Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sorcerers of Avalon - Warrior Ikenga Version 1

The latest in my Sorcerers of Avalon series. I was able to evolve the process for rendering skin tones. I'm using the textured brushes a bit more in the backgrounds too, which are fun. I want to use them more extensively in the near future. 

 I haven't been able to come up with a detailed background for this character. But he's named after the Igbo horned deity. It's a popular symbol among the Igbo people of Nigeria. The Warrior Ikenga is one of the most popular. In my vision of the character, Warrior Ikenga's special talent is the hunt. Once I figure out the other specifics I'll include them with the second version of this design. 
Created using a Nexus 7 (2013 version)
Sketchbook Pro and a Bamboo stylus

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sorcerers of Avalon - Save or Sacrifice?

This is the first in a series of illustrations inspired by the PSVita title, Soul Sacrifice. It has a really detailed story with interesting characters (with great illustrations throughout) and the choice to save the soul of a defeated enemy, granting them salvation thereby increasing your Vitality and Defense. Or you can sacrifice their soul for power. My current character is 90/10 in Power/Life level. Nom nom for soul sacrificing. I'm a big fan of the game achieving the platinum trophy in August. I hope Sony sticks with it and gives the title time to evolve into a key portable franchise. I like the title so much that it turned me away from Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate after playing that series for 7 years.

This piece is also the first I've created using the new Nexus 7. Message boards and blogs talk of a number of problems with Google's new 7 inch tablet. Luckily, I've only had minor wonkiness.  If I experienced the dealbreaker problems others have experienced, I would have never been able to finish this piece. Beyond that, the 2013 Nexus 7 is a fantastic device that will allow me to push my current creative process even further.

Sorcerer of Avalon - Final. Created using Sketchbook Pro for Android

Sorcerer of Avalon - Variant

Sorcerer of Avalon - Roughs

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

"Woman's Work"

This is my latest work. I spent time evolving my technique for rendering locked hair to show more texture. I also modified my palette a couple of times to get more realistic tones. I used a variation of an old watercolor technique to achieve the background and curtain. 
I'm very happy with the results and the evolved process gives me ideas for future projects. 

Created using a Nexus 7 (2012) and Sketchbook Pro for Android
Close up of the locked hair using a modified rendered technique.