Monday, September 28, 2009

The art of the thumbnail

In addition to shilouette exploration, making "thumbnail" drawings is one of the best methods when you're starting to design something new, and need to quickly explore the breadth of a subject.
Limiting yourself to just a couple inches high, your drawings are able to note the big features of a design, allowing you to immediately discern the drawing's future graphic potential. This is especially true in the realm of computer gaming where a character may only be a few inches high on the screen or made of limited, simple polygon graphics.
I use a 2b pencil so that I have something soft and dark to also explore the tonal patterns of the shapes.
Here's an example of some recent thumbnail drawings...

Friday, September 18, 2009

New Art Order challenge:Hurakan, god of storms

The next fantasy art challenge is a multi-part assignment based on creating a demonic god of "fire, lightning and storms", and then eventually making an illustration based on the design.
The first stage is to concept some shilouettes as a way of exploring unique shapes without the time-expense of worrying about details. This is a great way to free up the earliest and most important stage in the design for experimentation and the search for novelty.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Art Order monsters

Had some fun recently making some monsters for the blog:
In addition to being a great blog for information on fantasy art, there are illustration challenges where people interested in tackling a weekly topic illustrate art in the Dungeons and Dragons universe for fun and to impress potential clients.

This weeks challenge is a re-design of a classic creature called the "Owlbear". We had to design the dad, mom and baby variants of the creature. Below is my submission...

Some preliminary marker sketches, showing the first direction I went and expanded upon...

And a challenge from a few weeks ago for a creature called the "flaming Coward"...