Iranian battle-mask, from the Safavid Dynasty (16th-18th c.) (Shahada inscribed on the top)
(Scanned by me. Don’t remember the source.)
I always thought this mask would make for some rather epic inspiration for a Middle-Eastern cyber-/steam-punk thing.
My rolemodels rpg selfie for the light grey art lab show in Minneapolis. Had heaps of fun designing this character.
I was really interested in how fantasy can be used to address the real world and how the characters people play in rpgs can reflect what kind of person they are. I wanted to do this in a more conscious direct way and even address things about myself that I don’t like.
I wrote a rough short story for the character to help me make design decisions and help the piece read as a narrative. His story is set in a world that I helped design with Alex and Nick a few years ago. You can see the map we made here. Aspects of his costume and weaponry reflect different parts of myself and the skills that help me survive as an artist. (While still being cool in a fantasy sense)
Once a biologist on earth, he now walks the depths of a massive layered forest made from interlacing kilometer wide branches. Making his way only by the few pillars of light that breach the canopy of the forest hundreds of meters above. His cloak and helmet are made from the body and wings of a Sominumetus Sentenia, the feared bipedal moth creatures that live in the depths of the pyramid forest. This deters most danger that he might come across and for any creature still willing to attack, he has his spear. One end a crude rifle stock which, (when the blade is unscrewed) uses the flammable gas that the white floating flowers collect to fire the round hard seeds the flowers drop after they float up into the light and are pollinated.
The strange face next to his, is a creature made from leftover thoughts, ideas and emotions, it locked itself to him when he entered this world from earth. It stopped him from being lost in the space between Earth and Vana but now it drives him toward the bottom of the forest, regardless of who it hurts or leaves behind on the way. It represents the difference I have always felt between my creative self and my social self, they often seem like different people in many ways, even opposites.
The Chinese aesthetic in some of the armor represents my martial arts training and black belt in CMA.
The gun; my ability to paint with new technologies like the wacom tablet and photoshop, as well as my knowledge of traditionally western painting techniques.
The dark underforest; the uncertainty in myself and the direction my work will go, as well as the financial danger I put myself in by trying to be an artist.
The Venn diagram design on his shoulder pad; the need for balance between my life and in my art practice.
The spear; the feeling of isolation that living in new zealand brings, and the need to use the internet to reach a large audience.
concept art of Skyrim
part one of ?
Attack by Artem Portnoy
Source: Flickr / hermit75
Husaria, photo by wojtek
Jaeger Pilot Suit Details (+ circuitry suit) x
Illustrations by Clint Cearley
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, - BSB Cod.icon. 340, f. 33r. Beschreibung der historischen und allegorischen Personen der acht Inventionen zum Ringelrennen in den Aufzügen gehalten 1596 anläßlich der Taufe der Prinzessin Elisabeth von Hessen, 1600.
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Can’t beat the pulps.
Meghan Ory in “Merlin’s Apprentice”
Lots of armor was ornamental, so practicality isn’t the be-all-end-all.
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