He wanted me to draw him again. Since I was being required to anyway, I figured I'd add something else to the picture. "How about illustrating his Avatar?" I thought.
The Avatar is a manifestation of a mage's subconscious mind...or perhaps it's a sort of guardian angel, or the personification of the soul. It's magic, is all they know for sure: *their* magic, given form and the ability to get involved in the mage's decisions. Needless to say, it's a little daunting.
What I learned: Though the picture just sort of came to me, its actual purpose was an exercise in techniques. When I conceived it, I imagined the Avatar sort of melding with the darkness around the edges--not quite here, but a looming Presence. I saw her hands and face as being the only 'real' parts of her, and even at that never being so substantial as to have an identity. I wanted to play with shadow and some stylization to get this effect. Shockingly, I think I pulled it off (though I originally imagined the wings to be dark on dark against the background; it somehow didn't occur to me that black on black = you can't see it).
I also wanted to play with Photoshop techniques, experiment with filters and effects, though I can't say for sure whether it's because I want to enhance my work or because I'm lazy and I hope it'll make it easier on me. Here, I got in some practice with the Satin layer effect (her robes), Lighting Effects (nice ambient shadowing, ne?), and some cunningly applied selection fills (the glow around her wings). I think they came out fairly well, all told.
Apparently, the only thing I need to finish a picture is an excuse not to give it a real background.
Holy CRAP. I think this is one of the best things I've ever seen you do. It's dramatic, the colors are really well done and contrast beautifully between figures, and the poses are very dynamic. I'm very, very well impressed!!
Hehe thank you. I'm trying to widen my horizon a little bit right now, beyond just nature photography. Im trying out vector art, digital drawings and landscape rendering. I just bought a Wacom tablet, so I feel kinda inspired
Hopefully I'll find something more that I like and am decent at.