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And this time here´s the step-by-step process from  my OZ pic.
It´s called “Looking for Dorothy”.
It´s more or less self-explanatory as a drawing tutorial so I hope everyone understands the several creative choices I went through from start to finish to create the image.
One of the things I love the most is to take known stuff and give it my own spin. The Wizard of Oz books and movie are part of my inspiration when it comes to my imaginary worlds and so I tend to go back to it just for fun or when someone commissions me “an Oz style” pic which happens more than often.
This was just another one.

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You might notice there aren´t many characters in my landscapes and this is because what I really love is to create imaginary geographies and fantasy worlds.
Characters bore me to death and I only illustrate them mostly for scale or when I have to because I´m working on a childrens book.
When I was a kid I absolutely hated those illustrated children books that were set in imaginary worlds but then, the only thing the books had illustrated in them were the characters and what they were doing ( sometimes with a little bit of background behind them ). What I always wanted to see were the worlds where these characters lived in and soon I started to notice that illustrators mostly did character based images for these books rather than illustrating the imaginary worlds.
That has always been my inspiration.
As everyone always asks me for tutorials and tips on how to paint my type of imaginary stuff  you can find my tutorials on perspective if you click here ( go check them out / read the first one and then follow through my “perspective tutorial series ).
Then you´ll understand better what follows.
Here´s a breakdown for this “Wizard of Oz” pic.

 

To illustrate imaginary worlds as a freelancer children book illustrator or freelance artist available for work I based my portfolio on the worlds I can imagine rather than on the characters that can inhabit those places as from what I see out there most illustrators work on characters and not on environments, except in concept art.
So my idea was always think about illustration for a book the same way I have to think about creating concept art. I guess my children book illustrations like this OZ inspired one above show a bit of that concept art influence and that is something that I like to showcase.

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If you liked this, you might want to check out these other tutorial links below too:

Learn to draw landscapes / Perspective tutorial

0 INTRO ” A matter of perspective” :
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/07/drawing-tutorial-how-to-draw-landscapes-or-background-scenery-intro/
Lesson 1 “Little House on the Grid” :
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/07/drawing-tutorial-part-one-little-house-on-the-grid/
Lesson 2 “Going 3D” :
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/07/drawing-tutorial-part-two-going-3d/
Lesson 3 “Scenery takes shape” :
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/08/drawing-tutorial-part-three-scenery-takes-shape/
Lesson 4 “Planes & Viewpoints” :
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/08/drawing-tutorial-part-four-planes-viewpoints/
Lesson 5 “Fluffy clouds in the sky” :
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/08/drawing-tutorial-part-five-fluffy-clouds-in-the-sky/
Lesson 6 “Endless Worlds“:
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/08/drawing-tutorial-part-six-endless-worlds/

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Drawing Tutorial / “FINDING NEMO”
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/11/drawing-tutorial-finding-nemo-making-of/

Drawing Tutorial / “TITANIC DRY DOC”
https://icreateworlds.net/2017/09/21/drawing-tutorial-titanic-dry-dock-making-of/

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If you are a potential illustration client, if you are looking for a children book artist , concept illustrator or need a freelance artist to work on a pod project even ( I do not descriminate print on demand for sure; I love it ); do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

 

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It seems you are enjoying taking a look at these drawings from when I was a kid, so now I leave you with what was probably my first attempt to create my own comics adventure back in 1980/81 when I was 10 years old.
Continue at your own peril.

This was actually inspired by one of the Portuguese comics scifi series back then; something called “Tonkari” which nowadays looking back at it was real funny because it stole elements from a ton of other different known works at the time. But when you are a kid you don´t notice those things and so I loved the Tonkari series and with my UFO story I tried to create my own similar hero.
I hope you enjoyed this brief example of what type of pics I was doing when I was 10 years old. More drawings and comics from when I was a kid to come in the future.

As the great Criswell used to say in “PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE”: – “Future events such as these, will afect you in the future.

