Friday, August 27, 2010

Mystik Monster Mayhem

I wanted to share some creature designs I have been working on lately. These are all monsters I created which which feature in the online game Algadon by Mystik Media.

The reason for sharing is that I found the project to be a really valuable challenge. By restricting the images to only 200x240px (the size they appear in game) it forced me to simplify the design and concentrate on the important characteristics of the creature. It was also more important to look at the overall silhouette and shapes of the design to make sure they read easily and quickly at such a small scale.

Anyway have a look at what I've come up with so far, obviously some designs are more successful than others but I do feel like I have steadily improved while working on these. I would recommend that you try something similar if you want to develop your concept/design skills!



Please feel free to let me know which you like or don't like and why or show me what you come up with!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mentors and Sketchies!

This blog post by Mike Vaillancourt recently got me thinking about mentorship in the fantasy illustration field. I think it is something that seems to have become neglected in the modern age I think to people having so many commitments to so many people via forums, blogs, networks, email groups etc. It seems a huge investment of time to dedicate your full attention to helping one individual try and reach their potential. However it alsmost seems that it is required to be able to grow and develop as an artist. Almost every successful artist/illustrator I know can attribute some giant steps in their career to some kind person further along the road taking the time to guide them on the path.

It also made me think about where I stand in the chain? I know I could definitely benefit from some guidance from those above, but at what point should you start volunteering your advice to others? I'm not sure if I am there yet, but maybe all artists have that sense of self doubt and explains the reluctance to put their hand up for the task.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the matter, please comment. If you would like to discuss a specific mentoring relationship further, I'm open to the discussion either here or via email as lee@shawawa.com.

And just for fun, here are some quick sketches I did while chatting to friends in the ArtOrder Community. Some reference used...

Sunday, August 15, 2010

First post on my shiny new blog!

Welocome to my blog, I plan on using this page to post news and updates relating to my illustration and concept art and hopefully as a motivational tool to encourage me to be more productive and network with the many other Artists and Art Directors out there!

While I am here I might aswell show off a couple of new pieces of art: first up is my entry for the 'Gotta Have A Hook' challenge at ArtOrder. Also a cover for an upcoming horror comic anthology from Dark Oz called 'Decay'.