Location: England Web: www.joewardart.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Media: Acrylics Joe is a Falmouth College of Art graduate with a passion for fantasy and figurative art. “I’m drawn towards fantasy with plausibility, as well as a hand-made quality of painting, which I feel lends itself well to the medieval fantasy genre," he says.
Joe’s medium of choice is acrylics, and he has a well-honed technique. “I work fairly small and prefer a smooth watercolour paper surface," he explains. “I usually begin with an unprimed pencil drawing, initially using thin washes. I find the quick drying time of acrylic lends itself to glazing and scumbling, providing quite a bit of versatility.”
2 A Goblin Cl an
“All too often when drawing heads like these, it later dawns on me that one or more of them unintentionally resembles someone I know! With fantasy illustration there’s a sweet spot between archetypal and realistic renditions of characters that’s often hard to pin down.”
3 Forest El f
“When painting a character against a background, I often return to a ‘light against dark/dark against light’ approach. When push comes to shove I’m usually more concerned with ensuring that an image will reproduce robustly than I am with achieving subtle shifts between elements.”
1 Ancient with Staff
“My attempt at a Mystic character from the film The Dark Crystal. I like the rough, mottled appearance of lichen on stone. The window where I work looks out on to a cemetery, so perhaps the old headstones are creeping into my painting here.”