Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Illustration: Bawang Putih

Finally managed to finish this off! 
Here we have an illustration for the Malay Archipelago folktale Bawang Putih Bawang Merah, a variant of the Cinderella story (although despite the fact that my depiction has Bawang Putih minus one shoe from her swinging, shoes do not feature =P). 
In this scene Bawang Putih is singing, which brings to life a magic swing containing the spirit of her dead mother – a passing prince hears her, and is captivated. You can read a synopsis of the story here

This was entirely done in Photoshop CS4 with a Wacom Intuos 3, barring pencil sketches for the figures before I started the computer work. Almost all the photos used for the background and textures are my own, although a couple come from cgtextures.com. Almost all the references are mine as well – I did use google to find costume references, reasonably authentic-looking baskets, and female jungle fowl.

A large part of this was forcing myself to come up with an effective way to do a jungle background, which is not something I'd done before. I also wanted a different type of tale for my portfolio. 

Here are some details. You can see the whole image bigger over here.

And here's a progress animation:

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  1. this is gorgeous, and i love the progression animation, it is surprising to see hoe it came together.. not in the order i would have imagined!!

  2. Thank you! I always find it interesting to watch progress animation and see how people's work came together. I can have a rather haphazard approach, I think, especially with digital work – I'm curious, how would you have expected it to progress? =)



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