Notes from Richard…
Scarab, from Kabuki. 9×12 Patreon reward, Copic marker and colored pencil on smooth bristol board. My general idea in approaching this was a combination of film noir and art deco for mood. I wish the detail on the wee flowers came through a little better. They were the thing that really brought the whole piece together when they were completed. Seriously – all of the color balance and harmonies just popped into place for me. Great moment, and it’s a piece I’m happy with.
Fair warning, this image is heavily edited in Photoshop . I put a lot of thick blacks on the art to get the noir/deco combo look, which makes the affected areas a bit shiny and tacky. The scanner tends to reflect the shiny bits when the light from the machine goes over the art, and I have to manually remove all of that in Photoshop (usually via the color burn tool), which sometimes looks more harsh than it truly is.
This beauty is available as a print HERE.
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