Jun 132015
 
Witch Way

A while back, I read a book called The Wish List. There was something about the book… all sparkly and magically looking… that really grabbed my attention. Okay… so this isn’t a sparkly cover. However, it has a lightness to it (and not just because she’s flying on a broom) that reminds me of The Wish List.

Witch Way

Apr 222015
 

And continuing on with he Whimsical covers… Well, this is a bit less whimsical. It still has the faerie action going on. However, I look at this one and it promises action and darkness, where as the previous two were a bit more mystical and light. I don’t know. Though the style is similar and the model is the same… I can’t exactly say it’s a balanced set.

Depending on if time allows and motivation, I might try a 4th cover with this theme this week. We’ll see. I might just stave off a new cover for next Saturday instead.

Whimsical Wraparound Part 3

Photoshop Brushes

So once again, I’m using the photoshop brushes I picked up from DAZ. Anyway… it’s really interesting how color schemes and different elements can really change the direction of a theme.

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Apr 182015
 

A while back I did a faerie type cover. Though I’m not a big fan of reading the genre, I rather liked the idea of working with brushes. Well, I’ve decided to revisit the style this week.

 

Whimsical Wraparound Part 2

Photoshop Brushes

As I mentioned in a previous post, DAZ has quite a few artists who create brushes. I grab them, but I don’t always make use of them. And if I don’t use them, it’s hard to get see my money’s worth. Still… I love brushes.

Other than the different color palate and pose of my faerie, I tried to be a little different with the brushes also. Whereas the previous cover was very heavy with the brushes, I played a bit with the white space and tried to make this a little more open. So… here we have it!

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Feb 142015
 
Gulliver

Gulliver-01I love the idea of Gulliver’s Travel… the character finding themselves in a situation where their size is significantly different than the natives. A while back, I did a graphic design with a futuristic Jack and the Bean stalk.

I look at this cover, though, and wonder who’s the main character. Is it the gal being cradled in the hand or is the owner of the hands who’s just found this miniature human? Hmm… I guess that’s the owner of the cover to decide.

 

Jan 102015
 
Whimsical Wraparound

I’ve never been a faerie fan. However, I was hit with a bit of inspiration. Oddly enough, the inspiration had nothing to do with faeries. Rather, it had more to do with the usage of brushes.

Whimsical Wraparound

Photoshop Brushes

DAZ has quite a few artists who create brushes. I’ve picked up more than my fair share of them. However, I rarely use them. To be honest, I’m not highly skilled at putting them together to make anything really striking. I attempted to push myself this time around and ended up with the above background.

The muted colors made me think of faerie, so I whipped out DAZ studio and created an elf to go with it. So! There we have it.

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Apr 092014
 
Magical

Magical

I’ve wanted to use the model above for quite some time. I just hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do with it. Then I saw John Carter. Don’t ask me what the smoke has to do with John Carter. Nothing really. Well, nothing at all. Still, John Carter gave me the inspiration for this cover. By the way, if you haven’t checked out the movie, do so. It was quite interesting.

3D Graphic Design created with:

DAZ Studio 4 Pro

Jul 102013
 
Dragon Sacrifice Cover

I dabble… in a lot of things. There’s something about the creative process which drives me. Be it music, writing, art… really, it doesn’t matter. I just love creating. But like I said, I’m a dabbler. And as such, I learn things as I go along.

I don’t claim to be best at anything. How can I be when I have my fingers in so many pots? 🙂 What I do claim to be is a professional student. When I’m not in the classroom, tutorials are my teachers.

Cool Photo Effects Inspire

I have a habit of surfing through tutorials and recreating the arts of other people. Even better is when I find a tutorial which doubles as a source of inspiration. Today, I’m sharing one of those photoshop tutorials.

This particular tutorial is by Lorelei. You can visit her website to see exactly how she accomplished her Fantasy Art Photopshop Tutorial – Plasma in the Lake. Below is the end product of her tutorial.

Plasma Tutorial by Lorelei

Daz Studio to the Rescue

I saw this photo and thought power. True, this photo has a serene feel to it, but I saw potential bursting forth. No wistful dreaminess this time. Lorelei’s tutorial starts with finding a suitable photo.

My mind turned to Daz Studio. One of the issues with Daz Studio is it can have a rather cartoony feel. Unlike a photo of a real person, as used in the tutorial, the models in Daz don’t quite pass the inspection of human eyes. However, the program is so versatile, the models can be posed just about anyway. It’s an easy go-to if one doesn’t want to trudge through stockphotos. Plus, when it comes to high fantasy, realistic photos aren’t expected, which made Daz an acceptable solution.

By the time I closed the Daz program, I’d completed the entire scene (background, full-clothed model, and dragon). All that was left was to add the photo effects. I admit, I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly. Even so, the inspiration of Lorelei’s tutorial is in my finished design.

Dragon Sacrifice Cover