Heaven & Hell 2

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

John Beckwith

Have you ever looked at one of your own older illustrations and then nitpicked to yourself about all the flaws in it? Have you ever tried to redo the entire illustration all over again, this time trying to keep what worked and ditch what didn't work? Well, whenever I try to do that, the old problem disappears while a totally new problem shows up. Argh! For example, this picture was originally two separate pictures which had things I didn't like. ex. The angel used to have its sword drawn, which my friends said scared the hell out of them (pun intended) when they would turn the page and see this angel taking up and entire page, looming harshly over them. The angel in this newer version has more of a comforting and serene air about it now. (BTW, thanks again to Elfwood artist Elisha Giquel for letting me use the composition and lighting of one of her many raven illustrations.) However, shrinking the devil down to share the page with the angel helped make the angel less threatening. Unfortunately, it made the devilish lower half less threatening too. In the original version, my friends would turn the page in my sketch diary and suddenly see the devil up close and personal. Best of all, the chain's placement gave every viewer the intentionally uncomfortable feeling that he/she was already wearing a slave's collar after his/her own demise. In this newer version, a lot of the threat of hell got diluted. Oh, well. Live and learn...

Published More than a year ago

Category Mythology

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