This is my first attempt at a “Draw it/this again”. The original image: www.deviantart.com/digiavalon/… was created way back in 2004 as a gift to my grandmother, who has sense passed away. My grandmother helped inspire my love for fall and all things Halloween. However the original image was also heavily inspired by one of my favourite artist at the time, Michelle Hoefener and this piece of art created by her: www.deviantart.com/michellehoe…
When I set out to remake this I knew I didn't want to limit myself to following the original image exactly. I wanted use the original image and the original's “inspiration” image as a guide but I also wanted to change up some of the details, colour's and create a much more moody image fitting of Halloween. Additionally I wanted to really challenge and push myself on this remake, combining the skills I have gained over the years. I used both 3d and 2d elements in the image creation process. The character and pumpkins were sculpted in zbrush to create the framing and base of the image. After these elements were rendered out in grey scale I used Photoshop (along with many textures and brushes) to add all the colour, clothing, lighting and details.
I'm very please with how it came out and although there are a few small things I might tweak in later months I am calling it done for now. Big thanks to the art team at EACH for their feedback and to the guys at phlearn for the fog brush I used, grab it here:
NOTE: I had originally planned to release this image on Halloween but due to things being crazy busy and my desire to really push this image, it did not make the Halloween deadline. Hopefully by posting it now, I can spook up your winter a little!