Harpy Queen - collaboration between Tyler Jacobsen and Jesper Ejsing

There's a really cool piece of art up on Muddy Colors that is a collab between two amazing concept artists, Tyler Jacobsen and Jesper Ejsing. What I really like on the post is the shot of the back and forth stages that lead to the final piece.

Neither artist was afraid to completely re-work the design and the composition, subjects, and colours change dramatically. It's a good reminder not to be afraid to scrap something that's not speaking to you and that sometimes it's better to rebuild from the groud up.

October Update

This month I’ve been keeping my head down and churning out a lot of work. The biggest bulk of it has been in conjunction with a friend’s startup, Vicious Circles, which is an excellent source of cycling themed art. It's been really nice to have a simple constraint in terms of theme, but otherwise plenty of freedom to create. Additionally my colleague has a great eye for graphic design and a lot of experience so he's been an excellent source of feedback.

We are hoping to expand the prints to other sports such as running and triathlons, and naturally I’m making the case for climbing themed art. (:

Of course any of the current work would be an lovely gift for that major cycling fan in your life. *wink wink*

And I've been continuing with learning better Photoshop painting skills. It's been a bit "fits and spurts" with all the vector work I've been doing, but I can feel myself improving and what I am learning is seeping into my other work. Currently its a bit of a battle between adding more shading details or keeping things flat. Eventually I'll find the right balance...

 

For the upcoming month my plans are pushing self promotion more, which I'm rubbish at and hopefully finding time to do more of the climbing art I have planned but keeps getting put on the back burner. And, as always, working to become a better artist in general.

My most recent piece, a map of the UK with the 2014 Tour of Britain route. Poor Scotland got left out of the race this year, but it's too pretty a place to leave off the map. 

My most recent piece, a map of the UK with the 2014 Tour of Britain route. Poor Scotland got left out of the race this year, but it's too pretty a place to leave off the map.