Devrin Snakeslayer


One of the themes I return to quite often is the idea of a hidden world, and I don’t mean in some conspiracy theory sort of way, but in a secret lives of animals sort of way.  A few years ago I introduced several sketches of mice doing various things, most notably my four elements sketches which I am working on making into a set of four paintings.  But I have played with several other mice sketches.

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A returning theme in these sketches is that there are two factions, the faction that the mice belong too, and the Grey Ones.  And that is as far as it goes 🙂

Enjoy

-TheGrav

My Little Monsters: Cthulhu


 

Some of you might remember the MOAR Monster, it was an original acrylic on canvass painting that I worked on and release several months ago.  It was the first in a series that I have decided to call “My Little Monsters”.

Based on some of my personal feelings, that as I progressed through formal art schooling I lost touch with the “little kid” element and imagination of art and making creatures.  Replacing the void it left with technical skills and rules.  I will never be able to look at a piece of art I did as a kid and not see all the mistakes, but I can work on more creatures with an open mind!

Continuing with the more cartoony theme of MOAR Monster, here is the second sketch which I will soon begin to commit to canvass:

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This time I decided to do a more traditional Victorian Horror monster and used HP Lovecrafts famous “Cthulhu” elder god as the basis, but sketched him as  a baby or hatch-ling.

I will continue to add creatures and monsters and aliens to the My Little Monster Series, I have even considered taking this a slightly more fun route and doing an traditional “A is for Alien” style set of 26 art pieces.  I hope you like this one, keep an eye out for more posts as I work on this one, and eventually the original canvass on sale at my ETSY store!

-TheGrav

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They Came as Three


Its been too long since I made a Sketch A Day post.  I have a new theme however, and what I have been doing recently is going through my old art works, and redoing the ones I want to update or redesign.

This is the first piece I decided to do, back when I was working on my BA in Illustration, we were given an assignment to take a series of one line chunks from a novel, and do a child/teenage level illustration that you might find in a book.  I did several thumbnail sketches, the image I chose will be the subject of a future post and is one of the illustrations I did that I wish to take forward and make into a digital painting.  This is just one of the thumbnails I decided I needed to work into a more finished piece.

Here is the original thumbnail:

As Three they Came Original Here is the reworked version, which I also am considering taking all the way to a finished painting.

As3theycameDecided to make it a bit darker, and hint more at what might be hidden beneath the robes.

-TheGrav

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Dragon Hunters, an old sketch…


Maybe a new digital painting!   This is another art piece I originally made to go along with my Home-brew DnD World Galdor.  I had considered making this the theoretical book cover.

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Here is a human dragon hunter, and his gnome artificer assistant.  Galdor mixes an early concept of American Old West style guns and magic to make its projectile weapons work.  In order for a human/gnome team to take down a dragon, they use a very wide bore single shot rifle.

I hope to turn this piece into a digital painting.

-TheGrav

The Kor’Jorian Fleet, Character Design


A few weeks ago I posted a sketch of the Kor’Jorian, a race of microbial creatures that had melded with their bionic suits.  Here is are the sketches I worked up fro their fleet.

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In the image above the top sketch was the old idea I had several years ago about how their  ships might look.  The lower sketch is an update made to reflect their bionic culture and mentalities.
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Another early concept, and the thumbnail sketch that became the Silverslayer the Kor’jorian command cruiser. KorjorianSilverSlayer

A more detailed sketch of the Silverslayer…KorJorianWarshipConceptAnother quick concept that was never developed further.

All of these sketches and designs work into my Savaged Universe, and are examples of Character and Creature Design.

-TheGrav

 

Sketch Dump


It’s been a few weeks since I manged to post a #sketchaday, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sketching!  Here is some of my daily sketches from the last few weeks:

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I am a huge fan of Cyberpunk, Steampunk, and Retro Sci-fi Styles, this is a piece I doodled awhile ago and finally got around to redoing. sad_spaceship1

Spaceship Designs, for the Solarian Race(They will get their own post soon!)sad_talon

 

Halfling Sorcerer from a Pathfinder game I played in.  Did the sketch in preparation for racial art paintings in my Homebrew Worlds wiki. ShipConcept

Another ShipSillyFish

More Silly Fish.SillyFishTwo

FISH!SillyGoldfish

Silly Goldfish.SynthiaSlayer

Here are two older ones, from the tail end of 2012.  A female Goblin to go with my Gobo-series.  I will do a full post on the soon. tribalseahorse copy

 

And a very quick tribal Seahorse sketch done for a client(and not used).

More Soon!  I am still Sketching, just bad at post! 😦

-TheGrav

The MOAR Monster…


An artist, an 18 month old, a sketch book, and a stack of crayons.  I was acting as a nanny to my roommates kiddo a few months back, and as an artist myself I liked to encourage him to take crayons to paper and go nuts.

We ended up doing a hybrid form of collaborative work.  I would sketch a line, he would scribble, only stopping to choose a new color and pointing to where he wanted me to place my next set of lines.  It was an exercise in showing him, how and where to color, but it became a freeing experience for me.  (As in not on the walls!)

As artists we lose a certain amount of boundless artistic freedom the more we attend any sort of formal training.  You always have a teacher or peer telling you how “that doesn’t work”, or “that is not atomically correct”, or my favorite “you have to learn the RULES before you can break the rules and be artistic.”

