Shadowness - Dream9Studios http://shadowness.com I'm a 29 year old artist from Southern Illinois, USA. I was trained in traditional art by my Dad from a very early age and I took some art classes... en Orchid Zen http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/orchid-zen <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/orchid-zen"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item8/217786/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Date Finished: April 26, 2012 A still life of Asian orchids arranged with a harmonious balance and calming hue. I don't believe I've ever created a digital still life. I have several still lifes I drew or sketched during my traditional art years but never digitally. I actually decided to do this idea because I thought it would be easy. I was wrong. It took several hours to get the orchids and squares positioned correctly so as to give a sense of balance. Then I had to get the materials of all the props looking as I had envisioned. After that, lots of post-work to make it pop. I think this one took about 10 hours straight of constant work and all in one sleepless night too. The original scene has the orchids and all other props in shades of pink and fuchsia. Rather than tweak all those materials one by one, I changed the hues of the entire scene in post-work to be closer to an orchidish light purple and to give it a high contrast. I can't recall the last time I used this many adjustment layers on a single artwork... Copyright © 2012 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://artshop.d9s.co/ Fri, 27 Apr 2012 20:56:03 -0400 JoSB: Chapter 4 Art http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/josb-chapter-4-art <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/josb-chapter-4-art"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/246142/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />For this artwork for Chapter 4, I used both Shelby and Jace in the treasure room of the Egyptian temple where the third mapstone is found. This is my second shot at this where I mostly just fixed and tweaked my first attempt. I had to remove props that didn't belong (she doesn't wear the earpiece in Chapter 4!) and tweak the poses, and reposition a few things. I then post-worked it the same as before because that's the same look I want for all the book art. I do think this is my favorite book art so far and it's probably because both Shelby and Jace are on it. They have a great dynamic. I also just love all things Egypt. I'm not sure what I could do to improve this, or if anything needs fixing. I do believe it is finished... for now. Today I updated this artwork with a few minor fixes. I lessened the depth of field effect since the background isn't that far away and I swung her pendant to the side because it didn't look like it was reacting to gravity correctly. Now it's finished! Last Updated: May 19, 2012 http://shelby.d9s.co/ Wed, 01 Aug 2012 23:59:57 -0400 Forbidden http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/forbidden <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/forbidden"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/130577/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Date Finished: August 19, 2011 Inspired by the forbidden love between Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot of the King Arthur myths, I first created a version of this artwork in early 2009. I then improved it in 2010. Well, now I've recreated and improved it again. All the details like expressions, the falling hair, her sleeves, etc. were altered for the better. I improved the lighting by using a combination of IDL and traditional lights. Very little post-work was needed to give it the final look; just a couple overlays and my tricks to give it a slightly smoother, painted feel. Copyright © 2011 - 2012 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://d9s.co/artshop Tue, 06 Sep 2011 21:00:54 -0400 By the Moonlight http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/by-the-moonlight <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/by-the-moonlight"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item8/216631/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Date Finished: April 23, 2012 Quietly, she contemplates her serenity on a cool moonlit night. I first created a similar artwork back in October 2010 but was never totally satisfied with it inspite of what I did like about it. While going through some old files I stumbled upon the old art and decided to give the idea behind it another shot. What you see here is my newly reimagined artwork that's loosly based on the old. Copyright © 2012 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://artshop.d9s.co/ Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:37:38 -0400 Missed Chance http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/missed-chance <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/missed-chance"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item7/211990/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Date Finished: April 09, 2012 We've all missed chances at something. Some are more painful than others. Some are missed forever. The original idea for this artwork came from one I did in February of 2009. That first try at an artwork with this idea looked good at the time but my skills have improved by leaps and bounds since then so I decided to give it another try. The emotions remain the same but the art has vastly improved. I actually thought I had this artwork done yesterday but then I looked at it again after a few hours and realized it wasn't quite what I wanted and I knew I could do better. Several hours later with a lot of concept work (making a small version and trying out several post-work techniques to see what works and what doesn't) I came up with what you see here. I like it now; before it was too plain and flat. Copyright © 2012 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://artshop.d9s.co/ Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:44:24 -0400 Grim Tango http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/grim-tango <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/grim-tango"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/182498/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Date Finished: January 19, 2012 I think I've had this idea and first tried to create it back in 2009 but could never get it right. I kept trying again and again over the years to realize my idea but never could... until today. So glad I decided to give this one last try! It's been so long that I can't think what the original inspiration for this was but the addition of a "death's door" was something I came up with today. I guess you could say that the woman is "dancing at death's door". I'll leave the interpretations to you, the viewer. All that matters to me is that I've created an artwork that I'm satisfied with and proud of. Also that it looks cool. :) Copyright © 2012 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://artshop.d9s.co/ Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:53:04 -0500 Monsters I See http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/monsters-i-see <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/monsters-i-see"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/177603/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Date Finished: January 06, 2012 This is a darker take, a redux, of an artwork I originally created in 2010 with a longer title. If I remember correctly, the idea came to me as I was passing by the bathroom mirror. For the record, I've never hallucinated gremlins. Shadows, things at the edge of sight, things crawling on me... yes, but nothing as complex as a monster. Still, what I have seen can still be terrifying. The reflection of the woman and room along with the shine from the window was all done inside Poser. I rendered the monsters separately then overlayed them onto the mirror in post-work. The mirror looked flat in the final render so I added some glassy reflection type texture in post-work as well. The broken glass effect was painted with brushes. I then enhanced everything with filters and adjustments layers. All post-work was done in Photoshop. I love this new take on my old idea. It's far superior, in my opinion. Copyright © 2012 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://artshop.d9s.co/ Fri, 06 Jan 2012 23:59:05 -0500 JoSB: Prologue http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/josb-prologue <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/josb-prologue"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/246502/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Coming up with this one was a little hard because Shelby is pictured (or will be) on every other Chapter Art but she's just a kid in the prologue and it centers more on David Bly anyway. So, here's a scene of David in the tomb looking for the Vril-ya key. I used a frame from the prologue but improved the stone materials (because the original mats didn't look good in such a large picture) and did a better job on the torch's fire. I'm definitely going to go back and improve the fire effects in the actual prologue once I get around to updating it all. I updated this chapter artwork by changing the background from a solid wall to a darkened hallway. I created/painted a brand new fire effect, updated all skin and hair materials, and improved the lighting. I like this newly updated chapter art far better than the older versions. I just now updated this artwork for what I hope is the final time. I brightened the back hallway a bit, improved the post-work, and fixed a hard edge I saw on the flames. I do believe this one is now ready for print! Last Updated: May 19, 2012 http://shelby.d9s.co/ Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:28:51 -0400 Snowbound http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/snowbound <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/snowbound"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/411025/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Creation Date: February 12, 2014 Notes: This took three days to render properly. I kept getting about a quarter of the way through then realizing I had made a huge mistake somewhere and had to start over. I'm glad I stuck with this artwork and didn't give up on it even after the many problems I encountered along the way. It was inspired by real life, the current onslaught of constant severe winter storms has kept me trapped at home because the roads out here are dangerous to traverse even in a 4x4. I usually prefer cold weather as opposed to the extreme heat and humidity of summer but at least I can get the hell out of here during the summer. Technical Notes: The reflection is a real raytraced reflection rendered in Poser (which is why this one took so long to render). The winter scene that is behind the glass is something I crafted in Photoshop and put in there as a flat plane prop behind the pane of reflective "glass". I'm not sure why I did it that way rather than adding the winter background scene in postwork but it turned out great so why ask questions? Postwork on this one was relatively average. The part where the two edge boards around the window meet looked very wrong the way the originally rendered so rather than change things in the scene and render again (my poor PC would kill me if I made it do that again) I just did a lot of tricky clone painting to make it seem like the bottom board is the one that overlaps (I rendered it with the vertical board overlapping). After fixing that problem, I just did my usual adjustment layers, added an icy boarder, created a soft blue vignette effect, and added a slight texture. I'm quite happy with how well this one turned out given how much trouble I initially had with it. I know I've only made three artworks so far this year, but this is already my favorite. Copyright © 2014 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://shop.d9s.co/ Sun, 16 Feb 2014 21:04:38 -0500 I Am Spartan http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/i-am-spartan <a href="http://shadowness.com/Dream9Studios/i-am-spartan"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/411023/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Creation Date: January 18, 2014 A lone warrior of Ancient Sparta stands looking at the sunset after a grueling battle and before the next. Notes: My first new artwork in almost a year. It's simple but a good one to get me started going again. I've the idea for this written in my notebook for ages (I don't even remember what the original inspiration was) but I finally decided to go ahead and get this one done. I think it turned out fairly well in the end. If I were to be totally historically accurate, I don't think he would have the loincloth. That seems odd to me since, wouldn't "things" get in the way? I need to start re-reading my history books, I've forgotten too much. Other than that, I like the way this turned out; it's what I had in mind when I started and has just the right amount of drama that I wanted. Technical Notes: Most of the "drama" in this work was created with a variety of overlays, a great painted sunset (if I do say so myself), and surprisingly good lighting considering how out of practice I am. The pose of the figure fits the scene well too. I wanted him to look sweaty, like he had just come out of battle, but I think he looks a little too much closer to shiny plastic. I may have to come back to this one later once I'm back to being good at this again. At least I remembered how to use overlays and it's amazing how quickly all those Photoshop shortcut key combinations came back to me after a year of not using them. Copyright © 2014 Lizzie Prusaczyk & Dream 9 Studios. All rights reserved. http://www.d9s.co/ Prints available at the D9S Art Shop: http://shop.d9s.co/ Sun, 16 Feb 2014 20:59:38 -0500