Background image from Artrenewal.org - Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691) - Orpheus with Animals in a Landscape, Oil on canvas, c.1640
Imaginative Figure Workshop #003: Unusual Pets & Their Unusual Owners
*2D or 3D*
- concept art or character sculpt for a single character
- concept art or 3D model for a narrative scene
- illustration or character sculpt for a single character
- illustration or 3D model for a narrative scene
I would encourage you to write a background story for the character / scene.
Go for QUALITY, not quantity in this piece. Polish this drawing / digital painting up to the best of your abilities!
Some General Guidelines (mostly applicable to 2D but can be adapted for 3D):
Part 1: Decide on a concept / narrative and do your Research
Decide whether you are going to create a creature or place the creature/s within a narrative.
- As always, Google Image, Flickr, Pbase, and your own books or books are all fair game as reference resources. Just be sure to not directly copy any copyrighted references that you find - you must significantly alter any reference image in order for it to be considered legally yours. Also be sure to look through some of your favorite artists as inspiration. Check through some of your favorite blogs or image sources to get your creative juices flowing.
- If you have other resource sites that you would like me to link, please let me know.
- Create a set of small, rough thumbnails in your sketchbook (traditional or digital) before embarking on any finished piece. Try to convey the mood and atmosphere of the piece before ever adding any details. Think of the light source, the mood which you want to convey and a background story for this morphed self-portrait and creature.
- Be creative! Try to evoke a mood as much as fulfill the "basic" requirements of creating the theme of Unusual Pets & Their Unusual Owners.
- Consider a strong sense of lighting / chiarascuro. Look at the work of Caravaggio to get a strong sense of lighting. Note the clarity of the light source and the strong sense of design via lights and darks alone.
- As always you can use the media of your choice - 2D Traditional or Digital.
- Feel free to work in Black / White / Grayscale only or in full color.
Once you have nailed down your concept and selected your best thumbnail, work up the linework for your piece and shade / paint it. Post your work here -