Thursday, 3 November 2011

In the army

Character sketches and concept art for a forthcoming comic project set in an alternate Soviet, a bit like how Fallout 3 and New Vegas are set in an alternate United States. I'd rather say not too much about the comic in advance but I wanted to give some preview anyway. Sketches in mix of pencils, brush pen and various felt tips.

The yet-unnamed protagonist, a soldier in the red army.
 Caged. Perhaps a beginning for the story?
A scene in a desolate forest. Expect plenty of sombre scenes with subdued colors and decadence.
A shot without trademark fur cap.
It's a long way to go...
...but is it worth it?
But who we have here? Dare I say hello...? You look like you could kill someone. Without remorse.


NePaul Wilson said...

I'll actually start with the last update you had before I begin with the new one.

First I LOVE every illustration you've put in that update. The style is different from your usual work at least when it comes to the people, they still retain the same strokes and overall sense of style and direction. However your anatomy is much more crisp and detailed. In the second drawing you captured A LOT of detail and emotion in that one compared to a lot of other work you've done and I felt it really stood out from the rest of your work.

Personally I'd love to see more of it, and it was a great change of pace.

Now on to this weeks update.

I felt the overall message you were trying to convey is switched from what I last saw and I always feel your work is drawn based on communication to the audience and what you are actually trying to say. In that sense your work switches (or I should say you switch) the brush stroke which in turn changes the message.

Every piece that you've illustrated is clear and understanding. There are two pieces in particular though that I like to point out because they set an interesting example:

Illustrations Three and Five.

One the biggest problems any artist can have is for the audience lacking the ability to tell what is happening in a painting (there always "Everyone sees things differently" unless you are going for an overall idea in which a clear understanding of the image must be conveyed). To get to my point I've never had a problem ever telling what your work is trying to show, but I felt this was a perfect chance to bring up certain aspects of your work.

The major difference between Five and Three is that Five uses heavier brush strokes and is clear in showing what the image actually is.You can even go as far as to tell she is carrying an umbrella (I think haha, you see what I mean?).

Three though is a bit harder to read. Of course on closer observation and having seen your work for so long, the ability to understand your style and how you draw certain objects would come, but I worry that if someone not knowledgeable of your work, might have a hard time understanding the painting.

Those two just stuck out to me, one I think uses your ability of form well and one that doesn't as well.

Of course I believe all your work to be fantastic and each one is unique and tries to support a different image and meaning. As always you've done a magnificent job and I can't wait to see the next update.

Also never fear if I don't comment I always see your work.

Shunichiro said...

Thanks for your feedback, always appreciated! I understand what you mean by taking pictures three and five as example. I would myself have troubles understanding what kind of scenery picture #3 should convey! But as far as these pictures go, they are series of sketches and concept art for a future project and aren't indended to be final and finished cartoon panels. As it is now, picture #3 is more of a color scheme test than anything else, but for all of its lack of clearer form I admit it misses, I decided to post it anyway as I liked the dark and broken color tones in it.

All in all, I had twice as much sketches done but saved the rest for later. Rest assured, the scene in picture #3 will be understandable to the wider audience in the final version of the comic ;)

P.S. Sure she's carrying an umbrella? In that case, it comes with a trigger :)

P.S.2 In "The Other Millennium Girl" pictures, it may seem I forgot to sign the first drawing but in fact the signature is there - somewhere. Can you or someone else find it ?-)

NePaul Wilson said...

In regards to the signature, I believe you wrote it on her arms.

And as always it's always something special to see the development process of your work. It will be nice to see what all of it comes together to create!