Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wizard's Apprentice

by Justin Gerard

12" x 16" Underpainting, Oil on Canvas

Digital color (CS5) over Oil

The preliminary sketches and color studies for this piece can be found HERE

18 comments:

  1. I want to be in that dragon :) Beautiful!

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  2. thanks for showing both of these. interesting to see the little changes you made between the oils and the digital colours, like moving the smoke a little. beautiful stuff

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  3. It's brilliant, Justin! If that doesn't make kids want to travel, I don't know what will. It's interesting to watch your value handling change as you go to colour.

    Which oils are you using these days, by the way? The water-mixable? I know there was a lot of evaluation going on for a while...

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    1. No - I used normal oils for this, with only a *tiny* bit of odorless mineral spirits. The water-mixables just don't make the grade for me yet. I hope they continue to improve them though. I'd love to do away with mineral spirits altogether if possible.

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  4. Justin, since the final color version is digital, will you now go back and finish the piece with oil color as well, or will you leave it monochromatic?

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    1. A good question! I may go back at some point, and transfer this out onto a much larger canvas (like 4 x 8 foot) and paint it in color on that using this piece as my color comp. I haven't really done that sort of thing before, but I am considering trying it with this one.

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  5. Pure awesomeness. I'll definitely work harder and enjoy making artworks hoping that one day, I can come up with the same awesomeness like what I'm seeing now!

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  6. Both are knockouts, Justin! Way to go!

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  7. Both versions are amazing.
    The underpainting art has the feeling of some ancient engraving or magic photo on glass. Just terrific!

    Best,
    Aaron

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  9. Stunning work, beautiful composition and colours.

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  10. Outstanding work! Such a beautiful and magical feel to it. You have a real knack for making your painting appeal on many levels. Children will be drawn to the endearing characters & fantastic colors, while adults & illustrators can admire and learn from the technique, composition and so on. The dragon for example gives the image that edge which spells mystery & danger to kids and fans of fantasy will respond to it with a healthy 'Hell yeah!'. Nice.

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  11. Amazing illustration. I especially like the color choices. And thank you for sharing the prelim sketches via the link it is very cool to see the progression from sketch to final.

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