These are sketches from when I worked on Anarchy Online. I remember wishing we had gone for the top one, rather than the bottom one. I’d still like to model the top one and put it into a game.
Tag Archives: Concept art
Eric Canete is an illustrator, designer and storyboard artist who has worked on animation features such as Aeon Flux and Tron: Uprising, as well as being an accomplished comic artist.
He is featured on Copic Markers’ website, and it’s easy to see why. His figures are active and dynamic and clearly reflects his comics and animation background. But what I enjoy the most is the contrast in his marker renderings. The values really go all the way from dark to light with great control, and that is admirable with a medium where what’s put down, stays.
Go see lots more at his own blog: http://kahnehteh.blogspot.com
Francis Tsai is a comic book artist and concept designer whose clients include Marvel and DC Comics, Warner Brothers and Wizards of the Coast. He has also been featured in several Spectrum editions.
I discovered Tsai’s work sometime in 2006, and was thrilled in 2007 when he was featured in imagineFX, in an article that showed some of his excellent marker sketches.
He also used pens as a foundation for digital work in a very sexy way, and his character poses are uber dynamic.
In 2010 Francis was diagnosed with ALS, which naturally is a big blow to anyone who uses the fine motor skills of their hands and fingers to produce illustrations.
But there is a thing about doing what you love – it’s really hard to stop. So Francis has, as his ability to use ink and Wacom pens diminishes, picked up eye scanning software called Tobii to maintain his ability to make art, and his work continues to be stunning.
So do me, and yourself, a favour – whenever you feel you should draw, but just don’t feel like it – remember that nothing, and at the very least (especially?) yourself, should be able to stop you.
I think that’s a thing to remember – don’t worry about those days where you don’t feel like drawing. If you love what you’re doing, you’ll keep it up. You don’t really want to stop.
Syd Mead – the legendary concept artist and futurist behind the visual style of, among other things, the movie classic Bladerunner.
These sketches are from his 2001 book Syd Mead’s Sentury, which I am lucky enough to own a first edition copy of.
Mead’s sketches (and other works, including acrylic and gouache and even some digital work) vary quite a bit in style.
These examples show a range from the already tightly designed Mars rover, shown with well-planned crisp lines and high contrast shading (against a loose, indicative marker background that is somewhat of a Mead trademark) to the Omni Comix vehicle that lets the viewer interpret most of the detail.
Syd Mead’s work is so excellent and plentiful that he is bound to be an inspiration source to come back to – for industrial designers, concept designers and graphic designers for sure, but most likely for later blog posts here as well.