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.

Black Stallion Project Progress

As mentioned previously I was taking Painting Drama, and this is part of my final project based on the Black Stallion.

Black Stallion Thumbs

The initial thumbnails were based on some random splatter and scribble based compositions and developed from there.  I decided I wanted the story to be sci-fi and the Black to be some sort of weird horse-beetle critter to make things more interesting.  I did a lot of different iterations with how bug-like the Black should be.

I also have one more image to go along with it which will hopefully be done in the next few days.

Black Stallion Sketches Black Stallion Sketches
Black Stallion: Freedom

 

Magic Box Progress

For the magic box one of the assignments was to do a pseudo-master copy of a painting with a person in it..  Aaaaand turn them into an animal.

Fancy Animals - Rembrandt - Saskia Fancy Animals - Sketches Fancy Animals - Sketch Fancy Animals - Greyscale

I used a Rembrandt painting as a base and a harpy eagle as my chosen animal.  I had some pictures from the LA zoo to use as reference.

Anyway, I did 4 different color comps based on the colors of some other pictures I had and refined the one I liked the most, which happened to be based off the original image.  Guess you couldn’t go too wrong with that.

Fancy Animals - Progress 1 Fancy Animals - Progress 2

Anyway, here’s the current state it’s in.

Fancy Animals - Progress 3

The Greater Mittar

Of course, I can’t forget to show how I did my other Imaginatomy project.

It was kind of neat that I was able to go and do another project that was associated with Zikkihuru.  Hopefully in the next couple of months I’ll be able to go do a few more pieces with it.  I think I know what I’ll be doing, so we’ll see how it goes between any work I might have.

Of course, I had to start somewhere. So the first step was to go and build the wire skeleton.  I decided I wanted it to be slightly more dynamic, so I started working with one of the feet off the ground.  To balance this, I curved down two of the rear toes so that it’d stick into the foam base I was going to build this on.

Then came the clay.  It was a lot easier working on this one than it was the hyena, mostly because the bones were broader, comparatively.  The main issue I kept having was that the head was pretty heavy, even with the majority of it made out of tinfoil.  Keeping it attached and not crooked in some way was troublesome.  Once it was baked it was less of an issue — though I was afraid that it’d crack right around where it stuck onto the neck.

I set to work on the base next, which was, of course, a total mess.  Since I had experience with it from last time, I sort of knew what I could get away with and how to more efficiently use the materials.  Because of this, it was pretty easy to sculpt out a little creek bed sort of shape and make it look more natural.

I painted it, then added some real dirt to blend it in better.  I left the part where the fake water would be a slight more blue tone to compensate for the yellow cast the fake water had.  I used some white glue and duct tape to create a barrier which would keep the fake water from running off and making a huge mess, and it seemed to work okay.  I really liked the result as well.

I bought a garland of fake plants and trimmed them down to be more of the right scale for the piece.   Combined with some moss and some random cheap herbs from the grocery store to be leaf litter, it blended in really well and made a much better presentation than the one I did last time.  I kept the background fairly simple, and after a few rough prints, finally got one that worked.  I got that attached, painted the front of the model, and added the very compact information card and the whole thing was ready to go.

I learned a lot from the hyena project last time I took the class, and it’s really obvious how I was able to apply that to this one.  Sculpting is definitely fun and I’ll hopefully have time to do it, if only for myself, in the future.  I’m sure that if I hadn’t graduated this term that I’d be TAing the class again and making a third — but hey, I can always do it on my own.  Just got to say thank you to Rey Bustos for teaching such an awesome class, and letting me TA for him these past four semesters.  Definitely going to miss it.

Zikkihuru : Village, continued

Again, running through the stuff for another piece!  This time, it’s the Village.

So not as many obvious changes to this one, I think.  The main changes were to add some dappled light and objects to the other huts.

Of course, this piece shared the same plant development as the Lava did, but it also added in the idea of the treetop villages.  I think the biggest influence behind them was from the original Myst game, specifically the Channelwood Age,  which was pretty much the only Age I could reliably get to back when I was 5-12 or whenever it was I first got the game.  I should go play it again.  Maybe after graduation.

Anyway, whether or not to have walkways was always quite debatable to me; on the one hand, it would be convenient within the same tree, but on the other the critters can fly and not only that but it wouldn’t make sense to go between the massive main trunks of different trees.

I kept the background really loose because I really did not want to have to render 6.022×1023 individual leaves. Not only would be far more work than necessary, but it would be amazingly distracting for the viewer.  If I go through and redo the piece entirely I think I will end up doing the tall vertical that I had originally planned, along with some detail shots.  This project really showed I am partial to really tall vertical things a lot more than horizontal spreads.

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.