Friday, October 7, 2011

Queen of the Demonweb Pits Cover demo

This is an old cover I did for WOTC years ago that I actually saved some steps. Usually my steps in a painting are fairly incoherent. For whatever reason, this painting was done more methodically. There’s still lots of searching going but the boundaries are there and were for the most part unchanged till the end. The painting is digital of course, and was completely done in Painter. 
 The first stage with this illustration was to give the Art Director a couple of ideas. Basic composition stuff. Done in Painter with the scratch board tool. He picked the third one.
 Going with this one, I fleshed it out  a bit more with value before diving into color. its rare for me to take a sketch that far as most of my love of painting comes from discovering the image as I go.

I did a fill here to get my under painting color. Next I started glazing with the Digital watercolor. 

More Digital watercolor with the air brush tool for the opaque. 

More color added with glazes. Working into the shapes with more definition.

Finished painting. Between this and the last stage was just working through glazes of color, trying to keep my shadows transparent, refining my lights.


  1. Very Nice. Love the composition and detail and love the the effects with the digital watercolor. I've tried painter a couple of times but usually my machine craps out so I usually do my stuff in Photoshop. Thanks for showing your progress.

  2. Fantastic, I really like the richly decorated throne (?) she's standing on, and that headdress is beautiful!

  3. ah, i remember this one from quite long ago.

    many thanks for the steps and closeups :)

  4. Am I the only one who gets confused when 'Justin' posts? There are two ... =S

  5. This is great. I think the intermediate stages are just a strikingly beautiful as the finished piece. Thanks for posting!

  6. @ anonymous- the styles between the two justins are so vastly different I haven't had issues thus far....

  7. You rock Justin. The process meanders along and looks amazing every step of the way.

  8. Thank You Justin!
    You wouldn't happen to have any digital portrait steps lying around? The way you explore shapes and edges in your portraits catches me every time I look.

  9. Why do I suddenly have to think about Ripley in the Alien Queens chamber XD. Nice piece, I like th contrast with the white hair, it gives her something unnatural.