Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Fortune

This one took a while and because I'm a sadist, I'll take you through the journey. I started off looking for all the synonyms and uses of 'fortune' from lots of money to 'fortune favors the brave'. I started a Sergio Aragones-esque bit about a guy who visits a fortune teller who (via thought balloon picture) tells him that there are bags of money in his future. He leaves and then gets crushed by a pile of money bags. Since I couldn't figure out how bags of money would be in the air to crush him, I nixed the idea. Then, sitting at work, I thought about all of the things that tell fortunes: tea leaves, crystal balls, tarot cards. Tarot cards! Then I thought of doing a series of Tarot cards that feature characters from Discworld. I made a list and chose one at near random and here it is. Card XIII. Death:



To prove my mediocrity in a number of media, I chose scratchboard. This was difficult for a two reasons. 1) I scratched it small (3 x 6) 2) I haven't touched scratchboard in over a year. Here's the sketch it was based on. Sweet Enemy told me I should have made the dress more revealing, but I was working from photos of Victorian era dresses and didn't feel like taking the time to tart them up.


7 comments:

aarph! said...

There's absolutely nothing mediocre about this piece Arkonbey. I like your use of the scratchboard. You've produced a very pleasing antique woodcut feel to this image. Good stuff!

Greg Hartman said...

Nicely done...good conclusion to come to with the Tarot Card idea. I second the notion that it is hardly mediocre work!

Ammon said...

Nice concept. Thanks for sharing your process.

The piece turned out really well. It is a great style.

studio lolo said...

Excellent piece! I'd say a year off from scratchboard didn't affect your skill :)

Michelle Lana said...

This is way cool! lovely work!

AndreZero said...
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AndreZero said...

Looks good. Interesting that she lost some of the attitude in the scratchboard version...

I couldn't find an M8B so I googled for an image... I actually went shopping to get one but none of the local toystores had them in stock...