Zikkihuru : Village

Zikkihuru : Village

This one gave me quite a few issues just from not knowing what to do to complete the picture. The answer was pretty much just add more foreground.

Zikkihuru : Village

All things considered, I’m pretty happy with the final result. Regardless of how long it took me to figure out the foreground, it seemed to work out in the end.

Zikkihuru : The Fog

Zikkihuru : The Fog

I think this was technically the third piece started, but it was the second to reach a real finish.

Zikkihuru : The Fog

You’ll be seeing the bird things again later.

An interesting note is that this one also got flipped, albeit in the very early stages. In a way I want to go back and look at older pieces and see if flipping them will help the read.

It was nice to know that I do know how to paint fog. It means less work for a dramatic effect — gotta love that.

Zikkihuru : Lava

Zikkihuru : Lava

So in Senior Project, I went and picked my planet development project, Zikkihuru, as my thing to work on.

Zikkihuru : Lava

The most interesting thing about this piece was that I started with it oriented the opposite direction — with the lizard on the left.  I did my best to frame him light on dark while still keeping things on the darker sort of “evening” light.

The Alchemist : Beginnings

The Alchemist : Beginnings

I totally should have uploaded this ages ago.  Back in Ye Olde Backround Painting class, there was a final piece from The Alchemist.  This time I did pretty much the opening scene from the book.

The Alchemist : Beginnings : Progress

I ended up picking the secondary triadic color scheme for it, and went on to final.  This was a pretty quick project, so I didn’t have that much time to do a bunch of variations.

The Alchemist : Beginnings

The Alchemist : The Oasis

The Alchemist : The Oasis

Yet another piece relating to The Alchemist!  I think, revisions aside, there’s only one more to do after this.  This is yet another piece influenced by N. C. Wyeth and Aztec art.

This time I picked a scene at the Oasis where they are talking about the journey ahead — Santiago has just recently decided that yes, he will continue with the Alchemist to Egypt in search of his Personal Legend.

The Alchemist : The Oasis

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The Alchemist : The Wind

The Alchemist : The Wind

I seem to have a lot of these Alchemist things, don’t I?  Well, yeah.  That’s pretty much what my background painting class is revolving around.

For this particular project, we were told to make a giant sheet of various black to white blobs/markings/etc and then had to cut out mini compositions from the results.

This is what I started with.

The Alchemist : Wind : Splotch

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The Alchemist: In the Desert

So I’ve got another Background Painting class thing to ramble about.  Two, actually, but I’m going to write about them separately.

So for our more major project, I illustrated one of the scenes in the desert where the Alchemist sends away his falcon to hunt before he speaks to Santiago about the trip.

There’s still a few things I need to do to touch it up, but this is pretty much how it’s going to be for now.

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Crystal Merchant - Line Drawing

The Crystal Shop

So for background painting this semester we were given the choice to illustrate backgrounds for either the children’s book, Jerome the Frog, or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  I went with The Alchemist mainly because I wanted to do more desert themed stuff.  (Maybe one day I’ll even go back and re-redraw VC or something, can always hope.)

Anyway, I ended up picking the scene in the book where it introduces the crystal merchant and how the hill his shop is on has recently been avoided by the local shoppers and that sort of thing.  I still have some editing to do on the final piece, but here’s what’s been done so far, plus my awesome commentary.

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