This is the piece I did for the Emerald City Comic Con's Charity Art Book for 2011. Brush and Ink and then colored in Photoshop.
Nice. I like the subtle blue and pink "smokey" background effect. Maybe could have gone bolder and added a couple of moons or a space ship or a "forgotten city" to add to the storytelling element of the drawing, but it's effective just plain, too. My only critique (if I may; I know none was asked for) is that the creature's skin is a little too smooth and 2-D. You have that great black shadow for depth on the right front leg, but all the other shadows are a bit bright, especially the left rear leg. You'd think the rider's shadow would appear somewhere there. Also, it'd be really easy to add a texture to the monster's hide in Photoshop.... Just my 2 cents... My apologies if they were unasked for and you only meant to share. Great concept, depth and detail otherwise!
I wasn't necessarily looking for a critique but I am not afraid of them either. In my opinion more background elements would have cluttered the image. I was looking to just create a simple vignette. My coloring approach tends to lean more toward simplistic rather than they often preferred over-rendering that a lot of photoshop colorists do. I am not big on dropping in textures with photoshop as I often think it looks cheesy. However, it is something I could have done in the inking but probably didn't out of fear I wouldn't like how it turned out. Thanks for your comments.
I see what you mean about keeping it simple for the vignette, and you're right, of course. And, just for fun, I took a few minutes and did the texture thing in Photoshop and it DOES look flat ([link]). The only thing I don't agree with is letting fear dictate the limits of your technique. To me, this is where computers really free us up, to explore different colors (hence the color coordinated monster in example 3!), textures and techniques. Once you scan in the original, print out a copy (or two or three) and see if a cross hatch texture or whatever adds or detracts from it. You can always leave it as is, but if the experiment turns out well, do it to the original. And I'm not suggesting doing this with every piece - just ones that seem to need a little extra "something" and perhaps you're not sure what. Again, I'm not throwing stones - just suggesting different ways to improve our work and not letting fear or uncertainty hold us back.
Great Work!. Congratulations
It looks great!
I prefer fantasmigorical, but thanks anyway