Another bit of practice doing digital matte painting. If nothing else, they could also serve as hyper-detailed concept art...
While on an adventure to see family in Texas, I met two awesome folks.
Dalton and his lady, Heather.
They, like myself, enjoyed the rest stops along the way, the beautiful views of our great country, and we chatted a bit.
We got to talking about our own adventures, and they inspired me to draw the two of them as cartoon characters that have GREAT adventures.
I told them what I was going to do, and now that the holidays are out of the way, I finally have time to do what I said I would do.
Here they are at a rest stop, and the sketches I made of them. The gun is to fire sponge wads at things...
...I hope to render them in color soon, and post that work once done.
I also hope to hash out a story, or an anthology of them, and create a very kewel graphic novel. Hopefully, once complete, I will post again to my blog where the graphic novel will be available!
Thanks for having a look, and be sure to come back for another visit soon!!!
P.S. Heather had a Pikachu backpack, but for the sake of making the design original, I gave her a teddy-pack instead.
This was one of the exercises in the book "d'Artiste: Matte Painting". Once again, I tried to use the instructor's lesson as a guideline to facilitate design practice on the fly.
Thanks for having a look!
A digital practice piece. The instructional book, "Bold Visions: The Digital Painting Bible" by Gary Tonge (published by Impact, ISBN-13: 978-1-60061-020-2, ISBN-10: 1-60061-020-X), had something similar as one of its courses. In order to also practice on design, I tried to create a variant rather than just copy what the instructor did. I might add bubbles, but perhaps not. In the distant future, I'd imagine a superior air refiltering would be in use, if not already being so. Maybe a few more distant craft, and a little more concentrated levels of particulates in spots, or schools of sealife...
This exercise dealt with large spaceship designing, and like all the other 3d Total lessons, this showed MANY facinating variants that can be drawn, and what different shapes can "say" about the intended use of that ship design.
This was my Battle Cruiser variant.
P.S. Anyone interested in these lessons can buy the books and ebooks either on Amazon.com or 3dTotal.com (both are AWESOME sites FILLED with educational resources for the serious artist)
COMING SOON: DIGITAL SCIFI ART EXERCISES!!!
This was my own self imposed exercise, an aircraft for one of my projects, and I now feel I really MUST build it. (Gotta build a rudementary vaccuform machine first...) o_O
Fun, fun fun!!!
This exercise drew off the previous exercises when it asks the student to combine all the parts into one device/character/doomaflitchy. This was my mech combo efforts.
This exercise helped me, da student, get ideas rolling when creating various mechanical parts. I really LOVED this exercise...
One of the 3d Total exercises dealt with robotic concepts. I really love the 3d Total lesson books. The teachers encourage the student to come up with their own variants within the exercise. Here was my two variants...
A month or so ago, I purchased a number of books and ebooks to help me gain a firmer grasp on various conceptual design subjects. Some books will train me further on design, and others will help me advance my abilities in digital art, specifically in the scifi and fantasy genres.
This assignment was the study of various creature eyes and combinations of eye and nose, based on elements found in nature.
"The Tianaans" - Great beasts of the Naniatuuvian Mountains that surrounds the jungles where Guataa's village hides from Saur hunting parties.
"Guataa's Legacy" & "The Tianaans" © 2011 William "Mac" McDonald Jr.
"Saur Battle Mech with Saurian Driver". Part traditional materials (acrylic on illustration board, background only) and Photoshop. Fun, fun, fun...
Don't worry, it won't bite (unless it wants your strawberry shortcake ice cream cone...!)
"Guataa's Legacy" & "Saur Battle Mech" © 2011 William "Mac" McDonald Jr.