In my previous post, I shared some online tutorials recommended to me by artist, Dan dos Santos. It would be quite remiss of me however, if I did not mention dos Santos' own excellent online demonstrations.
Dan dos Santos, one of the top illustrators in the fantasy and science fiction field, offers two downloadable tutorials on his website. The first explains the process he used to create the cover art for Patricia Briggs' story, Moon Called, the initial book in a series featuring the character Mercy Thompson. In the 17 page pdf file, dos Santos offers a step-by-step description of his methods, including a list of his materials (paints, brushes, and medium - and which brushes and colors he used at each particular step), and advice on how to photograph a finished painting. The second demonstration follows dos Santos as he creates the cover art for Implied Spaces, a book by Walter Jon Williams. He begins with thumbnails and shows some of his photographic reference, then follows up with his materials, methods, and tips on creating certain special effects. Included with this 14 page pdf is a downloadable time-lapse film of the painting from start to finish. Both tutorials are free, and can be found under the "Extras" tab at the artist's website.
Additionally, dos Santos offers a five-and-a-half minute video (see below) of the making of Warbreaker, the cover art for a book by author Brandon Sanderson. Also filmed using time-lapse photography, this short film shows dos Santos putting the information from the pdf tutorials into action, albeit at a frantic pace. The video was an overview of a DVD produced by Massive Black Media, which unfortunately appears to be no longer available for purchase.
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