Since Mike inspired me by posting his cool Delacor Dragon from Advanced Photoshop magazine, I thought I'd do the same and post this playful Yeti image created for the same issue (November 2009) which is in stores right now.
Created entirely in Photoshop using Pen and Shape tools, along with basic brushes. The editor, Julie Easton, asked me to create something more whimsical and light because she wanted my art to be different in tone from the dragon tutorials that were in the same issue (I didn't know at the time that one of those tutorials was from my fellow artist and digital art God, Mike Corriero). And like Mike's piece, Senior Staff Writer, Adam Smith art directed the rest of the work, suggesting other elements such as hat and scarf or another creature in background. I opted for the snowman in the background. Can you tell the Yeti gave his hat to the snowman? :-)
It was a fun piece to create, but it was a seriously tight deadline. Creating the artwork itself, taking close to 200 screenshots of progress, then writing the entire article and editing down the screenshots to the top 19 took about two days of work, about 16 hours or so. One day to concept, sketch and create the art, another day to write the article and gather all assets. You have to work fast in the world of magazines!