Monday, June 10, 2024

Woofettes Bells - The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia

I am thrilled to share another new piece from The Grand Bazaar of Ethra VanDalia! This illustration is for Book Two: The Completed Circle. This is one of the numerous pieces of spot art throughout the book. This supporting image is for the Enraged Woofettes section of the book. Depicted here is a selection of bells made and worn by Woofettes. As mentioned in the first book, the Woofettes have a great number of superstitions, and they employ a variety of bells and shakers to keep the powerful forces of evil at bay. For a species as large and aggressive, they live in constant fear of that which their physical might can not stop. I present the Woofettes Bells.

Woofettes Bells
The Grand Bazaar of Ethra Dalia - The Completed Circle
9 x 12 - Pencil, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
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© 2024 Christopher Burdett
Woofettes Bells - Drawing 
9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2024 Christopher Burdett
This is one of the many pieces I completed so far this year. It has been a blur of pencil and paint. Nice to finally be sharing them. Here is a look at the sketch for the Woofettes Bells to show where it began.
Woofettes Bells - Sketch 
 © 2024 Christopher Burdett

As a bonus, I have some images of the rendering process of this piece so that you can get a better idea of it taking shape. Additional fun fact: While this is the same paper I have used for my work on the Grand Bazaar, this sheet and several others recently used was from a larger piece of Rives BFK that I have had since college, so over twenty years old. I am not sure if it is the age of the paper or if the paper is made differently now, but water does not go down on this paper the same way as all the others of the same type I use. So there was a lot more drying time and a lot of impatient waiting to see if the washes went down correctly and if the pencil was blending the way I desired. In the end, there was no deviation from the image I was able to achieve, just some uncertain moments of waiting for things to dry.

Woofettes Bells - Process 
© 2024 Christopher Burdett

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog. See you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

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