Lunar Year of the Ox ~ Detail

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With February coming to an end, let’s get a closer look of our metal Ox fellow, ready for anything!
Right now, we believe he is going to be especially useful to keep the heat up, as Winter stubbornly moves away from us.

Melt that snow away!

★stay inspired★

Lunar Year of the Ox and Thank you!

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Happy New Lunar Year of the Metal Ox and thank you for following us!

Dear all, today marks the auspicious beginning of another Lunar year and the animal presiding over it is the mighty Ox! But not any Ox, a Metal one, symbolizing diligence, perseverance, power, and excellence!

May you keep growing and improving to face the challenges that may arise on your path.

We would also like to sincerely thank you for your support by following, liking, and commenting on our works! It is a genuine pleasure to share with you what we do, mixed with the things we are also passionate about!

And if this new year starts misbehaving, grab your weapon of choice and face those hurdles head-on! In our case, we chose the noble flamethrower for its fiery abilities can be multi-purpose.

Happy Lunar Year and,
★stay inspired★

Eyes Of The Forest: Concept art for this Comic Book Part 3

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► Eyes of the Forest Indiegogo campaign is ongoing! ◄

This is our final post about Eyes of the Forest by James Streissand, at least for a while.
It’s been thrilling to share with you some of our concept art for this project and we’ve decided it would be grand to show you what we did when drawing a comic page for this particular venture!

When the preliminary layouts are done and approved that is the first step setting the feeling of motion!

“Eyes of the Forest” is a comic adaptation of the book by the same name. James provided us with the script, so before we started to draw we began by reading both the book and the scrip.
This particular page we’ll be showing represents a wondrous moment between characters in uniform that are all from the same division and share the ability to communicate through the use of a mystic ability.

Right away we begin by doing a very rough sketch to capture the descriptions on the script.
After getting the a-ok (lucky that there were no changes requested for this one!) we begin the sketch stage, adding detail.
The next step is getting the inks done,making the the lines as neat as possible.
Now it’s time for the base colours. The scene is placed a bit before the sunset, so the orange helps bring out the blue colour out a lot.
Finally we come in with colour corrections, shadows, highlights and special effects rounded up by some final touches. After getting the thumbs up from James, we consider it done!

All these processes are repeated in the remaining 21 pages of the comic with some pages being simpler, others a lot more complex and tonal work specific for each page, but all of them were a terrific experience for us!

Thank you once again for checking out this third and last part of our posts for EOTF’s concept art and you can check part 1 and part 2 if you still haven’t seen it, without forgetting to read the post about the ongoing Indiegogo campaign.
If you like fantasy, blue giants and huge felines please consider backing this project!

Thank you and as always,
★stay inspired!★

Book of Zhu – Eraeli and entourage at the Palace

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Nakeyri on the left and Eraeli on the right. Both amazed at the surroundings (but Nakeyri is too cool to show it…)

Today we’re bringing you a glimpse to the stages of one of the event images we’ve done for Jalek Moye on a project called Book of Zhu.
Despite being a cancelled project at this point, we’re still pretty much fans of the lore, and also cherish all the concepts and art that we did for it.

This image shows the moment the character Eraeli and her entourage arrive at the Palace and are marvelled at the sight, looking around and taking it all in.

It all started with a sketch to grasp the layout that would work the best
Getting the go-ahead for the composition, next was the sketch turn
Refined and Inked, the lines were done
Base colours bring everything a bit more together
The stage of shadows, lights and final touches meant it was done

And there you have it! The good news is that Jalek keeps the lore going and some of the characters from this project are the stars of a new story! More on that later~

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Eyes Of The Forest: Concept art for this Comic Book Part 2

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► Eyes of the Forest Indiegogo campaign is ongoing! ◄

This week we would like to introduce you to Alvas, the second main character in EOTF – Eyes of The Forest, a comic book we had the pleasure of developing last year with James Streissand from top to bottom!

Alvas is Runin’s best friend and the brawn in their dynamic duo and from James’ description, we understood he had to be tall and muscular. And also blue!

The first sketch we sent of Alvas

Unlike Runin, who was pretty much set the first time we drew him, Alvas had to be tweaked here and there, because although he is supposed to have a gentle giant look, he’s also a fierce warrior, one you should absolutely not mess with.
And yes, as you might suspect already, we are huge fans of Alvas. We’ll confess, the blue skin is a huge factor.

Less bulk means easier movements

Being a story in a huge wild world, we were also asked to develop a set of fantasy animals to go with it!
Just like the humanoid characters, we followed a description of these creatures and we’ll call it “Unknown Big Cat” for now.

A first approach to the Big Cat, but we wanted to make it look even bigger!

What we had to make absolute, was for this fiend to be a mix of a sabre tooth tiger and a porcupine, ouch! Teeth and needles together? A big warning to run away.

A final, approved concept! We’re glad these don’t exist for real.

When developing a comic or other types of commercial art, artists need to be ready for what the client wants represented and learn how to tackle these with enough ease and especially, readability.

Thank you so much for checking out the second part of our post for EOTF’s concept art and we want to invite you to check part 1 if you still haven’t seen it, without forgetting to read the post about the ongoing Indiegogo campaign.
And if you like fantasy, blue giants and huge felines please consider backing this project!

Thank you once again and as always,

★stay inspired!★