Shadowness - fantasio http://shadowness.com I´m an illustrator specialized in book cover illustration and unique figurative artworks using digital and mixed media. Available for freelance work. en Spellbound III http://shadowness.com/fantasio/spellbound-iii <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/spellbound-iii"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/249727/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Sorry for the gap in updates, here´s a new and shiny collaboration piece for a "fantasio girl" With tongue in cheek" a tribute to my fellow pinup buddy Serge Birault aka *PapaNinja, and a small birthday present to the "master of tentacle disaster" H.P.Lovecraft (You´ll understand if you get the details on the book in the wallpaper version, soon... The outfit / cloth are inspired by Zatanna. Like Serge, I have a passion for Hajime Sorayama´s work and so I paid tribute with a lot hours to perfectly polish the legs and her outfit. Wallpaper available too: http://fav.me/d325zus More from the Spellbound realms: http://fav.me/d17pjtv http://fav.me/d4utew Model is Sayuri: [http://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?http://www.facebook.com/sSAYURI] Photographer: Tancrède Szekely (afaik) [http://www.myspace.com/tancredeszekely] Some brushes used from http://redheadstock.deviantart.com/ for the symbols on the book. If for some odd reason you are thirsty for more "fantasio-girls", here´s a portfolio with the best of them thus far: [http://fantasio.smoothfolio.com/] Hope you´ll like, fant Tue, 14 Aug 2012 11:14:20 -0400 A Myriad of Thoughts http://shadowness.com/fantasio/a-myriad-of-thoughts <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/a-myriad-of-thoughts"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/276702/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Celebrating my 101 blog posts with this work. http://fantasiox.blogspot.de/2012/11/celebrating-101-fantabulous-blog-posts.html The title reflects best what this blog means to me, there are so many thoughts and getting them straight in line is very important to me and has helped a leap. Reflections, self-therapy and the enduring battle to climb the ladder step by step, all this in 61,412 words...you name it. The work itself didn´t has a deeper meaning except that it is some sort of self-reflection of how I feel sometimes, a mystical creature trapped in this time. Btw. you can find a wallpaper version of the image on my blog , hint, hint:) And if you want more (of course you want more:) here´s a video I did earlier this year, featuring the above image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e63TBCm_0uY Hope you like. Stock credits: istockphoto / Egorr Horns done in Sculptris, various custom Brushes for the background Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:34:42 -0500 Motherplant http://shadowness.com/fantasio/motherplant-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/motherplant-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item4/84780/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Another piece for the transgenetic boy-and girls -group. A digital painting based on a reference image from Stefan Soell, used with permission. Wed, 08 Jun 2011 08:15:48 -0400 Bladerunner http://shadowness.com/fantasio/bladerunner <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/bladerunner"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/178746/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Its a mix between Sculpture (Microscope, CD-player, DC-adapter, sewing-machine parts, findings, clay, etc) overpainted with physical airbrush in Gold / Bronze, photographed and arranged around the exisiting imagery, used with permission from Istockphoto (http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-3736351-beauty.php). The background and gear is from my own stock. Actually this was done for the cover competition at "Advanced Photoshop Magazine", made runner-up amongst 9 others in a following issue feature and was cover of French "Advanced Creation Magazine". <a href="http://fantasio.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d2gw1jx"> <img src="http://th01.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2010/005/1/a/Bladerunner_wallpaper_version_by_fantasio.jpg" width="450"> </a> Print available here: http://www.deviantart.com/print/24476001/? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 03:29:56 -0500 Heavy metal thunder / eBook cover http://shadowness.com/fantasio/heavy-metal-thunder--ebook-cover <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/heavy-metal-thunder--ebook-cover"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item7/205643/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Another book cover I painted for the author Kyle Stiff, whose Sci-Fi novel is somewhat different than the usual book, it is kind of a "choose your own adventure"-styled book. Had a lot fun painting this, as it was a welcome change and challenge. Visit the Amazon page for more info: http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Metal-Thunder-ebook/dp/B005HFHLFU Btw. there are lots of details and stuff, due to this I made a progress "walkthrough" from sketch to final painting - available for free on my blog here: http://fantasiox.blogspot.com/2012/03/heavy-metal-thunder-book-cover-painting.html Please check it out for Sci-Fi character rendering galore! No references harmed in this painting! This painting was done using Photoshop CS5 and an intuos 4 tablet, took effectively 25 hours to complete -chunked down into several weeks. C&C´s welcome! Fri, 23 Mar 2012 08:22:17 -0400 Frozen teardrops http://shadowness.com/fantasio/frozen-teardrops-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/frozen-teardrops-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item6/183676/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Velvet dreams and plutonium tears... sculpture and digital postwork. This started as a sculpture head that should fit onto a plaster -body, hold by hands coming out of a bust. after years of *don´tknowwhattodowhithishead* i decided to rework the complete interieur of a "pearl" guitar amp ( i was been told its rare to find such an exteme wonderful exemplary now) to finally fit the head into it. If one would put the two cables of her eye again back on a speaker, its still possible to make music with this amp, but is there someone who wants to do this? Ok, what i´ve done digitally to it, is just opning the eye, the whole creation can be better seen here: [http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/Stillife-2005-deus-ex-machina-23697666] or here: [http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/Stillife-2005-part1-20785132] also the proof, that its entirely my creation: [http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/Stillife-2005-part3-21660672] now available as a big print! http://www.deviantart.com/print/4623467/? Tue, 24 Jan 2012 04:50:55 -0500 Corpus Delicti / Disquision2 http://shadowness.com/fantasio/corpus-delicti--disquision2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/corpus-delicti--disquision2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/392515/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br /><b>"In morals, theosophy builds its teachings on the unity, seeing in each form the expression of a common life, and therefore the fact that what injures one injures all. To do evil i.e., to throw poison into the life-blood of humanity, is a crime against the unity."