Digital Forest

I don’t often get to do editorial work or single, stand alone illustrations for magazines so when I do it feels like a treat. Here’s a look at a one such recent piece.

The AD referenced my Microsoft commercial as a direction he wanted to go which I was thrilled to hear, I also don’t get asked to work in that method too often either. 
The art request must have been written with me in mind: a forest, at night, roots, interconnected tree limbs, animals, stars, fireflies, and a small group of figures admiring it all.
The three options.

The refined thumbnail. B.

I liked C. a lot because I would have gotten to do more trees but B. ended up being the best choice because I’d get to do larger, more involved figures (and trees) which is ultimately my favorite thing to do. I love organic shapes and human (or human-like) figures.

So this was approved and I moved on to making all the elements. Working along the lines of the Zune commercial meant working (mostly) all digitally and I started to put together the pieces.

Next I began making all of the elements. Keeping in mind the textured, digital silhouette style that the client wanted.
The figure silhouettes.
Detail.
Watercolored, knocked out and layered trees to play with.
Arranging the forest.
Most of the elements added.
Playing with the colors.
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The final.
Above. Owl and squirrels are probably best friends.
That’s me in the hat with the backpack.
Sort of. Not really. A little. Never mind.
The finished spread.

I don’t often get to do just single, one off illustrations so it’s always extra enjoyable when I’m asked. I enjoy pouring everything into one image.

I had a really great time on this one.
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