I thumbed some backgrounds for the story “A griffin at the edge of a cliff prepares to fly for the first time.”
About This Project: The rough draft of STEEL CITY, VEILED KINGDOM came out to over 800 pages of paper. I finished the pencil edits eons ago, but since it felt wasteful to toss out all the reams, I’ve given myself a challenge: I’m going to draw my novel (kinda sorta). Whatever’s happening on the printed side gets drawn on the other side–action, characters, or scenery.
This shot: a rabbit teleportation demonstration, and some environment practice of the lobby where the main char escapes to (yeah the rabbit demo didn’t go over so well).
BetsyIllustration has a SUUUUUPER set of tutorials on drawing backgrounds (and a free downloadable eBook!) that are inspiring me to practice backgrounds more often.
She says it’s important to have an idea of what you want to draw going in (I think she calls it a tagline? Which means something different in writing, so I’m not going to use that term)–these BLASPHEMOUS (game)-inspired compositions are for the description “A monster smiles upon its cult of worshipers in a CAAAAAAVE!!” #allhailkingjulien
References from Unsplash.
So this Lineke Lijn tutorial video got me all fired up to try perspective again. I thought it’d be cool to have a stairwell and catwalk in front of a massive nosferatu portrait?
Um…Yeah, I think I bit off more than I could chew. Whoops!