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Jalena – Costume Design

Jalena – Costume Design

This character has had three prior versions. The girl was from a sketch I made in 1999. A pencil sketch in one of my spiral sketchbooks from when I attended college. The second version was an oil painting with her in a yellow dress standing on a flower petal. The third version is a watercolor painting of her in the same yellow dress but with a star-filled cosmic background.

And now, in this fourth version, she is now Jalena, an Ethereal Guard in my Realm Ethereal series. I don’t know what it is about this character, but she just keeps coming back!

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Triptych One – Color Rough

Triptych One – Color Rough

I dared myself to start working in color earlier for this piece. Part of the reason was due to wanting to change up my working progress. In the last year, my process was to work to a very high finish grayscale version.

With this piece, I’m starting to bring in color sooner due to the size of the piece. There are essentially three characters (five if you count the deer and the small dragon) to be rendered. And given the complexity of the piece, I felt it best to start rendering in color to be able to cut down the process. Not necessarily the total time, but the mechanics of it all.

To go to full final grayscale with so many moving parts seems too laborious. Truthfully, my hope is that I rekindle an appreciation for working directly in color again. That darned grayscale & gradient map painting style is so easy to fall into.

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Triptych One – First Look

Triptych One – First Look

A new concept for a different approach to character creation and display. This is a new piece designed as a triptych. It’s a panoramic style layout that also will be separated into three new pieces. The new characters are Ziora (Metaterran) and Jalena (Ethereal Guard). Included in this mix is an Ethereal Reveal moment where I bring back Nor, the Ethereal of Merging Stars.

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Azure, Touch the Stars

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Azure, Touch the Stars

Azure Touch the Stars fantasy art 17x 22 Limited Edition Print

In 2018, as part of my Realm Ethereal universe-building process, I came up with a new series of character creations: The Ethereal Guard. They serve the Realm Ethereal by guarding the plane borders across multiple worlds. Additionally, they are generally under the service and orders from The Ethereals themselves.

Azure is the first Ethereal Guard I designed from back in 2018. That first painting was weak, even though I really enjoyed the design of the character. Consider this painting a refresh and a reboot. Prints available for sale here.