After the bulk of the concept work had been finished for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, we were given the task to play around with different styles and ideas for new IPs. I don’t really remember what the briefs were or when these were painted. I’m assuming around 2009? Or maybe 2008? I have no idea.
These concepts are pretty rough. Since we had a lot of freedom with style and design, I didn’t want to go too far only to have my AD say “nah, this isn’t what we are looking for.” It’s usually better to produce a decent WIP and then get feedback to see if it is something that has potential. You don’t want to spend a week doing one painting and then have the AD kill your idea.
I guess it was good that I didn’t spend too long on these since none of them ended up being used for anything.
For a few of them I wanted to go with more of a children’s book style that resembled watercolor. I grew up watching and drawing anime, so I wanted to give that a try. I think I just wanted to do something completely different from my normal style, not just to push myself, but to also come up with different designs and ideas.
Back at the Academy of Art University, most of the teachers and students looked down on anime. They didn’t consider it real “art,” so I always tried to hide my love for anime. I actually had a teacher tell me that anime wasn’t real art and that it served no purpose.
This guy is a little more my style, although I was channeling Keith Thompson. I don’t remember the whole backstory to this guy, but he collects baby parts. Not doll parts, but actual baby parts. He was also going to be leading around a bunch of babies in chains, but I never got around to finishing the painting.
I’m considering doing a project in the style of the fox guy. Maybe I’ll do a children’s book or something similar. I think it will be nice to change things up. Let me know if this is something that you might be interested in!