Into the Void

I’m trying my hand at AtomHawk’s “Into the void” concept art challenge. #atomvoid

I’m about half way through the final artwork at the moment, but I thought I’d share some of the process so far:

I started with a load of rough thumbnail drawings in my sketchbook- just really quick visual notes to capture the barest form of the idea in my head.

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Thumbnail sketches from my sketchbook

Then I scanned them in and proceeded to paint over the ones I liked best, experimenting with colour and tone, and solidifying the choice of camera angle. After a while of doing this it became obvious which my favourites were, and I crossed the others off one by one until I had four contenders left.

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Rough ideas stage one

My four contenders got a little bit more development. After that, I sought a little bit of outside input. After all, you can become blind to first impressions after you’ve been working on a piece for so long. The image really needs to sell the idea of someone or something going “into the void”. It was decided that two of the four were superior in their narrative impact and sense of suspense…

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Rough ideas stage two

So now it’s on to the painting stage, rather- finishing the painting stage, since I’ve already been painting for a couple of days now. All proceeding as planned- the chosen final image will pop up in my gallery when the deadline passes in just over a week.