a relationship with the x files huh, must be pretty THRILLING
unfortunately, we suffered a mean case of seven year itch
Nico Delort is a freelance illustrator based in Paris, France. Available for work and commissions. See more at blog.nicolasdelort.com. Represented by Shannon Associates.
Unless specified, all the art here is mine.
Anonymous asked: are you in a relationship :)
lunaoverthecow asked: Saw in one of your asks that you were reading Siege and Storm! Did you like it? Do you think you any drawing ideas were inspired from the book? (just asking because that usually happens to me)
i liked it very much, can’t wait to read the third book - i kinda want to do some art, the imagery in some of the scenes is very powerful but no time! no time!
abraxid asked: So you like Hannibal too huh? :)
i have a love/hate relationship with the show
on the one hand it’s beautiful
on the other it’s too beautiful
it’s constantly jumping back and forth between [elegant and thrilling] and [camp and ridiculous]
but it’s still one of my favorite shows on tv right now and I can’t wait for season two
wait people don’t like brienne? Do they not have eyes or something? ARE THEY ACTUALLY LITERATE
It’s not that they don’t like Brienne as a character, but her chapters in aFfC are especially unpopular on most ASOIAF platforms I follow.
While I guess they are much more contemplative and slow-paced than the rest and her quest is indeed a little frustrating, I think they’re fascinating world building and if you read carefully, they contain tons of references, foreshadowing and hints about theories (gravedigger, blackfyre, etc).
To each their own I guess, but I’ll take Brienne’s FFC chapters over Dany’s or Tyrion’s aDwD chapters ANY FRIGGIN DAY heh.
smallroarpresstoo asked: Do you do sketches before you start your illustrations, or do you just sort of jump right in? Also, how long does it take usually to finish? P.S. Your art is amazing!
Usually I’ll start with a bunch of thumbnails.
Thumbnailing is a great way to keep your composition down to simple shapes and not get lost in the details. If the thumbnail doesn’t work, basing a sketch out of it is probably not a good idea.
When I have one I like, I scan it and blow it up in photoshop, move around the elements until the composition is satisfying (that can take a looong time — move it one millimeter to the right..hmmm no up one millimeter..hmmm still not perfect etc etc)… and when I’m happy with the composition, sketch over it.
Even though mistakes are fixable —to a certain extent— it’s impossible or really hard to make big changes (move something, make something bigger, rotate a character… stuff that takes about 3 seconds in photoshop) once you start the ink process; so the one thing I make sure before transferring the lineart on the board is that the composition is tight and everything is exactly where I want it to be.
So, on the sketch itself, everything is where I want it to be, but certainly not as detailed as it’s going to be in the final. I print it out and transfer it on the board with carbon paper. All I need are the general shapes and then, I improvise a lot of the details.
Here’s an example.
1. A very basic sketch.
2. Basic sketch after feedback from AD
3. Polished sketch
4. Value mock-up
bocatt asked: Dude, the Book of Tyrael made me cry. The story so heartwrenching, the illustrations so gorgeous...
I haven’t received my copy yet so I’m gonna take your word on that! Thanks :D
axl-arcangelo asked: Hello Nico, like to know how you scan your artwork and how you leave ready for printing while maintaining the image quality and sharpness of the hatches. Thanks for your attention, your work is inspiring =)
I just recently bought a (refurbished) epson 10000xl and wow what a difference it makes, coming from an entry level scanner.
I scan in 600dpi in grayscale. The raw scan is pretty bad, the different inks I use (indian ink vs pigment pen) react differently to the light and come out as more transparent in some places or have a sheen in others.
I spent a lot of time adjusting levels and cleaning up scans, but in the end, it can never be perfect and once shrunk down for print size, the mistakes are barely noticeable anymore so I try not to overdo it.
Left is raw scan - Right is retouched.