After I post the ragwort illustration, one of my friend told me Ragworth is a poisonous weed and asked me am I inspire from there. I didn’t know it but if get the chance to see the actual weed, I don’t mind to give it a try. Apart from that, I would like to share some concept designs here. The concept of design behind is to combine two contradistinct elements into one character, like: ugly but adorable, cute but fears…etc. That’s why you see a round shape but fears frog like monster, ugly creature with huge worry eyebrow hiding somewhere. Apparently I didn’t integrate it with any exciting concept design culture (eg. medieval, steampunk, victorian…etc) that’s why it hardly categorizes in any mainstream concept design direction. Which is not my initial intension, I just didn’t aware of it.
This is one of the personal projects I develop for my previous employer a few years back, I was assigned to illustrate the Ragwort’s story written by Andy Greenaway. It considers my first conceptual design and fantasy illustration. I did a lot of sketches for it, and here are a few that I found presentable to showcase. It was sketch in pencil on Daler Rowney paper, the monotone color is added in Adobe Photoshop recently.
I try to be more serious about drawing class, so I bring my own newsprint paper and bought some new charcoal pencil (Previously just use some office printing paper). And also set a small goal to achieve: Don’t draw everything in, learn to fade out certain part of body. Other than that, when we drew half way, one of the Digipen people came in and turn on their new set up spotlights, it took 5 minutes to warm up, when that time, magic appear! The model’s silhouette, main light, bounce light suddenly become so clear and make the drawing process become more enjoyable. At that time I really wish to re-draw all the model back, my colleague also have the same thought as mine.
I did last week drawing class as well, the model is really awesome but I feel myself not really catch the charm of her. Wish could have her as model again in near future.