An Unexpected Career Side-Expedition
Apparently I have a knack for Pet Portraits.
A long time ago in another life my ex always said I…
"The Winter Salon." Digital painting by Ian Stone. 2013.
Started as a commissioned revamp of a really old graphic I did a long time ago, and grew into something else entirely! There’s more about this piece including the process on my Wordpress blog.
This is a commissioned piece. It is a portrait of the client, depicted as a kind of spiritual avatar—younger, faster, and harder. The scene is a metaphor for the struggles and horrific hardships she had to fight through in her life to emerge not only as a survivor, but ultimately victorious. As a young girl, she was also an avid horse rider, and the freedom she felt being able to ride for hours on end with just her and her horse is something she dearly misses. This horse is an amalgamation of her horse from years before, and a powerful equine avatar fitting the scene.
The whole picture is intended to be something she can look at daily and gain strength as she faces her twilight years. It means a lot that I could bring this to life for her.
Now the technical stuff:
Primary subject was modeled in Daz Studio 4.6 using the following: Victoria 4.2 base with ++morphs to adjust the face and body fit the client. She supplied me with “mugshots” to use as references. She’s wearing the Shadowcaster outfit, and holding the DragonLord sword. The horse base is the Daz Charger with Astral Armor; the skin texture was painted on in post production.
Everything else was painted in photoshop CS5, plus adjustments and color layers. The final 16x20 print was rendered in 300dpi, CMYK.
My trio of Dieselpunk hybrids. Got some more coming. These are for sale on my Etsy store as 16x20 prints.
Client project for Kingsbury Cemetery. This is the graphic for one of their themed haunts for 2012. Created entirely in Photoshop CS5.
The story goes that the owner of Kingsbury Manor, a bitter, Scrooge-like curmudgeon, finally succumbs to the consistent pleas for donations and patronage by throwing a massive masquerade ball fundraiser. Naturally, everybody of importance shows up, whereupon the old miser promptly locks the doors and burns the ballroom to the ground. You can imagine the severe haunting that would result….
Client project for Kingsbury Cemetery. This is a graphic for one of their 2012 haunt themes. I did the design in Adobe Illustrator CS5, then proceeded to color and tszuj it up in Photoshop CS5.
The story goes that a young man was found in a cabin with a murdered family, having zero recollection of who he was, how he got there, or what happened. Taken to the asylum, he later freaks out with superhuman strength…and rampages through the asylum’s halls.