When I woke up this morning, I fired up my local copy of my website, browsing through the draft for this page, ensuring each placeholder had been replaced with the correct image. Thankfully, the images were ready to go, and while I love all my work (even the bad ones, they help me grow as an artist) I’m especially proud of three of them, Forest Sunset 001, Reaching Out, and Creeping Plant.
Every time I look at Forest Sunset 001, I get lost in the mingling colors and clouds, dancing atop the horizon. Despite being a self-proclaimed geek, I love nature. I could sit on a mountaintop and stare into a sunset for years at a time. Thankfully, now whenever I’m longing for a majestic view, I can reach into my digital portfolio and pull up this landscape, instead of chasing about the world searching for one.
While I enjoy flexing my artistic skills with a variety of endeavors, my ultimate goal is to capture the characters from my stories. Given my current skill level, character work is like a heavy workout in the weight room, so it’s something I do sparingly. Fortunately, with results like Reaching Out, I can appreciate my growth. It’s just an open hand floating in a tunnel, but I am happy with how it turned out.
Creeping Plant rounds out this week’s trio and highlights the power of the liquify tool. While I don’t remember the exact shape that I started with, after all the swirls and nudges, a plant sprouting from the ground made me smile. After I finished giving the plant its depth and texture, my attention shifted to the background. Fortunately, it didn’t take me long to rough out the earth.
Hunker down in your chair and enjoy the artwork below. As always, if you want a better look click a picture to head over to my DeviantArt gallery and consider buying a print.