Friday, February 20, 2009

Fire Brothers Final


Here is the final version of the Fire Brothers piece, originally titled, "The Conflagration." Wow. It took a while to get this thing done! I think this piece was particularly tricky for me because there isn't any real substance to these characters to work with, just whipping flames. It was a delicate balance of trying to make them feel like they were made of fire while not staying locked into how actual fire works or even light for that matter. I think digital was the appropriate medium to finish with because when you are painting in photoshop or painter, you are literally painting with light. There are some snazzy light-mixing techniques that might have eluded me in traditional media. I think the fire brothers emerged with their personalities intact - luminous, intense, and mischievous.

Now that they are safely trapped in their frame, I can pursue the other interests I have been developing!

8 comments:

Jesse Lee said...

Jp, you've got a lot of vibrancy going on in this latest version. The characters have really interesting shapes and their own personalities....and I keep seeing something new each time.

Sarita K. said...

Wow this piece is pure intensity and magic. Very intricate ... and beautiful. I can't imagine how painstaking this must have been to finish!

jehan said...

stick that bad boy on a magic card already

chrystal chan said...

it's neat to see you do a more stylized style : ). hope you're doing well, I have yet to drop into one of your classes. Maybe Jehan and I will bump into you at Wondercon on Saturday

John-Paul Balmet said...

Thanks for the comments guys! Jehan--I can't seem to find the Magic card creator for mac...fail!

Chrystal, it's too bad that I didn't run into you guys at the 'Con, but perhaps we will have a painting gettogether some time soon.

jehan said...

yo jp do it on your work computer ;) during lunch of course, of course...

http://magicseteditor.sourceforge.net/download

Amie said...

Whoa...I love the clean line work, but it stills fluid and well drawn. Good artwork.

Nigel Li said...

damn, this is bad ass.