Awesome, man. I just finished 20 sea monsters for You Work For Them and I thought that was a lot of effort. 1000 is such a daunting number. Whereabouts are you at on that?
I've got about 300 more to go then somewhere around 150 - 200 redos. For some weird reason when I hit around 200 I went into this new style that just didn't jive up with the older ones so I took them all offline and I'm going to redraw them or possibly just make new ones instead. It's interesting the things you start drawing when you do a project like this. You really find out the weird obsessions with certain shapes and patterns that you have which you weren't aware of before. And it's a real bitch trying to make hundreds of these, make them mostly unique from each other but still try to keep a cohesive sense of design in them.
Understood. I've made about 400 pieces in four weeks (stock art for a tee startup), but 1000 is just another realm entirely. About three quarters of the way through 400 I evolved into a new style. The interesting thing is that it's the style I draw most often in today. Funny how that works sometimes.I assume you're keeping a high res scan of each of these before sending them off to buyers or somesuch?
Your stock art collection is amazing, I'm sure you'll have a lot of people interested in that stuff. And yeah, I'm keeping high res scans of these for whatever I figure out for em. I'm thinking about the beastiary book and I might have one page showing a small graphic with a size comparision of a human or Hob Bob vs one of these creatures, probably a black outline of it. Some of these are the size of insects and some are as big as mountains, so I'd like to get that size difference across in the book. And I'd like to do a paragraph or two explaining what each of these creatures are in the context of the fantasy world they're from. Some are wizards, some are mindless slaves of demonic gods. Others just wild life of some weird forrest. So I'm starting to think about a lot of writing that might be involved in this book and possibly doing more than one considering it would be over 2,000 pages worth of material. Another thing I'm thinking about with this is dividing it into chapters based on where these things live. One chapter for creatures that live in caves, another for oceanic beasts, conjured monsters of the glass wizards, and so on.
Awesome to hear. I really get excited when some exposition is provided on these sorts of creations. Seeing them placed with a person for scale would be really fucking fun. When do you hope to start working on that?
I've put this project at the forefront of my attention for the time being so it's moving really fast. I've sketched out another 200 some creatures and am about to go into the inking phase on the 400 some that I've sketched out in the past week. I'm looking to write a couple paragraphs of backstory on each creature that will hopefully be done by the end of the summer. I'll probably do something like mention a certain creature liking to feed on another type of creature and you'll be able to flip to the page that creature is on to see what it looks like. Should be a fun book. The Crystal Wizards or Glass Wizards concept with the diamond shaped cloaked figures and summoned creatures is giving me a lot of good ideas for the comic. Another amusing detail about the book is the human sized comparison figure will be in different poses depending on the size of the creature it's being compared to. If there's a giant creature, the human shape will be cowering in fear next to it. If it's a really small creature, the human shape might be lifting a foot up to stomp it or bending down to get a closer look. There's going to be odd details like that.
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