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

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

Monday, July 3, 2017