It’s Goblin Week?! How did I not know about this before? I’ve missed most of it so here’s a huge goblin dump. XD I thought some of you might be interested in the process work I did for the Techies VS Jakiro piece.
Last year I took a CGMA class for The Art of Color and Light with Ty Carter and Ryan Lang, and they’re both not only phenomenal artists, but also inspiring and generous teachers, willing to share and take time to give us thorough feedback.
Throughout the latter half, I created a series of rough color studies based on my story about the adventures of a lady knight Astraea and her goblin squire, Fyzzleglitch (which is also my goblin’s name in WoW, haha).
I’m not that happy with my draftsmanship in some of these, and you can tell I was still struggling with my colors and lighting. I definitely want to redo the Town scene where Fyzzleglitch is being ridiculed on his Shetland pony–I think a different composition and lighting scheme would work. As you can see I tried lots of different layout thumbnails.
The Techies VS Jakiro piece actually started as a sketch where Lady Astraea and Fyzzleglitch took an Orc prisoner and were being pursued by a dragon. Eventually I simplified that composition to just Astraea and Fyzzleglitch.
And then came this wild notion to create an in-game loading screen for Dota 2. I got really excited about that idea and replaced the main characters with Goblin Techies while the dragon was to become either Dragon Knight or Jakiro. But I chose Jakiro since a two-headed dragon would be more interesting design-wise.
I wanted to redesign Jakiro and Techies a bit to make it more of my own style and how I imagined them in my mind.
I’ve learned a lot from this piece… but I couldn’t have done it without the kindness of my friends to help critique my work and give me feedback. They are all incredible artists and generous human beings who have personally inspired me. I want to share their work with you guys. GO FOLLOW THEM THEY ARE SO AWESOME:
Ty Carter http://tycarterart.tumblr.com/
Ryan Lang http://ryanlangdraws.tumblr.com/
John Polidora http://johnpolidora.tumblr.com/
Laurel D. Austin http://www.laureldaustinart.com/
Doug A. Gregory http://www.ainokostudios.com/
Steph Dere http://stephdere.tumblr.com/
Thanks everyone, happy Friday!