Houston Public Library

John P. McGovern Foundation
Summer Reading Program

This was a tremendously fun project to do.  The theme, Explore the Unknown, was meant to refer to all sorts of fun cryptozoological, mythical, and sci-fi subjects.  Included in this piece is a UFO with Roswell-style aliens, a unicorn, a big foot, the Loch Ness Monster, a kraken, and a mermaid.  The font is Black Pearl by JoannaVu.

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Final Image – Giant Robot Invasion!

And here is the final version of the piece I’ve been working on!  So much excitement going on here.   You’ve got the rockets blasting off behind, probably an emergency evacuation.  Are the searchlights searching for her, specifically?  You have the abandoned motorcycle, maybe it was hers and it ran out of gas or something?  That would explain the goggles.  Looks like she must have met with an accident on her right side at some point in the past because she’s got a prosthetic arm and leg.  They must be good tech, though, since they don’t seem to be slowing her down any.  Notice the blue light on her arm?  That’s a power indicator.  She still has a full charge.  It’ll turn orange, then red as it runs dead.  At which point she becomes a lefty.  I’m not sure what the earpiece is.  Maybe just communications equipment, maybe a hearing aid of some sort?  It is on her injured side.  What’s in her bag do you think?  Tools for maintaining her prosthetics?  Or the plans to the enemy’s base that she has to deliver into rebel hands?  It doesn’t look like she has any offensive weapons.  Just that energy shield, but I think it’s underpowered to stop that robot hand.  Maybe it will buy her a crucial second to slip out of its grip, though!

Giant Hand
Here’s an Easter egg.  You can’t tell at the resolution above, but this is in the background.  The search light washes it out, but you can see that she’s not the only one running.
Easter Egg

And here’s a behind-the-scenes from way back when I first started this piece.  This little mannequin helped me work out her pose.
model

This piece was a personal project, not one meant for any particular client.  I wanted to add a detailed sci-fi piece in my portfolio, one with a lot of action.  So, that’s the reason for it.  I’ll get it up on the portfolio in a couple of days here. [Edit: It’s up now.]

I had not really intended it to be as involved as it ended up, but the concept demanded certain elements and complex lighting.  Luckily, since I had no real deadline, I was free to take as long as I liked.  It was fun and I really like how it turned out.  :)

Rocket Ships

Rockets

Here’s just part of a background I’m working on.

Now consider this.  If we assume that these are rocket ships rather than missiles, this almost has to be an emergency evacuation.  My logic is that those rockets are blasting off at nearly the same time and way too close together to be anything any prudent space program would approve of.  Therefore, I think this depicts a, “Oh, holy crap!  Everyone get the hell off the planet, now, now, now, NOW!” situation going on here.

And we can assume these are rocket ships rather than missiles because I drew them and I’m telling you those are ships.

What, do you ask, might be the emergency?

Guess you’ll have to wait and see the finished piece.

Dune: Mock-up Cover

I just finished re-reading Dune by Frank Herbert.  I hadn’t read it since high school and had forgotten just about the entire story.  Afterwards, I felt like drawing something Dune-related.  So, here’s a mock-up book cover.   I haven’t seen the movie and so intentionally didn’t use it as visual reference.

dune-600

The image and layout is mine.  The font is Atilla-Condensed by Bay Animation Inc.  Dune and everything else belongs to Frank Herbert.