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World-building in illustration

sbosma:

Got any questions about world-building as it relates to illustration? General? Specific? Put ‘em in the ask box: http://sbosma.tumblr.com/ask

I think I’m gonna write a post about it, but I’d love to hear what people are curious about as jumping-off points. Can be about specific images I’ve made or about the practice in general. I don’t really do this stuff too often, but I’ve gotten several questions and it’s something I like talking about.

Sam Bosma is gonna be answering questions about world-building in illustration!  This is something I would love to write about, but in the meantime I’m just gonna sit and listen to Sam because why wouldn’t I

Meet Sirrus ahem Cesario, my character for Light Grey Art Lab’s Great Personality show and dating sim!  He is a forceful, authoritative sunovabitch, and a not-so-subtle tribute to one of my most formative crushes.

The show opens on the 24th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and the dating sim will be available for download as well!  Pretty damn cool.  The crew at LGAL know how to put together one hell of an art show.

I just found out that Sheilah Beckett- an amazing illustrator who has managed to stay active for the better part of the last century- just passed away this November at the admirable age of 100.

I only discovered her work earlier this year, but I fell in love with it almost immediately- it’s sexy, it’s stylish, and it has an aesthetic sensibility that manages to be timeless and relevant even by modern standards.  I see so much of what I want to be in her work- her flawless lineart, her stylization of form and shape, her impeccable eye for lavish historical costumes.  It’s crazy good.

We owe so much to the pioneering female illustrators who came before us- if you haven’t seen her work before, try to take a moment out of your day to look her up, like her facebook page, revel in her raw talent, then get out there and make some art! We’re part of a noble and damn proud tradition, and we owe her that much. :)

The Cask of Amontillado ( high res )

My finished piece for the Clash of the Classics book!  The prompt was to illustrate some iconic conflict from traditional literature and, well, who am I to resist Poe?  I’ve been drawing Fortunato and Montressor in some way or another for years, so it seemed like a good opportunity to revisit some of my older work.

I’ll be the first to admit that I bit off a little more than I could chew with this thing- spiritual triptych, an abominable number of elaborately-dressed background characters, like a ton of skulls.  Way to simplify, Claire.

My hand-painted, punk, Sailor Moon animation cel for the Saturday Morning show at Ltd. Art Gallery!  This design has been running around my sketchbook for months now.  Yes, everyone’s doing it, but I DON’T CARE I just wanted to draw huge moon-shaped gauges.  Deal with it.

The show opened while I was at Comic-Con, so I’ve been pretty bad about getting the word out; nevertheless the show is up through August 24th, and you can still buy the piece online or in person!

I know it might sound like a lot, but I rarely have originals to sell and painting those tiny goddamn shoelaces was the death of me.

Some teaser images from my piece for Light Grey Art Lab's Role Models show!  The concept is goddamn brilliant, getting a ton of artists together to draw self portraits as D&D characters- I had no time whatsoever this past month, but I wasn't about to pass up that opportunity.

The show doesn’t open until October, buuuuut I figured I could post a tiny bit to whet everyone’s appetite. :)

chelseakenna

chelseakenna:

Here’s some of the concept art I’ve been doing for Sojo Studios for the game Joy Kingdom! I did concepts all of the animals in the game, which were then turned into animated models by the 3D team. 

It’s been a lot of fun working on this project because it really gave me quite a variety of things to draw. I was researching new animals almost every day.

I’m reblogging friends all up in HYEAH as of late, but oh man these are adorable.

Chelsea and I met through the TLK fandom back in the day- back when learning how to draw Scar on-model was like really important okay that was a life goal- and so I always get misty-eyed when she draws some damn nice lions.

My buddy Kai Carpenter (Deviantart | Portfolio) just put some prints up for sale on Etsy!  Go buy them.

I love Kai, but I also hate him because he does these in goache, and that just seems like goddamn magic to me.  My memories of using gouache in school are strained and frustrated and often chalky, so seeing a fellow artist take to a medium so naturally is a serious kick in the pants, inspiration-wise.

Go buy some of his beautiful nonsense here, if you have the chance!

More of my vis dev work for Bioshock: Infinite! (You can see my concepts for young Liz over yonder in this post)

Sooo I also got to work on designing Robert and Rosalind, who you end up meeting pretty early on in the game.  I’m only three hours in so I don’t know if their full names are spoilers yet, so I’m playing it safe. :)

The two of them were still in the really early design stages when I was brought on, so I got to have a lot of free reign with them; I’ll be honest, I’d pretty happy rock Rosalind’s final outfit given half the chance.

HEY YOU GUYS GUESS WHAT Bioshock: Infinite is out and I can finally show some of the visual development I did for the game! :D  Pretty excited over here.

Figured I’d start off with my dress design process for young Liz, since her alternate outfit has been getting a lot of coverage (no pun intended) over the past couple of months.  Irrational wanted a period- and age-appropriate look, so that’s what I was aiming for.  I’ve got some more stuff I can share out tomorrow, but I didn’t want to overload you guys with art posts. :)

-C, who is definitely picking up her pre-order after work

(Tremendous thanks to Jorge Lacera and the team at Irrational for briefly welcoming me into the fold- as a huge fan of the franchise I was blown away when they hit me up to do some concept work, and it was an absolute pleasure to contribute in even the tiniest way to what is looking to be an amazing game.)

thaddeuscrunch
thaddeuscrunch:

The Duchess Approves Poster by ~ThaddeusCrunch
The source art for my We Love Fine “Gravity Falls” T-Shirt contest submission. Please do me a great honor and vote for it if you like it. Thank you! 

My buddy Russ has some rad entries in We Love Fine’s Gravity Falls t-shirt contest, so you should go vote for him POST-HASTE.
Vote for his design HERE!

thaddeuscrunch:

The Duchess Approves Poster by ~ThaddeusCrunch

The source art for my We Love Fine “Gravity Falls” T-Shirt contest submission. Please do me a great honor and vote for it if you like it. 
Thank you! 

My buddy Russ has some rad entries in We Love Fine’s Gravity Falls t-shirt contest, so you should go vote for him POST-HASTE.

Vote for his design HERE!

justinoaksford
justinoaksford:

SMAAAAUUUUUG. This was a fun one, hope you like it!

So you guys should go follow the hell out of Justin Oaksford- I had the pleasure of being his manager for the past six months, and the boy’s got some insane painting chops.  The kind of chops that make you feel bad, but in the best way possible.
He’s also immensely gracious with technique and advice, so if you ever want a thoughtful critique/paintover of your work- Justin’s your man.
-C

justinoaksford:

SMAAAAUUUUUG. 

This was a fun one, hope you like it!

So you guys should go follow the hell out of Justin Oaksford- I had the pleasure of being his manager for the past six months, and the boy’s got some insane painting chops.  The kind of chops that make you feel bad, but in the best way possible.

He’s also immensely gracious with technique and advice, so if you ever want a thoughtful critique/paintover of your work- Justin’s your man.

-C

1923
My piece for the upcoming Message in a Bottle exhibit at the Light Grey Art Lab, opening January 25th in Minneapolis!  Looks like it’s going to be a killer show. I would talk about the piece some more, but the whole point of this show is SECRETS on top of SECRETS
-C(You can buy prints and check out the other amazing artists HERE )

1923

My piece for the upcoming Message in a Bottle exhibit at the Light Grey Art Lab, opening January 25th in Minneapolis!  Looks like it’s going to be a killer show. I would talk about the piece some more, but the whole point of this show is SECRETS on top of SECRETS

-C
(You can buy prints and check out the other amazing artists HERE )