The (mostly?) finished product that I have been producing WIPS of for the past month or so. It's been a delightful struggle and a valuable lesson.
Commission for ~Riitual
of a (crazy!) Bretonnian knight on his faithful mount, determined to run off a sea serpent that has been threatening the coastline. He spares no expense! And who knows? Maybe valor will save the day, and the sea serpent will find softer food to chew on.
This was done mostly in watercolor, with final adjustments/effects in acrylics, gouache, and white ink. Surprisingly, the gouache handled highlights far better than the acrylic. This only reinforces my love for gouache, of course. If I had time, I'd do a million little paintings with it.
"Fun" story: The acrylic started dominating the painting after I experienced a mishap involving the acrylic paint and my very long hair, which I'd forgotten to tie back. It was a while before I noticed I had spotted the bottom half of the painting with blobs of purplish paint. So, I made do. Not bad for doing without ctrl+z. (Hey, is it me, or do the files look duller on dA than they do before uploading? Because I swear it doesn't look this desaturated in person. Hmmmm...)
EDIT 11.10.13: Serpent has been modified to include a shadow cast from his far horn, and values and saturation have been adjusted to display better on screen. Hope it looks alright!
Digital color sketch:
Specs: Winsor and Newton artists' watercolors, Golden acrylics, Winsor and Newton gouache, and ink on Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, 14x20" (35.56 x 50.8 cm)
Art © April Schumacher, Bretonnian knights © Games Workshop. Do not utilize in any way, shape, or form that can be construed as plagiarism, please and thank you. (If you do, the watermarks say "Eff you!")