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This picture shows a scene from my passion project, Farmland Monsters:
a multi-generational family of mold ogres enjoying sunset in the
I originally designed these monsters in a sketchbook that I filled in
one week to give to an artist I admired. He ended up not taking
the sketchbook, so I took it home again and made something of the
creatures I'd drawn in it, scanning my pen sketches from the
book into Photoshop and building up this piece around them.
Creating this finished scene was relaxing and fun
because the colours here are a favourite combination. I've been using
since I was a child, so I felt familiar with them already.
|In Aldo's Bag|
This picture shows another character from Farmland Monsters, Aldo the Blue Witch, and the myriad contents
of their traveling bag. I always love seeing people draw the contents of their handbag, and I thought it'd be fun
to try with a fictional character. While the sheer amount of linework in this piece was time-consuming to
complete, it was very meditative to come up with each item as I went along, fitting them together like puzzle
pieces. Many of the items shown were invented for this piece, but a fair number of them already have a secret
significance to the Farmland Monsters world. Originally, this piece was much more colourful, but it felt incoherent
that way, so with a lot of help from my younger sister Soraya, I narrowed the colours down to blue and yellow
(and their mix, green). Working with so few colours was a real challenge for me, but I like the finished result!
|Sale of a Plains Beast|
This picture shows another scene from my Farmland Monsters project:
a family of Hin attempting to sell a massive Plainsbeast to another
Hin individual on the plains of the Manibodan steppe. This piece started
as a rough pen sketch of the Plainsbeast alone, which I scanned and built
around. Finishing the linework was a normal five-hour job, but the
difficulty of balancing so many soft and similar colours, while attempting
to let the foreground stand out and the background fade into the distance,
proved difficult for me and dragged the creation of this piece on for over
24 hours of drawing time. My favourite parts of this piece are small
details, like the faint lightning and arguing kaiju behind the mountains.
This animated gif of Yaia, the giant decapitated space giant in
whose flooded brainpan the Farmland Monsters live, was
something I drew for the front page of farmlandmonsters.com.
I've gone through dozens of redesigns of the planet for this project
over the past 16 years, and was inspired to set it on a giant head
after seeing the trailer for the film Guardians of the Galaxy.
Most of the planet's previous designs have left their mark on the
final, but the details of how are something I'll have to reveal later...
The "floating head" concept went through many iterations as well,
but I love drawing folds of fat, and felt this robust shape
looked bountiful and welcoming.
This Venusaur was drawn for pkmnathon.tumblr.com. When I was a kid, I was really fascinated by Mitsuhiro Arita's illustration on the Base Set Venusaur trading card—it's stomach is so large that it's flat against the ground, and it had such solid rolls of flesh under its chin—it seemed monstrous in a way that really inspired me. Years later, when I drew this Venusaur, I remembered that and drew Venusaur overgrown and heavyset. As I kept trying to bring balance to the picture, I spread Venusaur's body further and further outwards until it became almost a puddle of Pokémon.