This digital illustration of a giant squid attacking a ship was painted to A4 size in photoshop. The old steam ship is in a storm with large waves and lashing rain. The tentacles of the squid are trying to capsize the ship. A sailor can be seen firing a gun at the giant sea creature.
The drawing is hand done in photoshop on one floating layer and the painting then created behind. As the painting becomes more defined the drawing layer is removed as it it becomes easier to paint the details directly rather than draw them first. I set the painting at night and in a storm as I believed it would be exciting, seeing the crashing waves and the rain bouncing off the elements in the image. The tilting of the boat, pulled by the monster helps to add more drama to the composition. Ths splashes of rain on the subjects creates a slight 'halo' which helps to define them against the dark sky.
This was painted in 2008.
September 17th, 2009
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