Tren: We can’t go with them, but there’s nothing stopping us from following… We’ll depart at dusk.
No big story behind this one, just Airika being her usual optimistic self and Tren making plans. This one was a lot of fun to paint, and the lighting and palette were challenging. The palette was inspired largely by this painting called “Memoria” that I found on DeviantArt, so my thanks goes out to this (and all the other artists) out there sharing their work so that other artists (like me!) can learn from them.
Here are some WIPs, starting with a bunch of chunky blobs. I didn’t really use a sketch for this one, and I kind of flip back and forth between bothering with a sketch vs. just jumping right into blobs of color.
Got Tren’s face to a happy place on the first attempt. Aw yiss.
At this point I was so happy with it I debated chopping Airika out of it and making it just Tren. But I think I make more compelling scenes when there are at least two characters, so I kept her in.
From here it was just render, render, render.
I could keep picking at it, but at this point I think I’ve learned what I was gonna learn from it and I’m ready to start something new.
Photoshop, a few hours.
Just a quick one for fun, I like how her face turned out here. ~30 mins Photoshop
~30 min sketch of Tren showing off her chronomancy skills as the dragon she sent into the future catches up at a critical moment.
~30 min sketch of Tren as she snaps her staff together in preparation for some good ass kicking
Airika: I’m supposed to kill them? What if they’re friendly spiders?!
Vince: They’re not friendly spiders. Rule #38: Spiders this big are not friendly.
Tren: They are awful spiders. They eat puppies.
Airika: Then maybe they’re an important part of the local ecosystem. What if the world would become overrun with puppies without these spiders?
Vince: Then this cave would be full of puppies and we’d be killing puppies instead. And that’s horrible.
Tren: Do your part to prevent mass puppy slaughter by newbies.
Airika: What if I like spiders more than I like puppies?
Tren: On the count of three, I’m roasting these spiders myself. One, two…
Photoshop CS6, several hours