Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dune - The Book (ideation sketches)

Soooo, you know that Dune has a special place in my heart. That's why I was absolutely stoked, when Centipede Press asked me to illustrate the limited edition reprint of the original book.
Its going to be a hard cover with 8-10 full color internal illustrations, a wraparound dust jacket and with the first 500 copies numbered and signed.

Usually I don’t share my really early thumbnail sketches or early ideation, but we thought with the publisher that it could be cool for the fans to make the whole process public. Especially, because I am planning to work with a bit different technique than what I usually use, jumping between traditional and digital mediums.
So from now on I am going post all sketches, color thumbs, in progress art, etc. and you can follow the whole process from start to finish. (I probably going livestream some of the actual painting sessions as well.)

I narrowed down the number of illustrations to 10 (8 + 2), where the eight are all iconic moments, but we might need the extra two to have an even placement of artworks in the book.

These are scans straight from my sketchbooks and usually about figuring out the overall composition and parts of the artwork to find directions for the designs.
(Before this I had a stage, where I scribbled stick figures and notes with markers onto post-it notes, what I stuck into the various parts of the book.)
The little thumbnail sketches at the top left part of each page shows my ideas for the actual illustration, the rest is pretty much just thoughts and visual notes for myself.
After this step I am going to do color thumbnails for each illustration to establish the overall mood and a more detailed sketch to finalize the compositions.

So the illustrations:

01 - The Baron
I thought its crucial to start with showing him and/or the planet to establish the story.
There is a scene, where he puts his hand on a globe represinting Arrakis and I thought it could be a great symbol of he is still controlling the planet from the shadows.

02 - Hunter Seeker
The assassination scene, where the hunter seeker attacks Paul. I know its not really an epic scene, but this is the key point, where the conflict starts.
Theres a fish (jumping out of see) on Paul’s bed and that’s the part, where the hunter seeker is coming out from.
I thought this could be a great symbolic image, where the spikey shape of the device (Harkonnen) breaks the flow of the waves and the fish (Atreides).

03 - Sandworm
Epic scene, where we meet with the sandworms the first time in the book. This is where the Duke saves the crew of a spice harvester from the worm.
It also gives us a great chance to show the ornithopters and through them the world’s level of technology.

04 - Paul and Jessica
Showing the scene after their escape, looking back towards the city.
They would stand on the rocks at the bottom of the image and watch Arrakeen burn in the attack of the Harkonnen.
They are still connected, but the sea of sand already separates them from what is happening in the city.

05 - Paul’s Duel
This is the part, where Paul confront’s with the fremen and has to fight for his place inside their society.
It also gives us a great chance to show both the fremen clothing (people standing in the background) and their physical attributes on the fighter.
This is also the point, where we see Paul’s face.

06 - Jessica’s Ceremony
This is the most sacral scene in the whole book, where Jessica drinks the “water of life” to become the fremen’s new sayyadina.
She is basically finds her destiny and balance of her life in this scene, so I want to make it really symmetrical.
This is also a good chance to show all other important fremen characters: Stilgar, Chani and Ramallo the old sayyadina

07 - Riding the Sandworm
Probably the most epic scene in the book, where Paul becomes the real leader of the fremen with riding a giant sand worm.
I am planning to come up with a more unique head and body structure for the worm to stand out from the typical depictions used in the past.

08 - Sardaukar Barracks
Showing the scene just before the attack of the fremen starts showing the emperor’s ship and the enormous structure of the sardaukar legions around them.
We can also show the city walls and entrance gate in the background to show more scale.
I really would like to achieve an epic scale, but also create a lot of tension with the shape language of the image - the emperor is still standing, but everything around him is scattered and falling apart…

09 (extra) - Kies
This is the scene, where Paul and Jessica meets Liet / Kies again, when he tries to save them from the Harkonnen.
This could be a more personal scene, where we dive into the desert and the world of fremen (this could come between 04 and 05 in the book).

10 (extra) - The Emperor
Showing the scene where the Baron confronts the Emperor, the reverend mother and Alia.
I picked this to be the final scene, because this is where the Harkonnen fail and both the Baron and the Emperor is defeated right after it.
I was also thinking to show Paul’s final battle with Feyd-Rautha, but that is pretty much the same knife fighting scene, what we have already seen ealrier (05).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Star Wars - Gamma Squadron

Another illustration done for the XWing line...
Gamma Squadron
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Friday, September 9, 2016

Eclipse Phase - Moon Battle

Just realised I haven't posted anything for ages, so here is a double spread illo I have done for the latest Eclipse Phase book to keep the blog going...
X-Risks
Moon Battle interior for Eclipse Phase
2014-2016 © Posthuman Studios LLC 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Star Wars - TIE Defender Squadron

Another XWing game illo from the same batch...
TIE Defender Squadron
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Friday, July 29, 2016

Star Wars - Royal Guard Defender

Another ship illo for the XWing Miniatures line...
Royal Guard TIE Defender
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Star Wars - Backstabber

Ship illo I have done for Star Wars LCG: Galactic Ambitions a while back...
Backstabber
Star Wars LCG - Galactic Ambitions
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games


Monday, July 25, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

Star Wars - Spark of Rebellion

Illustration done for the latest deluxe expansion of the Star wars LCG: Galactic Ambitions...
Spark of Rebellion
Star Wars LCG - Galactic Ambitions
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Star Wars - TIE Bomber Veteran

Illustration I have done for one of the Star Wars XWing packs Imperial Veterans...
TIE Bomber Pilot
Star Wars XWing - Imperial Veterans
2015-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Friday, July 1, 2016

Eclipse Phase - X-Risks Cover

As it's out for a few days now, I thought I can show this cover I have done for the latest Eclipse Phase book. I am super honoured for having the chance to do cover arts for EP after my hero artists, like Stephan Martiniere... :)
X-Risks
Cover Art for Eclipse Phase
2014-2016 © Posthuman Studios LLC 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Star Wars - Rebel Fleet Command

Old Star Wars LCG illo from my archives, done for The Forest Moon pack - Mon Calamaries are fun to paint... :)
Rebel Fleet Command
Star Wars LCG - The Forest Moon
2014-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Elder Sign - Fairbanks

Last ill from this pack I posted earlier, mood setting concept for Arkham Horror / Elder Sign LCG...
Fairbanks
Arkham Horror - Elder Sign LCG
2015-2016 © Fantasy Flight Games

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Star Wars - Moon Blockade

Illo I have done for one of the latest packs of the Star Wars LCG - just to keep this blog thing goin'... :)
Moon Blockade
Star Wars LCG - The Forest Moon
2014-2016 © & TM LucasFilm Ltd. / Fantasy Flight Games