Years ago the Anthology Project reawakened my love of comics. This was an experiment I tried a few months ago that I had to abandon. Rather than let it gather dust on the shelf, I figured I'd put the pencils out there. I purposefully left the dialogue out (I still like the drawings, but rereading the writing was like nails on a chalk board). Hopefully the visual storytelling carries most of the load. So here's....a thing!
"Seek the light, for the wicked take root in the darkest corners."
This is an example of inspiration striking where you least expect it. While doing some yard work I found a tiny magical forest in the undergrowth. With a few additions it became the starting point for an ancient and sinister place.
Please forgive my
self-indulgence, but I wanted to say thank you to everyone who returned old
artwork to me. These two collections were particularly dear to me so I wanted
to put them out there again.
The first is the work I did
for Tad William's Shadowmarch. I was barely out of high school when Tad saw
some of my Memory, Sorrow and Thorn fan art. He called me and asked if I wanted
to draw some characters and scenes from his then-upcoming story Shadowmarch.
After shitting myself, I made these.
Secondly, some Jade Empire
character concept art. This was the first project I worked on at Bioware. They
were made during my summer as an art intern between my 3rd and 4th year at art
school. Later that summer I started on codename "SFX", which
eventually became Mass Effect.
Check out the writeup at Game Informer! There's a 1 second shot of this wall of beat boards (with the more spoilerific images blanked out with high-tech paper). I think this may be the most DA:I concept art that's been show to date and it's gone in a blurry blink. The video is well worth watching. We're getting very excited over here.
A lot of my older images are gone. Poor backup habits, several machine changes and a few blow ups have separated me from a large chunk of my artistic past.
BUT the other day, while randomly image browsing (a dangerous pastime, I know) I spotted a thumbnail that made my heart skip a beat. It was an ancient, almost prehistoric painting of mine. I clicked it gently, almost afraid the link would fall apart like an exhumed scroll. What I found was my very own Tutankhamen's Tomb.
Here are just a few of the artifacts I found. I think it's funny that in many ways I'm doing EXACTLY the same thing that I was doing 15 years ago. The techniques and muscle memory may have developed, but I am most certainly still chasing the same old star.
(side note: It's a shot in the dark, but if anyone reading this happens to have any ancient images of mine collecting just on a hard drive out there, I would be ever so grateful to have them sent my way)