With these pieces I’m simultaneously trying to create a believable world (well, as believable as a world can be with sentient woodland creatures) and build up my background painting portfolio for animation (I will be adding colour at some point as well).
The top piece is a zoomed in version of a pervious concept that has be rendered a little more thoroughly. I literally cut and pasted from the older concept as it was worth using same dimensions and angles, plus it saved me a bunch of time in having to redraw.
The bottom concept gives you a more complete idea of what the mouse’s house will look like. I’m going to fill this with more props to give it a more lived-in feel as it is little more than a shell of an idea at the moment.
A slight expansion on the farm house concept. As I mentioned in the previous blog post I felt like the house didn’t look abandoned enough and that I would rectify that and I think this goes at least part of the way to doing that. It was also a good exercise in drawing an object from different points of view and you realise house three-dimensional (both literally and figuratively) world building can be. I did a quick sketch this morning how the building might look from this view-point and even added a dormer as part of the roof, but figured less is more. I added the broken-down truck (based on my friends C10 Chevy that he’s restoring) to add that classic American rural vibe to the world. I’ll tackle some more of the project tomorrow, maybe another angle or maybe some more character designs.
This is a study piece completed in the same vein as the great concept artist Ian McQue (he followed me on Instagram by the way – mad, I know!), and done in preparation for some paid work I’ve got on. The ink drawings on the right are quick 10 minute sketches that I meshed together to create the digital piece on the left. I worked very loosely with this one, using only seven or so layers in Photoshop, which is a break from the norm because I usually use about 80. I’m just dipping my toe into this style of work because it’s nice to try something a little different every now and then as it inspires growth. Anyway, hope you like it, and maybe i’ll do some more of these. Cheers!
P.s. I’ve just this second noticed that the houses remind me of David Winter Cottages. For those of you not familiar with DWC, they are small clay(?) sculptures of cottages and villages scenes that were very popular with geriatric men who wanted to pretend they were Lemuel Gulliver from Gulliver’s Travels.