For as long as I've been working in Photoshop, I have used scanned ink drawings as a foundation to build on. It's kind of my thing. Even as I've grown creatively and have honed my skills with modern drawing tablets and digital brushes/pens (shoutout to Kyle T Webster), I still tend to rely on my analogue pen and ink and sometimes (as is the case here) a layer or two of watercolor textures.
This illustration is an act of transition, it would seem. It is split in two (though hopefully not in a obvious or jarring fashion) with the bottom half representing my usual method of working both digital and traditional mediums and the top half being a completely digital creation.
My friend and mentor Chris Koehler, a self confessed brush and ink addict has recently made the jump to working strictly digital for some of his ongoing projects. His style and voice are intact in this transition, and his success has inspired me to expand my digital work to replace some of the analogue methods. I do not plan to abandon ink drawings altogether, I don't think I ever could. But there is something calling to me from the upper half of this illustration, saying "You can do more than you're allowing yourself to. Go further..."
I am wise (and sleep deprived) enough to listen to my illustrations when they speak to me, so as the Lovecraft Project moves forward to Phase III, you can expect to see some all digital work in the future. Go forward with me.