Illustrate a beast-like elf
Taking elements from a lion and a deer, Jesper Ej sing paints an elf with a difference, high up on the city rooftops…
An illustration is like a good movie scene, and the artist must be like the director. To create the scene, you must cast the role, build the set, place the lights, write the story and direct the actors.
For me it’s not just a case of drawing and painting, but more about making decisions. film-director friend of mine once told me that, “During the process of making a movie you’re asked around 10,000 questions. The more of them you answer correctly, the better the film will be.” My friend’s way of thinking has stuck with me, and it’s an approach that’s applicable to illustration. Every stroke is a question. The more precise and efficient you become at painting, the fewer strokes (or answers) you need to capture the essence of your subject.
This specific illustration is for Magic: The Gathering. It will show a city elf perched on a rooftop overseeing the daily life far below him. Because this is going to be more of a mood piece than one of
December 2014 action, I know I’m going to treat it almost like a portrait assignment. I also want to avoid the usual elvish appearance, and make the character look attractive but in his own way, with cat-like or other animal-inspired features, rather than resembling a slim human with pointy ears. I develop and adapt this idea as the painting progress. Let’s get going!