Fast forward to 2015-ish and I feel like sketching my jolly mutant band again (on the left page you can see my Xeno-archaeologist examining an alien skull ). I’ve sketched the current bunch; the giant biffo mutie, the bald, pallid psychic mutant, the crazy clown-haired leader with his metal claw arm and various others.
This is my line-up of mutants; a mutie wide-faced woman with a scrap-shotgun, a melting-faced fat mutant with a giant crossbow, the mutant psychic (now a dwarf), the giant dude, the clown-haired leader and the berserker.
Round about a couple of years later I returned to these ideas as I felt I could do them a bit more justice. I started with the mutant berserker. I imagined he had found an electronic object that glowed a little when he discovered it in the filthy junk-heaps. He thinks it’s a refractor field so now believes he’s invulnerable to bullets.
I added a bit of acrylic white (probably Skull White!) to this version and some more crazy mutant gang territory symbols.
Here I’ve loosely sketched in a version in inks, acrylic white and a bit of watercolour wash. More next time!
One of my first attempts at digital painting (in 2002!) was a fight scene in a hive world setting between slightly medieval-garbed fanatical mutant-hating humans (a Venator gang) fighting a mutant slave gang.
Hive World Warhammer 40,000
I still like it, despite it being done ages ago and in Painter Classic (maybe having only one layer helped the image to be more coherent.)
Well a few years later, back in 2006 I wanted to revisit the image and began doodling and sketching these muties again. They’re not ‘Chaos mutants’, just unfortunate souls mutated by all the toxic
pollution affecting generations of humans living in the Underhive.
Some of my mutant character’s are evolving on these pages; the gangly, goofy berserker and the guy with the blade on the end of his arm.
Here’s a very quick doodle on some lined paper of the mutant gang, the large mutant waving his trusty hitting pole in a threatening manner at the back! More of these sketches later.
And my last of the three Space Pirates, the Captain himself. He’s possibly a former Imperial Space Navy Captain or maybe he’s taken the gear from one he’s slain. I drew a head without a helmet and an alternative rifle for him (a laser volley-gun which I thought was suitably piratical!).
The next space pirate concept is this wild-haired tough woman with an automatic shotgun, there’s an alternative head and weapon options.
Earlier this year I was contacted by a Russian fellow who wanted to commission some images of Space Pirates to turn into miniatures. As I had already sketched a few (previous posts) he picked three so this is the first one, a fat bo’sun who has to boss the unruly pirates about. I gave him some alternative weapons and a different head design.
I started with a rough pencil sketch, scanned the sketch in and worked it up in Painter and Manga(Clip) Studio.
And the last (for now, though I’m working on more!) of my Space Pirate sketchbook pages.
To follow: a full page Space Pirate concept design (black and white).
Here’s my next sketch of four space pirates. If they were going to made into miniatures I like to give them alternative heads! There’s a humanoid alien here too.
Boy do I not use this website enough, it needs a right old tidy-up. Anywaaaayy… here’s a page of some sketches from a year or two ago. They’re some ideas I had for that classic SF trope: Space Pirates! I was considering whether to design them as costumes for a film or miniatures for a game.
I incorporated some of the feel of late 1980’s/early 1990’s Citadel Space Pirates by Bob Olley and Bob Naismith (Bob Olley’s Space Pirates Bob Naismith’s Space Pirates) with some traditional piratical gear and other influences like the mercenaries from Riddick (2013), and the Ravagers from Guardians Of The Galaxy(2014) and Vol. 2 (2017). More of these tomorrow!
A new wave of Jon Boyce’s science fiction Colony 87 miniatures are on their way, concept drawings by me and sculpts by the excellent miniature sculptors Mike Anderson and John Pickford. Here’s a link to the Facebook page.
Colony 87 on Facebook
The brief from Jon was to draw a “female, deep space pilot wearing flight suit covered with pockets, cabling, tubing etc. Hard-seal connection at neck, calves and forearms. Helmet is removed and under arm in classic pilot pose. Mature, but attractive – think Helen Mirren. One side of head is shaved.”
My process is to created a reference sheet from all sorts of images I’ve collected from the internet and my own books; ranging from space suit designs by Fred Freeman of ex-Nazi rocket scientist Wernher Von Brown’s First Men to the Moon (1960) book, (Retro-future Space Suit) to actual space suits and movie space suits from science fiction films. Then produce a sketch of my initial ideas to send to the client (in this case Jon Boyce).