Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sketchbook Corner # 20

I have a passion for reading that could rival that of my love of drawing. That being said, it comes as no surprise that I developed an interest in writing my own stories. As an illustrator, words and pictures kind of go hand in hand. 

 I thought: "Wouldn't it be neat to write a story set in the Old West, around the time colonists began to journey through the Great Plains?"
Then, two months ago, the research began.
And a lot of writing.

Below, are two of the three main characters in my story. I decided to do some "fan art" of my own novel and get these characters out of my head and onto paper. 


Just a quick sketch and some color thrown in with Corel Painter.






Look forward to more!

^___^

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Hugs"

Finally finished! 


HugsMixed Media and Digital on Bristol. © Jenny De La Torre. 2014




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The commissioned piece was based on the picture below:


It features the client's two children, brother and sister, and she'd requested a beach scene. I was dabbling on a sunny, bright color scheme, but opted for a calm sunset instead, with stars and a dream-like color palette. Obscuring the faces of the children was another of her conditions, so I did the best I could. 

Hope she likes it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WIP

Well, hello Blog! 
Yes, I've been gone forever, I know, shame on me.  For the past two months I've been obsessing over my Historical fiction novel and it's been taking me away from the drawing board. 

Needless to say, I'm back and working on a few projects. Walking Dead fan art is coming your way soon, plus some personal work with my character, Anila, and I think I'll dabble on a little "fan art" for my own story and see how that goes.  

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek for a commission piece.





Wednesday, May 07, 2014

"Totem"


I'd like to thank DeviantArtist,  CherryCherrubie, once again for this Bethyl request. 

"Totem" ~ a symbol for family, tribe or a clan. 

This piece features Daryl, Beth and their son (let's call him Connor, shall we?) as a symbol of unity. 

Daryl also popped the question, in case you guys haven't noticed the rings on their fingers. 

*it's a bit scary to see how often fans do this* 
O__o

 My only reason for adding the ring was Hershel. Beth was raised in his household to abide by certain traditions. Conceiving out of wedlock would've probably caused a stern disapproval from her father, but I want to think the decision was made to honor Hershel's beliefs and keep them alive in a world that is slowly fading.

And, yes, Daryl's poncho was turned into a sweater! 

TotemMixed Media and Digital on watercolor paper. © Jenny De La Torre. 2014





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Traditional media, before Corel Painter Lite touch up.



Sunday, May 04, 2014

WIP ~ Bethyl request

A Bethyl WIP with a "Family" theme, requested by DeviantArtist CherryCherrubie, who wanted Beth and Daryl with a child of their own. 

Per her request, the child had to be a boy, a "mini Daryl," with Beth's hair and personality.

Let's see where this goes, huh?

>__<


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

"Brighter than a star"

I want to thank "Anonymous" on Tumblr who requested a Christmas Bethyl piece. 


"Brighter than a star" features Daryl decorating Beth with fairy lights on Christmas Eve, snow falling all around them, while she stares serenely at the snow globe in her hands. I wanted to add a little special moment from the Walking Dead, so if you look closely at the globe, you will see it's the run-down shack from episode "Still" engulfed in flames. Because that moment is where they really connected in the story line, and holds a special place in their hearts.

^_^


Brighter than a starMixed Media and Digital on watercolor paper. © Jenny De La Torre. 2014




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Before Digital touch up, I used a mix of watercolors, watercolor pencils, gouache and pencil.



Here's a close up of the shack inside the globe.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Sketchbook Corner # 19 ~ Bethyl request

A quick sketch of a Christmas Bethyl request. 

(a bit early in the year, but what the heck)

The idea suddenly struck when I thought about all the glowing lights I could incorporate into this piece. It will be a very tender moment, with warm and soft colors and lots of snow!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

"The warmth of your hand"

O__O so. damn. sleepy....
But very happy!

Finally finished this Bethyl request! 

Recognize the pattern on the blanket? No?! Shame on you. 
For all you loyal Walking Dead fans, of course you'll recognize Daryl's poncho design on the sheet. I just couldn't leave that out.

Once again, I want to thank fellow Twitter fan, @magraphx,  for the special request. I hope to get more like those soon.

Now, off to bed!

The Warmth of your Hand, Mixed Media and Digital on watercolor paper. © Jenny De La Torre. 2014


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And here's the final piece, before digital touch up:


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP ~ after midnight!

Can't wait to be a full time artist one day.
 Working full time during the day, then trudging home at night to work on my art feels like I have two jobs. 

Except, I'd do overtime for the second one in a heartbeat.

=__=

Anywho, almost done with the color scheme for this piece. After some more line work, I'll do the digital touch up with my trusted Corel Painter Lite!