Fantasy Imagery

Philip Howe Fine Art
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I love doing fantasy work, it's what I started my career with. I've done so much ad and editorial work that I put off the fantasy work for over 20 years, but am now doing more of it again. I usually work out a sketch, then do a clean line drawing, then a color digital comp that I work from as I paint, very quickly, digitally or in oils. Recently, I've moved deeper into 3d, using this as a base for my digital painting either in Photoshop or Painter. The combination of these techniques gives the work a very rich look that reproduces well, holds its detail, and yet has a painterly quality that I work hard to maintain. While I appreciate 3d, that slick computer look is really not for me. The work gains a lot more energy and life when the brushwork is maintained, same as it does in oil painting. You can see several samples of this new technique below. Most of these images were done in one night, without models, from sketch to finish. Let me know what you think!

My older fantasy and sci fi work is below.

mage-final-new.jpg
This piece is oil over line with digital enhancements. Below are closeups. I like combining the effects of organic looking washes and sometimes opaque oil or gouache painting, with the digital enhancements. Some effects you simply can't get digitally, and some you can't get traditionally, so I try to use the best of both worlds, producing a hybrid that has the feel of a traditionally produced piece, but is really about half digital. For my fine art, of course, I just work in oils or other traditional mediums, the final being the painted piece, not a digital file.
new_mage_closeup_head.jpg
new_mage_closeup_head.jpg
canyon-girl-lo-res.jpg
canyon-girl-lo-res.jpg
Syrena-street_battle_full.jpg

This piece was done with digital coloring on multiple layers over a clean black line. The detail, below, shows a more graphic look which holds the color, very similar to a comicbook line effect.

Below, several images were done digitally in the same manner, freely painted after I worked out my composition in pencil, then line, then color, which can be loosely painted as the line will hold the effect in place.

Syrena_head_detail.jpg

Click here to see several detail images of the Fantasy work below

fantasy_prints/RM_cover_full.jpg
Rune Master Book Cover
fantasy_prints/RM-cov_detail.jpg
Portal-full.jpg
Falling Thru the Portal digital painting
diva_new_party_dress.jpg
Ice Divas Digital painting
divas_left_head.jpg
Detail
diva_drng.jpg
Grayscale drawing used before color laid over
divas_left_head.jpg
Detail
dwarf_king_with_snow.jpg
Dwarf King digital painting
dwarf_king_with_snow.jpg
Snow added
dwarf_head.jpg
Detail showing digital brushwork
mage-battle_full.jpg
Mage Battle
MW_hand_detail.jpg
Same size detail showing typical digital brushwork
on_the_bridge-full.jpg
Bridge Crossing
winter-guardian-full.jpg
Winter guardian digital painting
scorpion_guard_hand_detail.jpg
Detail
scorpion_guard_hand_detail.jpg
Detail
hornhead.jpg
Light rider
hornhead_detail1.jpg
Light rider - detail
demon-circle-full.jpg
Demon Circle digital painting
demon_circle_head_detail.jpg
Detail showing digital painting brushwork
finish_sketch_color_added.jpg
Preliminary sketch for tonal shading
dark-angel.jpg
Dark Angel digital painting
dark_angel_face_detail.jpg
Detail showing digital paintstrokes
5_shadow_lyr.jpg
Preliminary rough
protector.jpg
Protector digital painting
protector_head_detail.jpg
Detail
head_sketch-protector_15min.jpg
Rough idea for the creature's head
vampire_hunters_full.jpg
Hellsgate 1
detail_hellsgate.jpg
Detail
merged-final-dragon-rider.jpg
Dragon Rider
vampire_hunters_full.jpg
detail_2_open_door.jpg
Details
detail_2_open_door.jpg
Details
vampire_hunters_full.jpg
detail_vampire_hunters.jpg
Details
detail_vampire_hunters.jpg
Details
antichrist-1_editorial.jpg
iceman.jpg
iceman.jpg
detail_iceman.jpg

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