I don’t get as much time to do my own pictures as I used to, but this was a pretty interesting experiment I did with artrage. John Bauer was my primary influence for this picture although there might have been aÂ little Arthur Rackham thrown in too. So here it is a wimsical piece of fantasy art inspired by early nineteenth century illustration.
I’m really taken with the ‘Artrage studio Pro’ at the moment and I just wish I had more time to play around with the new features more.
Checkout this months ImagineFX magazine (issue 59) I have a Q & A in this issue about painting worn leather. I revamped one of my old paintings for this one as the girls original jerkin was a bit newer looking. It was a good opportunity to repaint a fantasy piece that I liked. The original picture is actually available as part of my free tubes pack (for non profit use) so you can download it and have ago at creating the worn leather look yourself!
On a completely different note I’ve been spending a lot of time researching older illustrator styles. I was quite pleased to have stumbled across John Bauer a swedish illustrator from the turn of the last century read wiki entry here I can see where Rodney Matthews and Brian Froud found a lot of their inspiration (not to mention a lot of other illustrators). I came across him when I was looking at Larry MacDougalls blog a contemporary artist whos style I very much admire.