My entry for CGTalk challenge "EON:Worlds within worlds". basically it was about creating illustration for featured book "EON".
For me Greg's Bear book is all about finding your way home. Under all of this sci-fi technology future plot is a basic need for everyone to find their own place in life. And so I wanted to capture that emotional message in my picture, don't know if I was successful but i tried :]
Realized in PS. I tryed to paint the idea of being involved completely in reading, without knowing if the girl is reading or is herself a part of the book... There's a strict connection between the paper and the tree...
Was lucky enough to help out a little in the ZBrush 4R5 beta test, i was involved right at the end so i literally had two evenings to test out some of the new features then another evening to design something. Some exciting stuff in the latest update, really looking forward to exploring everything in more detail when i get more free time.
Here was the design i came up with on my Sunday evening, some sort of synthetic muscle robot character. I liked how some of the new tools allow us to create these skeletal hollow forms easily so i was just scratching the surface with this concept. The model was super rough but got the point across for the concept i had, i think only the upper torso/head area was used in the rendering then the rest was painted/illustrated. I was starting to build the full body in more detail now that i have a bit more time but i got hit with some more deadlines so i have to put it on hold for a bit or maybe just move onto something else that i have more time to develop. Am wrapping up a few other things then can hopefully get back to experimenting with the new features over the holidays. Looking forward to sharing more work soon!
Here was a quick and dirty process gif showing the paint-over process, the first 3 images in the gif are just showing the really simple dynamesh block-out, then the model broken up with panel loops then pushing the panels around with the auto-masking features to get the skeletal forms i was after.
A practice. Listened to a song ( [link] )and got the much needed boost to get this piece finally done. Took me well over several weeks to find my way around this one, but I am really satisfied of the end result. I know there's still tons of things I could do different/ better but I'll get there yet!
Initial inspiration was from Numenera ( [link] ) But then it evolved..
What happens when poor OrphanCountryBoyFantasy Hero sets out on his quest and has to meet his contact in a down and dirty cyberpunkfantasy bar... and meets all kinds of people he has no idea how to deal with?
All the background characters are some kind of fantasy creature turned cyberpunk. It was all triggered from Cyberpunk Centaur (see earlier deviation)
It's for the #Realm-of-Fantasy "Sci Fi/Fantasy Fusion Contest" I tried to avoid the robots and magic, and instead concentrate on character archetypes. The Hero natually is an orphan boy from the country who was raised by other relatives (heaven forbid the hero has real parents who love him very much indeed). And the contact is the toughchick centaur with the purple hair (because 'all' cyberpunk tough characters are chicks with guns), who's thinking "jeez what kind of idiot is this I'm supposed to meet?" only in not quite so clean terminology.
My guess is that this young woman has seen this all before and past visitors have met their match, despite their technological advantage. If they only knew it was the bones of their predecessors that made up the beach they just landed on...
The dA user SneakyRaty suggested dragon vs modern soldiers, so here we go. Not my usual cup of tea but it was fun, tried to go for a cinematic Michael Bayish feel. And thanks everyone else for all the great suggestions, I might do another one later on, you gave me a lot of ideas! ( The image itself was yet again inspired by some paintings by [link] )
Oh and my laptop is fucked up, so I haven't been able to paint anything at home for a while.. :/ Annoying.. but I'll come back soon enough with more speedpaints (this was not a speedpainting)
This Vertank (Vertical Tank) is named after the Slavic god of beasts. It's the first Mekton featured in "Mekton Mecha Manual Volume One," way back in 1994. It was just lineart in the book, but I colored it in Photoshop recently. (I admit the coloring job isn't all that impressive.) Anyway, this stuff is copyright and everything R. Talsorian Games, no infingement, etc.
BTW, here's a sketch of a heavy weapons variant: [link]