When I made the black-paper, colored-pencil study of the Necromant painting, Knick Moschella and Elizabeth Bennefeld both expressed a desire to own the original. (I offered it to any my $20 backers for the bother of picking up the cost of postage.)
With two people and one piece of artwork, figuring out how to handle this became a stumper. The Solomon solution didn't seem a very good option. The easy answers bored me. Most importantly, I wanted it to feel fair, and I did not want either person to come away feeling they got short shrift.
After thinking through many ideas that were easy, or serious, or even terribly serious... I decided that fun would be nice. I liked the idea of making this fun.
I figured no one could argue if I inveigled my dog into helping me out. I'd shoot a little video, put it all together quick, easy, and that would be that!
Except I've never made a video before. Well, not since high school when I tried to draw/paint an animated short on cells, by hand. That was quite a failure, but I think the video I've cooked up -- which you can find here on YouTube -- actually turned out not too bad for a first exposure to the apps and tech involved.
It was 'way easier than painting on cells. And a damn sight more fun.
The winner has been decided! The story unfolds in a three-minute short, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.
(That other picture, the fireball-casting battlemage? It is a previous experiment with colored pencil on black paper, shown here for reasons. Read more about it in an earlier post!)