Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Comic Aside


Here are two images I worked up a while ago, playing in ZBrush, 3DSMAx and Vray. I wanted to see what Superheroes in their classic costumes looked like in the real world. I have to admit that their classic costumes look garish and silly when rendered as real - and yet, somehow, I much prefer them to the post-Matrix, black leather you always see in films nowadays.

First up is Magneto, who was an obvious choice - I remember buying the anniversary reprint of the first issue of X-Men and found his choice of clothing totally bizarre. Such bright colours for such a dark, complicated character.

Next, Green Lantern who, I have to admit, I didn't know too much about about until several years ago - I always found superhero comics to be a bit dull, issue-led and earthbound. But the Green Lantern Corp had adventures beyond space and would tackle crazy ideas, with funky aliens. That was more my thing, what with being a kid obsessed with Star Wars, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and Blake's 7.

I'm fascinated by the Green Lantern Corp, their uniforms and quasi-military organisation, it's something I'd never really counted on seeing in American comics. Consider me a convert!

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Horus Heresy: Fulgrim

This was the first time I'd been asked to illustrate any of the Primarchs and I was very nervous about doing so. As a fan I'd always wanted to see the Primarchs in all their glory. The only thing was they had to be far away in the background, having a fight.

On Ferrus Manus' back I wanted a big old-fashioned diesel engine to suggest his mechanical nature. It was great fun to do and also have a chance to add a dreadnought and some vehicles in there.

Artwork (c) Games Workshop 2009. All Rights Reserved. Used without permission

Trivia: Some have suggested Ferrus Manus' backpack looks like a beer barrel, I guess that means he'll never get thirsty.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

SS Indomitable

Here's a quick sketch of a spaceship idea I had where I wanted to pay tribute to some of my favourite spaceships (everyone has a favourite spaceship, right?).

I wanted to get a bit of the Medical Frigate fro SW:TESB, the Yamato-II, The Enterprise from ST:TMP and I've always liked how Enemy Mine, the Jetsons and artists like John C Berkey treated space - it wasn't just a solid black, it had colour, tone and looked interesting.

This was a quick sketch, about an hour.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Doctor Who?

In light of the announcement of the new Doctor Who, Matt Smith, I'm going to share a little piece I recently completed.

Here's a render of a Zbrush sculpt of the 10th Doctor Who, David Tennant. Another likeness test, this was a test to model hair in a more sculptural way. A fun little exercise and a good way to keep my 3D skills sharp. Maybe BBC Licensing would like me to work on Limited Edition bust sculpts ;)

Trivia: Whilst sculpting this likeness I became so involved in getting it right, I would find myself doodling David Tennants' likeness without even realising it!

It's 2009

Hello everyone!

I'm back from the festive season full of Guitar Hero World Tour and children with chickenpox!

I'll be updating the blog on a weekly basis, to keep you up to date with developments - as and when they happen.

New posts coming up!