I have been trying to learn from cushart’s vivid use of color, and his liberal use of the SSS effect. This drawing is the result of some of that experimentation.
Cushart is a Taiwanese artist that does a lot of high fantasy game art and romance novel covers. See some of his work here!
This drawing is a scene from my story, Discretional Valor. Silas, Opal, and Sir Vladimir (you can just barely see his helmet in the background) are waiting in a carriage for the arrival of Lily, the Ogmian Princess. They are to transport her to a Lord Vodnik’s castle, which is about four days East of Ogmia. This is the first time all three of them are working together. Opal is concerned about the consequences her absence from the capital city may cause among the gang that collects interest on a debt from her weekly. Silas is too naive and excited to be spending time with Opal to comprehend her concerns, and Vladimir is so preoccupied with the mission that he has barely spoken a word.
I was practicing male anatomy, and this happened. I know its sometimes good to keep starting new poses and restrict yourself to a time limit per pose, but I have a bad habit of working one thing farther than necessary when practicing.
It ended up turning into Vladimir, from Discretional Valor. He could only be this confident in front of a mirror alone however - he’s kind of a wuss without his armor and helmet on in public.
In fact, he gets chastised for wearing his helmet too often.
Here are some older scraps I found lying around. Maybe as far back as 2010? I always liked this batch. And yes, that is definitely Bowser from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Those Paper Mario games have been great, and the Superstar Saga has been too, but what I would do for a true sequel to that incredible game.
Experiments I had previously abandoned, but I found recently on my hard drive. Vladimir and Mia from my original work, Discretional Valor. This is what the green knight I keep drawing looks like underneath the helmet, and Mia’s outfit is an idea for a ballgown. She’s half Daecubbae, which is a demonic humanoid race in a nether plane connected to the world of Discretional Valor. I am always trying to differentiate the style of the Daecubbae clothing from the humans, and hence this slightly weird outfit.
After playing Disgaea 4, I felt compelled to draw some of my characters as though they were part of a strategy RPG. I tried to do something a little more like Ogre Battle 64 than Nippon Ichi. I swear, Ogre Battle 64 had some of the coolest character art of any game I have ever played!