Size: 20x26 inches
Prints and detail closeups available -here-
From sketches to finished painting:
Initial scribbles in my sketchbook. I've had this idea working around in my head for years, but finally got around to actually doing it. Here are some of the initial thumbnail sketches.
The fairy host spiraling up into the sky. Working out the perspective was an exercise that had my brain hurting. It's not like you can find a whole lot of reference photos of the underside of horses (or anything with hooves).
After the initial sketches, pulling it together in photoshop into a composition, based on the very scribbly initial thumbnail up above.
Redrawn, refined, ready for painting.
I rarely do this, but I started with the main figure on this piece, rather than the background. I was feeling lazy and didn't want to do a color rough. And I didn't know what colors I wanted, so I started with the known quantities and moved outwards from there. The problem with working this way is that although I skip the up-front frustrations and annoyances of doing a color rough, you pay for it later on in the process. The frustrations and annoyances are still there, just shoved further down the pipeline. So I did get to a point where I was really hating my color (lack of) choices and wanting to just discard the piece. But...you just keep on.
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