Ex­pand your char­acte rs’ uni­verse

Turns a mi­nor de­tail from an older il­lus­tra­tion into a brand-new piece of art

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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

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