Initial Development for Cradle

One of my upcoming project ideas is currently titled Cradle.  It started off as one of those ideas where some totally off-the-wall concept turned out to be something that sounded like a great idea. When I have a bit more solidly defined information ready to present on it, I’ll post again and reveal more about it, but for now I can’t go and get anyone’s hopes up, can I?

Cradle may end up being a comic, once I staple down an exact plot for an issue/chapter/book/whatever.   I think it definitely has a lot of potential to be presented in that way, at least.  Anyway!  You really want to see the art, right?  Well have a few sketches and a preview of a to-be-edited image set which should be showing up in its final form in not too long I hope.

And unrelated, as I was categorizing this, I still have no idea what Darzanth was supposed to be… It’s listed under personal projects, but apparently I have totally blanked on what story it actually belonged to — could have been an old version of part of what has now become Cradle, but I’m not sure.  I still kind of like the name, though.

The Alchemist : Beginnings

The Alchemist : Beginnings

I totally should have uploaded this ages ago.  Back in Ye Olde Backround Painting class, there was a final piece from The Alchemist.  This time I did pretty much the opening scene from the book.

The Alchemist : Beginnings : Progress

I ended up picking the secondary triadic color scheme for it, and went on to final.  This was a pretty quick project, so I didn’t have that much time to do a bunch of variations.

The Alchemist : Beginnings

The Alchemist : The Oasis

The Alchemist : The Oasis

Yet another piece relating to The Alchemist!  I think, revisions aside, there’s only one more to do after this.  This is yet another piece influenced by N. C. Wyeth and Aztec art.

This time I picked a scene at the Oasis where they are talking about the journey ahead — Santiago has just recently decided that yes, he will continue with the Alchemist to Egypt in search of his Personal Legend.

The Alchemist : The Oasis

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The Alchemist : The Wind

The Alchemist : The Wind

I seem to have a lot of these Alchemist things, don’t I?  Well, yeah.  That’s pretty much what my background painting class is revolving around.

For this particular project, we were told to make a giant sheet of various black to white blobs/markings/etc and then had to cut out mini compositions from the results.

This is what I started with.

The Alchemist : Wind : Splotch

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The Alchemist: In the Desert

So I’ve got another Background Painting class thing to ramble about.  Two, actually, but I’m going to write about them separately.

So for our more major project, I illustrated one of the scenes in the desert where the Alchemist sends away his falcon to hunt before he speaks to Santiago about the trip.

There’s still a few things I need to do to touch it up, but this is pretty much how it’s going to be for now.

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Crystal Merchant - Line Drawing

The Crystal Shop

So for background painting this semester we were given the choice to illustrate backgrounds for either the children’s book, Jerome the Frog, or The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  I went with The Alchemist mainly because I wanted to do more desert themed stuff.  (Maybe one day I’ll even go back and re-redraw VC or something, can always hope.)

Anyway, I ended up picking the scene in the book where it introduces the crystal merchant and how the hill his shop is on has recently been avoided by the local shoppers and that sort of thing.  I still have some editing to do on the final piece, but here’s what’s been done so far, plus my awesome commentary.

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