Friday, February 15, 2013

Busy busy busy!

I've been rawther busy lately, what with the illustration for my story, and the Winter Dragon challenge deadline coming up.

But I thought I'd throw this out to you, a sample of the work in progress:

That's our friend Noel, seen below in the earlier post. Coming along!

Also, for those of you on Facebook, you can see daily posts from my page there, Paul Marquis Illustration. I have posts on master artists both new and old, highlights from my portfolio, and the occasional update on my new pieces.

Talk to you soon!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Was this a good idea?

I've done this before, starting a blog and then abandoning it. The fact is though, I want to be able to keep a good record of the early times, because of course I'm going to be famous!

But I kid. I think it's a good way of keeping me on track. Anyone watching this is gravy, I suppose, but dammit I LIKE gravy. :-)

Here's a screen shot of my latest reference for the new illo:

That is my friend Noel, a local actor (and a very good one, at that). He wore a bow tie to the session and so therefore has turned my project into a potential Dr Who homage! Thanks Noel!

Here's another, just for fun:

Some of you may notice the low resolution of the photos. I don't mind that, there is enough definition for me. These are, in fact, screen grabs from the HD video I shot of Noel doing various poses, faces and general hilarity. Yes, I'm using HD video because in the past my photos lack a quality of motion to them, they looked too tense and rigid. This way I'm able to allow my models to move naturally and I can always go through the video one frame at a time to find the exact moment I was looking for.

But don't you worry! I took some still photos as well, for the details. But now I can do the general pose using a video grab and fill in the details with the still photos. Win-win for me and the image.