Following a SkillShare tutorial by well known fantasy artist/digital illustrator Charlie Bowater, I decided to make it my own. I love my darker creatures and I thought for starters, I'd like to do a set of 3. The first set of 3 to come to mind were Dracula's 3 wives. As you can see, the twist is that all 3 are pregnant and feeding for two. With the second and third, it took me a few months to finalize them altogether as I learned to work in the digital realm with new brushes provided by Ms. Bowater.
The tutorial taught us how to go from making thumbnails all the way to final product. These are made from scratch and not from a photograph as I'd done previously. I did use references when needed but only to ensure anatomical parts bended where they should etc.
I decided that black and white would be a good option to start out with. I also decided to erase instead of just brushing on the Photoshop Canvas. The background was white, the foreground layer black and I erased away the shapes from the black layer exposing the white below. I wanted to showcase details in style of fabric and clothing.
She was my first final product from this tutorial and the first time I build an entire illustration digitally from scratch.
My dark creature number 2 in my 3 Wives of Dracula series was made shortly after the first one following once again the SkillShare tutorial by Charlie Bowater. The third and final creature took a bit more time to finalize because I wanted to add a lot of detail to her clothing.
I once again, chose to use the eraser instead of the brush and placed a black layer on top of a white one. I also wanted to her features to be less ferocious but just as fearful if not more than the first one because of it. She's the "cute one" of the series. You're welcome for the nightmares in advance.
My final dark creature was made about a month after my first and second. She is the last in my 3 Wives of Dracula series and she's very much enjoying her meal. I wanted to challenge myself by tilting her face back and having her crouching down. I also wanted her front foot to not just sit flatly but for her toes to appeared curled up as she takes immense pleasure in her feeding. She was hungry.
All 3 were made using the same technique of working by erasing away the top black layer to reveal the white layer underneath in order to make the shadows into the shapes I wanted them to. I wanted my vampires to feel as though they were one with the darkness around them.
I also wanted to showcase details of using a different type of cloth for her clothing as the other two. This was all possible by following Charlie Bowater's tutorial in SkillShare. They are my very first digital illustrations build entirely from the ground up. I'm very proud.
Using a series of photoshop brushes, I painted over an existing selfie for the final result. I took apart the photograph and through extensive experimentation with modes and brushes, I was able to achieve this look.
She is a work in progress and was my second tryout after doing the SkillShare tutorial by Charlie Bowater. I decided to put her aside to work on the vampires since that idea was stronger at the time but I've decided to go back to her now and finish what I started.
Stay tuned for the final on this one.
These are my analog loose concept sketches I've worked on my sketchbook. I make a lot of these "doodles" if you will. It keeps my hands from being idle and my brain's imagination going.
I try to do this daily and post them on my Instagram.