Monday, October 13, 2014

Atlas and the Storyteller

It's been a little while since I last posted, but I'm excited to finally show this one. A few months ago I was approached by a friend, who, after serendipitously stumbling across my work in someone else's house, decided she wanted to commission a painting. As a journalist, she was particularly interested in the story of the Native American character of the Storyteller approaching Atlas and asking him to lend her the world so she could tell its story. I immediately loved the idea, especially the mixing of myths, so I started jotting down ideas and gathering reference.

After playing around with a few different ideas of how we actually wanted the painting to look, we decided to let the piece have a bit of a "fantasy" flair to it, which was pretty exciting. I grew up loving fantasy and sci-fi art, and while my professional career has taken me in a slightly different direction, it was super fun to get back to my roots. There were some challenges, especially because it needed to work as a real painting, not just an illustration delivered digitally, but in the end I'm really happy with how the piece came out. Anyway, that's it for now, but I had so much fun with this one that I might just have to do a few more fantasy pieces...Till next time, thanks for dropping by!