Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From Concept Sketch to Finished Art

So I've been struggling a little with what to write in this blog... after all, pretty much any new developments go on my Facebook. And chances are, if you're reading this you probably already follow me on Facebook. So why bother?
I've been thinking for a while about something that is too detailed to concisely express through a Facebook post, yet engaging enough to follow in a blog. I finally came up with something that y'all might kinda sorta be interested in: showing the concept sketch for a piece of art, then explaining how it mutated progressed into its current state.
I should also note that since the night my computer enjoyed a glass of champagne, some things haven't run quite the same - for instance, the connection between my computer and scanner. Fortunately, I hooked my scanner up to my sister's computer and it's running swell, but Em's computer doesn't have any imaging software, so I now have to 1) scan the image using the Scanning and Camera Wizard, 2) save it as a bitmap, 3) open it up with MS Paint and save it as a jpeg, 4) email it to myself, and 5) download it onto my own computer and doctor it up in Photoshop. It's... kind of awkward.
Anyway. Onto the goodies.
This is my sassy fairy. She was one of the few that didn't change much between sketch and final.
 Here's what she became:
 
Well, her wings changed a little to better reflect her mood. (BTW, I think this to myself about a thousand times a day at work.)
Here's one where I made a few tweaks to make it more engaging.

 
For the final one, I moved the lion's head up a little and adjusted the bunny's position so she was bending over more... I thought it made their poses a little more dynamic. I also gave the lion some curls and a swishier tail to give him more personality.

Finally, this one is a good example of how a few small adjustments can really change the story. Here, the expression on the fairy's face is innocent and almost naive.
 
(I'm not sure who the chick on the bottom was supposed to be.)
In the final one, her expression changed so now she looks more like she knows what's going on and maybe even has a hidden agenda. I didn't really intend for this to happen; it just kind of turned out that way. I guess that's where my mind is...

 
Also I made the elf's feet bigger... he already had such big hands and head, I didn't want him to fall over.
So that's all for now... more to come later! (I promise I'll try to be better about updating this blog!)

4 comments:

Samantha said...

Love it! I've been struggling with similar thoughts over my second blog..."bustle and bead"...which was originally documenting my wedding dress. With that project is done and over, what to focus on? I'm hoping to turn it into a dye and costume craft manual...a process journal of sorts, but we'll see how well I can keep up with it as the year progresses. You're off to a great start. I hope to see more!

C. S. Lane said...

I'm always amazed at the astounding changes that tweaking the tiniest detail can bring. My favorite here is the fairy's face in the fairy/elf picture: I worry for the elf because that little fairy now looks like she might be dangerous...

Sergio said...

A true testament that technology and tools does not make the artist. You have certainly overcome serious adversity and come up with several engaging pieces. The wings of the first faerie does indeed seem cohesive towards the attitude you are portraying. The lions head does seems more lovely and he seems to really notice this bunny;where as the first one he was just like 'ok'. I'm glad you too recognized the face change in that faerie/elf couple...great work. Keep it coming. And why bother? All the kudos us fellow artists give you on your blog. Love it.

Christina Rodriguez said...

Thanks for opening up your comments, Amanda! I can give you proper "props" for your artwork again!

I love how your fairy changed from sketch to finish. It's all in those facial details - the slightly opened eye, the fullness of her lips, and the delicate smile on her face. I get frustrated when something's been "lost" from the initial sketch that I've brought to a finished painting, but you've done a great job ADDING onto your sketch here!