Hi there internet!
Today I just wanted to share the painting process for my recent "Forest Spirits" painting, as well as a couple of iterations of the painting that I did in previous years, in order to show my improvements. Digital art has taken me a long time to learn, but I'm optimistic that I can continue to improve.
I didn't remember to start capturing images from the very beginning of the process, so you'll only see the latter half of the painting process.
Below, I'll share two more versions of the painting from 2013 and 2015.
Thanks for looking, and enjoy:
I was honestly just beginning to pick up digital art again after several years of absence (it was quietly discouraged at my University, and I was still a pretty lazy artist around this time), so this first piece from 2013 is pretty mediocre.
By 2015 I was starting to get a lot more comfortable with digital art.. enough so that I could navigate using fine lines and light sources a little better. This piece is a lot more comic-book than my more recent work, but I still like it, even though it's a little naive and unpolished.
Also then here's the 2017 piece I painted last month. I've gotten much more conformable with digital art, but I still have a ton to learn! I'm finally just beginning to be comfortable with lineless painting, but it takes a ton of practice. I've started actually using soft brushes lately, which has been a bit of godsend.
Still- I'm excited to see where I'm at in 2019.
Side by Side
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It's been a little while but I am now back from my vacation, so it's time for an art update.
Lately I have been working on a lot of miscellaneous paintings that aren't for larger projects, just to keep myself busy and to try out some new techniques. The latest series that I finished is a set of 6 Mini watercolor paintings. They're about 5 x 7" and are mostly fanart-related.
In the next few posts, I'll share all six paintings, starting with two today. I used a pretty unusual style in these pieces which is quite experimental, but I'm fairly happy with the results. Let's take a look at the first two paintings:
In case you're interested, here are the basic supplies that I used to create these paintings:
Legend of Zelda - Ocarina of Time
The first painting that I worked on is a little fanart piece for the Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time. I tried to avoid perspective as much as possible and make the characters very flat, colorful and surreal. Another oddity of this style is that everything is inked with a 08 Pigma pen; usually I use a 01 and 05 pen so the lines are much chunkier than normal.
The paper is 5 x 7" with a taped border on each side, making the finished painting more like 4 x 6". I hope you enjoyed my weird little Link! I will probably make prints eventually, for next convention season.
I lied, I actually painted this before the Zelda painting, hehe. This is the only painting in this series that isn't fanart, it is just a painting of a surreal princess in a strawberry-themed dress, surrounded by mushrooms. I tried to keep the colors as bold and shifting as possible, and finished it off with a dark black background.
Thanks for Looking
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Hi there internet,
It's been a few weeks since I gave an art update so I figured I'd share another illustration that I made recently - "Forest Promise"!
Forest Promise is a watercolor and ink pen illustration- I had a lot of fun detailing the background and working my way through this illustration. The scene was not inspired by a specific artist, but I've really been enjoying developing my watercolor art style lately. I used to work mostly with really solid, cel-shaded shadows and lately I've been working with slightly more realistic, softer shadows.
Just for comparison, here's a painting that I completed for a project called Fever Dream in 2014, versus a recent painting. I've definitely gotten more comfortable with soft shading.
Anyways, this new painting is set in a forest and involves some sort of magical promise. I hope you enjoy it!
"Forest Promise" Grace Avery-Parkman, 2016. Watercolor and Ink on Paper, 9 x 11".
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This is the first update about a new book that I've been whittling away at for over a year and have only just begun to put serious hours into.
The project is still in the early phases and I haven't 100% decided on a title, so the working title is "Habitats". I am really excited to work on this book, as I've been wanting to make a bestiary-style project for years. So far, I have really been enjoying working on the paintings and developing the colorful environments that the book's residents inhabit. This will be my second major book project after Lesser Beasts which I released this May.
Here are some basic details about the book:
I'm working on a bestiary-style illustrated book with 30 brand-new watercolor illustrations of a variety of creatures from a fantasy island. Each creature will be presented with some lore and details about their habitat and place in the world. The book will be structured like a guidebook and will be filled with quirky creatures and will also include maps, illustrations of flora, etc.
All of the illustrations will be brand new, full color watercolor paintings and I'm very excited to work my way through the whole series.
"The book will be structured like a guidebook and will be filled with quirky creatures and will also include maps, illustrations of flora, etc."
I am not ready to provide any release information on a launch yet, but I'm hoping to have the pre-order open before Chirstmas! I'll release more information on how to purchase the book in upcoming months.
Below you can see some photographs of the original sketches that I created a little over a year ago. As you can see, this project has been a long time in the making.
Thanks for checking out my first update for "Habitats"! Stay tuned for more updates and to see sneak peeks of more creatures as the project develops.
This isn't a huge update, but I thought I'd share a new painting that I finished a few months ago. I had originally planned to release this painting series as by-donation content, but I'm feeling unambitious about ebooks at the moment so I'll be releasing them on my blog throughout the next month or two.
This painting was really enjoyable for me; I've been quite into anything associated with the 1970's and japan lately, and so it draws a lot of influence from Shoujo Manga and Pulp Sci-Fi covers.
I was specifically quite inspired by this old school fantasy illustrator named Ken Barr. I came across a deck of Ken Barr collector cards at value village a few weeks ago, and really enjoyed a lot of the pieces. The pieces all have a very minimalist palette and are grand, ridiculous fantasy and sci-fi cover paintings with really fine detail and lovely composition. Barr actually passed away recently, but I'd encourage you to check out some of his work online (I couldn't find a website directly associated with him, but there are a few articles here and there if you google his name.)
"[Ken Barr's] pieces all have a very minimalist palate, and are grand, ridiculous fantasy and sci-fi cover paintings with really fine detail and lovely composition. "
Anyways, without further adieu - here is the painting that I completed. I worked with watercolor paints and ink pens primarily, and the finished painting is 9 x 12". If you like it, please take a second to follow me on other social media and check out the rest of this blog / site to see more about my other projects and endeavors. Have a good one!
"Dreamy Distance" Grace Avery-Parkman, 2016. Watercolor and Ink on Paper. 9 x 11"
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