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AVAILABLE FOR ILLUSTRATION WORK

If you are a potential illustration client, do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let me see what we can do to help your project become a reality.

 

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This was one of the first illustrations when I started to illustrate full time after my in between time where I used to design hospitality software for a software house while working in part-time freelance illustration.
This “ROBOT GARDEN” artwork was one of my first full time commissions that came in about ten years or so ago and it was part of a larger pack of illustrations for a sci-fi magazine at the time.
So below you can see the final illustration and the earlier sketches for this image.

This is also an illustration from before I went fully digital. Now I do most of my stuff in digital art ( the layers thing was a great invention ) but back then I was still doing all my artwork traditionally.
So this one is still from that period when all my scifi and fantasy art was created in real traditional watercolor, acrylics and color pencils. Pen & paper. I´ve only recently retouched the sky digitally.

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If you are a potential illustration client, do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let me see what we can do to help your project become a reality.

 

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Back in 1996 after we completed the work on what became the first PC Video Game professionally produced in Portugal “GAMBYS“; the company decided to start another project. These are some of the initial ballpen detailed doodles I did for an initial concept back then. I ended up not using any of this because we soon realize I was illustrating more for something that we didn´t had technology back then when the fastest computer was a pentium at 133mhz for example.
These environments are more suited for a MMROPG nowadays than for what we could do 25 years ago with technology available back then out of an independent low budget company.
This was my idea for a steampunk old rusting world at the time and I was just sketching stuff to see what could come out of this initial processs.


So this project was put on halt and the company became an Hospitality Software House of great success here in Portugal for several years ( still on today ) and for which I design hospitality software for about 10 years in between other illustration work, because I didn´t intended to be designing boring and burocratic hospitality software forever.

Anyway these are some of the ballpen spontaneous sketches I did back then out of a couple more dozes I have somewhere awaiting to be scanned or something…

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If you are a potential illustration client, do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let me see what we can do to help your project become a reality.

 

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Many years ago, back in 1988 when I was still trying to learn how to draw landscapes and scenery, long before the internet my only reference material were the classic book covers of the scifi novels I could get my hands on at the time.
What you see below is my very first attempt to evolve my drawing style. I loved this book cover so much that one day I decided to pick up a pencil and side-by-side try to replicate the original image.

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By doing this ( took me 2 days ) I learned a ton of stuff about composition, how to simplify elements and put them together to simulate more details than those which are actually illustrated, learned about shapes, shadows and a lot of other things.
So I guess “Tim White” was “my teatcher”.
Of course no computers existed back in 1988 capable of creating digital art and so all you see here was done entirely in traditional pencil and paper.
After that, I got the courage to try and do my very own landscape from imagination without copying from anywhere else and so about a week after the first “Tim White” cloned image I went and did this scenery below. Where by the way, I used color pencils for the first time actually understanding what I was trying to achieve.
Unfortunately I no longer have a good scan of this old image.

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I actually liked the end result on that one too as it was also the first time I managed to create an epic landscape Fantasy vista.
Then a few months after that I did my “third” scenery.
This one:

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With this one I tried to be more ambitious. Initially I only had the dragon on the left side which was drawn on a A4 size paper sheet. Then I needed more space for its wing on the right and so I added another A4 sheet and continue to illustrate. Then I noticed some documentary about Easter Island on Tv and I inserted my own Easter Island statue into the scenery and the landscape grew from there. I started to detail the island on the left, then It was no stopping anymore and I ended up completing everything else around.
Because I had two A4 sheets of paper glued together I had the idea of continuing to illustrate the epic scenery and tried to continue with another panel on the left which is the one you see next here:

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The pic above is actually the right side of another two A4 panel illustration. The left side was to be connected with the right side of the other first dragon pic  but I never added color and just painted this one when I noticed it could work as a standalone image. This was actually inspired by the movie “LEGEND” by Ridley Scott as cinema is one of my major sources of inspiration since ever. I have the left side here somewhere…
All these were still colored with simple watercolor-color pencils as it was the only thing I was trying to learn to use at the time.
Although the original dragon landscape before, was painted over a few years of layered work each time I learned a different skill I went back to it and so the colors for that one do not totally resemble the first painting I tried to do when I did the drawing.
And so, because I was enjoying learning to create these landscapes out of my imagination I tried to use the same techniques to make a serious try at a more developed comics project. Below you see three panels out of that taken from a 3 page first try I did back then, around 1988/89.


