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The Sten Project – Final Works

It’s done! I finished all the work for the Sten Project I was working on, and so I thought I’d post up the final pieces here for people to see. There will be a section for it on my portfolio site at some point (when I can get the damn thing working again….*angry illustrator noises*), but for now, here are the environments, weapons, ships and scenes that I ended up making for the project. It was really fun to work on, and not in a style I ever thought I’d end up working in, but I enjoyed the work and it was nice to have a way of working that didn’t take three million hours to finish something in.

Sniper Rifles Final Willyguns Final

Tacships

Sten Vs Thoreson  Mindprobe  Sten creating his knife

 

 

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Nova Daemonia

While there will be another interview going up later this week, I thought I’d return to posting my own work this Tuesday, since hand-in is mere days away, and thus I have finished many things. The thing I have finished for this post is a collection of demons for the modern age, the Nova Daemonia. (Which is latin for ‘new demons’. I know. I’m incredibly clever and witty, it’s part of my charm). Contained in this post are just some of the demons I illustrated for the collection, along with their descriptions.

Sp@wli@w Gikha Ba'tli Sllort

And I want to tentatively say that eventually the whole collection will be available as an e-book. But that’s going to have to wait until after hand-in.

Sten Character Designs

sten thoreson  bet

 

Remember all the rough sketches in that previous Sten post? Well, I worked up some more finished character designs, and here they are! In order, we have Sten, then Thoreson, then Bet. I like most of them, but as I usually do I’ll probably end up making more or remaking some of them before I finish them totally for handing in later.

There’s still a lot of Sten work to do, but I’ve done all the heavy lifting really and it’s mostly just a matter of actually making stuff and getting it looking pretty when it’s all printed up.

STEN work

vulcan 1 Sten scene

A bit of a messy post this week, just with some of the stuff I’ve made for my STEN project. What is the STEN project you ask? Well, I’m trying my very hardest to make a bunch of concept/development art for a book called STEN, which is a sci-fi novel by Allan Cole and Chris Bunch. I’ve still got a lot of stuff to do, but I’m working on it!

Featured in this post are:

  • some of the character sketches that I’ve done for three of the character – Sten, our main guy; Bet, the ‘love interest’ but also a very badass and cool girl; and Thoreson, our Big Bad Company Business Villain.
  • a rough environment idea for the exterior of the space station called Vulcan, which is where most of the story is set
  • and a quick painting of a scene from the book, where Sten is forging his knife out of a chunk of crystal

There’s a bonus post up on the sketchblog today too, featuring a few more bits of character development stuff. If you’re following the sketchblog at all, you’ll also be seeing some life drawing, which is always good fun.

Mythical Creatures

 

 

It’s been a while! But I’ve been making work, just as usual it takes me a lot of prep and build up to get to a finished product. Streamlined process? What’s that? At any rate, this is the project I’ve actually (mostly) finished so far this semester. There’s one more image to go back and re-do, as the painting died on me so I’m taking a break from it for now.

These are a set of  creatures designed and painted to go with entries from The Element Encylopedia of Magical Creatures by John and Caitlin Matthews. Not officially, of course, just as a fun project, and the text and outlines for these images belong to them. Painting monsters is super fun though, especially ones that you’ve never heard of.

There’ll be a bonus sketch post for these going up on my sketchblog some time today as well, so check that out if you’re interested in such things. With any luck there’ll be things up on there every week for the most part, and I’m going to make an effort to have this blog running with bi-monthly posts to keep things rolling.

Modernised Nursery Rhymes

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My final project from the first semester of third year. I chose to create some nursery rhymes with a twist, and man were they fun to make. The concepts were fun, sketching was fun, writing the new rhymes was fun and painting was super fun! As always I improved as I went through the making, which only makes me want to go back and re-make some of them but ah well. I have some more ideas for this project idling away, so if I find the time I’d love to revisit a couple of these, make the new ones and produce a whole book of modernised nursery rhymes.

I love doing juxtaposed concepts like this – classic nursery rhymes, painted in watercolours but with a modern twist to them. I’m torn between Bo Peep and Monday’s Child for my favourites, I think.

All are painted in watercolour on hot press watercolour paper, and tweaked in photoshop.

Wolf Alice Illustrations

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These illustrations were all created to be paired with the Angela Carter short story ‘Wolf Alice’, about a girl raised by wolves. Once again my love for red/black/white comes through, but it worked for the tone of the story. It was an enjoyable difficulty to make these, as there is a lot of visual language in Angela Carters work, and the story has a lot of gorgeous detail in the words it uses. Still, if you’ve read the story then I hope these images make sense to you, and if you haven’t read it, then maybe they will inspire you to.

All are done with ink, and tweaked in photoshop.