"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
Friday, July 21, 2017
"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
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Thursday, July 13, 2017
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
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.