|Oil on Panel 24"x36"|
The author gave me extensive notes, character descriptions and passages of text to review.
I was given free reign to design the characters’ wardrobe based on the color palette for each person mentioned in the notes. This turned out to be more challenging than I thought. To switch gears from robots and space suits to ornate fantasy robes was a nice change though. A fancy style guide packet full of prepared concept art would have been helpful.
I chose to heavily infuse cultural influences from Japan, China, Morocco, Greece, Italy and India into the overall painting just to visually ground the piece in some kind of reality for me. Starting with...
Faunride – strong Caribbean influence dressed in traditional Japanese inspired garb.
Maldinado – More of a Spaniard in appearance/ facial hair. Basically I was inspired by Duncan Macleod from highlander dressed in ceremonial samurai armor.
Adow - Adored with Indian gemstone jewelry, robes inspired by Roman and Moroccan design
This was fun and I look forward to the opportunity to paint these characters again. Up next...Dark urban fantasy. Switching gears from scifi is a fun change of pace. Happy to be busy doing what I love.