"Siren's Kiss", 2010. 8.5" x 18" Acrylic on watercolor paper.
Genetic modification can create a number of different and sometimes beneficial new living creatures. However there is more often the opportunity for something unexpected to occur in the process.
For this particular creature I combined a woman with jellyfish and a giant squid. The reasoning for this is because seeing as the Earth is covered about 70% by water, and overpopulation is an issue in many parts of the world, I think the ocean is the next step in colonization. This creature, 'Siren', would either be useful as a defender underwater, or possibly even used as labor. Even with the frail body of the jellyfish, the tendrils with the squid club arms would be strong enough for it to attach itself to surfaces and work with the human arms. However, regardless of it's intended purpose, what it has become is a predator under the sea. A creature capable of human thought mixed with the cunning, and quickness of the squid and the deadly beauty, grace and venom of a jellyfish.
Normally I don't do fan art. It takes a special show or story or game - whatever - to inspire me enough to draw something for it. Okami is one of those special things.
Now I'm not gunna lie, the intention of this illustration is for the contest DA has going on - but it was more of a pushing point. I really love the visual style of Okami. It's rough and gritty, yet also beautiful and alluring. It is imperfection at its most perfect, it is simplicity at its most complex, and that greatly appeals to me as an artist. And if that wasn't enough, the game itself is incredible! It is graphically amazing in its style (everything looks as if it was painted with a brush and ink), the storyline is wonderful, the gameplay is incredible, and I have to say it is THE BEST game I have played in a VERY long time. It brought me back to when I played Spyro the Dragon for the very first time on Playstation. The beautiful visuals, the free-roaming environment, the fun puzzles, an instant classic.
So when I read about the contest I took one of those "step back" moments and said to myself, "Well damn. Looks like the wait it over." and I went immediately to work.
I had no real image in my mind when I started this, to be honest... I tried to think of the game (which I beat some months ago) and what elements of it I liked and how to incorperate them into an image. I also drew inspiration from the official artwork. What this image boils down to is several of my most favorite things about Okami:
First and foremost I wanted to add the grass growing in her path. When I first moved around in the game and noticed that I was very touched. It reminded me of Princess Mononoke when that deer god walked the grass and flowers grew and died at its feet.
Second I added one of the guardian saplings. The scenes where you revive the trees and they explode into bloom, revitalizing everything around them, are fantastic and also really touched me as I watched them.
And third the style of the clouds... I just love the way they look They were fun to draw.
I've never "inked" something with a brush pen before, but this was surprisingly easy and fun! I used a black Copic marker for the lines. The colors where also done with markers. The background texture and clouds, however, were done in Open Canvas (I used an old paper texture).
Oh, and the red thing at the bottom? That's my initials JK, but drawn like the character for water (which is also my sun sign's element, so it fits ) I thought it would be a creative way to sign it.
Even if I don't win, this was alot of fun to do, so I've no regrets XD Although it would be great to get a copy of the game for the Wii. I'd love to play it again and see how the controls work.
EDIT: According to the rules, the resolution has to be ALOT higher then I originally uploaded... so I uploaded the un-bordered version which was alot larger (I still had to blow it up a bit though to meet the minimum requirements... I wish I'd known sooner. I would've done all this work on the original size before altering it down to a more workable resolution. x.x I had no idea they'd want something this big. Oh well, you can see the FULL size by downloading... I just hope it's ok now. I'd hate to be disqualified over something like that.)
Wire sculpture of a cyber fairy created for "The Beasts of 9 Creature Contest." Materials include various components from a television, soda can tabs, bottle caps, wall anchors, electrical wire caps, paper fastners, beaded chains, garbage bag ties, car battery cover, calendar wire, springs, rubber washers and dry wall screws. Female figure and outline of the wings are made entirely from the wires and various small plastic parts that holds a toy in place in its box. I used one half of the television to create a base where the fairy is sitting on. She is sitting on the television motherboard which is attached to the front end of the television. The television is faced down on its screen. ----- Closer Front View
I wanted to try a more dramatic lighting scheme with my first piece and as I really like the tone I thought I would add this as well Once again I hope you enjoy this and please let me know your thoughts.