Jun 06, 2022
2 mins read
Coventina was an exciting illustration project to make. A few different influences and factors came together to make her happen! I recently taught myself a new art technique for drawing underwater, using gradients and light, for a scene in the upcoming chapter of my comic series Magna Ax. I was so excited about this technique that I wanted to use it in an Illustration ASAP
At the time, I was talking to both my fiancé Abby and my best friend Jae about my desire wanting to do an illustration on witches after recently playing the Final Fantasy 8 remaster. Now, you have to know- that when it comes to Final Fantasy, my absolute favorites are FF8 & FF4. I've replayed them many times, so I was excited to play the remaster of 8! I was greatly inspired by the music and lore of FF8's sorceresses. With that in mind, I knew I didn't want to make fan art or something too similar to FF8. I began to see my witch in my head, and I now knew where to start.
The things I knew I wanted in this Illustration:
- Demonstration of the new underwater technique
- Big round eyes & the color amber
- Witches and magic
I got to work on her with the FF8 soundtrack in my ears, and over the next few days, I started to work on the design. Her design – everything from body type to eyes – changed quite a few times over the course of the illustration process, The color palate for her body, hair & skin came in a bit later.
After figuring out the anatomy, I thought about the colors that would go great with her amber-colored eyes. I thought about the fleshtones of an underwater witch. I ended up with a mix of sorceress Adel from Final Fantasy & a painting in my house of a face blended with a bird and a heart (a friend had gifted me as a housewarming gift).
I color-matched each of the colors each of the other colors I had in mind with an amazing website called mycolorspace.com and created the final palate! The ball continue to roll, and I ended up adding some last-minute details to her, such as the triple moon symbol and magical text.
Fun Fact: The center text in the magical glyph as well as the subtext beneath her name is the mysterious language from my comic series Magna Ax!
After talking to my fiancé about Instagram and Mermay, I realized that sea witches exist! Ursula from The Little Mermaid, for instance. Her skin tone is also a cool color as well!
All that was left was to pick the name. I spent a few hours researching all kinds of mythological names that represented water witches until I came across Coventina, "Goddess of the Wells & Springs," as known in Ancient Britain. Thus, " Coventina, Witch of the Wellspring" was born.
I have an entire presentation project, including concept art, finished illustration & motion illustration available here!