So I’ve been playing Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric lately. And this game is so gorgeous, it makes my crusty artist’s heart sing. Check out some of this concept art:
Arent’t they wonderful? As a Sonic fan from the mid-90s, seeing this kind of treatment makes me sooooo happy. I’ve been playing it, and the world is massively intriguing. Kind of civilization built on top of a previous, advanced civilization, only the modern day people are slowly recovering the old technology.
Anyway, I had to make a stab at drawing something like this, myself. It’s time for a matte painting!
Note: A true matte painting is made with photos. This is what they typically look like.
Since I’m an utter noob, I just painted over a free render from deviantart.
So! Here’s the render I started with.
And there you go! Painting this was basically like eating candy, only afterward, instead of having a sick stomach, I had a piece of artwork. Score!
I can’t wait to try more paintings like this, only, you know, spend more time and make them far more awesome.
That’s an oxymoron, isn’t it? Coats are warm, not cool.
Anyway, somebody on Facebook was passing around this coat from this company, where if you Liked the picture and shared it on your wall, you’d be entered to win the coat. I also snagged the picture because I want to draw it.
I mean, isn’t that totally awesome? It’s like Lord of the Ringsish or something! All she needs is wings. Because I’m always sticking wings on things.
Anyway, I thought it might be interesting if the coat was a different color.
Here’s royal blue:
And red, for good measure.
I’m not sure which I like better. Although the red could easily become a Christmasy picture. I want her wings to be kind of ethereal, too. I’m also leaning toward a Bev Dolittle effect and making them hidden pictures in the background.
You know Bev Doolittle. Her art looks like this.
And that’s a watercolor. It makes me weep salty tears.
So what do you think? Black? Blue? Or red and Christmasy?
A lot of times, it helps me sort out story stuff if I can sit and doodle related things.
I’d like to do “updated” pics of all the Spacetime characters, and make them look like real people. I recently found the perfect model for Xironi, so here’s a sketch.
You get the idea.
My Sonic story’s coming along nicely. But it’s brought up some ideas I need to draw. The thing I miss about writing longhand was the great doodles I could make in the margins of peoples’ faces. Or of the odd things I was writing about in that paragraph.
One thing I ran into was Mephiles. He’s this evil shadow demon thingy from the Sonic 360 game. He steals Shadow’s shadow and takes Shadow’s form, then later it turns all crystally and eeevil. Well, my version of Shadow is half robot, so I realized I had no idea how that would look on Mephiles.
I imagined all the robot bits would turn to solid crystal. I think this deserves a proper pic to explore the visual properly.
Also it’s funny to see Shadow stalking along, all badass, and have Nox trotting along beside him all like, “Hi Shadow! It’s a nice day, isn’t it? Aren’t you glad to be alive?” And Shadow’s all like, “No. Shut up.”
Refined it a bit and made it wider, so it’s not so scrunched. Also played with making some rocky pillar-thingies in the background. They kind of look like columns of smoke right now. It’s rough, but the idea is there.
Guy is giving a fish to the pterosaur, trying to buy a ride.
This is a concept sketch of the Gravitrix, an inter-dimensional ship that jumps from world to world via the power of gravity. Traveling on it isn’t much fun because of the nasty G-forces you get during transit.
It’s been described as a mushroom and a ‘UFO on a stick’. It’s flying over one of the shattered continents of Tyrona.
I’ve wanted to do a pic like this for a long time. A couple of giraffes in the foreground, eating stuff from high places … and in the background is a brachiosaurus, the dinosaur giraffe, doing the same thing from an even higher place.