Following a published artist is one of my dreams. I knew you did pro work, but never got to see too much of it. This is right up my alley, interest wise.
Thanks, Jaderail :D You make it sound so glamorous ... lol.
I’m published in more than 200 books, and about 1/4 of that is Daz work (I think ,,, never did the math), but it’s not like I have been gifted with a major house or best seller ... lol. I still study Whelan and his books, hoping to growing up to be like Mike, one day ... lol.
Reaching for this type career is easier than ever thanks to the internet. I get most of my jobs via Twitter. It pays the bills and allows me to work from home in PJs, if I wish. Not everybody can boast that. Love, love, LOVE my work. :D
Progressing up my published Daz work ladder, I’d like to share one that shows why I even started playing with Daz. As aptly mentioned by a vendor here a Daz, the 3D medium was originally created as a tool for 2D artists. It was designed to provide traditional artists with a means of posing or inventing a scene to use as a base or draft, of sorts, as a stepping stone toward the final piece. It’s expensive to hire models to pose while you sketch them for hours. And finding just the right stock photo can also be a PITA.
My career started in kid’s books. Although my goals in college were scifi/fantasy book covers, one has to pay their dues and bills some way. So why not get paid to play with crayons all day? ... lol
For Walking Through Walls, a middle grade books, I wanted an oriental feel. After studying some classic b/w paintings from the period (Ming Dynasty, China—it’s a re-telling of a Chinese folk tale), I set up my scenes with Daz, then used the printed scenes the same way I would have used a photo before I discovered Daz and pulled out my sharpie markers. Talk about the glamorous tools of the pros ... lol.
I do happen to have a Chinese writing brush and ink, but for print, I needed something fast and clean that mimicked a brush dipped in ink. Even so, I still had to scan the drawings into Photoshop and clean them further and darken the tones. Ink tends to scan translucent, vs pure pigment.
I wanted vibrant for the cover image, so I kept the rendered version of the dragon. I could have painted it, but that would have taken longer and utilized more of my art supplies. Paints are expensive ... lol. Besides ... I wanted to build my digital portfolio, so painting it would defeat that purpose.
What you see below is the front cover (Daz as main medium) and three of the illos (Daz as a method tool) and one of the awards that Walking Through Walls received this past March (there have been two that I know of this year, but I don’t have an image for it).
Can ya’ll see what Daz products were used as my models for the drawings?