Thursday, August 17, 2017

We have passed the 25% funded mark in a little over a day!

We've passed the 25% funded mark on the Inc Book Project Kickstarter in just a little over a day! Thank you everyone for your awesome support! As promised, the first stretch goal at 25% is a new Inc image. The 50% mark will get both another new image, as well as a video tutorial showing how we made the artwork for the book, so tell your friends, and let's make it to goal #2! And thanks for being a part of The Story Of Inc!


This is Inc's “Alas, poor Yorick” moment. Confronted with the fact that there's very little that sets Inc apart from a pile of robot parts, he has to question his place in the universe, does he have a greater purpose beyond serving humans?

To find out, get your copy of "The Story of Inc" narrative artbook for $20+shipping:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Kickstarter Has Begun

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Inc Book Project Kickstarter has begun. Click below and order your copy today!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook

Hardcover, 168 Pages, 10.25" x 8", 12 artists, a bold scifi adventure you will never forget.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Inc Trailer

The Inc Trailer. Kickstarter happens tomorrow at approx 10am PST!

Trailer Credits:
Kat Evans: Motion Graphics, Layout, Animation
Bill Zahn: Sound and Editing
Neil Blevins, Bill Zahn, Jeremy Cook: Artwork

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 1


Our two heroes wander the desert finding all sorts of strange rock formations and long dead plants.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 9


“Although I knew better, I pushed us day and night, sometimes taking shortcuts we should have avoided. We were nearly devoured several times.” - Landis

Friday, July 28, 2017

Inc Oasis Wall 1


"We cautiously made our way closer to the city built in the shadow of the Citadel. What at first appeared insignificant now seemed impenetrable. Tall walls circled the place, and guard towers served as a reminder that you were watched at all times."

I decided that another painting of the Oasis wall was in order, this time with a more dramatic camera angle to show off the perspective and to illustrate the rough sands blown by the winds. All painted in photoshop with the exception of Inc the robot, which was originally a render that I swiped from another painting then painted over to change the pose and lighting.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Inc Alien Interior 5 Rough


Quick Photoshop study over some simple 3d geometry.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Inc God Robot 1

"The Citadel was protected by the Guardians, massive compared to a human, which the ancients considered to be minor deities sent by the Great God to guard their water supply. They were feared and worshiped by the Citadel Monks of The Oasis."

The God Robots (later renamed Guardians) are based on a number of influences, mostly ancient statues of Greek, Roman, African and Oceanic origin. And of course my general love for giant robots started at a young age with Goldorak (the french version of the Japanese robot Grendizer by Go Nagai) The first in the set was specifically inspired by Ray Harryhausen and a statue that sits in the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The robot was fully modeled in 3dsmax, but since it was only going to show up in a couple of paintings in the book, all its texturing was done in 2d to save time. Later on, it ended up appearing in far more paintings than planned, so in hindsight doing a full 3d paint job would have probably been the better course. Ah well.



Sunday, July 23, 2017

Inc Oasis Gate 3


“Are they trying to keep people out, or in?” INC asked. “Definitely out,” I replied. “We just need to wait for the funeral.”

Friday, July 21, 2017

Inc Meeting The Space Pirates


"The Widows Revenge descended to the ground, and the captain emerged on the boarding ramp with a cocky sense of victory. Inc immediately aimed his welder at him. Captain Sturges seemed unfazed, almost charmed by Inc’s actions." Ship design by Jeremy Cook, painting by Neil Blevins.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 10


Inc The Robot and Landis roaming the barren desert. The original human modeling/texturing was done by Bill Zahn, robot modeling/texturing by myself, then I integrated them into the environment, and painted in details in 2d.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 2


Inc Coral Desert Wandering 2

Monday, July 17, 2017

Inc God Robot 2 Final Battle 2


The dangers of defying the gods!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Citadel

Concept designs for the mysterious Citadel.





