January 24, 2013

TOMB RAIDER fan art: Step by Step

Everybody knows the famous video game series TOMB RAIDER, of which I am a HUGE fan since I got my first Playstation with just 12 years old (though I confess that my favorite thing was killing Lara Croft in every possible way... xD).
Now I can't tell how excited I am for the upcoming new release, REBORN, and see how they've renewed the story and see Lara in a different way, facing new challenges as an unexperienced explorer.

And now let's talk about the illustration itself!

I made it for a private commission, and the most important when asking for a commission is telling me exactly what you want: a certain pose and/or background, character's facial expression. In this case the commissioner told me he wanted the "Reborn" Lara Croft from the new video game, which means wet clothes, arch as a weapon and a wild background.

After looking lots of pics of the game and photos of how to handle an arch (@__@), I started doing sketches. At first I was going to make a full body shot but then I cropped it to an american shot to focus on her face and the arch.

Then it's time to make some colour testing, all the color scheme is based on the typical turquoise of Lara Croft's t-shirt, to make her more recognisable. And now it's time for the good stuff!: shadows, lights and, most important, the wet effect with a looot of little drops.
It is important to use different brushes for each texture, for example I use a soft type to paint the skin and a harder one for the hair.

Lara looks so cool with an arch... I can't wait to play this new video game! T^T

January 14, 2013

Drawing dedications + New portfolio teaser

Hace unos días envié a Madrid dos de los últimos libros "Ilusionaria 2" que me faltaba por dedicar y entregar. Eran para dos amigos que aprecio mucho, ¡por lo que fueron muy divertidas de dibujar!
Como veo que os gusta ver el proceso de mis ilustraciones, os pongo también el boceto de cada una para que veais el "making of" ;)
Some days ago I sent to Madrid two of the last children's book "Ilusionaria 2" I had to dedicate and deliver. They were for two friends I really appreciate so I had a lot of fun making these drawings!
I see you like to see the process of my illustrations, so I'm also uploading each drawing's sketch so you can see the "making of" ;)

Estos días estoy trabajando de lleno en mi nuevo portfolio, así que como extra os dejo un boceto de una de mis nuevas ilustraciones! Espero que os guste ^.^
These days I'm working hard on my portfolio, so as a bonus I show you a sketch of one of my new illustrations! I hope you like it ^.^

January 7, 2013

COMMISSION: Fishing in the woods

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Bueno pues empieza un nuevo año con nuevos proyectos, ¡2013 va a ser muy productivo! :)

Hoy os muestro uno de los encargos que realicé a finales del año pasado, una ilustración a color digital de 120x50cm más un vinilo adhesivo. La idea era hacer un cuadro colorido con una chica pescando y, aprovechando la idea de la caña, hacer que el pez "saliera del cuadro". Para ello hice al animal aparte, en formato vectorizado para imprimirlo como vinilo adhesivo y que fuera enganchado a la pared justo debajo del marco.
A new year starts with new projects to work in, 2013 is going to be very productive! :)

Today I'm showing you one of the commissions I made last year, a 47x19" digital illustration and a vinyl sticker. The idea was to make a colorful painting and following the idea of "fishing", make the fish out of the frame. So, I made the animal in a vector format to print it as a vinyl sticker to put it on the wall under the canvas.

Aquí podéis ver la evolución de la ilustración: primero un boceto probando diferentes encuadres, a continuación cambié el fondo por uno que "respiraba" más y con mayor profundidad, por último realicé una prueba de color para mostrar al cliente la paleta de colores que utilizaría.
Here you can see the evolution of the commission: first a sketch trying different formats, next I made a new background with more perspective, last I did a color test to show my client the color palette I was going to use.

Finalmente, la parte más laboriosa, colorear. En este caso no quería hacer una ilustración demasiado detallada porque habría chocado mucho con el estilo simple del pez. Lo importante era dar un coloreado alegre, que diera vida al espacio donde se colgaría el cuadro.

La verdad disfruté mucho con este encargo, mis clientes fueron estupendos y tanto ellos como yo acabamos muy contentos con el resultado final, ¡fue todo un placer!

Recordad que acepto encargos para particulares, solo tenéis que enviarme un email a ariartna@gmail.com explicando qué queréis! ;)
Finally, the most laborious part, colouring. In this case I didn't want to make a very detailed painting because it would have been too different from the vector style of the fish. The most important was to make it look cheerful so the illustration would light up the place where they put it.

I really enjoyed this commission, my clients were great and both them and I were really satisfied with the final result, it was a pleasure!

Remember I accept commissions, you just have to send me an email to
ariartna@gmail.com telling me what you want! ;)