Short story This month’s winner depicts a diminutive character telling the tall tales behind his facial scars
Hazel Gumble won a recent forum competition with the challenging theme of asking artists to look beneath the Earth’s surface for inspiration.
“They dug too deep?” Hazel says. “Come on. What’s not to love? Dwarves are fantastic, a great subject matter for depicting strong characters and emotions – and beards.”
Although the challenge description initially suggested darker scenes, Hazel opted for what she describes as a “survivor angle”.
“He’s an old dwarf explaining how he earned his scars long ago, the scene being played out in the shadows he casts. This was my first attempt at working in greyscale first before adding colours. My approach was very much inspired by many of the workshops that I've read in ImagineFX.” MYFX title: They Dug Too Deep Winner: Hazel Gumble (Hazelgee) Gallery: http://ifxm.ag/hazelgee All Entries: http://ifxm.ag/dugtoodeep
MYFX title: March Battle Winner: Sutat Palama (AslanJ) Gallery: http://ifxm.ag/AslanJ All Entries: http://ifxm.ag/march-battle “I chose to create conflict between a traditional and a digital painting. I began by sketching on paper. The piece was then painted in monochrome to focus the values. I chose a simple colour scheme, one that’s the same for both the background and the characters, and then slowly constructed the composition. I started adding colour using different layer types. Color or even Overlay layers are how I usually get the base colours down. The next process is the final detailing and clean-up of rogue lines, highlights and deep shadows.”
MYFX title: Titan Family Winner: Antonio Fernandez (HansNomad) Gallery: http://ifxm.ag/hansnomad All Entries: http://ifxm.ag/titan-family “This piece started out as a dual portrait of Zeus and Hades. However, the original concept evolved to concentrate on Hades (the bad guys tend to be more interesting). I purposely wanted to avoid the traditional view of Hades as a rather shoddylooking underground dweller – think the Clash of the Titans film – and display him in a more Olympian style, while retaining the recognisable symbolic elements of the character – specifically the helmet he always wore to make himself invisible.” Antonio Fernandez’s winning piece is based around the idea that baddies tend to make the most interesting subjects.
“You should have seen the other guy!” Hazel’s dwarf recounts the story behind his old wounds. Hazel’s piece began life in greyscale, with the colouring coming later – it was the first time she’d tried this. Dwarves are great for depicting strong characters and emotions, says Hazel – and for beards.
Sutat sketched on paper, then painted in monochrome, before working on the composition and then the colours.