Yes, so Em told me that Andy said that I need cover art for Dragon Tail, which was a good idea, but not an idea that I thought I’d do anytime soon. Because, you know, I HATE art. So much work for a single image that hardly anyone will appreciate, that’s kinda what puts me off.
But what the hell! I might as well! I didn’t do bad with Duel, not bad at ALL! My final piece for Art was kickass, too (I don’t have that anymore, I dunno where they’ve got it), and I drew Whirlwind in my free time, too, as a practice for Duel, but he just kicks serious ass. I improved that scar in the last 2 minutes, as well. Looks better now.
But this will have to be damned good. But hey, I’ve had practice with 3DS Max! Not like I’ll ever be able to do WHIRLWIND in 3D anytime soon, Maya is better for character design, MAX is for pretty much everything else. So, I might be able to do the terrain I had in mind on 3DS Max, just like the edge of a cliff face or mountain, and bring it into Photoshop and make it look more 2D like the rest of the picture. Cuz I’ll have to do Whirlwind by hand and go through that REALLY painful shading and colouring process, but I really have to get the lines down first.
The thing I had in mind was a view of Whirlwind stood on his hind legs, alone, on a cliff face or mountain, staring out to the sea with a look of determination on his face. The picture will be a semi-rear view, kinda like a photographer was stood on the cliff, taking a picture of him. He’ll have his sword drawn and he’ll be holding it by the side of him, and he might be grabbing some part of the mountain or the cliff with his other claw. There’ll be a sunset in the distance, and, nicely, that’ll be my light source, cuz nothing that I draw ever has any kind of visible light source, like a window or moon or sun or lamp or whatever, and it SUCKS to shade when you can’t see any place where you can imagine the light is coming from. The only success I ever had with shading was with that picture of Whirlwind. I’m not gonna put any other things in that picture, cuz it’d kinda ruin the mood and the tone of it.
That’s my idea at the minute, but I’m fully open to any suggestions, as usual. That idea just came to me while I was writing the next bit of my story, I could just see him on the cliff edge, staring out to sea, and looking so proud and determined, with his sword drawn to show how dangerous he can be when he needs to be.
So ya, feel free to give me any ideas you might have! And I’m gonna be going now.
And when in doubt – say MUFFIN!