I started this sketch a long time ago and finally felt like finishing it. It combines my love of The Brothers Grimm movie and the Winchesters. I could easily imagine Sam and Dean in these roles.
This is the illustration that developed from my original art prompt.
Dean showed Sam the symbol that was starting to appear on his palm.
The thread-thin circle etched into Dean’s palm was now encircled by another, forming the black outline of a ring that sat small and hollow in his hand and tugged at Dean’s fraying nerves.
Finally, illustrating one of the last scenes in the story…
So there it is! Hope you guys have as much fun reading as I did playing in this challenge!
Here are a few sketches that were inspired by the story to be written for my prompt. None of these will actually be developed and used because I still don’t have enough specifics on the story. They’re just the result of doodling and daydreaming on my part after getting some hints of where the story might go.
I started working on the background, just putting down basic colors for the different areas, greens for the foreground and a mix of blues and pinks for the sky.
I also started to look around for some foliage brushes. I knew I was going to need all the help I could get to paint realistic looking trees and bushes. Here I had painted some color onto the tree trunk and started to brush on some leaves in the trees and bushes. It still looked pretty sad.
I set one of the leaf brushes to a small size, angled it in a way that it resembled a tree top and at a very light opacity, scattered some of these shapes along the horizon line. That part seemed to work well at least.
I continued painting in more color and playing with the foliage brushes. I tried adding a layer of leaves and then blurring them and putting more layers on top to add depth. I think it helped, but I still didn’t like that tree.
I finally decided to go looking for more brushes, this time actual tree shapes. I found some very nice tree silhouettes. Starting again with the tree, I used the tree trunk brush to establish the silhouette and the used the foliage brushes fill in the leaves. I tried to be less heavy handed with the leaves. I liked this result much better.
I joined my first Big Bang challenge, but it’s a Big Bang with a twist. It starts with a piece of artwork and then authors are invited to create a story based on this art. It was too tempting to pass up so I’m in. 🙂
I had this sketch sitting around for a while and thought it could be the basis for an art prompt.
After scanning and a little tinkering in Photoshop this is what I submitted as a prompt for the the SPN Reverse Bang.
I continued to work on the sketch while waiting for the claim date to arrive. I basically ended up redrawing the figures.
I’ve found some Photoshop brushes that simulate pencils which I love . Certainly sketching in Photoshop is a lot more forgiving than on doing it on paper. The transform tool is my friend.
I made this for a Christmas card exchange for one of my Supernatural lists. Based on what we have seen of a typical Winchester Christmas, they may or may not celebrate the day, depending on how caught up they are on a case.
But I like to think that Sam and Dean would never allow it to go completely unacknowledged. Maybe even if it’s only stopping for a few moments on the side of a road on a cold wintry night, to wish each other good cheer with a Christmas beer.