• The wife has been playing elden ring again and every now and then I catch a glimpse when I walk past her.

  • More Coverdesign render-practice

  • Another practice-piece. Doesn’t look like much, but it took me quite a while to get to grips with it. I knew I need to practice rendering different materials in this new technique, so a lot of time was spent on drawing the dough. I tried a lot of custom-brushes and other shortcuts I could think of but none of them worked the way I hoped they would. So I drew it all manually. Of course barely any of that is visible in the end with the way I applied the gradient map.

    In general I need to revise the workflow. I render the image with digital pencils in black and white first, and then apply gradient maps in the end. I spend a lot of time on texture/details that I crunch away in the gradient map anyways, so for one of the next practice pieces I’ll likely have the gradient map on top right from the beginning.

    As a backstory for this practice piece I imagined a Guy Ritchie-like staged story of a family learning after her death, that their kind loving grandma in actuality was a crazy conspiracist prepper.

  • OMA meets Hieroglyphics

  • This image is based on the first book “Mageling” out of the “Millenial Mage”-series by J.L.Mullins. The first 7 books of the series are available on Kindle unlimited, all further chapters until now are still up on Royal Road. Audiobooks are available on audible as well.

    My initial idea doodle already had everything in it that you see now. The elements, the overall composition, the gold-material and simple foreground-background-seperation. However i struggled quite a bit with the execution, and learned (hopefully). I try to work organized and compartmentalized, especially with this new style I’m trying to establish a specific workflow to aid the idea of consistency. While I was working on this though, I felt limited by that workflow all the time and I feel like I lost roughness and expression in the end, due to it. As I gain confidence in the process I’ll likely also feel more comfortable deviating from it. I’m trying to stay positive, but since I have an idea of what the image could have been like I fixate on the shortcomigs.

  • Reinterpretation/Cover

    Now it’s a good song.