Q&A: over­loaded

ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Contents - Se­bas­tian Walker, Eng­land

An­swer Nick replies

I be­gin by in­spir­ing my­self with some of the im­ages to be found on­line of folk car­ry­ing re­mark­able loads. Start by sketch­ing a few ideas based on the in­spi­ra­tion you find. I soon land on the idea of a squire car­ry­ing spares for his knight, in­clud­ing a horse. I sketch that idea in Sketch­Book Pro and then bring it into ArtRage (se­lect Im­port Im­age to Layer).

Once I get the gen­eral pro­por­tions and pose work­ing bet­ter, I add more el­e­ments on top of the horse. I use sim­ple shapes like boxes and cylin­ders that I can make feel solid. It all adds to the feel­ing of weight. I draw the fig­ure bend­ing for­ward with the bur­den on his back, a strained look on his face. I add fur­ther to the impression by hav­ing his knees strug­gle to stay fac­ing for­ward. Per­haps have him labour­ing up­hill, or up some stairs. I con­trast his body an­gles with cloth­ing that hangs straight down.

A com­bi­na­tion of awk­ward pos­ture, larger, solid vol­umes above him and a strain­ing ex­pres­sion can all add to the impression of over­load­ing.

Once I find im­ages show­ing how much some folk ac­tu­ally carry, it gives me licence to push my sketches fur­ther, end­ing up with my over­bur­dened squire.

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