Less than a year ago, I discovered the artwork of Raymond Chase online and have been a huge fan of his art and illustration ever since. His style is colorful and dark and whimsical and unique.
One of the first illustrations of Ray's I saw was a piece called Drown:
It's a fantastic painting and I fell in love with it immediately.
Recently, I asked Ray if it would be OK for me to digitally recreate Drown using my digital art technique. He said yes and I went to work.
I did a side-by-side recreation using photographic sources and manipulation in Photoshop:
Staring at Ray's Drown for hours while creating a digital version of it gave me a new amazement of his illustration. Drown is colorful and dark and happy and sad and moody and deep.
I don't think my recreation hit all of those qualities but it was fun to recreate and to pay homage to my favorite artist.