Thanks for the note, Russell! There’s nothing that takes away the feeling of being a newbie on a board like having a bunch of people who do actually know my art pop in to say hi!
Anyhow, just because I’m planning on doing an epic battle - which is almost inherent in the description of the contest’s theme - doesn’t mean i have any plans to shy aay from the human element. (Or ‘sentient’ element as the case may be!) I’ve been sketching thumbnails today, so I thought i’d post the first (but by no means the last) of them. Let’s see if I can explain what’s going on:
Figure #1 shows the biomechanoid concept I’m launching from. Spheres are dropped from a spaceship and impact on the surface where they unfold into mean nasty bots. I picture the ships in low orbit and being in the shot, as well as dozens of spheres raining down to show that this is a wide scale bombardment, not just an isolated incedent.
the rest of the shots show some sort of a hero on the left, either being the sole one to take a stand against the invaders, or trying to rally the troops. In some cases I’ve taken a low tech approach, in some high. And in some cases he’s clearly human, in others -like #8- clearly not. The rules said it was a clash of cultures, but not WHICH cultures.
In all of them, I’m trying to give a sense of the metamorphosis that takes place in image #1: Showing the spheres dropping from the sky, impacing, starting to unfold, and then the big, unfolded version on the far right. I’m also trying to include the proverbial “cast of thousands” of screaming victims/combabtants around the bottom of the image, while still letting the hero figure stand out.
So please let me know what y’all think. What elements are working, and what aren’t? Which ones do you like or not? Does the general idea seem epic enough? Have I pulled out the “iconic hero” enough? And are you bothered by the fact that the race being invaded might be non-human, like in #8? Feel free to share any thought you have.