Beholder…

For the last 5 days I’ve been working on a Beholder… See, my husband bought me a coloring book… a really cool coloring book…

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Before the book arrived he received two pdf images from the coloring book and printed them out for me… One was the Beholder…
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A Beholder is a floating Monster with a giant eye and several eyestalks, each eye is capable of a different type of debilitating ray, it’s a nasty monster to come across in a RPG game… but it is also awesome in its gruesomeness! 😀  Also tentacles!

I’ve been obsessed with the ability to make it look like things are glowing in artwork…

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So with the print-out of the Beholder, I set out to see if I could make it look like there was a purple light shining on a green Beholder… I decided to do a bit a research and took photos of a little green dragon with purple light…

At some point, I decided that I wanted the eye to look shiny like a gem… so I read up on one of my ebooks, 3D Tangle: Shading Smooth Gems.  I practiced a gem, then I drew an eye and practiced on it… awesome!

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I created a little gif of my work in progress, because I think it’s fun to see the progression… and because you will never see this version of the art once you are finished if you don’t take photos throughout…

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So here it is, my project… not quite finished, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with the creatures around the edges yet.  I added the Zentangle pattern Nekton to the background to breakup some of the vast space… Enjoy

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And for reference, before/after…

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Hope you had a great week!

Until next time…
~nic

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