At long last here's my latest piece. And it's all digital.
I had a lot of fun creating this piece. While painting in Photoshop I kept a black and white adjustment layer on the very top and painted with it on. I found that this really helped with the value relationships. I would also toggle off this layer to check to make sure that my colors didn't strike out too much.
Originally this was piece was intended to be a cover for a painting series. It involved a femme fatale in Las Vegas and an lucky/unlucky gambler. And I had plans ( and still do ) to her in the background. But I liked the way the die looked by itself and decided to pause here and take a snapshot.
To the left and below are some of the thumbnails I drew up.
below is a study of a model from Robert A Maguire's gallery. I was inspired a lot by his work while coming up with this series concept.
And here's an image with a testing title placement.