Gift for my friend mauimaui, who did me a huge favor and loaned me her laminator... this was going to just be an icon, but I got sorta carried away. XD Penumbra is a pandragon, a type of forest-dragon of her own creation!
This piece was a, somewhat unplanned, illustration that I had worked on during a particularly long and uneventful summer holiday from college. Back then I had got it into my head that I should do a few pieces to sell. It wasnt that I needed the money, more for the fact that I enjoyed the feeling of being somewhat of an amateur artistic entrepreneur, testing the response to my work (the response was positive, only, I wish people hadnt asked if I had the same thing in purple). I was going to sell the original, but after all the time it took to get it finished (twas a labour of love this one), I thought the better of it. I did however, have a large print of it made and it went up for sale for a time in a swanky Café, mounted in an attractive metallic silver frame, before being bought by a private buyer. This picture was a nightmare to paint, and I had really let my imagination run wild here. For once I had thought, ok Ill just go with the flow; the down side to this being that you dont always know for sure how it will all turn out you have no plan in mind! I had tried a whole new method of putting medium to paper for this picture, and it made the colour relationships work better visually and the whole picture turned out much lighter. My main concern at the time was the apparent darkness that seemed to consume certain elements of my artworks. I had responded to my own critique by working toward getting the compositions lighter and away from muddy tones. At one point I nearly ripped it in my temper the black ink flecks were landing in areas that I had covered up using tracing paper, seeping underneath and ruining the detail big grey blobs abound! I continuously had to touch it up, but at least its all well and done now. The dragon didnt come out how I imagined and the Celtic knots *mumble*. Never mind. There is a mixture of different influences in here, be it within the complex chimeric anatomy of the dragon itself or the textured background, which reminded me somewhat of a Grecian swimming pool. The original artwork was unfortunately damaged (not by me, but by time) a while back and I had to painstakingly repair it to its original state. At least anyone looking at the overall result will (hopefully) feel calm and relaxed thanks to the watery blue colours apart from me that is. Whenever I look at it, I see red!
A leopard dude, quietly trailing the owner of that feather through a steamy equatorial forest. Something older, from 2002. At the time this was the most complicated digital painting I'd ever done. It's definately still among them, though I've learned a few things since then - and upgraded my hardware such that it's much less of a pain! (Photoshop was never too happy on my old Mac PPC/G3...)