So... continuing with my experimentations. I was reading the book "Mechanika" by Doug Chiang and it inspired me to create a robot piece. Along with Supreme Commander, the excellent RTS game. Anyone a fan out there?
While I mention it, I really recommend Doug's book. It covers a lot of interesting techniques from markers to digital, and a lot of advice on things from portfolios to work process. A really good book. Check it out. Go!!
So, I was trying a few things with this piece. Mainly I was thinking about scale, trying to give the feeling that the robot was huge and looming... Its not the most dynamic illustration, and certainly, a low angled extreme viewpoint would have strengthened the idea of scale etc. But I wanted it to be a landscape piece at the same time, trying to capture the idea of these huge mechanical robots emerging from the fog. I was also thinking about limited colour palette. I am quite the fan of a limited palette, perhaps because of the sense of design it gives to an image. I prefer sepia, or black and white photographs to full colour due to the overall feeling they give to an image - it can be quite powerful. I think this is why I like limited colour palettes in paintings. Either that or colour scares me haha!
But seriously... I reckon a good painting, drawing, artwork, has a strong sense of design about it. What I personally mean by that is, the artist is choosing the elements that work to convey the message, idea, concept... its a process of problem solving in a way. Solving the problem of how best to convey a concept. In this sense it has much in common with graphic design, and perhaps product design... all these things have function, and their function is defined by design.
More art coming soon. I have a few images ready and waiting to post, but Ill save them for another day... dont want to reveal everything at once now, do I?!
Until next time