The Battle Begins

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been hard at work on a brand new portfolio that’s catered completely to visual development and design. My project is going to be an “Art Of” book based on a Japanese folk tale I read recently called ” The Boy Who Drew Cats”. As the title implies, the story involves quite a lot of cats, which means that most of my sketchbook at this point is all cat drawings.

Next time I'll post some scans of my sketchbook just to show how many cats I've been drawing.

Next time I’ll post some scans of my sketchbook just to show how many cats I’ve been drawing.

More or less, the story is about a boy who draws cats and his drawings come to life to protect him from giant Goblin-Rat. (Here’s a link to the story if you’d like to read it:http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/books/japan/hearn/boydrewcats.html).

In addition to working on designs for the characters and environments, I’ve been working on some illustrations just to get a sense of color/texture/etc. that I’ll be using. The following illustration is just a test, though I think it’s more or less going to be the sort of style I’ll be going for. I’m finding that the trickiest thing so far is to settle on an art style as I find my drawing style is changing a lot on a daily basis. Consistency is key so I’m definitely working on that at the moment.

Battle Cat (tentative name) is scoping out the temple, trying to prepare for the Goblin Rat's arrival.

Battle Cat (tentative name) is scoping out the temple, trying to prepare for the Goblin Rat’s arrival.

This past weekend I was working with my gouache set and doing a few color tests for environments, in addition to a lot of character design sketches. I’m having a ton of fun working on designs for the Goblin rat! This is a big process, but I’m really optimistic about it. I’m definitely going to make it a point to include some scans of some of my designs next post.

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