Monthly Archives: May 2010

Faerie Queen Work-in-Progress


This is a rough and dirty photograph, i.e., not edited in Photoshop, of a genre I have been wanting to explore further as a career path. The black on the right side is part of my drawing table. I didn’t bother cropping it since this isn’t a completed piece as of yet.

I have read many how-to books on fantasy art, and take a particular fancy to faeries as a subject. A recent visit to a local comic book convention and its artist alley galvanized me to finally scratch this itch. Since this was also included in my 5-year career plan that was a requirement to write for my graduation, I have run out of excuses to delay this further.

While I admire the work and success of Amy Brown and Jessica Galbreth, I strive for a more realistic style. Licensing my work is definitely a consideration for generating revenue and exposure, but I’ll keep my eye on more readily achievable goals at this point. I will spend a year building up a portfolio so that I may exhibit at the comic book conventions starting in 2011. There. I put it in writing. There’s no turning back now.

So, back to the work at hand. I’ve had many fantasy drawing ideas pop in and out of my head the past few years; attached is not the best of them, but it was a concept I could make real with what was around me. The idea popped into my head the day after the convention, and this time I decided to do something about it. The sceptor was designed from an artificial daisy-type flower, along with my hand. I was going to stop there. I decided the hand should not be disembodied, so I looked in the mirror for the model of the queen. The diadem was a simplified drawing of one I actually have—I bought it at a Ren faire last year. I got a matching slave bracelet, but decided that it wouldn’t make sense with the “royal” subject. I didn’t want the hand to be naked, so I added a ring.

This drawing is not near finished. I made the rookie mistake of putting a graphite drawing on a textured, colored paper. The former was more the mistake regarding my preferred style. While I can cross-hatch in tone, I am a blender by nature. That paper does not play nice with the level I achieve in creating a more realistic-looking work. Therefore, I need to transfer this drawing to bristol board. I am not looking forward to re-doing the chainmail on the diadem. Blek. This original will not be pitched. I plan to make a gray-tone, i.e., graphite, charcoal, or ink, as well as a colored version of each work. Once I transfer the drawing, I can go over the original with pastel.

I feel there needs to be something in the background to bring the piece to completion. Whether it should be part of her wing, architecture such as a window, or something more abstract, requires a mulling session.