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Xavian Gallery Exhibition (Part 1)

I know I haven’t posted in a long time but I’ve submitted Xavian to galleries around the country to build our audience. I’m glad to say that Xavian has been successfully accepted at some galleries.  Xavian will be featured in the “ONCE UPON A TIME: Fairy Tales, Fables and Myths” at The Arts Council Fayetteville/Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC. The exhibition will last from March 25 – April 16, 2016. More updates later today!!

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Hathor & the Fox Base Colors

Here are the base colors for Hathor and the Fox. The hardest part of this poster will be the trees and the snow. I will have to put the snow on each tree branch separately towards the end. There will not be a lot of sun light in this poster compared the other seven posters. I made this piece the cloudiest of them all. So only beams of lights will pierce through the clouds. Let me know what you think.

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Hathor & the Fox Inking

Here is the inking of Hathor and the Fox. The inking was done by my friend Alvarex.

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Hathor and the Fox Drawing

Here is the 8th poster in the series. It’s called Hathor and the Fox. If you’ve followed the blog from the beginning you’ll notice that I’ve changed Hathor’s design around.

I first modeled her after the Egyptian God Hathor. However I did some research into Korean folktale and decided to change Hathor into a bear instead of a cow. I never really like the cow look on Hathor. It just didn’t look intimidating but a bear is every bit intimidating. Let me know what you think of the drawing.

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Thoth and the Tiger Highlights

Here are the last touches to Thoth and the Tiger. I believe I’m done with this poster. This was a bit of challenge compared to the last poster. Trying to get the bright colors to look good on the clouds at the very top. The perspective and keep it correct posed a challenge. The aura or glow around the lightning was very tricky because Adobe Illustrator kept crashing on me, again. I like the way the shadows and lighting made this piece pop out. Let me know what you think.

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Thoth & the Tiger Base Colors

Here are the base colors for the 7th poster.

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Thoth & the Tiger Inking

Here is the inking for the 7th poster. Thoth and the Tiger. The inking is done by my friend, Alvarex. I love the inking he did with clouds and lightning. He brought out the details in the cumulonimbus clouds that I originally drew. I’ll do another live stream coloring later on this week. Stay tuned and let me know what you think.

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Thoth & the Tiger Drawing

This weekend was very good in the terms of drawing new posters. I wasn’t planning on drawing this weekend but I guess that all changed. Here is the 7th poster, Thoth and the Tiger.
I got my influence for this poster from the Japanese folktale of Raijin. Raijin is a creature who comes down from the sky in a bolt of lightning, he’s usually depicted as a demon spirit but I made him into a Tiger.
The bird in the lower left-hand corner is Thoth. Thoth is a mix between the Japanese Crane and the Egyptian Ibis. The Crane is usually referred to longevity, and the Ibis is known for its wisdom and knowledge so I just joined those two together to create Thoth.

 

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David and Darryl Highlights

Today, I worked on the highlights on Mount Huangshan and the river. The hardest part of the poster was adding in the underwater sun rays. Adobe Illustrator crashed on me three times while I was doing a live stream. As a result I had to wait an extra hour for Adobe Illustrator to render the underwater rays. It was definitely worth the wait. It created dept in the river and created a cool underwater ripple effect.

With this done I would say I’m 80% done with this poster. The last thing to do is the last touch ups. This maybe changing a few more colors or doing a drastic change in the direction of the sunlight. But I highly doubt that. Let me know what you think so far.

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Darryl and David Shadows

Now for the next stage of process. I’m adding in shadows to create dept and realism to the poster. Without the shadows the poster would stay very flat and unappealing. The hardest part was manipulating the shadows on Mount Huangshan. Since I drew so many mountains I wanted to illustrate the various mountains ranging from big, small, closer, and further away. The next part will be highlights from the sun hitting the river. Also give more details to the river. Let me know what you think so far.

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