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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Illo Journal Project Update #7

Ba’anta is divided basically into these regions:

The Tuac Mountains are to the northwest. Betkur is the river running from north to south through this region. The D’tir River crosses from east to west in the northern section. Lake Nor sits atop Mount Kar and flows down the mountain to the southwest. Lake Kir branches off the Betkur River to the north of the lake and returns south of the lake. The Moru River runs from the Betkur southwest to the Odi Ocean bordering the southern end of the Tuac Range.

Detral is a low valley region east of the Tuac Mountains. There is the small Mek Range in the northwest corner. East of this range is the Bol Forrest that reaches to the Umbur Ocean. The River Trel runs from north to south and divides the continent. To the east is the Great Sudr Lake, which flows west as the Tomal River, south as the Bez River and east as the Vor River.

The Sul’r Island are off the west coast of Ba’anta. Mount Tel sits in the southwest corner of the continent. It’s bordered by the Moru River to the north and the Betkur River to the east. the Tem Plains are to the east of the Betkur and is bordered by the southern River Trel. The Nir Forrest reaches from the River Trel to the Bez River. It is bordered by the Kauld Sea to the south. The Fra Plateau is in the southeast corner of the continent. Lake Eir flows from the top of the plateau southeast as the Ul River and Falls to the Umbur Ocean.

More details to come as we delve into each region.

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