Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Uncanny Grand Canyon: Meet Will-Mar

      
 (A bit too subtle, the foggy border was supposed to give the piece the feel of peering through a dirty window. It didn't quite work as I'm not sure it would have gone noticed without my mentioning.)

      This is Will-Mar (The piece was inspired by a photo of that mart that has Wal in its name). Another early piece for the Sci-Fi universe currently under casual construction. Below is the story write up for the character, which is going in the right direction. Most of the time these exist somewhere while I paint. I figured I would start including them with the posts. It is one of the few pieces that actually made me laugh out loud while I was painting and building up the story details in my head:

      The tragedy and self-victimization of those lacking self awareness is embodied by Will-Mar. This alien floats around on an often overheating scooter. It spends most of its day poking around shops of all sorts until the inevitable boredom sets in. It does attempt to assimilate by wearing a homemade "human mask", or at least a mask of how it perceives the humans around it (future posts of the humans during this time will explain the mask detail). Despite its earnest effort to soften its appearance to the human race, the mask only further terrifies and disturbs people. That on top of its generally unseemly manners. At the same time it draws a hidden curiosity, as neighborhood children like to peer from at it from behind windows and anything serving as a shield.

     This however goes mostly unnoticed, as its care for others only goes so far. Its sense of its societal role is carried over from a near royal social status on its home planet. So focus lies mainly on its own desires and comfort. This leads to inconsiderate behavior and a tendency to gorge in luxury. It considers itself above other aliens and most humans, floating by others with a quiet dignity and silent disdain. Unfortunately for it's species, it is prone to the abundance of fatty foods on earth. This leads to its astonishing weight gain. This is no bother to it. In fact, it finds the anti-gravity scooter to be a delight, especially finding one in a nice golden color. Their extra set of arms also proved to be more useful than usual when it comes to reaching around it's newly acquired girth.

(I realized I obscured a detail with the steam from the overworked scooter. The can being held between the front of the scooter and the belly was amusing. I decided to call it and just leave it as is. I have been looking at it too long to determine just how readable the can is behind the steam.)


     This piece was a bit difficult because I started it, then put it away for quite some time. Having learned quite a bit since last picking up, there are a lot of early mistakes I needed to salvage in the later stages. That said, sometimes you just have to power through and let it turn out to be what it is. Then move on and improve with the next one.

     I struggled a bit with the color pallete (and spelled it wrong in the image), mostly because I waited too long to even begin considering it. Now when working, even if staying with values, I make sure to have notes and reference for the pallet on hand. It makes a big difference. A stronger color design could have pushed this piece a lot further. From a design stand point the cut and patterning of the clothes could have been way stronger if it were a little more extreme or playful with proportions. That was the case with a lot of the pieces weaknesses, in focusing on technical aspects I tightened up a little bit. The head appendages are another example. They are pretty bland and I missed an opportunity to really play around with some more interesting, crown like forms.

    That is it for this thing and hope to be posting some more things later this week so it's a thing on the blog...things.

      

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