Digital Painting #9: Ophelia Enthroned

Ophelia Enthroned

This sketch actually dated back much farther than its painting does. I believe I first imagined this concept in 2004 with the other Ophelia paintings, but it took considerable time and rethinking to make this image work. Again, Ophelia is a character from a short story (who also mirrors a character in a novel project) who befriends and eventually is enthroned by the dead. Ophelia’s father, the king Narudas, conquered the neighboring jungle kingdom of Ranja by dishonorable means–he poisoned them with a plague. When he moves his capital to Ranja, strange things start happening, one of them being his daughter’s odd connection to the dead.

September 15, 2006: Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Intuous 2 6×8, Brushes by Vered

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Digital Painting #8: Abigael

Portrait of Abigael

Still on a Serpent of Souls kick, I painted this portrait of Abigael to really work on a face–and a distinguished face at that. In the story, Abigael is the young princess–the youngest and only daughter of the King’s first wife and Queen, Phaedria. She plays games with secrets and enjoys extravagant gossip, but her intelligence is good for more than just palace gossip, as she soon finds out.

May 4, 2006, Adobe Photoshop 7, Intuous 2 6×8

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Digital Painting #7: Eilsette, 2006

Eilsette: A Portrait

One of my most long-going novel projects is “Serpent of Souls” a fantasy trilogy complete with epic prophecies, immortals, apocalyptic promises, and invisible faerie worlds. Eilsette is one of the main characters from this novel, a mischievous and raucous immortal girl who follows around the prince of Diamond. At this juncture, I was attempting to do significant work on this story, so my art reflected that almost exclusively.

January 29, 2006: Adobe Photoshop 7, Intuous 2 6×8, Brushes by Vered

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Digital Painting #6: “The Cowardice of the King”, 2005

The Cowardice of the King

This image was drawn and painted to accompany Serpent of Souls. It depicts one of the final scenes, in which King Mazern Damien Korial of Diamond nearly kills his daughter, one of the main characters, Abigael. Artistically, the image was extremely difficult, because I was using a lot of new ideas that I hadn’t done previously. First of all, I had a new face to contend with: an angry old man. Second of all, their positioning was going to be difficult, and the overall composition of the image was very different from what I was used to. I wouldn’t say it was an all around success, but it was definitely a bridge between solid portraiture, and what I’d like to think of as a “screen cap” from the book.

I was also working on this image during my first semester of college.

October 27, 2005: Photoshop 7, Intuous 6×8, Brushes by Vered

Digital Painting #5: My Reflection, 2005

My Reflection

In high school, I was really, really into Victorian style clothing. I loved looking up old fashion sketches and incorporating new themes into my own dresses, designing elaborate bustles and corsets–all the delights of a wishful goth kid. This image wasn’t designed with the dress in mind though. I had a specific goal: a woman admiring herself in a mirror even though she can’t see herself. I was feeling frustrated with some people around me who seemed abnormally blind to real life. The sketch of the image was completed significantly before the painting was complete, and I think by the time I had completed it, the meaning had entirely changed. I used a particular color theme that I wasn’t used to–trying to branch out and take my colors into better consideration.

March 14, 2005: Photoshop 7 and an Intuous 2 6×8 tablet

Digital Painting #4: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

This image has always been one of my favorites. It was unconnected to a story until I really started to work on it. Since then, I did some work on scenes and ideas, but I never fully developed the world that these three lived in. As far as artistic themes, I was very proud of myself for finally painting a man. Three people interacting with one another was also a new concept for me, as well as the stark, clear color theme that allowed for a more vibrant image, but less color freedom. I was also working hard on making sure that all of my bodies were not the same: “The Wardrobe” has a bigger bust, shorter chin, and fuller lips from “the Witch”, who despite my greatest efforts, still looks rather Caucasian.

Their story shifted as I tried to work them into projects or create projects around them. They do the dirty odd jobs of crime bosses in fantasy worlds. They eventually settled in next to Jade from “Children of the Eaten King”, though they never appear in that novel. The Lion, Hillary Darren, is known for his brutality and pompous destruction when given an order. The Witch, Kinako Moriyama, is feared because she invisible, stealthy, and impossible to track. They call her the Witch because they believe that there’s no way to do what she does without magic.  When she strikes, her targets often disappear completely. The Wardobe, Nightingale, is always dressed ostentatiously and draws attention to herself. She is wild, uncontrollable, and very deadly.

April 27, 2005: Photoshop 7, Intuous 2 6×8 tablet

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