Monday, August 5, 2013

School Mascots: Demon Deacons of Wake Forest
This was for the School Mascots tracker.  This one was a quick carve.  I just always liked this mascot.  There were so many great ones to choose from but i wanted to do something simple and striking.  I ended up using markers on the skin tone and band.  I used a rounded edge for two corners and then left the other two alone.  I added a "W" and "F" from the letter set that i have.  This was stamped on an ivory card stock with a slight texture to it.  There wasn't much to this card but i thought it came out well.  Nothing too elaborate but it would be cool to see an entire stamp series devoted to just mascots.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Hobbit: Smaug the Dragon
This was for the Hobbit swap.  I had recently read the book when this tracker was released and knew the movie was coming out but it was a difficult task to choose what "item" I wanted to carve.  But knowing that Smaug is such an interesting character and villain, it was something that drew my interest.  I searched for a lot of drawings and interpretations of Smaug but settled on this one.  I was not thrilled with the decision to do a darker version of his lair for the background.  I thought of trying to do some thin line work and maybe just use a neutral color for the background and black ink but overall i was not pleased with how it turned out.  I liked his face but wished i had done something different with the overall card itself.  The red of his skin was done with marker.