Fantasy Art

Monday, July 4, 2016

The Best Kind of Commissions

I don't do illustration work anymore, but I was asked to do the program book cover for a little gaming convention.  Not only is the organizer a friend but he also didn't try to tell me what to do he just asked for a fantasy painting of some kind.  I can take commissions like that all day, but it's extremely rare for a client to just give you free reign like that.  Plus of course I still own the original art and the copyright.
So basically this is a piece that I wanted to do anyways so I just did it and called it a commission.

I rubbed charcoal onto the back of the drawing and placed it on a sheet of wood paneling then traced over the drawing with a ballpoint pen.  This transfers the sketch to the board like we did in "The Goblin Queen"
Then I started making changes.  Lowered his left arm and gave him a shield.  Gave him a little more clothing to cover his butt, and changed the lizard a lot.  In many ways I'm making it up as I go.

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