I had the idea to paint a series of half-size portraits of various Mooncalf characters. This actually the only mooncalf character proper that I've created, the only one with a name. She's called Amethi - yes, I suck at inventing names.
I deliberately kept highlights to a minimum and used fingers a lot to blend the paint. I wanted to try to give the dual impressions of a formal eighteenth century portrait and a war-photographer's snapshot. With the former in mind I semi abstracted the background,
Kudos and a cookie to whoever can tell me what kind of gun she has (it is real).
Knuckles is a pretty cool character design, I like the way he looks, even if I know almost nothing about the Sonic universe.
I wanted to make Knuckles look more feral and fierce than he does usually. I rarely do multi-figure compositions with as many figures as this, so testing my abilities in that respect was a major aim of this piece, although I ended up just winging the figure placement in the end....
Feedback and critique would be much appreciated.
Acrylic on paper, 42cm x 29.7cm / 16.54 x 11.7" Knuckles (C) SEGA
*gzegzolka asked me if I could depict his character Ruff in my own style. I'd just gotten Jim Burns' artbook Transluminal for Christmas and was feeling all inspired to do some hard sci-fi, so I decided to amalgamate the two.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work Jim Burns has a very slick, detailed style incorporating a lot of airbrush. He's amazing at making things look genuinely futuristic and alien, to the extend he's been called the greatest sci-fi artest ever. I agree with this statement. Check out his agents website - [link]
As a consequence of this inspiration I decided to my usual practice of working quickly and instead exercise the virtue of patience. I spent way too long designing the gun; originally I tried to design a laser gun, but ended up designing what I hope is a realistic looking assault rifle.
I ripped the title from a well-known song, tell my who it's by for a cookie.
This is the first piece I intended for my portfolio. I've always found human skin difficult to get right, so I pleasantly surprised myself with this. I used my own arm and hand as reference for his pointing arm. I have quite flexible fingers, which is why the pointing finger looks a little odd.
I was trying to practice atmospheric perspective to get a sense of distance with this one, to make the monster/giant seem really big.
The skulls are too small, but they can be kiddie skulls!
I wanted the mountain to look solid and aggressive, hence the somewhat exaggerated crags and symmetrical composition, with the mountains themselves looming up, taking up almost the entire picture plane.
I like the painting in theory, but the execution is a bit of a mess, as I started it days before the project deadline. I painted the entire thing in a day, without time to solve any problems that came up or to give it a decent finish, and it really shows. . . Get orgaised, kids, don't mess up paintings!
This is obviously the swamp. It was hard to find a decent 'look' for the swamp, as many of the previous swamp illustrations were simply 'evil'-looking forests with water around the trees. I specifically wanted to avoid using trees, as I wanted to completely avoid any potential confusion as to what type of landscape it was. I also wanted to paint something more visually interesting than a featureless wasteland, so I hit upon the dead-looking tree-stump corpses, which also fit well with the death and decay theme of swamp units.
This is probably my favourite of the five paintings I did, although I was unable to do any kind of digital enhancement for web as it ruined the dusky, post-sunset/pre-sunrise atmosphere that's integral to the image.
He gave me the Capirussa to illustrate, this is the Monsterpedia entry that !Vlei linked me to;
Capirussa is a creature which was supposed to live in Indie (now Indonesia), but was once seen in the Meuse River at Brielle (Brill), The Netherlands. Etymology
The name could be a corruption of Caperisca, a small goat-like creature. Another possibility could be a corruption of Capripus, meaning goat's foot. Description
A female beast with a human face, a collar of jester's bells, pointed flappy ears as those of a hound, goatlike paws and a dog's plumy tail.
Of the images I found some depicted her/it as like a quadruped with a human face, some as like a centaur, and some like a faun. . . I chose to depict her like a centaur, because I got to give her two sets of boobies!!!
I've not-so-subtly hinted at her Indonesian origin and Dutch prevalence in my depiction, and for some reason I imagined her as being somewhat cheeky. Her markings are inspired by the okapi, which I do know is African, I just wanted to do it.