|Jon Snow 2015 j. c. phillipps|
Sometimes I like to make art that has more of a pop culture feel to it than my watercolors and collages. Just-for-fun art. I did zombies a few years ago and tattoo people last year. Visitors at the art show always enjoy these pieces, but I rarely sell the originals. It makes sense. People don't want to spend $100 on something their friend Ginny might like because she's into The Walking Dead. That said, people will spend $20 or less on a print or a pack of cards.
Because I am all about Game of Thrones and that show isn't going anywhere, I thought I'd do some Game of Thrones art.
I had to think about what style I wanted to do them in, and I decided I'd do "loose Book of Kells."
|from The Book of Kells|
I'd done some Book of Kells style art about a decade ago after honeymooning in Ireland and seeing the real book. It's beautiful and amazing. And - I assemble the art digitally - which means there's no expensive original that won't sell anyway. Perfecto.
|Pieces of Jon Snow|
I start off with a black line drawing, then scan it into the computer. I added Jon Snow and the crow first. I thought the image was a little lacking, so then I added his direwolf, Ghost. After I scan, I assemble the image in Photoshop and add color. I use the animal (in this case the crow*) in two places, in the corner of the border & I recolor and enlarge the image for some added detail in the background. (I take the opacity of the background image down to about 50%.) I make the white background transparent so I can add the image of scanned parchment paper to the bottom layer.
(* Yes, I know that Jon Snow is technically from House Stark, but I already had Arya from House Stark so I thought I'd go with a crow for the Night's Watch for variety.)
I cheat a bit by uploading celtic ropes from clip art on the internet. Drawing that stuff is complicated and time consuming. Since I won't be charging a lot of money for them, it's not cost effective to design and draw all those knots.
|Arya Stark 2015 j. c. phillipps|
|Daenerys Targaryen 2015 j. c. phillipps|
|Tyrion Lannister 2015 j. c. phillipps|
I hope you all are enjoying Spring! (I had to wash my blue car yesterday because it was yellow with pollen.)
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