I recently submitted a painting to Illustration Toolbox, and to my surprise, I was offered a full interview by the owner, Brian Rhinehart. The interview just went "live" today and you can read it here»
This is the final image, for the time being, I'll go back to it in a couple of weeks just to see if I want to add any other details or define anything better. I had posted the first "finished" version at ConceptArt and the general feedback was that the angel's position was too hard to figure out under a pile of leaves, so I removed almost all the leaves, moved her leg and added an arm.
Another from the Westerly sub-series. The girl and candy apple originally appeared on the CD art, with the apple being held by a hand which came in from the edge of the liner note page. I redrew the hand and added the witch. The visual suggestion of a wing, on the witch's right side, was added for a little more weirdness...I had played with putting her other arm there, but it seemed distracting...the wing was more subtle and added a component to the story telling.
I was getting ready to start coloring another of my older drawings but decided that it was a little boring. Originally the picture was a wooded scene with an arm, sword and wing emerging from a covering of leaves. I intended it to be tranquil, albeit a picture of a dead angel, but I decided I wanted a livelier image. I've increased the original wing size as well as revealing the angels head, which will be held up by a devil. I'd prefer not to cover up the background details, with the devil, but the foreground is the main focus, so I'm still experimenting.
I finally found some time this weekend and was able to finish the gripping beast picture. More background texture will be added during the coloring.
Over the last several years most of my artwork has been focused on sequential storytelling, and I was doing very little stand-alone images. Last year I started creating the red and black colored image series, as an offshoot of a style I had started to use for a graphic novel.
This lead up to a few months back, when I became determined to start producing more stand-alone images in the vein of my old commercial geared Illustration. The first one of these, "Loan Your Ride", is posted above and was created in Adobe Photoshop. Drawing in PS was a bit of a departure for me as all my comic book work was drawn in Illustrator. I decided to switch over to PS so I could use more expressive line work as well as giving the images a more natural feel. Once I have six or seven images drawn, I'll start coloring.