Friday, October 21, 2011

Halloween Challenge Day 6: MUMMY

While thinking over what I wanted to do for today I had been given the suggestion of doing the Crypt Keeper. Technically he is a mummy, but after doing some research and playing around with the idea, he is pretty uninteresting visually in terms of unique details. So I couldn't redesign him without him just looking like a generic mummy since he has no real distinct features.

So for inspiration I decided to reach back and get some inspiration from the original 1932 mummy poster. Specifically the heavy shadowed, almost monochromatic design of the illustration posters. So rather than focus on rebuilding a character I had more fun with the visual style on this concept. I'm a huge fan of comic artist Tim Sale and while working through the early stages I started to see utilizing a digital ink wash technique, reminiscent of his work. It's not exactly the same but it is definitely what inspired me during the piece.

It's hard to see but the two mummies have a little different approach than the old films. I figured of some powerful force is going to resurrect them, why not go all the way and have the burst with a powerful energy that brings that back to there prime form. This is what they did in the newer films. However I figure they still wouldn't be so conscious of their actions, just uncontrollable rampages of anger and energy. So in a way it is kind of a cross between the new and old films. I figured have a frightening level of power that is completely off the leash was a bit scarier.

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