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I like the hatching on the piece. Reading your website, and I can't help to notice you haven't written, as in a book or something, anything based on the creatures You've created. Looks a lot like a Science Fiction book similar to Niven.
Hey, you changed your avatar!
Last edited by Flashback; February 5th, 2014 at 12:59 AM.
First author that pop into my mind. Sometimes, he wrote humans interacts with aliens as well as setting up the different creatures or aliens, and they main characters were for the most part explorers, but the are probably others writers that I forgotten that have a better set-up.
These group pictures are always fun, because there's so much to look at, and your rendering/color has improved quite a bit since those days. Here's hoping you post progress along the way of this one.
Just took a gander through your sketchbook. Nice stuff, and you can see a lot of improvement. This last one is pretty impressive. If I had to say anything though, I'd say that the shadows shouldn't be black. There should be a "core" shadow where the light from the sky stops hitting, and then reflected light from the ground lighting the shadow area. So there should almost be a band of darkness between the two light sources. I don't know if I'm explaining myself too well...
Nice work, regardless though.
Thanks for the critique. Fun sketchbook you have here and very inspirational. I love how you drawn in quite a bit of variety of styles, since I know I want to be able to do so also.
Nice work, keep it going. Definitely will be looking back here again. I enjoy your art styles a lot. (:
And so much to work on... especially figures and architecture. The WIPs on it aren't really interesting, because it is patchworky: a layer of watercolor stain, then just work over top down with pastels, area by area.These group pictures are always fun, because there's so much to look at, and your rendering/color has improved quite a bit since those days. Here's hoping you post progress along the way of this one.
[QUOTE]This last one is pretty impressive. If I had to say anything though, I'd say that the shadows shouldn't be black. There should be a "core" shadow where the light from the sky stops hitting, and then reflected light from the ground lighting the shadow area. So there should almost be a band of darkness between the two light sources. I don't know if I'm explaining myself too well...
You are, and there will be light from the ground within the shadow and all that. This particular sketch is a shadow map for the sun, which is a directional source and thus a much more challenging task. The diffuse lighting I can ad lib, but for directional lights I prefer to calculate.
For C.O.W #314 ( http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=275164 ) to help it along.
Although that was a tiny C.O.W. We need more participants, and more pros to really kick this off. The Helpful Bear creature contest was over 1400 artists with multiple submissions, and virtually all were professional level.
Oom pah to you too!OOM PAH!
Forgot to put this up here.
Again, I was bending the expectations here even more than with the Will-o-the-wisp. Everyone expects the Kraken to be a giant squid ever since that French craze about the colossal octopus attack? Well, don't make it a giant squid then.
Turns out that the Kraken wasn't even named that way at first, and was sort of fused from two vague Scandinavian legends, one of a giant snakelike or crablike thing with appendages, and another of a floating island that is prone to submerge because it is really a giant whale or something like that. (That latter tale is universal, judging by Sindbad.) So I made it a carnivorous floating island with appendages resembling giant octopods. The siphonophorae connection was obvious then.
The contest page is here: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...5736&p=3791375
Your sketchbook is fantastic!! Incredible imagination and study !!
And the final third installment:
This was fun to make, and turned out the worst nightmare fuel of three.
I managed to match every requirement: red glowing eyes - supplied by the canine; scaly purple skin - demodex mange; pointy fangs - the parasite's mandibles; blood diet - the parasite interferes with swallowing; spikes along the back - fungal fruiting bodies; unusual behavior - the brain fungus controls the canine; bipedal hopping - brain infestation results in forelimb paralysis and atrophy as a side effect.
Yes, it is all inspired by real parasites. Tongue lice are real isopods (i.e. related to the woodlice) attacking freshwater fish, Cordyceps is a real brain-controlling fungus some species of which burst out with fruiting bodies out of the host arthropod's body while it is still alive, and Demodex canis is an actual canine parasitic mite which is responsible for at least several "chupacabra" sightings which were bad cases of the mange it causes. The need for a parasite-infested dog to be parasitised by a parasite infested by yet another parasite, and then for the disease to get advanced, explains why these cryptids are so rare.
Contest page: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/cre...ra-voting.html Go vote.
I love your work on the three C.O.W.s, they are really nicely designed.
This most recent (elephant drawing) is absolutely adorable!
I am going to be amazing! .
The first concept for this was the Easter Bunny with Moses beard and snake staff releasing mice from a mousetrap. "Let my people go".
It was scrapped for being 1) overly complicated and 2) beyond silly.
I love your sense of humor and line weight