</b> <i>Quote by Annie Besant </i> A new personal work starting out as an exercise but become so fascinating to work on. this is a homage to artists Max Sauco and Nekro, but also Olivia and Brom. It wasn´t quite clear which direction to go because in the first initial composings the headgear and wings were bronze-colored so I wanted to add afollow-up work on my piece disquisition , like that one: <a href="http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/The-disquisition-114380794" width="500" height=""><img src="http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs44/i/2009/062/1/8/The_disquisition_by_fantasio.jpg" width="300" height="" border="0"></a> However, in the middle of working this out, I found a solution on how to adjust levels of different ornamental elements in a way that they look like one thing, exactly like Nekro does it, the look wasn´t anymore that bright I have intended it to be like in the disquisition piece so I had to come up with either a new idea for a series or add it to the Corpus Delicti: <a href="http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/Corpus-Delicti-314443178" width="500" height=""><img src="http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/196/9/c/corpus_delicti_by_fantasio-d577lwq.jpg" width="300" height="" border="0"></a> Actually I ended up using several elements plus some new one and then found that one meaning of the word "disquisition" already meant " investigation", so it came naturally that this piece has to be the solution of both, a story of a crime and investigation. Hence the quote on top of the description. But I leave it up to you to make up a story about which is which, have fun;) Stats: It took around 35 hours to complete, Photoshop CS6, Wacom Intuos 4 & Wacom Cintiq 13HD. Digital painting, Matte Painting, composting, Fractal rendering, 3d rendering. W.I.P. capture: <a href="http://sta.sh/01c9mvqhvgd5" width="500" height=""><img src="http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/332/7/5/screen_ps_enchanted_by_fantasio-d6vxv50.jpg" width="300" height="" border="0"></a> Credits: Model reference courtesy of http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com Cat by http://NickiStock.deviantart.com Background done in Apophysis and Pixelmator Brushes and stock of my own archive. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 10:17:09 -0500 Fata Medusa 2011 http://shadowness.com/fantasio/fata-medusa-2011 <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/fata-medusa-2011"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item5/147312/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Welcome to the realm of the Gorgon, this is where reality melts away and your nightmares become real... This one is a collaboration for an exhibition in Thessaloniki and Athens in 2012 with http://luez2.deviantart.com - http://www.louiskonstantinou.com and http://katkill.deviantart.com as model. Additional stock is used from http://madetobeunique.deviantart.com for the 3d- model snakes. Hopefully time allows for more collaborations of this kind. Its real fun to have such an opportunity to create a story around an existing image. More info on the exhibition as soon as I get them. Print will be available later here: http://fav.me/d4cjal5 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:11:40 -0400 Temperance XIV http://shadowness.com/fantasio/temperance-xiv <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/temperance-xiv"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/376366/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />A new Project in progress, themed with the meaningful imagery of Tarot cards. The selection is rather based on my favorite cards than on chronlogical order as I don´t know if there is even time enough to finish them at all. The main motivation for this was that I always wanted to do my own Tarot, just for the fun of it, I love the topic - I´m not a firm beliver tho - but never found a suitable style to manage the many symbols and still keep it coherent...until now Now I found something, obviously inspired by the work of "Andrew Jones" and "Nekro", however, my aim is to take this inspiration to another level, and to learn something new out of it. Which I have done with this piece yet, didn´t knew Mandelbulber can be so much fun. Some background info: Programs used: Krita 2.7, Photoshop CS6, Groboto, Mandelbulb 3D Time spent: Around 25 hours Stock credits: http://frostbo.deviantart.com http://ybsilon-stock.deviantart.com http://diza-74.deviantart.com http://camelfobia.deviantart.com http://haustriaangloalliance.deviantart.com http://www.mediamilitia.com W.I.P. Screenshots: http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2013/267/a/e/xiv_temperance_screenshot_w_i_p_1_by_fantasio-d6nnrdj.jpg http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2013/267/a/5/xiv_temperance_screenshot_w_i_p_2_by_fantasio-d6nnrk3.jpg Asterion-Tarot portfolio: http://asterion-tarot.darkfolio.com/ Wed, 25 Sep 2013 05:40:13 -0400 Corpus Delicti http://shadowness.com/fantasio/corpus-delicti <a href="http://shadowness.com/fantasio/corpus-delicti"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item8/240667/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />The full image of corpus Delicti, a personal work with a personal story. Inspired by Max Sauco and Joel Peter Witkin. With this image I finally tried to incorporate the 3d-modelling-technique (the head was done in Sculptris and rendered in Cheetah 3d) with photo manipulation and digital painting techniques. The hypothetical play with the title should provoke some thoughts about "what" is the "piece of evidence" in the image, or better said if there was a crime, who´s the delinquent? I wish you a nice time to find that out;) P.S. that is not chalk on the floor ;) Close up here: http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/Corpus-Delicti-Teaser-crop-314293111 Print available and bigger image for details here: http://fantasio.deviantart.com/art/Corpus-Delicti-314443178 Stock credits: Model: Istockphoto - Cevdet Gokhan Palas Room: http://AnneWillems.deviantart.com Present: http://ravenarcana.deviantart.com Lightbulb http://doesnotexist.deviantart.com & personal stock and brushes Sat, 14 Jul 2012 05:08:22 -0400