The folklore around will ‘o the wisps is that they lure nighttime travelers out into the swamp where they get lost, sometimes forever. So, here’s a naughty little will ‘o the wisp luring a boy into trouble.
And here is the final version of the piece I’ve been working on! So much excitement going on here. You’ve got the rockets blasting off behind, probably an emergency evacuation. Are the searchlights searching for her, specifically? You have the abandoned motorcycle, maybe it was hers and it ran out of gas or something? That would explain the goggles. Looks like she must have met with an accident on her right side at some point in the past because she’s got a prosthetic arm and leg. They must be good tech, though, since they don’t seem to be slowing her down any. Notice the blue light on her arm? That’s a power indicator. She still has a full charge. It’ll turn orange, then red as it runs dead. At which point she becomes a lefty. I’m not sure what the earpiece is. Maybe just communications equipment, maybe a hearing aid of some sort? It is on her injured side. What’s in her bag do you think? Tools for maintaining her prosthetics? Or the plans to the enemy’s base that she has to deliver into rebel hands? It doesn’t look like she has any offensive weapons. Just that energy shield, but I think it’s underpowered to stop that robot hand. Maybe it will buy her a crucial second to slip out of its grip, though!
Here’s an Easter egg. You can’t tell at the resolution above, but this is in the background. The search light washes it out, but you can see that she’s not the only one running.
And here’s a behind-the-scenes from way back when I first started this piece. This little mannequin helped me work out her pose.
This piece was a personal project, not one meant for any particular client. I wanted to add a detailed sci-fi piece in my portfolio, one with a lot of action. So, that’s the reason for it. I’ll get it up on the portfolio in a couple of days here. [Edit: It’s up now.]
I had not really intended it to be as involved as it ended up, but the concept demanded certain elements and complex lighting. Luckily, since I had no real deadline, I was free to take as long as I liked. It was fun and I really like how it turned out.
My second kite-themed entry for the SCBWI Postcard Illustration Contest.
Here’s a background I’m using on another piece that I’ll post later.
I just finished re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert. I hadn’t read it since high school and had forgotten just about the entire story. Afterwards, I felt like drawing something Dune-related. So, here’s a mock-up book cover. I haven’t seen the movie and so intentionally didn’t use it as visual reference.
The image and layout is mine. The font is Atilla-Condensed by Bay Animation Inc. Dune and everything else belongs to Frank Herbert.
Based off a photo I took at our little lakeshore cabin on vacation in Sister Bay Wisconsin. It was a foggy, drizzly morning.
A rock wall near the lake shore in Fish Creek, WI from my summer vacation. Just got around to drawing it.
A sketch from a photograph I took just downstream of the dam on Lake Olathe a couple weeks ago. It’s not perfect, I was just kind of playing with it.
When I was in Wisconsin this summer, I visited Fish Creek the day that the Door County Plein Air Art Festival was in that town. There were artists all over the place painting pictures of the picturesque scenery around them. I had two little kids and a husband with me, so all I could do was snap photographs. One scene that caught my eye was this stone and wrought iron fence. I took a picture of it. So, two months late, I post my digital water color, plein air style picture inspired by that day.