Page 1 of 22 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 13 of 285
  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Hudson River valley, NY
    Posts
    16,211
    Thanks
    4,879
    Thanked 16,683 Times in 5,021 Posts

    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).

    Name:  Firehorse.jpg
Views: 31254
Size:  84.9 KB


    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
    Name:  Witch_Way_To_Murder.jpg
Views: 30499
Size:  61.6 KB

    Charmed to Death
    Name:  DamsgaardII.jpg
Views: 30353
Size:  83.6 KB

    Last edited by Elwell; May 10th, 2011 at 04:10 PM.

    Tristan Elwell
    **Finished Work Thread **Process Thread **Edges Tutorial

    Crash Course for Artists, Illustrators, and Cartoonists, NYC, the 2013 Edition!

    "Work is more fun than fun."
    -John Cale

    "Art is supposed to punch you in the brain, and it's supposed to stay punched."
    -Marc Maron
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  2. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Elwell For This Useful Post:


  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    ny
    Posts
    1,686
    Thanks
    29
    Thanked 123 Times in 68 Posts
    good use of devil paint there.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    33
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    um, yeah, I'm speechless. I love the first one; great composition!!

    Visit my website: http://www.republicanUS.com

    My art: http://ssjmvegita.deviantart.com/

    Go Colts; Soon to be Super Bowl Champions!!!
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posts
    597
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    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!

    Andrew Murray
    Concept Artist, Tencent Boston
    www.theincredibleandy.com
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 34 Times in 2 Posts
    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.)

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Argentina
    Posts
    1,156
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Wow...

    that fire is breathtaking. These are wonderful. It would be great to see a zoom in on the book pile in Charmed to Death.

    Really wondeful.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    1,680
    Thanks
    699
    Thanked 596 Times in 283 Posts
    nice to see you posting some stuff up,
    I'm loving all of it but those flames really made me stare.
    I believe my thoughts were along the lines of "how the hell did he do that?"

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  9. #8
    Dutton 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.

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  10. #9
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Arkansas
    Posts
    1,049
    Thanks
    3
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    God I love your work! Just so clean and realistic. All three of them just are outstanding.

    My Sketchbook
    ^keep me going by visiting my sketchbook^
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    sf
    Posts
    2,069
    Thanks
    485
    Thanked 1,606 Times in 291 Posts
    badass tristan. you wield a brush with the best of em. keep keepin it.-c36

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    690
    Thanks
    35
    Thanked 36 Times in 29 Posts
    nice, yeah dawg

    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Prescott AZ, USA
    Posts
    30
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    OH, what a beautiful horse! And I love the kitty's glowy eyes.

    Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought-- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things. ~Woody Allen
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Berlin, Germany
    Posts
    661
    Thanks
    50
    Thanked 103 Times in 34 Posts
    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!

    cheers,
    Etienne


    "How do you know you're good enough?" "You know." "What if you're wrong?" "You find out."

    *** Help a CA artist! Visit the Critique Center! ***

    MY HOMEPAGE
    Reply With Quote Reply With Quote

Page 1 of 22 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ... LastLast

Members who have read this thread: 27

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • 424,149 Artists
  • 3,599,276 Artist Posts
  • 32,941 Sketchbooks
  • 54 New Art Jobs
Art Workshop Discount Inside
Register

Developed Actively by vBSocial.com
SpringOfSea's Sketchbook