J27 Blackberry Work In Progress – Color

I was planning to make a shirt of this a while back but never got around to it. Today I decided I’d spend a few hours chatting with Kala and San while working on coloring it. This is my version of J27 Blackberry of the endangered southern resident killer whales, his name is Blackberry. It’ll be an 11×14 print for sale on the site when I’m done. Right now it is very rough but you can see the ideas I have for color.

J27 Blackberry Art - Copyright Camille Meehan

For info on the amazing southern resident killer whales visit the Center for Whale Research

Or alternatively, you can read about my own experience coming to love these extremely endangered orcas.

This work is copyrighted and you may not reproduce it for any reason without my permission.

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In The Fray Work In Progress – Big change in the colors now.

This is the updated work in progress for my latest piece. The colors are really starting to pull it all together. I have the drawing underneath everything but I find that it gets me focusing too much on the details. I wanted to get the all over lighting before focusing in on the tiny bits. Beth Sobel said something similar to, “Start broad in scope and then narrow.” I have a tendency to go narrow too quickly which I’m focusing on improving. I am looking forward to working more on this tomorrow.

Magic explodes into nearby monks, the shrug it off and continue a furious battery of kicks and punches.

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Work in Progress – In The Fray

This is my work in progress for what I’ve been calling, “In The Fray”. It is looking pretty rough on the colors right now but I see potential! I started coloring last night and I am working in lots of layers to try and build up the texture I so love in art. The two main fighters on the right are destroying the mages on the left. The sparks haven’t started to fly (I haven’t drawn in the magic yet.) but they will soon! Poor mages.

In The Fray Combat Scene - Work in Progress

** EDIT ** This doesn’t look like it is making much progress… Don’t worry. It will get there, very very soon. You will see 😉

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Elk Rider Work In Progress

Many of my favorite works are crafted in mechanical pencil. I realize this is a very time consuming way to create art but I enjoy the end results. This work in progress is an example of how I frequently make changes to a piece. If something isn’t quite right in a drawing or I can’t get the digital version to match my traditional style I will redo the work in pencil on top of a light printed version of the existing drawing. I choose Cyan because in the old days Cyan didn’t copy. Nowadays I like the way it scans back in. In this case I left the original rider where she was and drew on top of her. Having drawn this woman about three times now I think I am finally satisfied her placement on the elk. (I may change back to the old hood though :D)

A powerful bull elk carrying an elegant fur clad huntress.

Next I will merge the two pieces back together. The digital modified version is currently much darker so I can’t just drop this into it. I’ll need to spend hours blending out some of the details and getting the lights and darks where I want them. See below for the previous version of the Elk Rider work in progress.

Fisherwoman Riding Elk

You’ll notice I took out the fish if you compare the new and the old. It just didn’t makes sense to get wet fish all over your nice saddle. I looked around online for mounted fisherman and found the interesting shrimp fisherman in the video below. I decided a nice cedar basket would make sense, especially with the woven cedar saddle.

So that is where I’m at right. I know there are a lot of details on the woman but some of those will blend out. Also, her face is going to go digital, I can’t get the look I want in such a tiny space with a mechanical pencil. (8.5 x 11 sheet of 80lb Text). Thanks for reading!

~ Camille

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