Now on Etsy!

I’m now on Etsy!  I’ve just opened up an Etsy store where you can purchase original artwork of mine.

Check back from time to time; I’ll be updating it.

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Inking the Book Cover, part 1

Picking up from the last video, I started inking the cover to my next book (Sunnyville Stories Volume 2) which will be out next year.

 

 

 

Laying down an acrylic wash

Picking up from where we left off last time…once the wash is prepared…

 

Preparing a Wash

Just a short video I did from YouTube.  Here I prepare a wash of diluted acrylic paint for my next book cover illustration.

 

In Nomine Patris

While coming up with the basic concepts for Von Herling, Vampire Hunter, I worked out various sketches (some of which I did share on here).  But to convey to others what the final product would look like, I worked on some more detailed concept drawings with inks and paints.  This first one was what I came up with.

In Nomine Patris

“In Nomine Patris”, Ink and acrylic on paper, 7×10 inches

I wanted to show Von Herling in action, but also convey that he was not your contemporary vampire hunter who goes head to head with creatures of the night. He’s more of a guile hero who will wait until vampires are at their weakest and then strike by exploiting their weaknesses.

Diluted acrylic paint was used for the shades of gray while colored ink was used for the holy wafer.  In vampire fiction, holy wafers (also called sacramental bread, communion wafers, communion host, or Eucharist) were used to prevent the deceased from rising as a vampire; they’d be put inside the mouth.  Some media depict wafers placed on a vampire’s resting place to prevent said vampire from sleeping.  Others (such as the 1992 Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola) show the host being painful to the touch for vampires.

As you see, Von Herling always keeps some wafers in his tool bag.  They come in handy in the battle against the undead.

Incidentally, the Latin chanting you see in the image (a portion of which makes up the title) basically is the Trinitarian formula – “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”.

Willem Claeszoon Heda

Today, rather than talk about my drawings, I’ll talk a bit about the work of someone else for a change.  That person is Willem Claeszoon Heda.

What was that?  You’ve never heard of him.  Compared to many other famous artists out there like Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt, he’s not one of the better known artists.

Willem Claeszoon Heda (1594-1680) was a Dutch artist who was best known for working exclusively in still life.  You can read more about him on Wikipedia.

His still life paintings are a sight to behold.

Breakfast with a Crab

“Breakfast with a Crab” by Willem Heda

If you’re into still life, Heda’s pieces are definitely worth studying.

He uses a wide range of ellipses in his work and check out that table cloth.  It looks quite realistic.  This is a good example to study of how to render cloth folds.

Hilda at Age 8

Hilda Otejekker practically grew up in luxury.  Her parents were very rich so they bought her only the best clothing that money could get.

Hilda Age 8

 

This watercolor sketch depicts Hilda as a little girl at the age of 8.

I got quite a few comments on the dress here.  This dress is quite fancy with its frilly edges.  It was chiefly based on some of my research into women’s fashions of the Late Victorian and Edwardian era.

Sketched with pencil, ink and watercolor, this came out better than I expected.