Two little SIBYL speedpaints. Practicing putting the two main characters into their environment because sheesh do I need to practice environments…
More SIBYL concept art. This time of Sahaliyan and her mother, Asta!
Asta is a very dedicated mother to her cub. Without her, Sahaliyan wouldn’t have a chance. Sahaliyan is already behind in most skills a “normal” cub would have, and her curse doesn’t make growing up any easier, Asta’s patience and pure devotion is surely the only reason the cub is able to survive. But Asta is not young and she grows feeble, what will she have to sacrifice for this burdensome journey?
This is Sahaliyan, she is the main character of Sibyl (a graphic novel I am working on). The story will be focused on her journey from cub to adulthood in a post-apocalyptic world. Sahaliyan is a tortured visionary, a curse bestowed to her moments after opening her eyes. I want to avoid spoiling major plot points in the story so that will be as much information about her I will divulge.
Her character development is giving me a lot of trouble. Trying to get illustrate the forced maturity while still maintaining her clumsy fluffy cub appearance is proving most difficult. I’m finding her face is immensely important to her design, her expression and eyes being the key to her personality. I feel like once I solidify her face the rest will fall into place. This is probably the first image, while relatively simple/speedpainty by my standards, where I really feel I captured the character I want to portray. Now to build upon that and solidify her design so it’ll be consistent through the comic.
Second image is a discarded attempt at the first page of the comic, minus the text. A little too “warm” for the very beginning so I’ll be starting over, but it does make for a solid study of Sahaliyan.
Ace of Wands! This card represents innovation, new opportunity, and great energy— it is time to take action! It seemed only natural to me, going with an animal theme for this deck, that the coyote and fire be the subject of this card!
Included 3 images of the cards progression this time!
Phew~! Finally finished this one. “The Star.” This card represents spirituality, hope, and inspiration. One bright star illuminates the sky as a guiding light towards a better future.
My project for 2013 (and probably trailing into 2014) is going to be a tarot card deck. Yes, all 78 cards. It’s a project I’ve wanted to take on for a while, I’ve sketched and conceptualized it for quite some time, but I wasn’t certain my skills were up for actually attempting it yet. Well, I’m still not certain my skills are up for the challenge, but how would I ever know unless I try?
So here we have “Strength.” I felt it was an appropriate card to open with. The card symbolizes perseverance, patience, and taking control of yourself and the world around you. The lion is a classical symbol for this card, and since my entire deck will be animal themed it seemed only appropriate that the focus of this card be solely on this regal beast!
I’ve also posted two work-in-progress shots to show how the card progressed!
Cliché wolf is cliché.
Just another digital painting that I’ve been fiddling with for an embarrassingly long time. I need to work at getting quicker with my paintings. As soon as I get started on fur/hair texture there’s just no stopping me. -_-
A painting I’ve been working on for about 4 months now. I think I repainted the nebula a half a dozen times. But it’s DONE! I think. (It might see a couple minor changes over the next week before I send it off to the printer.)
Ever spend all friggin’ day on a project, just to take a step back shortly before bed-time and say to yourself, “Seriously? That’s all I got done?”
That was me yesterday. And this was my all-day torment. I’m not sure if I mentioned before, I’m trying to bring back the element of realism to my work while still keeping it “me” in style and content. I’m starting out with some rather cliche, simple imagery (a random sketch I pulled out of an older sketchbook) just so I can focus on re-learning skills instead of fretting on composition, color, lighting and such. Erm… anyways, this is a work-in-progress image, with the sketch layer turned on, otherwise it would probably make no sense. Rendering all that hair one stroke at a time is going to kill me.
Here’s a little work-in-progress shot of a digital painting I’ve been focusing on the past few days. I’d say I’m happy to call this a solid “underpainting,” and now I can get to the fiddly details… my favorite part!
I have no idea how to render nebulae but I’m going to give it my best!