Out of dust and fog, a herd of elephants stampedes towards the viewer. The leader has his eyes fixed straight ahead, staring at you. Perhaps you should get out of the way of these five angry, charging pachyderms. After all, if you don't get gored by their long ivory tusks, you will certainly get trampled under their massive weight.
While I've done a number of artworks featuring mammoths, this is my first piece of elephant art. All in all, I'm rather happy with the way the image turned out. I wanted a sense of action and danger. So, I used a composition that I like for this which I call the "eye", that is, the subjects (in this case, elephants) taken together, roughly form the shape of an eye staring back at the viewer.
About how I create my artwork:
Rather than traditional forms of art such as painting or photography, I use a computer to create my images. It's called 3D Rendering and works like so: I make a scene by sculpting and arranging digital models in a virtual 3D space. After stipulating lighting and atmospheric effects, I have the computer create a simulated environment from which I take a virtual snap shot of the scene. Then, using image editing software and something more akin to traditional painting techniques (via a Wacom tablet), I go over the work adjusting colors, adding brushwork, painting in details, etc. to produce the final image. Software I use includes: Sculptris, ZBrush, Blender3d, Vue, Daz Studio, and GIMP.
December 9th, 2013
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