Fantasy and make-believe

May 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction illustration. My one request every Christmas is for a copy of the latest edition of the Spectrum book - a fantastic, jaw dropping and inspirational, collection of fantasy and sci-fi illustration in both 2d and 3d. I've yet to get my attempts featured in the Spectrum Annual, but one day I hope to. 


I had the absolute pleasure of working with the model Kes Wild a few weeks back and we spent a couple of days down here on the Isle of Wight taking lots of pictures, covering all sorts of ideas and focusing quite a bit on the fantastical and otherworldly.

These types of pictures give me a chance to stretch my imagination and practise my Photoshop skills. Sometimes I have a definite plan and can bring them all together relatively quickly. At other times it's like doing a jigsaw without a picture guide and I have to wait for the image to tell me where it wants to go. The quickest will take somewhere between 4 and 8 hours. The longer ones might take a few weeks. Do a bit, step back, have a think. Is it working? Start again? What's missing? What needs to change...?

I reckon it might take me a few months to finish those I plan to work on (and to a standard I'm happy with), and I thank Kes for her patience. 

I'm very pleased with those I've managed to complete so far...

Model: Kes Wild.














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