Painted up the guard sketch i done previously, leaving him how he is at this point, may need to come back to him at some point, think his hands need to be a tab bigger but ill move on to the last character next.
After some valuable feedback today, i went back to the Emperor character as the face and the expression didn't really fit the feel of how the character is in the book. So i went over the original and firstly made the character younger, then i started to try and make the character a little more smug looking instead of a mad look. I think the newer versions are 100% times better than the original but I'm not sure if they show the arrogance, I've found its a very difficult to show! but I'm leaning towards attempt 3.
Started the Hookman leader adding some colour in and blocking out his clothing properly before i need to go in a detail everything up, had to mess around with the pose quite a lot... still not 100% on it need to tweak those legs i think.
Calling this guy done for now.. not happy with the back view at all, theres something majorly wrong with it and think ill have to completly redo it, but i must move on for now.
Working more on the emperor character. Changed up his armour, much more happier with it now.. something just didn't work and made the character look a little out of place from the whole theme of the book so it had to be changed.
Working my way back through the unfinished character designs now, Here's some progress on the Samarol character, just need to work on the back view now and most likely a few minor tweaks and adjustments.
Just two more final design sketches that i know need to work on. Now i have the development work done for the character i will now go back and start to finish each concept until I'm happy with the result. Then ill move onto weapons and get all the weapons done.
Some more sketches for the last character on my list. The Torturer Mara that is in the room with the Guard and Grangers Daughter. I want him to look quite evil and sinister. The first sketch is standing out to me at the moment although i may change or add a few pieces to get a more interesting design.
Some sketches for the next character which is a guard that is beating up Granger's daughter with Torturer Mara. Didn't really intent on drawing another half naked male character.. was hoping to design this character in some of his guard/army clothes, but reading over this part of the book again he takes his shirt off. Anyway i don't want to spend to much time on this character, hes not a major character in the book but nether the less he still needs to be designed, if i have time ill come back and design his clothes for him.
Here's the finished sketch for the 3rd Hookman character, I'm aware of a few problems with the characters that i keep noticing but i should be able to fix those problems up when i start painting the designs. I know I'm also doing a few weapons with these character designs without properly designing them, but because they will be mostly standard fishing equipment or cutting knives i will just draw them along with the characters as they are not to complex or fancy.
Here a front and back sketch for one of the Hookmen characters, i think I've improved the design by choosing my favourite sketch then combining a few other different designs. Im happy with the overall look to this guy now to get the designs done for the other two.
Some more character sketches for another Hookmen character, at the moment I'm liking character 2 and 3 with a few other parts from the other two sketches so i will most likely combine a few different designs to see if i can come up with one better concept to move forward with.
Not been able to do as much work as i would have liked recently but trying my best to get what i can done. Here's a few sketches for the Hookmen leader, ill be designing 3 Hookmen so ill do a few sets of these. In my imagination i see these characters as the hillbilly fishermen type, or a mean big guy you would see in an old rough pub somewhere, a pretty touch looking character and a brawler. The leader is the most broadest of the Hookmen and is also described as being more heavily built so i want them to look pretty sturdy looking guys, i like concept 3 the most at the moment, looks fierce and ready for action.
Just began working on final concept for Emperor Hu, roughed out a quick back view, something looks a little odd with it though, not sure if its the arms or something... I'm also doing the back view without his cape, as it would cover most of the character which is pretty pointless if a 3d modeller wanted to see the detail on the back of the character but they cant see it because its covered by a cape, so think its more sensible to remove it for the back view.
A few more sketches i finished up. At the moment I'm liking number 1 more, although i think the breast plate in number two looks much nicer so i would combine that. I'm also not sure about the waist/leg parts for number one so i may change these.
Starting some ideas and sketches for the next character, Emperor Hu. He comes across in the book that he is vain and loves himself, doesn't seem to be much of a fighter but is seen in golden battle armour, with a fancy Unmer sword. I want him to look powerful but not in the way a character would look powerful with sheer strength but more of his status as emperor that makes him powerful. After these sketches i will do some head studies and hopefully i should be able to choose the design i like the most.
Just roughed in some colours, i know i wanted a deep red/brown colour for the leather pieces on his armour, i did initially want all the metal a gold colour but in the book it says the wolf mask helmet is silver so the rest of the armour should tie in with this. Happy with the progress so far, mainly been working on that helmet.
Here's the chosen final design i have come up with, I've also sketched out a back view so i can begin working on that after I've finished the coloured version. Fairly happy with the overall design so far.