Digital Painting #3: Ophelia and the Storyteller, 2004

Ophelia: The Queen and the Storyteller

The character Ophelia was originally from a short story that I wrote in early 2004. Her premise, though, was taken directly from another novel-length project that I have since completed. Their stories are very similar, with perhaps a larger element of the mythical in Ophelia’s story. This character portrait is of Ophelia and her closest friend, known only as “The Storyteller”, the first ghost to appear to her, and the one to make her purpose clear.

In this portrait, I was playing with the use of white, how to accentuate brightness through the use of blue-and-white combinations, and of course my favorite element of digital art: literally painting with light. Of course, my understanding of how light reflects off of 3d surfaces is a rather minimal. I’d like to say that I’d be able to do it better now, but I’m not so sure.

November 19, 2004: Photoshop 7 and Intuous 2, 6×8 tablet



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