Great work everyone! Some really beautiful work in here.
I'm a freelance Concept Artist and Illustrator, eager to improve!
@Suzy-Heitz thanks for the feedback! I don't have a lot of practice with full illustrations, I've mainly focused my studies/development on Character Design - so I think there is a lot I have to learn about being more obvious and direct with my compositions. I think I'm going to power through this one so I at least have a finished piece, but if I have time I'll try a more dynamic composition for my next one.
Here's another step forward in my process. I've added the first few passes of lighting. Lots of cleanup and refinement left, but I think it's slowly starting to have the intended mood.
@smceccarelli thanks for the feedback!
Yeah, it'll be fully painted once it's done - and hopefully when I put the background details in you'll be able to see he's reaching into a storm drain for his skateboard. The blank space above the characters will have some indications of a suburban street, houses, trees, etc.
The idea is that Thomas could almost reach it when, he realizes there's something else down in the sewers below.
Decided to take the plunge and have some fun with this month's 3rd Thursday Topic.
Here's a super rough sketch, which would technically be the second step of my process, all of my original thumbnails were done in pencil. In this sketch I wanted to capture the overall composition, as well as give myself some notes for possible lighting schemes.
Hello everyone, my name is Rian Trost.
I've been working on my artistic skills for the past 4 years or so and have been a member of SVS on and off for the past couple months. I've recently re-subscribed and decided to really dig back into my education to try and level up my skills.
My primary struggle in art has been deciding where to place my focus, and as a result I feel as though I've got an incredibly disjointed, and chaotic collection of styles and subjects that makes finding work a bit of a challenge. I've landed freelance gigs with relatively large publishers like Paizo, for the Pathfinder RPG - but if I were being honest with myself I don't know that fantasy illustration (in their particular style) is my absolute passion.
You can see some of my work on my website at: www.riantrost.com
My current goal is to really dig in and fix this problem. I'm hoping to hone my skills towards a specific (still undecided, sadly) goal, and create a portfolio that speaks to my true sensibilities - and looks less like a scattershot of 'look what I can do' images. I'm eager to share my progress, and failures with the community!
Here's a little image I cooked up yesterday, showing where my head is currently.
Looking forward to meeting, and cheering everyone on!