Saturday, December 27, 2008

Tempest Ballad? Yes I like the sound of that one.

Ah, yes. Another photo finish(I just realized that's a bad pun). It's not midnight yet, so I made the Saturday deadline! But anyways, here's another character from the yet-to-be-officially-titled video game.

For this character, I decided to take a different approach for costume design. I spliced together some pix of fashion models in various orders to get a feel for the character's over all look. These four are just a few of the numerous combos I came up with. I feel that these best represent the overall look I was going for (especially the last one). I don't have anywhere hear as many sketches for this guy as I do the other character, but I'll post what I have later.

And yes. Even though I used all female parts, this is supposed to be a guy. To give you a better scope, the character is supposed to be a steampunk era mage.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Tempest Ballad

Alllmost there, but not quite. The very last image in the post is probably the closest the what I'm going for. I'm actually considering going back to the very first color concept and building on that. Most people seem to like that one the best anyway.

Tempest Skies

This was the next phase. Taking the costume concept I liked the best and trying to refine it a little. Even at this stage, I still haven't quite nailed down the overall look.

Tempest of the Skies

The rest of the costume concepts. Blogger wouldn't let me post them all at once.

Tempest Sky

The first round of sketches.

Really rough costume tests.

Tempest Blue

Yes, it's a bit late, but its still Saturday. Technically I'm still on schedule.

Anyways, this post consists of some concept art for a game that's been on the back-burner at work for a while. I don't know how much I can say about it without violating my non-disclosure agreement. What I will say is that the game has a fantasy/steampunk/WWII kind of environment. The character art that follows is that of one of the characters.

In this post I'll start with some of the reference I choose to work with. My goal here was to make the character as distinct as possible within the bounds of the setting. Trying to achieve that, as well as incorporating idiosyncratic features, is pretty challenging. I wanted the character to look less like a steampunk character, and more like a CHARACTER that just happens to be from a steampunk world.

I picked this actress for facial reference because,......well.......she has a distinct face. That and the fact that I'm firmly against the gross overuse of redheaded heroines in most media (specifically animated series). I specify facial reference because the character is in her 20's and this actress clearly is not.

Well,..... not SO clearly. Eh,...... I going to stop talking now.

The rest of these are just costume reference.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Paperdoll Extra

In the last post I forgot to add another thing I worked on for the video. It's just a line of sea creatures used repeatedly for a crowd scene.

Also, here's some minor edits I made to the Teresa Fish(Band Vocalist). I've got some other stuff to post today, but those might come a little later. Check back in the evening, or early morning depending on how long my day is.

Alllllso, I can't remember if I posted this already and I'm too lazy too check. Here's another character that wound up on the cutting room floor. Hakaider Shark!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Punks, Rastas, and Disco Anglers!

First up in our little aquatic adventure is the Blade Runner Replicant Fish. This unfortunate creature was "retired" before making the final cut.

Next up is the Hot Topic blow fish. Unlike the previous fish, this little guy will be appearing in the music video. His final incarnation is in the first image at the lower right-hand corner.

Back fresh from the 80's is the Punk Fish whose final form can be seen in the center of the 2nd image.

Ah, the mellow Rastapus. His final design is the iamge in the top right-hand corner of the 3rd page. I personally think the one one the left-hand side was a little more fun.

Oh, one of the band members has arrived! It's Seahorse Patrick, the guitarist.

Appearing next is Jack Fish, the bass player. For this guy I worked off a preexisting design (seen at the top left) and edited it a bit. I also got to animate this one. For compositing purposes, I had to put blank space at the end of the animation.

These are all in Flash btw. I'd take a good ol' paper and pencil anyday, but whatever.

Slap dat bass hard!!!

Back from Scarborough Fair is the groovy 60's Cuttlefish. Her animation had to be rushed a little to meet a deadline.

As we descend deeper into ocean, we at last reach the bottom. Here we find some of the more
"interesting' creatures. Finally venturing out of his den of despair is the Emo Eel. Can the sun ever shine in the murky depths? Can a heavy soul ever escape the grasp of the abyss?

The Idle animation is the only one that I didn't clean-up and color.

Our final entcounter is with the Disco Angerfish. Upon further study, the Disco Angler appears to bare a strong resempance to Gunther.

He's got that creepy 70's porn star vibe to 'em.

Oooooo, you touch my twa la la!

And so end the first of a long line of postings.

Tune in next week. Same Bat-time. Same Bat-channel.