Saturday, 2 July 2011

A knight and a ghost

This image will be published in Spectrum 18 this autumn.

I thought I should show some images to explain the process of this illustration. I originaly had this idea of a stone tomb surrounded by dancing ghosts. I did a little thumbnail, scanned it in and tried some different colour palettes. My girlfriend said it was a boring picture and that I should get closer to the subject if I wanted to get more emotion into it.

So I tried out this composition, and instead of lots of dancing ghosts there's just one, whispering something to the dead/sleeping? knight, who is not made out of stone anymore.

After trying out colours on the second thumbnail I worked up a tighter drawing, using reference for all the things I didnt know how to draw. I scanned it in and finishied it digitally. The ghost girl went through the most changes and I ended up rotating her head around as you can see in the final image.


  1. Wow the final piece is beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing the process too, the steps are just as interesting to look at.

  2. Awesome painting dude, and I love the colour thumbnails as much as the final painting!

  3. thanks for your comments guys!

  4. Great artwork Simon, I really like this one. Also love the palette in your little studies.