Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Something In The Mist
- detail from the left, the sparse beginnings of a crab like beast creeping out of the mist.
- detail from the right, cars will be useful to help get across the scale of the monsters in the environment.
So here is the earliest stage of a very large digital piece I'm working on inspired by a scene from a Stephen King story, The Mist. I don't usually make artwork based on other people's stories, but I'm making an exception in this case considering how brilliantly a recent Lovecraft artwork of mine was published. And while I have a digital artwork inspired by Thomas Ligotti festering and half finished, this will be a nice third author inspired digital piece to flesh out a sort of triptych of horror fiction inspired artworks.
I spent several hours blocking in the composition which still has a ways to go. Atmosphere will play a large role in this image so I'll be using that to my advantage in creating a sense of depth in the large beast, running streams of mist under legs to show space. What you see here is similar to looking at a very rough pencil sketch before a very detailed painting goes on top. There's going to be a lot of fun details such as over turned cars with monsters tearing out engines or holding up car doors ripped off the shells of the vehicles. Downed road signs, power lines. The left and right slopes will be filled with all manner of shadowy beasts half seen through a blanket of mist that will be slowly and methodically layer after layer built up over the composition. The giant center beast itself will function as a sort of mad landscape on which small insect like monsters are crawling up and down the legs. I'm really excited about this one, it's going to be one of my best pieces of art in 2009.