Jack amuses and disturbs me in fairly equal proportions. Good use of masking here.
Reposting this because the core shapes have been broken down into such good blocks of colour, with nice shading gradients and very minimal and delicate use of linework. I really like the way that you can see this has been based off of a strong core of silhouettes with the detail providing a good focus point.
A Cup of Salt Tears
Besides the fact that Irene Gallo being one of the best ADs, I am always excited to work onTor.com short story art there’s no way to tell what kind of subject matter will come along.
This piece accompanies Isabel Yep’s novelette A cup of Salt Tears - an eerie yet beautiful story. You can read it here. The audiobook of IQ84 by Murakami Haruki accompanied the working of this piece, it was quite the perfect track.
“Makino’s mother taught her caution, showed her how to carve her name into cucumbers, and insisted that she never let a kappa touch her. But when she grows up and her husband Tetsuya falls deathly ill, a kappa that claims to know her comes calling with a barbed promise. “A Cup of Salt Tears” is a dark fantasy leaning towards horror that asks how much someone should sacrifice for the one she loves.”
While I was doing research for this project, I learnt a lot of interesting facts about Kappa (河童 ”river-child”), including their obsession with shirikodama (尻子玉 "Small Anal Ball"). It’s believed that kappa lure their victims into the water and gain power by taking their shirikodama, a mythical ball said to contain their soul which is located inside the anus. Check out the amazing manga by Hokusai titled 同河童を釣るの法 (“How to fish for Kappa”).
Small Anal Ball. That is all we need to take from this
Lost at Sea.
Three game pieces from a nine piece set and board which I will try and post the entirety of on Monday once I can work out a way to photograph it which doesn’t look terrible.
Amy’s work is so intricate and interesting. I can’t wait for a chance to actually play some of these!
I am I am
Ahahahhahahahaha tiny Henry!
fooling around with some stuff.
Sophie’s lines are gorgeous
Here’s the piece I made for the Fifth Element Art book! So excited to have been a part of this, there’s a lot of great work! Check here for updates on when the book will be available and much more information on the project.
I love this film and I love this illustration. The differences in dark and light and the way it leads your eye zigzagging through the composition is absolutely superb
Stabs & Snipes //
Quick personal piece of my main ladies, Tripp and Imani! I can’t say enough good things about the character designs from my coworkers here at Motiga. Every hero looks like the embodiment of what they do, and the natural diversity of cast is a point of pride.
Diversity is great- in gender, in cast, in body shapes and types of costumery!
I drew today’s Google Doodle celebrating Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. Big thanks to Ryan for the assignment, to Sophia for assistance with parallaxing and other complicated things, to the engineers/programmers who made things move and to everyone who liked it and wrote nice things to me!
Here’s the full interactive version if you missed it on the homepage (you can drag the scenes instead of clicking to see the transitions better).
PS. I’ll use this opportunity to plug my debut graphic novella (In A Sense) Lost & Found which is out today. Coincidence?! Yes.
Very interesting, lots of detail about process and also a nice project.