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Hey guys, havent posted in here in a while...
A little while back, Marko asked me to work up 4 illustrations for the next Degenesis book... an expansion book focusing on the city of Justitian, and the people and happenings of the city.
Here are four drawings I worked up based on some of the themes and ideas Marko suggested to me for each particular chapter in the book.
These are all 9" x 12" ... all graphite, HB wooden pencil and .5 HB mechanical pencil.
No reference used on them, other than looking at Marko's work and style guides for general look and costuming. A handful of characters are based off some of the heads of the 100 major players of Justitian that Marko drew.
A group of adventures seeks out the mysteries of an ancient ruin buried beneath the earth, left behind from the time before Armageddon.
and a detail...
The city of Justitian is patrolled and watched over by The Judges. One must watch their step, for the out of line may be judged.
and a couple details..
In the bustling marketplaces of the city one can seek out a revelation of their fortune and future.
and a detail
Burn, a potent drug that allows one to grasp eternity, has been rooted out from the streets of Justitian. Those once consumed by the drug are left seeking its taste.
and a detail...
let me know what you guys think
Last edited by wes9000; October 4th, 2004 at 08:27 PM.
HOOOOOORAAAAY WES!!! do you even know how long i have been waiting for an update and i am not the least bit disappointed. i love everything you do and hopefully someday i'll be as good or better than you (if thats possible). i am your disciple my father. all hail YOU.
cool beans to you...my friend.
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atta boy wes! i already told you i loved them. but i'll tell ya again. great work my dear boy!-c36
awesome wes. Thanks for sharing. When is the book due out?
In the first, the foreground is pretty dark...I might have gone a little lighter on the front man...I could be wrong though. Stunning work.
You the man!
I self-published a book on the fundamentals of drawing from life.
Gawd Damn! I'm speechless, You and Marko Collabo, man.......sorry i got something in my eyes.
"If you only heard one side of the story, then you must be deaf in the other ear." - Sok N. Wett
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these are beautiful! great tonal control and great composition. the pieces flow wonderfully. and theres so much to look at in each one!! youve also captured the look of markos world, great job on that!
i really am speachless...ive been staring at these for like 15 minutes..
thanks for sharing man!
I wont fail now
Bloody hell, these are good!
Great work Wes!
These are pretty nuts, I like everything accept the judge with the sunglasses, looks bit boy band-ish with the sunglasses down and the desperate eye brows. Its still a really cool image though. Crazy you didnt use any reference.
I love seen finished pieces in pencil.
Great value ranges and textural element. Composition is also top notch.
Also, Kudos for conveying the drug trip so well - that's a tough one to have attempted.
Now for that one thing that keeps bugging me. Everytime I look at the piece with all the people gathered around the card reader/player. My eye keeps getting drawn to the girl kneeling in the center of the composition - specifically her left leg. Going by the details on the shinpad it appears the knee is pointed straight out of the picture plane, which means her thigh is running straight back in the picture plane. The problem is this would put her thigh dead center in her crotch as you have her seated. It looks very dislocated and seems to me the knee should be pointing more to the left or the whole shin moved to the right, backed by some foreshortened thigh.
Xia thinks I'm wrong, and I may well be, but my eyes cant leave it alone so somethings going on. I may just be misreading the armor.
Good job though I'd love to see more.
Ssssh! listen....you smell that?
the one judge on the first horse has perfect weight. You can almost see his body bounce in mid stride, I love it.
I'd buy the horse one... would make an awesome painting. You are quickly becoming one of my favorite artists. Keep posting man!
Awesome stuff for having sprung from a simple pencil. All I can do is praise, no crits from me.
As Lord Cardigan said to the Light Brigade, "Just canter down the valley toward Balaklava, fellows. Nothing to worry about." -W.E.B. Griffin
k ive been staring at these for the past half hour, cleaned up the drool on my keyboard, and ya, these are insane.
please say you used refs. if you didnt i think i may have to change my shorts again.
my fav is the fortune teller one. i also like how you showed a bit of markos style in all the pieces, yet retaining your own style. great job Wes. Cant wait to see you in San Fransico
I'll bring some books to the SF Workshop for you to drool over.
And Wes, yes dude, you made it with these. Thanks so much for helping our project groow. Your take on it was a great spin for the game and I'm just happy to have you on board. Can't wait to work with you on some new stuff.
Cheers and see ya!
holy shit, those are amazing. that third one is the best thing i ve seen in a long time. you have just made my day.
LOVE the burn one, fantastic work as always wes
Crazy good! I love the one with the gal kneeling down with her dog.
Yea! More wonderful faces from Wes! Keep it up, man - I knew this would be a great thread when I saw your name.
So much interaction between characters... these are too damn impressive.
Geeez, what can I say that can't already be said. It's great to see you on a project, and one that is familiar to us. I think I might have to color these for fun. I really think you should put these up in the New Media Coloring book. Another level of life could be added to them. Amazing Wes. Thanx
And they say humans no longer evolve...
wes, you continue to improve. these are disgusting.. .and i mean that as really fucking sweet. the only crit i have is that on some of the pictures, my eye seems to jump around too much. maybe a more direct focus or focal point would help.. . .some of the elements compete with each other because you arent directing the viewers eye to any particular place.. ..though that may have been what youre going for. its strange to crit such incredible work, but i figured id give it a shot.
also, are you going to san fran? im thinking about going.. .it would be really cool to get to hang out with you again.
keep rockin out, buddy
mr. burt, you are amazingly skilled!
i love the storyteller captions above each picture, it helps to set the mood, and is very fitting since these are illos for an rpg
man, i hope this rpg gets printed in english sometime in the future, i'd definitely buy it!
cheers to you man
bravooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome work dood....