Zikkihuru : The Fog, continued

So the final version of the Fog is below. The main change that I dealt with on this one was just going through and painting the water so it looked more like water.  All things considered, I’m pretty happy with how this came out.  Of course, as with everything, I’m sure there’s more that could be revised, but at this point I think I just want to let it go and if I do want to revise things, just start over from scratch with this as my rough.

In my original sketches, the image was flipped the other way.  I find it interesting that it and the Lava piece both started off facing in different directions.

Zikkihuru : Lava, continued

I wanted to officially revisit my Zikkihuru pieces and give a bit more information on them.

So this is what likely is the final image, for real this time.  Assuming I don’t go through and start over from square one, which I am really tempted to do now.  Zikkihuru is loosely based on the universe that I created for a short story I did back a few semesters ago.  Same planet, kind of thing, but just an island or whatnot instead of the mainland.

I have a loosely developed planet for it — but if I recall correctly, it’s slightly larger than Earth but has less mass, meaning that its gravity is slightly less than here.  Anyway, for the main ecosystem, the reptiles are most often flying types, while birds are ground creatures. I also think I was making mammals semi-aquatic creatures, but I haven’t gotten around to drawing them yet, so that’s still technically up in the air.

I did do some quick little plant studies, but I know I need to approach that more seriously if I decide to continue with the project — which I will probably do because aliens are neat.

Anyway, I did a bunch of thumbnails for the various projects.  This one was the one that I ended up using for the basis of the Lava piece.  If you notice, it was initially flipped the other direction.  I ended up flipping it because it read better the other direction — you followed the eye line of the critter the same way he would.

I ended up scaling down and expanding the foreground plants because it was throwing things off as far as distance went.  The lava was given more of a path through the image, including a more fluid outline.  From there it was mostly just rendering.

Daily Deviation & the Turaco Rider

So early this morning/late last night I was given a Daily Deviation on deviantArt!  Put that on the “stuff I wasn’t expecting to happen” list.  You can swing by and see the page here.

It’s been good fun watching the numbers in my inbox rise — I always enjoy watching the views, favorites, and similar on those sites just to see what the community likes.  Besides, then I can compete with myself and see if I can make something that gets even more attention than whatever the previous piece was.  Even if the general public doesn’t understand why the piece was developed the way it was, it at least appeals on some aspect, and as long as it’s not just being faved because of cute fluffy animals (ie, some of my bird doodles) it means enough people were curious to see what the full image entailed — and liked it!  A little ego boost every now and again is a good thing.

Anyway, I’m sure you’d rather see the piece, so have a peek.  I’ll be posting some of the development work and some further edits later on, but here it is as it stands.

Zikkihuru : Village

Zikkihuru : Village

This one gave me quite a few issues just from not knowing what to do to complete the picture. The answer was pretty much just add more foreground.

Zikkihuru : Village

All things considered, I’m pretty happy with the final result. Regardless of how long it took me to figure out the foreground, it seemed to work out in the end.

Zikkihuru : The Fog

Zikkihuru : The Fog

I think this was technically the third piece started, but it was the second to reach a real finish.

Zikkihuru : The Fog

You’ll be seeing the bird things again later.

An interesting note is that this one also got flipped, albeit in the very early stages. In a way I want to go back and look at older pieces and see if flipping them will help the read.

It was nice to know that I do know how to paint fog. It means less work for a dramatic effect — gotta love that.

Zikkihuru : Lava

Zikkihuru : Lava

So in Senior Project, I went and picked my planet development project, Zikkihuru, as my thing to work on.

Zikkihuru : Lava

The most interesting thing about this piece was that I started with it oriented the opposite direction — with the lizard on the left.  I did my best to frame him light on dark while still keeping things on the darker sort of “evening” light.

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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