Sunday, July 30, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 1

Our two heroes wander the desert finding all sorts of strange rock formations and long dead plants.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 9

“Although I knew better, I pushed us day and night, sometimes taking shortcuts we should have avoided. We were nearly devoured several times.” - Landis

Friday, July 28, 2017

Inc Oasis Wall 1

"We cautiously made our way closer to the city built in the shadow of the Citadel. What at first appeared insignificant now seemed impenetrable. Tall walls circled the place, and guard towers served as a reminder that you were watched at all times."

I decided that another painting of the Oasis wall was in order, this time with a more dramatic camera angle to show off the perspective and to illustrate the rough sands blown by the winds. All painted in photoshop with the exception of Inc the robot, which was originally a render that I swiped from another painting then painted over to change the pose and lighting.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Inc God Robot 1

"The Citadel was protected by the Guardians, massive compared to a human, which the ancients considered to be minor deities sent by the Great God to guard their water supply. They were feared and worshiped by the Citadel Monks of The Oasis."

The God Robots (later renamed Guardians) are based on a number of influences, mostly ancient statues of Greek, Roman, African and Oceanic origin. And of course my general love for giant robots started at a young age with Goldorak (the french version of the Japanese robot Grendizer by Go Nagai) The first in the set was specifically inspired by Ray Harryhausen and a statue that sits in the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The robot was fully modeled in 3dsmax, but since it was only going to show up in a couple of paintings in the book, all its texturing was done in 2d to save time. Later on, it ended up appearing in far more paintings than planned, so in hindsight doing a full 3d paint job would have probably been the better course. Ah well.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Inc Aliens Warp Gate 2

“We were now heading straight for the mothership, hugging it as dangerously close as possible, sending the remaining probe smashing back into the huge ship that had launched it.”

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Inc Oasis Gate 3

“Are they trying to keep people out, or in?” INC asked. “Definitely out,” I replied. “We just need to wait for the funeral.”

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Inc The Aliens Arrive 1

What can I say, the aliens arrive, can't say more without spoiling the plot :) All painted in Photoshop.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Inc Meeting The Space Pirates

"The Widows Revenge descended to the ground, and the captain emerged on the boarding ramp with a cocky sense of victory. Inc immediately aimed his welder at him. Captain Sturges seemed unfazed, almost charmed by Inc’s actions." Ship design by Jeremy Cook, painting by Neil Blevins.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 10

Inc The Robot and Landis roaming the barren desert. The original human modeling/texturing was done by Bill Zahn, robot modeling/texturing by myself, then I integrated them into the environment, and painted in details in 2d.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Inc Aliens Arrive In The Past 1

“Your confused friends out there have been sipping from a leak when they could have been guzzling from a firehose if they just had the courage to take a look.”

Another painting from the Inc book project. Ever since the film Dune, and that spectacular shot of the Guild Heighliner above Caladan, I've always loved the image of a giant spaceship hovering in a planet's orbit, I could paint them all day, it raises such juicy "What's going to happen next" type questions.

My usual combination of 3d, photos and hand painted in photoshop. The most time consuming was the planet, as I had to make it up of dozens of individual cloud images, then warp them to the contours of the planet.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

God Robot Defends 4

"I was just about to put my cup to the wall when the ground shook under my feet, sending me backward onto the dirt. It was as if the building had come to life."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Dropship

Heading down to the planet surface for some exploration. Painting By Jeremy Cook.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Discovering The Citadel

The caravan discovers the Citadel. This was a really early Inc painting (2013), actually meant to depict the people of the oasis going to their head of state building. The big mysterious artifact known as the Citadel hadn't been designed yet. But when Inc artist/writer Bill Zahn saw the painting, he said "The Citadel looks great". I said "Oh, that's not the Citadel", and Bill said, "Well, maybe it should be". After thinking about it, it made tons of sense, so I extrapolated the rest of the Citadel from this painting. A great example of story influencing art influencing story. Also included the 3d base I started from, everything else is hand painted and photobashed. The Citadel Backdrop ended up getting used for several paintings, always modifying it somewhat so it looked a bit different, as though we are seeing different parts of the building.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Water Merchant

“Water is a privilege, not a right,” the merchant said. “Your rusty companion can fend for himself.”

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Coral Desert

Desert painting by Jeremy Vickery. I met Jeremy at Pixar when we worked on the Incredibles together. Not only is he is a super nice guy, but a talented illustrator as well, Jeremy contributed a number of desert designs. We think his sense of scale and lighting are just amazing, every thumbnail is a thing of beauty. We were lucky to have him.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Inc On The Horizon 4

Approaching the Citadel. A gumroad tutorial discusses how I used photos for inspiration for the lighting, check it out if you're an artist and want to get more dramatic lighting in your imagery:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rover Prep

The Pirates prepare their rovers to head into a nearby settlement.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Pirate Captain

Mohammad Modarres is a talented sculptor who came to us highly recommended, and he did a great job on several key characters for our story. This one is our space pirate captain, the original concept sculpt was done by the ever talented Gio Nakpil, then Mohammad took it to the final form you see below. Expect to see a lot more of Mohammad and Gio's digital sculptures in the book!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I'm Going

"I looked out the main viewport to see us flying in mere moments across the landscape that took me weeks to cross. We ascended toward the blue sky, then upward as it turned dark and filled with stars." Primarily photobashing with a lot of hand paint on top, source images from a photoshoot I did in Utah. Starship design by Jeremy Cook.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Builders And Merchant Guild

Christina Davis, a talented designer and illustrator, came highly recommended through a friend and helped us realize the majority of the settlers in our city, as well as the first paintings of our main female protagonist. Here's some thumbnails and rough paintings of some members of the Builders and Merchant Guild.