|"With a tiny change in your brain chemistry, I could make you a child molester." -Korrok|
I tackled a lot of stuff I don't normally go after with this piece. Korrok may be a monster, but it felt more like I was painting a landscape because he's just a big somewhat ambiguous form, so there wasn't any real anatomy to nail. Just like the last two paintings, I tried my best to fit as many details straight from the text as I could, but this was definitely the most challenging of the 3 in that department. There was just so much going on, and the scene was so specific I had to cut some things I would have liked to put in for the sake of having a good painting overall. Still I knew that what was most important with this piece was to illustrate the huge scale of Korrok as well as showing off all his disgusting bits. For the fans of the book, I hope it lives up to the image you had in your head while reading.
For anyone who's interested in how the painting process went for this piece, here ya go! By the way, there's some more words after, so scroll to the bottom for the blog post wrap-up.
|1 - Sketches|
|2 - Chosen Sketch|
|3 - figuring out forms/ refining composition|
|4 - adding color|
|5 - refining color options / experimenting|
|6 - final color study|
|7 - painting begins|
|8 - laying down texture|
|9 - building up more texture|
|10 - adding form, details, foreground|
|11 - up the lighting, adding form, more details|
|12 - more detail, hue shifts|
|13 - starting the eye|
|14 - eye refining|
|15 - light & texture adjustments|
|16 - darken background...oh, and more detail|
|17 - detail, starting catwalk|
|18 - catwalk support, tiny figures|
|19 - Final tweaks made (final image)|
It's been about 4 months since I started my John Dies at the End series, and with this painting the series will come to a close for now. I'll be leaving for Illuxcon in a couple days and I'll be shopping my artwork around (including these 3 JDatE paintings!) and then after that I'm going full-force into working on a Magic: the Gathering portfolio, because I'm tired of not working on Magic already!
I want to sincerely thank all of the people who've spent time checking out these hopefully enjoyable paintings of a definitely awesome book. Including everyone who posted such kind words over on the thread I made on the Cracked.com forums. You guys were awesome!
And a special thanks to David Wong himself for writing such fun material for me to work from. Make sure to check out the source material John Dies at the End and it's sequel, This Book is Full of Spiders. They are a beautiful blend of humor and horror.
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