here is a story illustration for a fairy tale.
the fairy tale was called Soria Moria castle, its about a hero Halvor who kills a troll with 9 heads, this is the part where he only has 1 head left. its 8 1/2 by 11 and painted in an opaque watercolor called Guache. The story is totally awesome, and with a story like that, its gets you excited and makes you wanna do good work. i really want to work on this picture again, perhaps in a couple of months or so, to fix some of the issues i have with it.
"Ugh!Ugh!Ugh! Here I smell the Blodd of a christian man!" roared the troll.
At the same moment, Halvor cut off the first Head, and then all the others; but the last on was the toughest of them all, and it was the hardest job Halvor ever had getting that off, even though he felt strong enough.
some sketches to figure it out
since i really don't draw that much fantasy i looked at a lot of painting by one of my favorite artists, Frank Frazzetta. he is a real master of composition and drawing and how to find easy solutions to save time on the hard parts of a painting by simplifying shapes. Aswell as being awesome in all the aspects of art in general.
here is a little color copy i doodled to just help me get in the zone while i worked on this picture, i think copying from a master artist is very important when you are a student of art, it lets you start to understand the relationships in a picture with a much more sensitive view than looking can give you .