Thursday, February 23, 2017

Art School Progress

I haven't posted in quite a while, but I have some treats for you guys. As I mentioned in my previous blog entries, I'm currently earning a BFA in studio art with a concentration in illustration and graphic design. I'm in my last semester, and will be graduating this May. I wanted to share some of the digital art pieces I've done, which were featured in my BFA exhibition last semester. The first one is a finalized version of my sketch of Ezekiel from an earlier post. Here's the original sketch.

Illustration by Leo Featherstone © 2015.

I was planning on finishing this piece in a painterly style, but due to time constraints, I could only do it in a cartoon style. Still, I think my cartoon style has improved since I started out, and I do like this piece . . . although I'm now noticing that the buttons on Ezekiel's jacket need to be lowered slightly.

Illustration by Leo Featherstone © 2015.

I did manage to finish five very nice painterly style digital art pieces, two of which are illustrations of my main characters Ezekiel and Angela, shown below. I'm debating on whether or not to feature the other three on this blog, because they reveal plot ideas I have for future novels. If you really wanted to see them, you can check them out in my deviantart.com portfolio. I don't think they'll spoil any major plot lines.

The class assignment for this next poster was to create a theatre add, which fit greatly with Ezekiel, because he's an opera singer in my novels.

Illustration by Leo Featherstone © 2016.

The assignment for this next poster was to create a surreal or dreamlike illustration. I decided it was a good opportunity to conceptualize Angela using her fire magic. I haven't yet decided if the gown and cloak she's wearing is a personal style choice as a solitary practitioner, or the official ceremonial garb of her coven.

Illustration by Leo Featherstone © 2016.

Hope you all liked these art pieces. Now that I'm in the homestretch in my art program, I'm looking forward to getting back to my novels, and starting up my freelance illustration business.

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