Nice work Justin...These borders look like alot of work.
Thanks, Christina, I appreciate it. They're not too much work. I like doing that kind of stuff. I just have to pay attention when I'm doing it. The symmetry is the most difficult part. This will be a black and white pen and ink drawing when it's finished.
Thanks for sharing these, Justin! I like the fact that you do a lot of sketching before going to photos. I think that keeps you more open to creative solutions.I don't know what these are for, but when the wizard is in the middle, it kinda resembles money.Can you solve the symmetry problem by designing the left half on tracing paper, folding it over and then burnishing the back to make a mirror image on the right?
This is for a children's book I'm working on building a dummy book for. I'm doing a couple black and white samples, a prospective cover (an oil painting), and mocking up the rest of the book in sketch form.I'm going to leave the image as it is, for now. The authour picked this one from the sketches, which, quite honestly, I would not have done. I like the one with the wizard gesturing for the bird.It's an interesting task, and I kind of enjoy the fact the guy didn't choose the one I wanted. It gave me an opportunity to push myself in a direction I was only half-prepared to go in, which, when considering life, is what happens quite often :P
Thank you, Chuck, I appreciate your comment a great deal. I didn't want to mirror the image because it's already so symmetrical. I want some inconsistencies that will leave a sense of symmetry, but, upon closer inspection, will show a slight lack of it. I enjoy that feeling from Arthur Rackham's black and whites. They're wonderful and very much of the earth, perfect in their imperfect way. Not to say that I think mine will be, but I would like to think I can do my best and maybe Mr. Rackham will look down upon me and be pleased.
I hear you. Nothing stopping you from starting out with a perfect print at the sketch stage tho. By the time you get finished re-drawing and inking, they won't be perfect clones.You could do a similar thing by scanning the final rendering and doing a copy paste and flip in Photoshop, but of course, that wouldn't be right.
Looks quite awesome.
Thanks, guys :) I'll keep that under advisement, Chuck. Thanks, man. I appreciate your feedback, guys, truly :)