Saturday, August 09, 2008

Loch Ness Test

A simple (unfinished) collage of Nessie I made as part of a project to illustrate several monsters for a children's book... didn't really get much farther than this one, but I was planning to include the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, dragons, unicorns, etc. -- your standard assortment of childhood fancies and fears.
The style and composition here are very basic and clear, with a kids' picture book design in mind, leaving room for text for example... though it could certainly use some additional details -- such as smaller fishes and plant life under the water, and somehow creating the illusion that the lower half of the body is actually submerged, not just pasted into the pic, and so on. I may fix it up at some point.
The background - at least the bottom half - is by the great space artist Chesley Bonestell, one of my favorite illustrators of all time.


Aeron said...

This is a great idea, so far as making the creature appear submerged in the water... you could put in some underwater texture of some kind and drop the opacity until the layer is translucent enough that the creature appears to be hidden inside the murkiness of the water?

Don't forget the abominable snowman and to make him a giant! That mother could kick Big Foot's ass any day of the week!

Paleo said...

Nice, it has a 60's 70's science fiction paperback cover feel to it, wich i love, and its only partly because of Bonestell clipping. i must admit also that i have a soft spot for Nessie, she's my dream pet!