I traditionally create a custom Christmas card for my clients – but am always racing the calendar to get it done in time. Not this year! Here’s a first sketch of a possible direction I’m thinking about.
After seeing the Hexwing I drew for Brielle, Shiloh asked if I’d draw her invented creature, Chomey Noy. She invented this word when she was four and it makes me smile! She says it’s like a dragon and a puppy, and can morph into any other animal, but it has a base form, which is what I’ve illustrated here.
I’m also posting the quick ink sketch I did in my journal, which I used as a reference on my iPad. This style is very much like a three color wood cut. My old printmaking degree comes in handy often…thanks Jim Jereb:)
Brielle was not taken with the first concept, which is great (see the previous post where I rendered a made-up creature for my daughter’s story). It is important to her that this creature appear very feminine. Fair enough. I focused in on the face this time. I thought about pulling this into ProCreate and filling out the rest of the body with some color added. We’ll see!
This isn’t exactly a Thorn concept drawing, but I did recently go through part of the Inheritance Cycle, by Christopher Paolini, involving Murtagh and Thorn.
Also, after looking through several Dore engravings I noticed there’s special care given to each background, and so I spent a little more energy on the clouds…which one of my daughters pointed out as her favorite part of the sketch.
Taking the sketch from last Sunday, I scanned it in and finalized in ProCreate. I’m not as pleased with the result as I’ve been with past scans/digital finishes. Part of the issue is that my chosen digital tools (engraving) didn’t mesh well with the ballpoint pen sketch. Oh well!