Sunday, December 16, 2012
The is a concept of a sci-fantasy creature that floats in a planet's atmosphere; commonly referred to as "Sky Puffs".
Filled with a gas lighter than air, they are carried around by the wind. While they do have wings, they are only good for stability, not propulsion.
This is the very beginning of visual development for a personal sci-fantasy story. Much more to come!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Cover for C.A Hope's Novel, New Lanark: Spinning New Lives
I enjoy painting simple scenes like this because it allows me to focus entirely on the emotion of the character rather than secondary details. Though, one small requirement was that her shell bracelet be visible. This somewhat dictated the placement of her arm, but I think it works well in this case.
Below is the "sketch" I submitted for approval. When working digital, I've started going full color and paint for these sketches. It really doesn't take much longer than a b/w drawing would, and I rather solve most of the problems at this stage so that after the sketch is approved it's just a matter of making it look good.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
As daughter of the royal ambassador, Ariandra was required to wear body armor while traveling in foreign territory. For several months she endured the traditional plate carapace. It was oversized and bulky in a way that made her look far too much like a palace guard, or as Ariandra lamented, a “bumbling brute.”
Seeing her anguish, Ariandra's father ordered the services of the kingdom's most famed tailor to design a custom outfit. It was to be both protective and fashionable.
Finally she would be seen in public, and was eager to peruse the foreign bazaars in style.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
They tend to hunt in large packs, which allows them to overwhelm even the largest of beasts.
If you must enter Splincer territory, it is advisable that you wear heavy slash-proof armor and equip a very large mace. While you should always wear a sidearm, you will find that Splincers are extremely hard to hit with automatic weapons due to their slim figures and swift movement. Some have found success using shotguns, but many unfortunate adventurers have found them far too lacking in ammo capacity.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
While our general has spent the better part of each year away with the troops, "Big Barry" has spent nearly every hour of every day by the daughter's side. He has become both a close friend and caring father figure. At heart he's a very charming man, who through his joyful humor, shares great wisdom. But for fear of appearance, few have ever discovered his true nature.
Today the captain of the guard was replaced by a most despicable man. He's a short angry fellow, who has not looked kindly upon the large deformed bodyguard. So much was his disgust, that he has just ordered Big Barry to the front lines... a destination from which few soldiers ever return.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Saturday, June 30, 2012
This is also somewhat of an experiment, to see how it would work to combine so much text and imagery on a single page and have it viewed from the web. The wide format is certainly unconventional, but I feel it was the best solution for this particular image. It is my intention for viewers to zoom in, and to use the scroll bar to navigate the image. If that is too clumsy, you may want to download the image.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
My style and subject matter seem to vary wildly sometimes. After getting caught up in the complexities of color and value, a simple line drawing is very relaxing.
1. Rough sketch to capture the gesture and general composition
2. Reduce opacity of sketch, draw over with cleaner lines, solve problems
3. Reduce opacity again, draw over with final line work
4. Apply light wash of value and a tint of color
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
She would always look back just to see our faces.
Our race this morning was near complete,
when the water began to churn beneath our feet.
She mistook our warning cries for cheers,
A tragedy which left us all in tears.