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Howdy, all. First post in this forum - I usually send my stuff to the Critique Center, but hey, this piece is concept art, and It's Finally Finished! So!
This is a miniature design done for Avatars of War, done with old-school pencil-and-paper. There's actually a WIP of the sculpt in their miniature previews forum (http://arena-deathmatch.com/phpbb/), which I'm pretty stoked about - I've done other miniature design work since, but this will be the first that's been sculpted. Anyway! Feedback appreciated. Thanks!
Last edited by Auralius; June 14th, 2008 at 10:53 AM.
Does that signature date say November?
This isn't a bad design, but the finally finished section is for finished artwork, not finished concepts. The design is well on it's way but this particular illustration is just a sketch. The anatomy has some issues, too. For instance, his shoulders would have to stretch a couple feet to bridge the distance from his bicep to his neck, his left bicep area is pretty weird and the heads hanging off of his axe looks miniature compared to the skulls in the image. Not very badass to slay a midget, I'd say
Render this out and repost it. I'd like to see what it can end up as.
Duman - thanks for the comment. Can't have too many impaled skulls on a guy like this!
sourgasm - brother, this piece is finished! At least, that was my impression when it was OK'd by the AD and paid for. If you or anyone else would like to go ahead and render it for fun, go crazy. (If you're not familiar with mini design, you can check out the designs on the cards for WotC D&D or Star Wars minis for some examples of top (finished) miniature design work.) Thanks for commenting.
Sourgasm - this isn't an illustration per say, this is a finished concept for a miniature sculptor to work from (a 2D version of a 3D object - providing all the pose and details necessary for a 3D minis)
I'd be careful of your foreshortening - it tends to look a bit cramped, like you ran out of paper!
I know, early on with the D&D minis stuff, the Chinese sculptors had trouble understanding foreshortening and would just make the arm short, as it was drawn (you're lucky Felix is working on it.)
Don't be afraid to redraw aspects of the minis, for instance the left arm, explaining the armour.
Some shading can help give an idea of weight and distance, so don't be afraid to use it (you can always redraw the shaded item separately. )
Venger - thanks for the great advice. Interesting info on the Chinese sculptors. Raul Valiente's actually the one sculpting this one, but Felix is fantastic to work for. Something about Spaniards - those guys have mad sculpting skills.
(I discovered your secret identity, by the way. Some of my favorite D&D mini designs are yours - my hat's off to you)
Speaking of Spaniards with mad sculpting skills, here are some designs that were bought by Enigma Miniatures. (here you go, Anarchy - great weapon concepts, by the way) Feedback always appreciated. Thanks!
You are right, the more severed heads, the better! Those other pics are also cool. The hooded dude is especially well designed, but I would have given him an axe and ran with the whole executioner vibe. You may not have even wanted to thought, so thats cool. Can anyone say "its hammer time!"?
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Hey Mark! I'm so glad the minis thing is working out for you!
All of your designs are very solid, traditional and very well executed. I can't wait to see these sculpted.
The last two normal humans, the man and the woman up there seem to have very weak facial construction, perhaps drawing simple human characters such as these could benefit from drawing them on a larger scale to allow for more solid construction. It might also be easier on the sculptor?
On the other hand it seems like you can cram a lot into a very small space. It's definitely obvious you have more fun drawing monsters and I can't agree with you more. Please keep posting, I'd kill to be doing what you are doing. I have to wait until my current contract expires to get some time to sculpt my own stuff (going to start a figurine line to boost interest for my tv show soon). I'd really love to see more so I can be sure I can convey my drawings best into sculptures.
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Cool, wish they were color.
I love looking at your drawings. More!