two women embracing in bed fantasy setting
© Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the seventh cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

Painting separate figures is one thing. Entwining those figure and showing their skin impact is the challenge. Here, Avestine’s lips and fingers clasping Kami’s flesh. Having layers allows working to the edge of each object with smearing.

I like the natural skin tones but thought lamplight could add more depth and brighten the image, so I added a layer of yellow.

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Young woman bruised and bloody with arms restrained in a dungeon setting
© Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the sixth cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

An art reference for this pose was hard to find so I took photographs. These helped me get the foreshortening correct.

The references for the bruises and scabs was not pleasant. But Darklaw is a grimdark world. The place is terrible. That’s what happens when gods start fighting amongst themselves.

I don’t think I got the coloring I wanted.

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Three women wearing medieval clothing in a fantasy setting. One women is on her knees.
© Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the fifth cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

Digital painting’s greatest feature is layers. For me, the primary use is to make painting parts with different colors and lighting easier. That is, a composition with overlapping parts — here we have hands over clothing and Avestine's arm over Elowyn’s face — can be completed easier and quicker without as many mistakes.

By putting the arm on a layer, I can work across the leather corset and Elowyn’s chin without the problem of pulling arm colors or blurring edges.

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A dark skinned woman with a spider on her shoulder and a black wolf with blue eyes. Fantasy setting.
© Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the fourth cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

One of the short cuts to the high contrast light/dark that I like (think chiaroscuro, à la Caravaggio) is to carve out the light rather than add the dark.

I usually add an entire layer of black, lighten it to around 50% and start erasing the areas I want light. I can do multiple layers and even colored layers to enrich, like the blue here.

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two women and a man in a medieval fantasy setting
© Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the third cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

Consistency means maintaining the look of Rook’s ears, Avestine’s scars and sword, proportions to each other, and their skin and hair color. In coming stories, Kami loses her hands. Can I tell you the times I’ve written a scene forgetting where I was in the story and gave her hands?

Using 60+ layers allowed me to flip the image and move characters. I flipped it so I could show Avestine’s scar. I posted the early WIP on Twitter, shown below.

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© Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the second cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

The Darklaw Saga is a linked story collection published at Tantalizing Tales. The Darklaw Saga can be found here

I mostly paint with the standard airbrush and use filters on most layers. The painting took about 40 hours. It’s the textures and lighting that take the most time. It’s never really done because I find things to improve every time I look at it. But a deadline forces a stop — this is why a publisher can be better than self-published.

Made with Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, iPadPro, Apple Pen.

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Scene from Mastering the Girl | Avestine & Kami | © Teresa Wymore

DIGITAL ART | ORIGINAL CHARACTERS | FANTASY | LGBTQ

Detail of the first cover image for a series of Darklaw Stories.

I have a series of Darklaw stories posting in the next few months over at Tantalizing Tales. Darklaw is epic fantasy lesbian erotic fiction. With a little bi thrown in.

I painted this digitally in Procreate on a very old iPad Pro. I have to do significant editing in Photoshop on my desktop because the iPad’s screen is so dark. One day, when my kids are done with college, I’ll have money again and can get a new iPad Pro.

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