WE ARE MAKING ART, not doing brain surgery.  There isn’t supposed to be a “wrong” in artistic expression, it is a way of letting emotion and feeling leak from your soul into the world.  Going through formal training I spent a lot of time learning rules and concepts, and they have made me a better designer, a better painter, a better marketer, but not a better artist. Art School did more to teach me to lock away my creative urges in a cage of technical rules.

Sketching with a 18 month old, unlocked all that bullshit.  It helped me free up my talent,  and then let that talent flow through the techniques and tools, to become something awesome.  Our combined doodles led me to do this sketch, which I later applied to canvass.

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The MOAR! Monster.  pretty simple idea, just a monster I might have sketched in 4th grade, on the corner of a  math homework assignment.  Going to an art school is a good idea, and experience, it is the teaching that needs to change.

Jay, one of the best and most influential artists and teachers I encountered while attending formal classes, He had this rule.  if you ever had to defend or come up with a reason for something in your art, just blame aliens.

“Why is this guy floating?  That isn’t physically possible and so it is just bad execution of this assignment…”  ..because it matter what the subject of the SHADING assignment is doing when the assignment was to shade a scene of the artist’s choosing. My physics professor, liked a lot of the odder sketches I did, because I kept a good concept of the PHYSICAL world in mind when I create Science Fiction and Fantasy Art.

When the physics teacher says “yeah if we could float it would look like that…”  the art teacher who didn’t take advanced science or math classes can STFU.  Anyway Jay’s rule: aliens, the dude can float cause of aliens.  Here is a teacher that attempted to unlock all those rules and let students do whatever.  However Jay was the One good teacher, we need more like him.

I am not alone in having creativity stifled by formal education.  Not because we are incapable of executing the given assignment to the fullest ability of the techniques taught; but because the professor, personally, would have chosen a different subject matter.  It would be like me teaching a class on color theory and telling a student her execution was bad because I, personal, don’t ever choose to paint puppy-dogs and sunshine.  Then turning to another student and telling her she did a good job because she painted Zero Suit Samus killing a metriod.  The Subject matter of the painting has NO impact on the use of COLOR!

On the subject of color… here is the finished painting:

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The entire project was very freeing, and inspired me to continue with a series of “my little monsters”  trying to capture that cute and simple style kids sketch.  Everything I learned in 4 plus years of different art classes, and it takes an 18 month old to show me how to grow as an artist and painter.

Yeah education in America might be broken.

-TheGrav

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Creature and Character Development: The that Kor’Jorian


The Kor’Jorian are another race of Savaged.  Often modern authors play with the concept of man attempting to become God, and the repercussions of those actions.  From the “Terminator” movie series to Michael Crichton‘s Jurassic Park novels.  This concept is something that fascinates us; as our technology level increase it is a boundary that we flirt with on an almost daily basis.  From cloned sheep to the exponential advancement of computer processors, it is possible (in our minds) that at some point soon man might be able to create life.

This brings up a load of fears, will our creations become us?  Just as we have become gods in creating them?  Will they replace us, as we are seeming to replace our gods?  The Kor’Jorian address this fear in my science fiction world.  In a much different way, as these are not man’s mechanical monsters, nor are they purely mechanical constructs, but what has evolved from a biological creature merging with their technology.

The Jori were a hive race, made up of clusters of semi intelligent multiple cell organisms, each about the size of bacteria.  As the hive clusters grew in size their intelligence level increase exponentially, some of the larger hive groups (about the size of a basket ball) are considered hyper-intelligent.

Their hive clusters often splitting and merging with other clusters allowing an entire population to share the same experience or focus on the same tasks.  In their ancient past the Jori encountered another space faring race, and were forced to defend themselves.  As a race without conventional bodies,and were almost exterminated, before they created their mechanical bodies.  The Kor’Jori were born.

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In the Eons since their race was forced to inhabit Mechanical bodies, the Jori have evolved  considerably.  Now longer are the clusters large, their science and technology advanced enough that smaller clusters and even single organisms have expanded their abilities through artificial means.  At times it is hard to distinguish whether there is a even a surviving biological component to some Kor’Jori.

The Kor’Joirans have ruthlessly protected their planets for Eons, forever paranoid that another race will try to subjugate or destroy them.  Often seen as warlike, unfeeling machines, they have little to no contact with other races, and often when they do it is violent in nature.

Look for their spacecraft in my next post.

-TheGrav

 

 

The Entic, Creature and character Development


The Entic are another race that occupies the Universe of Savaged.  Original I had no idea what I wanted them to look like, or how they were going to function.  I wanted them to look as alien as possible, having as little comfortable similarities with humans as possible.  They are dangerous, driven and very enigmatic race.  This first sketch is really just a collection of ideas, which led to how they developed even further.   EnticEarlyConceptFiguring out the how and mechanics of how the Entic would move helped a lot in the final outcome of how they looked. Three fingered hands and feet, an insectiod like configuration, allowing them to move swiftly and efficiently.

 

I wanted these guys to be able to tackle a human, and wrap their fingers around a humans neck, and hold them down.  A terror tactic that works with their anatomy and savage society.  I have yet to really design their culture or worlds, or technology.  Entic

More to come.

-TheGrav