An Illustration for Irene Gallo at TOR.COM and the author Kameron Hurley. The story was fun with lots of intense imagery. I hope that Kameron will expand on the characters in future stories.
I love working on illustrations for the short stories section of TOR.COM. There is no need to work within standard book cover proportions, or the need to plan for type. TOR and Irene also allow wide latitude for creative experimentation. If you have in itch to try something new this might be the place.
The following are the sketches presented to Irene as possibilities for the illustration as well as the Zbrush/Blender 3D model created as lighting reference for the painting. A quick note on making and using 3D models as reference. It would be more efficient to get a model and take photos. As I work on the 3D sculpture I must find lots and lots of reference to inform the sculpting process and anatomy. In essence I need reference for my reference. Still, I enjoy making the CG sculptures, and as I find the reference to help with the modeling I am learning about anatomy all over again. The process forces me to think around the form, to grasp the volume and structure that I may have glossed over in 2D. To sum it up, it's fun and I'm learning something.