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New Work: The Journey Posted on 05 Nov 2014


illustration by Wylie Beckert: a girl on a dragon flies above a fantasy map populated by books and mythical creatures

The journey is marked by false turns, road outages, and distractions of all kinds waiting to lure the unwary traveller into peril. Which way to go? Fortunately, those who go before us occasionally leave signposts, bridges, and messages of warning. One foot in front of the other...


It's been a busy couple of months and, as usual, I can't yet share any of the exciting work things I've been up to (but they exist, honest!) Rather than allowing myself to fade into complete obscurity while I hammer away at my latest round of ever-looming deadlines, I've been spending my scanty downtime prepping surfaces for some new traditional media work, idly planning a few personal projects for next year, and of course jumping on the occasional art contest.

illustration by Wylie Beckert: a girl on a dragon flies above a fantasy map populated by books and mythical creatures

Distractions everywhere!


This piece was prompted by the Artistic Journey contest over at DeviantArt - who could resist the lure of those deceptively bland, coloring-book-style templates?

It was a bit of a challenge to force a sense of three-dimensionality onto an incredibly flat and squiggly road, but I did manage to create enough depth to fit a troll underneath; sadly, all laws of perspective and reason were cast by the wayside in the process.

illustration by Wylie Beckert: a girl on a dragon flies above a fantasy map populated by books and mythical creatures

I fell back on toned paper for the underdrawing - it was a nice break from the more painstaking pencil drawings I've been doing for commissioned & traditional work lately; while it isn't ideal for my current coloring process, toned paper (used with a combo of pencil and white charcoal) seems to make for more polished stand-alone drawings.

sketch by Wylie Beckert: a girl on a dragon flies above a fantasy map populated by books and mythical creatures

The underdrawing, 11x17" on toned paper


The final image is colored digitally (process tutorial to come soon, time and energy permitting); my color choices on this one (Brown! Yellow-brown! Greenish yellow-brown!) will, presumably, surprise no one.

illustration by Wylie Beckert: a girl on a dragon flies above a fantasy map populated by books and mythical creatures

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John VanHouten:

I like working on toned paper too. You're not alone. I look forward to your coloring tutorial.

15 Nov 2014 10:53 am


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