Monday, December 29, 2014

Complete Entry for Reckless Deck

Here he is! He shall be called Santiago Serpante, a serpentine assassin with a venom-tipped bullwhip at his disposal.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Reckless Deck Challenge

Another art challenge from Infected By Art. This time, it's a character concept based off of a randomized set of attributes generated after clicking this link. My character had to be wearing a half mask, leather/goth attire, cyborg/robot parts, and carry a bullwhip as their weapon. With such competing characteristics, I tried to think of a background for this character that would bring them all together. I decided to start with his bullwhip, which is something of an unusual weapon. I thought of the original use of a bullwhip (herding cattle) and went with a western-inspired setting for the character. The desert environment he would be subject to seemed like it would work great with incorporating the optional "inherent nature" attribute, which in my case is reptile attributes. Every addition to the character would in some way reflect that setting. The shoes underneath their Gothic belt-embellishment are, for example, cowboy boots.

There's still plenty of time to enter! Check out the details on the website.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Animal Name Game

I sketched these curious creatures today and now I want to see how well you know their names!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Of Martian Giraffes and Infectious Art

I finished my cover for Out of the Silent Planet and learned how to make an animated GIF of my progress shots. You can see some of the odd solutions before arriving at better ones, especially with the creature in the foreground. Also, I will note that the pinkish version of the illustration is the base-color I established with a gradient map before adding the local color of different objects. You will notice that it starts off quite vibrant before I back off on saturation and move the color scheme more evenly around the canvas.

And the final illustration: 

In other recent news, the Infected By Art website is compiling their 3rd volume of artwork. Judges will be making most of the calls, but the artwork will be open to virtual public voting, which will guarantee the inclusion of 3 pieces. The dates for public voting have changed a bit due to the avalanche of submissions, but I believe it is from December 3-9. Good luck trying to decide on your favorites! There are over 1,000 to choose from...

Here are the pieces I entered:
- "Out of the Silent Planet"
- "The Last Unicorn"
- "Monocle Mantis"
- "Reckless"