Elphland Cover

Elphland, Illustration

Sometimes in the world of illustration, an artist needs to go back to the drawing board and revise a piece they’re working on.  The choice to rework an image may be a result of direction from the client, or it may come from the artist himself.  Either way, an illustrator needs to be willing and open to reexamining their artwork.  This is one of the best pieces of advice I can give to a new illustrator starting out.  Know that there is always someway to make your work better.  Don’t fight, but welcome a chance to take a second look at a piece you’re working on.  You’ll more than often be surprise at what you can come up with.

The final illustration for the Elphland book cover went through this process, and in the end, a much stronger piece and more captivating characters were the result.  I look forward to where these characters will take not only me, but any other future artists that they come in contact with.

Please visit the website, “Elphland Elves”, to find out more about the story and the characters who make up Elphland.

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Elphland Sketches #1

Elphland, Illustration

Now that I’m finished reading Elphland, it’s time to begin my character development sketches.  It’s now that I really like to take the time to explore how the characters are going to look.  Here are some initial rough sketches of Krysta, a teenage elf in the story.  As you can see, I like to work through, not only the physical characteristics such as the shape of the eyes or the style of hair, but also different clothing style options.