The White Raven – ebook cover
This very atmospheric illustration was a commission for Carrie D. Miller – author of The White Raven coming April 2017.
I’m usually known for my photorealistic animal commissions but I love a good bit of fantasy (to my long-time DeviantArt followers who remember a constant deluge of moody pegasuseseseses? pegusi??? for a while, this commission might look familiar) and digital art is a great way to let the experiments really fly without being afraid of ruining everything forever. I think I could feel some real influences from my watercolour and graphite work recently in creating this commission, in the background pastel-smokiness and in the texture of the raven’s feathers, which I approached as if I had a pencil regardless. Carrie also gave some amazing references which really helped to realise her vision, and I can’t wait to read the finished book!
For this commission I used Photoshop CS6 and a Wacom Intuos tablet. My primary brush is the soft round brush with pen pressure which I use almost exclusively, though I also used a charcoal textured brush at low opacity to add to the smoky background. My oversize A3 Intuos has unfortunately bitten the dust after a good 10 years, fortunately my new smaller A4 size tablet is so much smoother that it makes up for the smaller size.