Friday, March 19, 2010

"Final Sleep" Sketch Development

Another commissioned project, this one on the fading of magic. "Final Sleep" is just a working title...not sure I'll stay with that, have a few alternate ideas. Client wanted a dying dragon with magical creatures gathered around. Started off with this sketch for the dragon and the basic composition.
To give the piece some focus, I wanted to add a faerie queen. A master of the ceremonies role as they bid farewell to the ancient. The little bird/butterfly creature flying from her hands that I have used in a previous painting as a symbol of rebirth.
Photoshop to fit all the pieces together. Added a mermaid in the pool. For this rough layout, I didn't even bother to sketch her, just took one from the Six of Cups ink drawing as a temporary placeholder.
Transferred it to the final painting surface and filled in all the details. This will be a larger piece than I've done in a while, 16x25 inches.


  1. Hello !
    Your work looks so beautiful and full of wonderful ideas... I must confess that I'm looking forward to see it in colors...
    And according to me, the title is perfect...

    Have a great week-end !

  2. This one is gonna be a beauty, Steph. It's great to see your process in creating a painting.