Friday, February 11, 2011

Indie space marine

The unsung hero of the current gaming generation. Poster child for truly modern aesthetics, originality and a profound need to voice an individual artistic message via the medium of gaming - The space marine.

Hero of countless AAA big-budget titles, this bold fellow with lots of personality has been making his entry into the independent gaming scene as well. Alas, with short budgets come... economic restrictions.

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It's not easy being indie, and a space marine.
By the way, have you noticed how in all space marine games they have these really, really gigantic Mega Man boots? Seriously, those feet must be huge...

For anyone interested, here's a small WIP:

This being a rather quick painting, there was no need for many sketches - I just used the first one. With the color palette being naturally... restricted by the subject nature, I started by superimposing a nice dirt texture and working myself through various shades of the mud brown and gun gray spectrum.

What's semi-interesting is that I've been trying to add a few vector curves here and there, as seen in the bottom image. They're only used for areas which are really in focus, and ought to make stark contrasting lines appear less blotchy and more exact.
Also, I've noticed that blending whites on brown via Overlay mode is really good for achieving a bronze shine on surfaces. I should look into that a bit more.

Anyway, hope you like it!

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