked. The book cover also looks really nice, I like the fact you guys decided on the removing the fourth character, definitely think that was a good choice. Only thing slightly botherin me about it is the fact that the blade part of the sword isn't quite perpendiculair to the base of the sword. It should be angled a few degrees to the left. Your use of color is very nice and I'm looking forward to seeing what you do next.
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    Done with the lasso tool and brushes made from paint splatters.

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    THe last one has a nice graphic feel to it. Giving one of the characters a red cape would really make them pop.

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    Yes, that would be a great idea! Thanks!

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    A quick illustration for my world Genius Loci. The garren are a lizard people, and I made a 3D model for the head ages ago, which I used here. Overpaint in Photoshop, circular gradients for the bloom light (is that what it's called indoors?), and heavily textured brushes for an indicated background. Finish in Painter, using a Paper made from the Tesselation feature for the scales, brushing over it with the Worn Oil Pastel. Which, in hindsight, could've been more prominent in this light.
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    Speedpainting with lots of photobashing, thinking of Sparth's and Thom Tenery's work, ~50 Min.

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    Surrreal relaxation with watercolours, gel pens, and watercolour pencils. A6 on Fabriano Tiziano paper.
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    Portrait painting studies

    An A4 sketchbook I was sent in error (I wanted the smaller one) is the carrier for this line of studies/sketches. I had to train using brushes and paints properly - that may sound ridiculous, but I feel very insecure about the whole painting business, and Greg Manchess keeps stressing I have to know my brushes well.
    None are supposed to be finished in any way, and I even abandoned some when they started to be too messy. All are done off photo reference, mostly found on deviantArt, some simple stock, others artistic. I used either acrylics or gouache, and limited my palette to either greys (mixed from burnt umber and ultramarine, and you can see I clearly lean towards cold greys) or the noted colours, following an article by Howard Lyon on muddycolors.com about the Zorn palette.
    My emphasis was on how big a brush I could use (and where to use filberts, flats, or rounds) - the smallest ever I think was an 8. Secondly, how to handle the underdrawing. Coming from digital, there's no problem in covering everything in darks and still find my drawing, and having to leave blank spaces was new for me.
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    The Witch Cat

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    I was stuck with this idea of a silhouette filled with thematically related images, and came up with this after much work - finishing the drawing took almost three months, as I wondered if setting the cat on fire would be cool, or if the witch subject needed to include a stake and pyre. With the drawing done, I was still undecided about the medium, when IFX printed a workshop by Michael Manovimibul painting with inks. That settled that. I grid-transferred the drawing onto Bristol carton with a 4h pencil and finished it in a few days. Highlights are done with acrylics and ink pen. Final is 65Χ50cm, and with that my largest painting to date.

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    Smudged my paper (argh - used a blade to get it off). Printing paper seeps through, so do not test ink washes on it while lying on the canvas.
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    I had a hard time differentiating local value and shadows. Damned mandragora. And I definitely should've figured out ahead what to put in that blank space in the middle. Luckily, the roots filled it nicely.

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    Mitsubishi ink pens dry to be water-proof, but they do have to be dry before adding more ink washes.

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