Friday, July 14, 2017

God Robot Defends 4


"I was just about to put my cup to the wall when the ground shook under my feet, sending me backward onto the dirt. It was as if the building had come to life."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Crystal Cavern 2


Realized I hadn't done an organic interior in years, so decided to add a recent one to my portfolio. For the gems I referenced a ton of photos I took in France at the "Galerie de Mineralogie et de Geologie". Also included the initial rough painting, usually do a rough to work out the composition and light, just brushes, then for the final I'll start introducing photo textures and also lots of tiny detail hand paint. They're the same resolution, so feel free to save them to your desktop and flip between them to see the differences. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Discovering The Citadel



The caravan discovers the Citadel. This was a really early Inc painting (2013), actually meant to depict the people of the oasis going to their head of state building. The big mysterious artifact known as the Citadel hadn't been designed yet. But when Inc artist/writer Bill Zahn saw the painting, he said "The Citadel looks great". I said "Oh, that's not the Citadel", and Bill said, "Well, maybe it should be". After thinking about it, it made tons of sense, so I extrapolated the rest of the Citadel from this painting. A great example of story influencing art influencing story. Also included the 3d base I started from, everything else is hand painted and photobashed. The Citadel Backdrop ended up getting used for several paintings, always modifying it somewhat so it looked a bit different, as though we are seeing different parts of the building.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Floater 6


Rough Alien Concept.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spiky Alien Landscape 2


Taking a brief break from Inc material, here's another alien landscape, fun with composition and light.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 12 Rough


More Inc and Landis Wanderin'

Monday, July 3, 2017

Inc My Friend


Inc has returned!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Inc The Robot Rough


A bunch of variations for the Inc The Robot design. We started with design 1, decided to keep the arms and legs as well as the face (since that's his soul), but we were going to modify the silhouette.

So first I photobashed together a bunch of alternate silhouettes, using lots of construction equipment reference (since he is a welder robot), all the time keeping our word list in mind. Inc needed to feel like a big toddler, innocent looking, a little awkward, his body could be many shapes, but the new shape needed to satisfy the story requirements exemplified by these words.

We then showed these images to a bunch of artist friends to get feedback. Most important when getting feedback is why they like what they like, because if you understand the why, you can fix the design issues in your own creative way, rather than it becoming a design by committee.

Many favored the taller robots, since they had the same height as design 1. One person pointed out that number 13 had a head too similar to "M-O" from Wall-e, so we nixed that one. People liked the chubby number 7, but felt he may have trouble getting through doorways or reaching for objects, he's supposed to be a little awkward, not super awkward. Number 9 and 3 were in the same chubby design realm, but a little more balanced. Number 2 kept coming up in people's favorites, they felt the big backpack made him look like a young kid going to school. People also liked 8 and 6, and the fact that you could see through the chest of number 12, which really made him feel robotic.

My favorite was number 8 (my opinion before we got feedback from people), so I went back and started with number 8, then modified the design based on what people liked and disliked in the other designs to arrive at the final number 14. For example, instead of putting the backpack from 2 directly on number 8, I scaling up his welder weapon and placing it on his back to served a similar visual purpose to the backpack.

Hopefully this gives you a little insight into the design process, how to start with a firm idea of what you need to accomplish for the story and for the character's personality, make a bunch of variations, get feedback from a large selection of people, and then use that feedback in a constructive manner to get the best design possible.

Inc Distant Mirage 2

“I know I have a tendency to get on your nerves,” INC said, “but our current water issue …” I handed him the jug. That would give us about two days to find the next source.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Inc Poster 1

Our first Inc teaser poster. A big mix of 3d, photos and hand paint overtop.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Inc The Robot 14 And Landis

Our two heroes.

Inc The Robot model by Neil Blevins, Landis model by Bill Zahn.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Inc The Robot Redesign

Here we are, the redesigned Inc The Robot. The goal with Inc's design was always to make him feel like a big kid. He had to be "cute", but still able to smash people when necessary. In his former career, he was a welder robot, hence his spot welding weapon of choice. But he has since been retrofitted by his new human owner Landis for a whole new function, which is where our story begins. Modeled and Textured in 3dsmax and vray.

https://www.artstation.com/artwork/42wXq
















And here are two turntable videos:

https://vimeo.com/195146798
https://vimeo.com/195146754