This story never got much further but I enjoyed trying to create this epic vistas at the time and although the coloring now looks rather bad to my 2017 eyes back then I had a lot of fun discovering how to use shadow and light just coloring everything with my color pencils over Rotring inked pencil rough sketches.
Another try I did at starting a comics story heavily based on environments was this one next.

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That one is also the first real attempt of mine to color an image based on the fantasy story I had inside my mind forever and of which I had already tried to do some earlier pages back in 1987/88. This story later became my current version for ONCE UPON A TIME ON MARS” which you can download for free and learn more about on this website.
After this attempt I discover the work of Illustrator Michael Wheelan; bought a book about his artwork and I decided that I also wanted to learn to paint with acrylics and watercolors and so what you see next is my first ever attempt to use acrylics on a piece heavily inspired by Wheelan´s motifs too.

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Then after this I continued to learn from every book I could get. I didn´t have the money to go into an art school, and besides those didn´t even existed in Portugal at the time when it comes to Fantasy illustration and so I continued to learn what I could by myself, buying some art books, watching a lot o movies, reading a lot of novels and continue to try to improve my own imaginary worlds.


Then one day, many years later I found myself with enough illustrations in my portfolio that actually were worth anything to show and in 1993 I got hired by a Portuguese company which was creating the first PC Portuguese video game at the time to illustrate for their project and ended up staying with “GAMBYS” the game for about three years illustrating full time for that company and also creating a ton of animations in the earlier DOS version for 3D Studio if you can imagine.

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And that was my professional start and the end of the first stage of my journey when it comes to learning to create fantasy landscapes by myself.
The traditional illustration phase.

25 YEARS LATER

25 years later, I´m now at my Digital Phase. If you are looking for a children book artist or fantasy illustrator, have a scifi project or just want some imaginary landscapes done as concept art, book covers or simply poster artwork let me know. 😉

 

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AVAILABLE FOR ILLUSTRATION WORK

If you are a potential illustration client, do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work.
If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let me see what we can do to help your project become a reality.

 

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Here´s the step-by-step process from another of my illustrations. It´s more or less self-explanatory as a drawing tutorial so I hope everyone understands the several creative choices I went through from start to finish to create what I call my “TITANIC : DRY DOCK. Another one I had in my mind for sometime and so I just went for it when the inspiration was right.

 

If you have any questions about this creative process let me know and I´ll do my best to guide you into your own creations.

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If you are a potential illustration client, do not forget to take a look at my illustration portfolio (Fantasy or Childrens Book art ) and I´m always available to discuss future work. If you have a dream, no matter what your budget is don´t hesitate to contact me and let´s see what we can do.

 

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This is a test I created while I was learning to use “MUVIZU” which is a real fun animation software if you want to create your own animation films.

I love Muvizu, but I think it has a real handicap when it comes to characters as we can only create new ones using the internal graphic library inside the application. This and the fact that most default character design is really ugly takes a few points out of what it is generally a fantastic hands-on animation package.
Easy to learn, great to use and extremely fun to work with. Too bad about the character limitation and also the fact it´s only a PC based software and there is no MAC version which to me is the worst thing.
Nevertheless if you´re looking into experimenting with animation check MUVIZU because it´s really, really good.

I´m planning to create my own movie for ages now, but I´m still waiting for this to have a Mac version.

 

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