Wednesday, 29 December 2010

SEA-NILE poster design

The characters in cover / poster format...

The original rough concept...

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Tavern colours

 This is a design for the tavern setting for my project... The tavern plays a very important role in my piece, almost acting as the 7th character. It's where the majority of the episodes start and end.

"The inside of the tavern is warm. low-key lit by spaced out lanterns and overhanging lamps. A fireplace casts waves of flickering shadows across the cobbled floor simulating water. The walls are lined with memorabilia from forgotten ages, myths and tales. Old crooked photos and older painted portraits of lost souls. Each piece a story. " - myself

Here's some colour keys showing colour alterations and possibilities. 

 This one, changed slightly, could be used almost as a night time / lights out version to the original... much colder, darker and greater contrast.
 another one...
and another one...


As it stands... The characters for my series pitch from left to right: Vlad, Skuld, Oldman, Jim, Morgan and Wallace.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

For my niece Zaria

A piece for my niece... She's 7 months old... (sort of more for my brother Daniel and his girlfriend Kellie for xmas more than anything)

It's Zaria's first Christmas so the family's trying to make it extra special and awesome! I sure hope this piece, whatever my brother does with it, doesn't scare poor Zaria... Aliens and robots are suited for everybody aren't they?... except perhaps when they're abducting elephants :D

I'm still really gay for the photoshop pen tool / cell shaded / collage-ey work... Hopefully as soon as I get good at it I'll move on. Until then, it's paper cutouts for EVERYBODY!

inspired by this:

Thursday, 9 December 2010

SEA-NILE emerges from the watery depths...

This is a rough group shot concept of the main characters of my animated series idea... There's still a lot to do... The old man is not finalised. So this piece kind of acts as a rough bunch of ideas thrown together. The ghosts (everybody in the back) and their stories are going to be black and white, the old man and the tavern setting are going to be in colour.

I've already talked about Wallace (the deep sea diver) so I should probably mention everybody else...

Right of Wallace is Skuld, the viking chieftan. He looks pissed off (my bad) but I assure you he's a good guy. Back in the 10th century (or something like that), sailing through a fog, his ship got consumed by a mysterious thunderstorm. He saw a bright light in the distance, so decided to sail on towards the possible refuge. On approaching the light his crew were driven insane by a weird screaming noise. Losing control of the ship, and reality, the ship crashed into the light source, a rock formation / island (based on Ball's pyramid). Stranded there for days, Skuld, unaffected by the strange siren call, murdered his crew. resorting to cannibalism. He then later killed himself, haunted by guilt... bleak, I know :)

Here's a picture of Ball's pyramid...

When I feel up to it I'll edit this post with other character info... I've just lost all drive right now..

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

project underway...

This is one of my characters from an animated series pitch project that I'm currently working on. The series summed up is basically about a bunch of ghost sailors and fishermen from different times and cultures in history telling myths, legends, and stories of how they died. They all haunt this one old man (on his deathbed) who sits alone in a dark corner of a bleak seaside tavern.

This character, Wallace, is a Scottish fisherman from the late 1800s, who died trying to free his boat from being beached on a coral reef. While he was underwater something cut his oxygen tube and cables... oooooOOOOOOOoooooo!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

First post... EAT LEAD REAVER!

So, this is all new to me, I've never had a blog before... so be gentle.
I have a deviantart page, but I suppose I'll start posting my artwork and things of that nature here from now on. But if you're interested in any of my earlier work, prior to this, click that link right there...

Off the bat, I really don't want this to be some sort of diary, so if it becomes something like that... well... If somebody could step up and be honest and tell me please. Constructive criticism is greeted with open arms. I mean critiques help any artist advance and grow creatively and technically, and I aim to do just that, with all the evolving and progressing... I got big dreams to fulfill. You know what they always say 'aim high'... And then land somewhere a bit lower off target.

So what I'm aiming for here (without sounding pretentious) is more of an artistic journal, documenting my creative process and exhibiting to the world some hopefully really cool, inspiring stuff. I'm hoping this blog will also stand as a sort of web-folio, similar to deviantart, but 100 times cooler... hahaha web-folio? you understand...

So... yeah. Please come and visit me and share your thoughts, knowledge and opinions around the campfire. Anyway enough writing here's a picture... hope it's not too huge. not sure yet how to rescale them. My apologies.

Right here is something so old. so old I can't remember when I drew it. But I really like something about it. Not sure what. Perhaps it has nostalgic value. Maybe it's the crude paneling and narrative... EAT LEAD REAVER! what was I thinking? I've grown quite fond of naive art...
My good friend Thomas Chijioke (Chij), one out of my two followers as I write this, once told me (not a direct quote but) "The less you know, the less you're limited by creative boundaries.. Whereas the more you know, the more you're limited to what you know". Every now and then I wonder whether you lose the person you could be as you evolve to be something else. Can you literally change your mind after learning something? I chew it over in my head, whilst breathing heavily on my cuban cigar...
"f**kit" I conclude.