Friday, July 19, 2013

The Legend of Barash the Buff

      Before recorded history, great barbarian's roamed a planet where human contact was rare and nature was unkind. One of them, was Barash the Buff  Barbarian (buff as in naked, not strong). The smallest of the Giants, often teased, took upon the shoulders of the largest of giants as compensation. He roamed the land proud and arrogant in his reputation for being a fierce barbarian. He does this, giving no credit or acknowledgement to the key factor the largest giant plays in his reputation. He is so bold in fact, he rides around in nothing but a helmet and rarely even acknowledges that the largest of giants exists. Instead he basks in his delusion, parading his horribly kept body and enraged when anyone even hints that he wouldn't be great with out the giant.

("FEAR BARASH THE BARBARIAN!" - "...and the largest of giants?" - "NO! ONLY BARASH!")

     This story comes from two places. The first being a fellow Columbia Alumn was looking for me to contribute to his barbarian sketchbook. This lead to conjuring up some characters in a realm I usually don't think about. The idea of using that space to create narratives about perception versus reality and delusion whether personal or public, proved to be intriguing. So I jotted down an idea for a character outside of this one. It will probably won't be until next year before I start seriously writing anything, but there is a arch I have outlined that shows promise. The character above came about from being in that head space.
(I scrapped the idea of placing him in an environment. I wanted to wrap this one up quickly.)

     There is a quite a bit I could improve here but I need to move on. I could have worked in some more detail to make the mountains and grass feel more connected to the larger giants body. The smaller giant looks a little too floaty as well. If I were to spend more time I would also create a more interesting design to the house around his neck and add a lot more ropes. More ropes that are smaller would help support the scale and also the idea of the larger giants strength. Lesson going forward, work in more visual rhythm, make things feel connected where necessary and support the narrative with detail.

(A quick comparison of the rough linework compared to the final render.)

     I mostly set out to have fun with this one and not worry too much about learning a lesson from it. Inevitably I did, learning to better wield a particular brush as move towards a better balance of line-work and painting. Not there yet, but I am getting close. In the end I like the idea more the my execution. I still need to push for a loose feel to the pose to really sell the movement. I also still have quite a bit of work to do as far as rendering characters from imagination and maintaining perspective. The work still looks overly labored if that make sense. It comes from hesitation and lack of confidence in certain areas. The more I learn the more confident I become and that translates into the brush strokes and ultimately the final image. There was a nice simplicity and flow to the clouds I really liked. I would like to start to work in the feeling into characters. 

      That is all, have a good weekend and what not. In the next couple of weeks I will post some practice routines and references for educational materials I have found particularly helpful.

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