Contest Final

So I did it again, this time on Strathmore 300 Bristol. And I tried to make the hand holding the gun a little less like my fat mitt, which is what I used as a model. I think Maura looks more deadly in the final version as well. There are still issues with the shading being blown out during the scan. Those won’t get fixed until I get a better scanner or a better camera.

"I made a lot of mistakes. I see that now...You understand I can't afford to make any more."

All in all, this was a lot of fun. Just like Maura, I made a lot of mistakes, but I don’t think I’ll respond to them quite as, um, dramatically as she did.


Contest Art round two

As soon as I decided to redraw the art I saw all sorts of things that needed fixing. Maura’s face was too narrow, eyes too big, collar bone in the wrong place. I set about fixing these problems and decided to use a heavier paper as well. I snipped a piece of Fabriano watercolor paper out of my stash and found that it had too much texture. It’s not too bad and I did get much better blacks, but the over all look is a bit fuzzy.

Version 2 on Fabriano watercolor paper


Art for Holly Black Contest

Holly Black, fabulous author of White Cat, Red Glove, Tithe, The Spiderwick Chronicles, etc. is holding a contest to give away three advanced reader copies of her new book, Black Heart. All she asked for was something excellent from the Curse Workers series.

So here’s my entry (well, at least my first attempt). A scene from Red Glove in which Cassel is about to get plugged by his sister-in-law, Maura. For those of you who haven’t read these books (for heaven’s sake, read these books!) I won’t say anything further. Just that it’s a visual cliff hanger. I wanted to get the feel of film noir and Raymond Chandler, the stark lighting and shadows. Unfortunately my scanner absolutely fried the black colored pencil. I’m going to try taking a picture of the art and see if that keeps the lighter grays. Also, the paper I used was a lighter weight Rives buff printing paper and I had a hard time getting it black enough.

"I've made a lot of mistakes. I see that now...You understand I can't afford to make any more."