This is the art project I was working on before Windows decided to “improve” my drawing machine with an update. Here’s where I’d got up to:
Well, I thought I was going to be able to finish this project before Christmas but that doesn’t look very likely now. Somebody asked me to do a standalone (as opposed to tile-able), digital version of my Holy Face design. Here, below, is the work-in-progress. I’ve adapted the border from my Tree of Life design. The spiral background will be modified so that it fits the new border and joins with it at top and bottom. (You’ll see what I mean when I’m finished.) I’m experimenting with the colours. Believe it or not, the colour scheme below is based on the colour scheme on a halo in the Book of Kells. It looks very carnival to me. I had a lot of trouble adding colour and shading to the face without straying off a very fine line between bad manga and bad realism. It might still need some tweaking. I’ve taken the opportunity to make the central trinity spiral a bit more circular. My pencilled spiral was quite triangular.
I’m about halfway through the work on this picture. It’s for the cover of a booklet that a friend of mine is writing. The double-headed eagle is based on the “Lesser Coat of Arms of Russia” and other heraldic imagery available via Wikimedia. I’m using the free art software called Krita that I posted about recently. It’s working well so far, apart from some problems caused by my amateur fumblings. The mirroring tool is particularly useful for this highly symmetrical piece.
I drew this piece for my blogging friend Colleen. She’s a talented photographer with a kind heart. She wants to visit Ireland, land of her ancestors, but she can’t because the trip could kill her. She suffers from a condition that could creep up on any one of us. In fact, more Americans are diagnosed with it than with diabetes. If you want to know what it is, and how to prevent it, then you’d better check out Colleen’s blog.
I drew this piece in Manga Studio on a drawing tablet called the Cintiq Companion. Even though it’s digital art I wanted it to look hand-drawn so I avoided using the graphics design tools like grids and rulers. I must admit to doing plenty of cutting and pasting on the flower grid pattern, fifth up on the right, though. I really enjoyed doing this piece and I’m starting to get better at using layers in Manga Studio.
By the way, if you want to know why the piece says “Eau de Colleen” then you need to check out this post.