Fantasy Self Portrait Study

To continue my study in bringing more realism into my work, I’ve created a fantasy self portrait. Since there is a deviation in the color and shading from the Manga Studio image and the finished image, the actual shading appears darker and the contrasting colors of blue in the shading and orange in the highlights (especially in image 6) does not show up.

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  1. Photo reference of myself.
  2. Tracing from the photo reference.
  3. 1st creature design. This creature came out looking too sympathetic so start over.
  4. Basic line drawing for new creature.
  5. Rough shading and design changes.
  6. Final creature design.

Relative Perspective WIP Update 6

I’ve finally got a chance to restart this project. there are a couple of elements that appear to be working, in general. With a little alteration they will stay.

  1. The sky will remain…but…Relative Perspective Color Work  a 07032017.jpg
  2. There will be changes to the tint, saturation and intensity,Relative Perspective Color Work b 07032017.jpg
  3. The basic mountains seemed to work prior to adding the snow…. but….Relative Perspective Color Work c 07032017.jpg
  4. There will also be changes to the tint, saturation and intensity.Relative Perspective Color Work d 07032017.jpg

The snow is going to need some work, update next time.

Illo Journal Project Update #8.1

So I’ve found that the image is not saving the same as it was created due to screen height, angle and filtering. I am reintroducing the geographical map of Ba’anta. this is much closer to the original tonal values. Constructive critiques and comments are stil very welcome!

Revised Brightness

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Previous Brightness

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Illo Journal Project Update #8

I present to you, with revised techniques, the “Geographical Map of Ba’anta”. I’ve used more subdued colors with the more saturated colors used on the points of interest. This piece was started with the techniques that I’m trying to adjust my style to. There are no figures in this one, which another area I’m also working on. Constructive critiques and comments are very welcome.

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Relative Perspective WIP Update 5

For Update #5 it looks like it’s back to the drawing board, again. I’ve sought advice from some fellow Illustrators on my work. The response was clear and definite. Great advice and constructive critiques that I plan to implement or at least work on developing. So this means revamping the project, again. If you would like to comment on my work please do. I am on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/xt.illos / Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/xtillos/ or you can email me at Richard.Thaxton@xtillos.com. Here is the last view of this version. The next time we see this project it will be with the new techniques.

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Relative Perspective WIP Update 4

Below is the current update on this project. I’ve reworked these mountains 4 different times since first creating them. It’s finally starting to come together. The funny thing is, with all the work going into this part, it will be quite small and part of the background. Still, since the project is to develop my technique and work on details, it will be worth it in the end.

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