PREVAIL AND RIDE

Art of Chris Panatier
In progress

In progress

In progress

In progress

Inking another album cover…

Inking another album cover…

lovely-luna-lunatic asked: Your work is insanely beautiful! The details and colour... It leaves me speechless. Thank you for creating such magnificent art!!

Whoa! Thank you. I appreciate that more than you know!

IF THE WORLD SHOULD END IN FIRE
(Gatefold album cover)

IF THE WORLD SHOULD END IN FIRE

(Gatefold album cover)

All done. Sending to scanner.

All done. Sending to scanner.

stephlml asked: Hi! You probably read this every day but OMG your work is insane!!! I also draw and I am trying to start with new stuffs and watercolor and ink was an idea but I couldn't find some examples or works who really inspires me till' now!!!! Thank you so much for share this amazing work, I wish I could find my way with this technique thanks to your work.

Thank you! So nice of you to say all that. About four years ago my work was substantially less skillfully drawn, refined or composed. Just lots and lots and lots of repetition. So keep it up and never quit!

Color in progress

Color in progress

Color in progress

Color in progress

railroad-kid asked: I also get great inspiration from your work, in fact I used you as an inspiration during my A levels after buying the Desolated 12" and finding out who you were. I have always been impressed by your detail, and being an art nuveau fan I also got drawn in to that essence of Mucha that you put in your work. Anyway, I was wondering how you get your colours so vivid? Are there any digital aspects that go into your final pieces? How do you layer your paint and ink together?

Hey! Thank you for the nice comments. Man I could spend the rest of my life gazing at Mucha’s work. Love it. As far as the colors, I just do a bunch of layers of watercolor until i feel it’s right. The key I’ve found is stepping away from the piece for a little while and then coming back to it with fresh eyes. Amazing how differently you’ll see it. That’s key at all stages-not just color. But with watercolors, it takes layers and layers. Don’t want to start to heavily, because watercolors don’t let you go backward! There’s no erasing those bad boys. 

I don’t draw or color digitally. The only think I do once I’ve had it professionally photographed is to take it into PS and try to get the color levels to match the original exactly. I don’t ever want someone to see my original work in person and say, “oh that guy just punched it up on the computer.”