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Hello guys n gals,
I thought it might be time to post some images that i've made in between jobs in the last couple of months.
It's been a fantastic, if vaguely nerve wracking few months for TheBrave!!! i quit my 9-5 in october to launch my own small but perfectly formed concept art consultancy here in the UK.
So far it's gone really well!! (though January was crap, dead and a bit scary, but that's the time of year so im told) I'm currently working with EA Canada on an un announced project thats gonna be just awesome, sorry, i'm under NDA so cant say a word about it other than that!!! in fact i have absolutley tons of stuff i'd love to show, but virtually all of it is under NDA to this or that company so it'll have to wait. that's the nature of the games biz tho, they take so long to make that you've almost forgotten what you've done by the time you can give it an airing. anyhoo on with the pix. hope you like em.
These first 2 i did for a personal project during some down time in January.
The following 3 are inspired by Phillip Reeves magnificent novel 'Mortal Engines'. check it out its such a great book, the man has some imagination and a very 'visual' approach to his descriptive prose, Mortal Engines is the first of 4 books in the series, i'm reading them to my son, we're on the forth one now, so good!!!
The next 2 were inspired by Stephen Kings novella 'The mist' from his collection 'skeleton crew' again a great piece of writing. I produced these in an attempt to impress the movie mogul Frank Darabont who is currently working on taking the story to the screen. i've heard nothing back as yet, but the fingers are crossed
This last one was just for fun.
Last edited by TheBrave; March 21st, 2007 at 04:55 AM. Reason: UPDATE
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Great stuff as always Bravery. Anna Fang and the London image are especially good.
awsome stuff love the style and the colours! and i love mortal engines, only read two of the 4 books, but thier really good, really descriptive keep going! i want more!
''Imagination is more important than Knowledge'' Albert Einstein
Sketchbook of Roo.
Wow, fantastic stuff. There is a beautiful economy to these, everything is well described without a lot of extra strokes. Very nice!
very nice work, the disfigured face gal is mesmerizing somehow, totally digging that character!
im a huge fan of the mist story, so its exciting to see those images. hopefully darabont will bring u on board for post production or something.
I'm digging the character designs. Great brushwork also. Keep up the good...
superb.. great skill, great quality. - JAG
it's only after you've lost everything, that you're free to do anything..
echoing what others have said, i love the style and appearane you create in your characters
great stuff I love that mortal engines image and I am going to go buy them and read them. Congrats on going solo! Good luck, I hope it goes very well!
awesome work. I wish you guys only the best. i am sure with the standard shown you will kick Ass!!
Check my sketchbook if you're bored
And my blog!
These are awesome...The character designs are awesome to me...The enviros also own...great concept, use of fog, and sense of presence...
awesome light in the mortal engines pic!
the whole "mortal engines" thing reminds me of a scifi book I read titled "Strength of stones" It was about giant sentient cities on treads crawling around in a huge desert... Are they connected somehow?
Gotta say its kickass to read youve started your own concept studio. I wish you the best of luck! Youll land tons of awesome jobs Im certain.
hurray for Mortal Engines!
i really love your rendering of Hester Shaw. I was having trouble visualizing her, and now I know what she really looks like. A scarred, lovely thing.
The snow thing has fantastic movement. I like it second after Hester
Look, you know what I mean. You take a bunch of people who donít seem any different from you or me, but when you add them all together you get this sort of huge raving maniac with national borders and an anthem.
Love the last one..great Wendigo pic
The mist paintings are fan-freakin-tastic!
Post more often!pld:
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
Nice stuff, You have a nice creamy surface quality to the paints I enjoy quite a bit. Looking forward to more
I have to say Rossouw, inspector lee, Processed, Nephilim, Timothee, JAG, Grumbledook, thanks so much for your kind words!!! Rossouw, keep on with the series bro, the guy has such consistency of quality and imagination, tho the style is utterly different i would compair Reeve to Frank Herbert (Dune) in terms of the shere number of 'new' ideas loaded into every chapter. Processed - 'mesmerising'? man i love you for that!! Neph', dude, i'd love to help out on that movie, the story is one of my all time faves' i fear that it may be too late now tho hehe. Sketchling - thanks for the support dude!!! appreciated, and do it! read them, you wont regret it. spudstudios, stark, thanks guys! Badger, cheers man! floatie feet huh? ok, ill sort that for next time Kian - yes, i'm up for a meet - in fact Summer Pudding is moving north (Manchester) soon and is having his birthday bash in Camden on the 31st March, come along!!! Theo, thanks - light is the key!!!! and ill look into that book, i dont think there's a connection (i doubt its a consious one on Reeves part anyway) but the mileu sounds similar. wetterschnieder - aah thanks! i love that scene, so eerie and evocative - if you know it well you'll notice i left out the swarming bugs in my shot, i tried them but felt they damaged the mood in some way. Ryan DeMita, thank you sir. Kilbourne - that means alot, thanks. Redcap, I.was.ink, TroyWilkerson, thanks alot guys!
well, how about some more images then?? i hope you like......
This first one is another 'Mist' related concept, a design for the 'Pink bugs' that attack the survivors holed up in the general store. King describes them as having an appendage that looks as tho it could be a stinger, or a sexual organ, i wanted to get that feel across, so i flipped the stinger from the traditional rear pointing type seen on bees etc and gave it a scrotumesque poison sack at the very back, it's meant to look kind of unsettling, like it might poison you, or it might impregnate you, hehe of course this one is a design concept, so i kept the lighting flat, you wouldn't see this creature under this lighting set-up were it 'on set' in the film as it were. (there i go, dreaming again )
this next one was done as an exercise in movement, and really again just for kicks in the January hiatus.
This one was a proposal for a gig with a games company that didnt happen for one reason or another, in this shot i wanted to carry the composition with contrast rather than design elements, thus the quite theatrical and unrealistic spotlit feel, the idea was that the light part leads the eye from the swinging axe, down the viking armour, down the leg then up the shield to the other guys face the skips to his hand and sword, then back along the horizon to the vikings face. i also made it an experiment with a very limited blue/orange complimentary palette - try looking at 'The yin/yang of painting' by Zhang and Woolley, it's a great book full of facinating painterly wisdom, it really gave me new insight into color theory, highly recommended!!
lastly, a quick 2 hour blast of fun, going for atmosphere - chill dawn air, creaking horse leather all that wontnot.
Last edited by TheBrave; March 15th, 2007 at 07:02 AM. Reason: ALETERING TITLE
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hey, cool work! i like the mood of this last pic!
Great stuff, the charakter designs are very good love the style and the colours
Very nice character work. the enviros are collt to but your worked out characters are very strong pieces. like the first two most.
Amazing stuff here, man, i'm totally fallen in love.
The armour and the pose of the second character are so much good! The environments leave me breathless, incredible textures and incredible brush strokes! The motion effect are great.
i've never been good with crits,so i'll just say outstanding work. echoing the others,great textures,brushstrokes and feeling.
When I saw the three Philip Reeve-inspired paintings I knew immediately what they were, before I even read the blurb. I felt all giddy inside. They are awesome.
All I can say is that it would be awesome if the city of London had more outstanding 'London' features.
The other paintings are awesome as well. But as a lover of the Hungry City chronicles I had to make my thoughts known.