Expand your characte rs’ universe
Turns a minor detail from an older illustration into a brand-new piece of art
his painting, entitled Refuel, is part of the Conceptverse – my personal project that I’ve been working on for several years. The genesis of this image has its roots in an old illustration from this IP.
When I was painting details from another aspect of the Conceptverse story, a minor detail of a figure standing next to his vehicle caught my attention. I wanted to explore the character and his story further, and so I created a new illustration based around that snippet from the scene. It was okay, but something was missing, so I decided to refine the image.
My second attempt was richer in details, but lacked the mood that I was originally after. To give me some focus and direction, I wrote out a few notes on what I wanted to see in the image. They helped me stay on track and narrowed my area of exploration, saving me time in the process.
One of my notes stated that I should maintain an exotic, Far-Eastern feel in the illustration. Paintings from this part of the world are a great source of inspiration and I spend a lot of time studying such artworks. This is reflected in the corner of the scene where a merchant is seated, surrounded by piles of lavish goods.
Another important component is the story. I put a lot of effort into giving every painting I do a sense of story. This manifests itself in the details, character poses, design and composition.
TLeading the eye