Here's a preview of what goes on behind the scenes. My process work is very simple. It just takes three basic stages!
STAGE 1: Thumbnails
For this particular commission, I had to draw an elf which resembled the client's friend. The necessary details that I had to add within the piece were the squirrel coat of arms and the two swords. I really enjoy this stage of the process because it allows me to draw loosely and freely. I don't have to worry about the details. I just have to make sure that the thumbnails portray what the client may want and that they were understandable. Drawing thumbnails are great composition studies. I always make sure that there is clear directional movement in the composition. You can also use this stage to determine your lighting and shading.
STAGE 2: Line work
Since the client chose the first thumbnail I drew, now it's time for the line work stage! Usually this stage takes some time because now I do have to worry about the details. Right from the beginning, I knew that I didn't want the elf to be wearing some skimpy armor. I wanted her to look appropriate in her battle gear, something that would obviously protect her body. After a lot of googling and looking at art book references, I drew the battle armor you see before you.
STAGE 3: Colour
Finally, the colouring stage. Sometimes I dread this part of the process because it can be a little tricky. However luckily, I already had an idea of what kind of colours I was going to use for this piece. I knew her armor would be green because as an elf she would want to blend with her surroundings. Since the client's friend likes red, I have included hints of that colour on the sword and jewelry.
So there you have it. Pretty basic stuff!
If you wish to request a commission feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although DarkEyv is my D&D character, for almost a year now, I'm still learning the type of character she is. The more I draw her and the more I use her during the D&D sessions, I feel I'm slowly completing the puzzle. Who is she?
DarkEyv's story begins as a level 1 Arcane Magician traveling towards a village called Fallcrest. Her quest in life is to seek out and defeat the evil magician, Kthulhu, who stole her heart and took her memories of arcane knowledge with it. In order to get back what she lost, she aims to study the ways of arcane magic again and confront Kthulhu for his crimes.
I plan to illustrate a comic based on her past soon. So keep watching for more updates.
Remember that Adventure Time fan art I made a couple of months ago? Well, I decided to put it to good use and submit it to this Tee Design Contest. You could help me win by voting! Here's the link to rate my design: RATE HERE!