Jeweler was part of the Artisans series, which was conceived with lots of color and
detail in mind. The number one step for this drawing, as with any other piece, was
to create a bunch of quick, rough sketches to get the basic composition down. I used
to do this on paper, but ever since I discovered digital art, I do this step digitally.
It's quick, it's easy, and it saves art supplies. Oh, and it has an “undo” button.
Having played around with different poses and compositions in Photoshop, I settled
on one that I felt worked best. With that out of the way, I began a quest for reference
(more on reference here). Jeweler was inspired in large part by the culture of Thailand,
in particular the traditional likae dance. As with the rest of the series, the background
was supposed to represent a real-life historical artifact/work of art. Initially
I wanted it to be a Buddhist tapestry, but in the end decided that the monochrome
stone wall of some sort would serve better to define the colorful figure. Having
looked at pictures of many different temples mainly in Thailand and Cambodia, I finally
settled on the stone carvings of Banteay Srei, a 10th century temple in Angkor, Cambodia.
Here are just some of the many reference photos used in the creation of this
Once I had all the reference together, I came up with the actual rough sketch on
paper (shown above).