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March 1st, 2006 #1
Tristan Elwell (UPDATE 5/11: NEW SITE)
*EDIT*: My new website is up with tons of old and new work, check it out at tristanelwell.com!
Also, I've merged several other threads into this one, so it's not just book covers any more.
Greetings, all. It's been ages since I actually posted any work, rather than making snarky comments about other people's. To make up for that, here's some new stuff now, with more to follow soon.
First, Fire Horse. A publisher saw the piece I had done a few years back of the girl on horseback with the red background and thought something similar would be perfect for this book. The challenge was to do something that wasn't too similar . This is oil on illustration board, 12" x 24" (it's a wraparound, including the flaps).
These are the covers for the first two books in a series about a mystery solving witch. Sort of Bewitched meets Murder She Wrote. The original painting for the first one is in the book section of the Society of Illustrators annual show, which starts next week if anybody wants to check it out. Both are oil on board, 14.5" x 9".
Witch Way to Murder
Charmed to Death
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oh but we LIKE the snarky comments! Anyway, glad to see the new work! The last two are pretty calm & quiet pieces, especially next to the exploding horsey, but that's kind of what they want, I'm guessing. That, and you have to accommodate type.
The horse piece definitely reminds me of an earlier one you did. I bet that's tough, being asked to do work that looks just like pieces in your portfolio. In school, Chris Payne was telling us how Gary Kelley had to do about a million cafe scenes, enough to get sick of it. Does that kind of thing happen often? Just wondering what to look forward to.
btw, your horsey rendering is my favorite rendering of anything you do. Very soothing. Keep inspiring us!
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March 1st, 2006 #5Registered User
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Tristan! Excellent Firehorse....such a great piece. The fire is exquisite, as is the horse. I know Gary Kelley and I know he's done a ton of cafe scenes....but it's a mistake to think that he's 'sick' of them. He designs every one with love and effort. That's the challenge really: to stay as excited about each piece, like a child.
Just as you've done here! Nice. (no ass pats, just honesty.)
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March 1st, 2006 #8Dutton Guest
Honestly, there aren't very many illustrators out there these days that can do a decent horse. Even some of the best fall short and the ones that could went on to make their money in western art (ie, Howard Terpning). You're definitely a fine exception, Tristan. And of course, everything else about these paintings are looking just as wonderful.
Although both of the cat paintings are in completely different settings, I love how you've tied the two together by placing the cat in the middle of geometric shapes; one on a crosspath and the other on a pentagram. The cat's also surrounded by things that contain writing. I'd be very interested to see an eventual third or fourth in this series just to see what you come up with next.
March 2nd, 2006 #9
God I love your work! Just so clean and realistic. All three of them just are outstanding.
^keep me going by visiting my sketchbook^
March 2nd, 2006 #10
badass tristan. you wield a brush with the best of em. keep keepin it.-c36
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OH, what a beautiful horse! And I love the kitty's glowy eyes.
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March 2nd, 2006 #13
I have a new wallpaper .. love that horse and the first kitten..
something bugs me about the third one though: there is no shadow... I think it would add to the eerie athmosphere if there would be more contrast between the center and the borders of the pic.
since the pentagram seems like its supposed to be glowing, it should be treated as a lightsource, so the areas of the books not facing the pentagram would be darker (they should also throw shadows) and the cat would have some lightborders around its belly.
apart from that: awesome work!
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