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August 22 2012:
Been such a long time since I posted. Everytime I come on this forum I see all the wonderful new work refreshing the first page so quickly, makes me feel bad that I work so slow... Below is a series I have been working on since I graduated college, in between commissions. It is a personal series combining imperial Chinese history, steamworks and fantasy. Prints and more artwork at http://www.jamesngart.com
Also i'd like to add that i'm very happy due to the positive response to this thread when i first posted it, was really encouraging, but please feel free to point out things I can improve on. Or even take the image and draw on top of it, if it helps make a point on how to make it better. I will not be offended in the least bit as long as it's helpful. It's nice to hear compliments and really appreciated, but more helpful to hear things to I can improve on!
Finally had time to complete a new image titled Crystal Herbalist.
Description: Using the steam powered alchemical furnace, the Crystal Herbalist fuses ingredients into a powerful, smokable extract. The powdered medicine is burned and inhaled while she measures the potency of each brew using her reinforced lungs and heart. Through the reflection of a mirror she looks within herself, assessing the lights and valves to calculate the effects of each new concoction. The very best results are offered to the Empress to continue her immortal reign. With so many recipes and ingredients to manage, she trained a pair of chipmunks to aid her in her work, and even requested the Imperial Inventor to engineer a steam-powered chipmunk to provide her with continuous assistance.
Rest of my series:
Last edited by Koncept; August 21st, 2012 at 01:17 PM. Reason: Adding image.
Nice work! I especially like the throne one. I'm curious about seeing some of your work with different colour schemes.
I agree, that throne looks mighty tasty!
Excellent work all around. More!
great work, i love the robot. is it some kind of watchman or police?
my only, tiny tiny crit, is that the tractor looks more cyberpunk/futuristic than steam age.
thanks! yah i know what you mean, they are all around the same tones and hues. I kept them around the same color scheme so they would look more like a series, but now i think its time for me to explore some other colors, since i think im getting too comfortable with the same tones.
Thanks! That piece took the longest to finish.
Yes the robot is the night patrol for the imperial palace. The gong and baton alarm goes off if anyone steps into the circle of light hehe. The harvester was done early in the series when i didnt have the tone and style quite established yet, but thank you for your crit!
Yo, James. Awesome ideas and artwork. I enjoyed looking it, and I also visited your website. I will try and do some of your work with graphite pencils.
Hey James, nice stuff. Funny I was just looking at your stuff this evening at my summer fun class with your old Prof-Stanly Martucci.
Floss your teeth.
LtPlissken: Thanks for takin the time to check out my site. send me a pm when ur done with those pencils, would love to see what you came up with.
Memper: Hey man thanks. Stanley is an awesome teacher, the most helpful one i met during school, we still keep in touch from time to time.
Ricardo Robles: thanks alot!
BBL2R: thank you : )
Tangleworm: thanks for pointing that out, do u think u can gimme some tips to improve on that? cause i do actually notice that some of my figures seem to kinda float on the ground, or look like they are standing tiptoes
I love your artwork, it's very detailed and original, keep it up.
I, too would willingly sacrifice all of the vowels in my surname for such painterly power! Where can I find this daemon?
Good quality performance!
I have to say, not only is your art great, but your sense of visual design is equally great. Your website is amazing on top of your great art.
Keep it up!
So.. are those originally pencil drawings that were colorized with Painter or Photoshop?
Opps, sorry it took me so long to reply!
Amanieu: Thank you for the encouragement!
tonyhough: Haha, you dont understand how annoying it is to have a name people cant pronounce, but it is funny to see people try though haha. It is actually the same surname as "Wu" in mandarin, but "Ng" is the way you say it in cantonese.
towy: Thank you.
Matte Art: Thanks, my website is so plain, this is the first time someone said it looks good haha.
Raoul Duke: Thank You. Im sure that harvester can kill people if it wanted to tho...
MCM: Yup, I do all the drawing with pencil and a bit of charcoal. Scan it and then paint on top of it with a pen tablet and corel painter. Then a do touch ups and adjustments in photoshop to finish up. I actually just tried drawing with the tablet first freehand, but it was epic fail... everything was slanted or out of proportion. I guess I just dont have that talent.
Great work, I especially like the last one (car). Is it propeller driven, or is it also a boat?
Man Nice Stuff...........
andrewchase: Thank you. It is just a steam engine car. Will sink for sure if it went into the water haha. I think you are refering to the fan thing in the back? It was just placed there to suck the steam/smoke out from under the car to exhaust it into the back. Wouldn't want the steam to be all up in the bride's face . (its suppose to be a bridal carriage). Though there is also smoke coming from the front engine... damn... just realize it is kind of a bad design haha. Anyways, thanks for your interest!
Working on 3 more pieces now for the series. Hopefully I can show at least one of them before the end of the month. Got some work to finish up before i can paint more...
Lovely work, and as others have said, refreshingly original in the way the machines are conceived and are about things other than killing.
There is just one thing holding this series back a touch and that is the drawing of the heads, particularly the first guy with the hat - here is a tendency for woodeness in this area for some reason. It is surprising because your drawing skills are so sure everywhere else.
Anyway, beautiful work overall and thank you for posting.
From Gegarin's point of view
I love the throne piece, the wheelchair piece, and all of the other mechanical contraptions. I echo Pocko's crit on the harvester... it doesn't really belong in the series in the same way that the others do.
These are fantastic. I am especially moved by the imperial night guard... a great combination of whimsy and mechanical genius at work on that.
Your work is awsome, verry inspiring. Especialy the queen on the throne, cant stop stairin at. My only crit is the tracter which has already been mentioned, but I think it could be an easy fix. If you just added some extra grunge like soot, rust and clumps of dirt on the treads and shovel it would look more used and natural, not as cybery and futuristic. Anyhow cant wait to see more, yours stuffs just to cool