Work in Progress Posts: Day 284

The Library by Robert Chapman

I got one of the best compliments that I’ve ever received today. It was from my 8 year old niece, Emily. I showed her what I’ve been working on (So that would be yesterday’s version of my library), and her immediate response was, “Oh wow! That looks…real!” and of course, it doesn’t look like “real life”. It took her an extra second to come up with the word “real” to describe what she was looking at. I’m positive she meant “professional”, or at least that’s how I’m taking it.

She then told me that my wizard guy promptly needed a rug for him to sit on. So, that was one of the things i worked on today. I still feel that the rug needs a little work, perhaps a little more detail. I just need to figure it out. I’m not really sure how a rug is supposed to look in a scene like this, so I need to do some research. I’m sure I’ll come up with something.

I also added that little whisp of light. It was originally going to look like a fairy, or something along those lines. Then I decided that it would be best if it seemed like an elemental spell cast by the wizard himself to light up his surroundings. I feel it comes across that way, but what do you think?

It’s fun to do something new everyday, but when I do these epic “work in progress” posts, the artwork always turns out much better. I mean, obviously if I work on something for longer periods of time, it’s likely to look a lot better than something I only spent a couple hours on. I’ve been worried that if I post the same drawing, just updated, for several days in a row, then people would get bored of it. However, I’m tossing that idea out the window because when I take my time with something, it always turns into something I’m proud of. A lot of the one-off drawings end up looking more like drawing exercises than artwork.


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  • Brad Thornhill

    I love it Robert 🙂 the whisp was a perfect idea, same as the rug

    • Robert Chapman

      Thanks! I’m quite happy with how this is turning out so far.

    • Awesome! Thanks, Brad. Glad you like the new additions 🙂 I might just add lots more books today. Perhaps maybe make a few minor edits as well. I don’t have any super epic additions planned for today. We’ll see how it goes though.

  • eggy1187 .

    When i first saw the small image on facebook (before i realized it was your art) my first thought wad “i dont remember Vivi reading a book like that in FF IX” than i saw you posted it “hmm maybe he bought it on psn and took a screenshot…..WAIT its his art page *views full image* *jaw drops* amazing job on this one so far i must say 🙂

    • Hey, Craig! Thanks for stopping by. And thank you so much for the awesome comment 🙂 Really appreciate it, man. Frankly, it helps keep me motivated to keep working on it. Sitting down to work on it at this very moment, actually.