Saturday, February 16, 2008
Conceptart.org :: Toadeer

I did this quickie last night for a challenge on conceptart.org. It's a good way to clense the ol' artistic pallet. For the competition you design a new creature out of two suggested animals. This was a mix of a toad and a deer. I was going for a massive body on spindle like legs, so you get the new born calf wobble. In a swampy environment it would use the legs to move around deeper water but rarely use them to hold up all its weight. And yes, it is silly looking.

It's nice to be able to do quick pieces like this occasionally, because you don't have time to obsess over the details.
posted by Tony Shasteen @ 10:19 AM   2 comments
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Shadowrun :: Security

I recently finished a run of black and white illustrations for Shadowrun. In the past, the sections of the book that I illustrated were pretty straight forward, but this particular chapter was tough to get my mind wrapped around. It dealt with security in a digital world that somewhat resembled the Matix, but not quite. I think the scariest part was that, eventually, it started making sense!

I'll start with the easier "real world security" piece. This first illustration dealt with physical security in the real world, where the security guard is running a retina scan on a possible hacker. In science fiction pieces I enjoy building the "tech" the most. I'm thinking it came from my years as a designer constantly thinking of information architecture and graphic user interfaces. To me, science fiction has to be based on reality to be believable. Otherwise it pulls me out of that world, and then what's the point?

Here's the VERY rough concept sketch. More to come in the next couple days.

posted by Tony Shasteen @ 9:01 PM   0 comments
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Ding Ding! Round Two!
From Cody Tilson (my new competitor!)...

Last Man Standing 3 | Round Two

The complete listing of LMS3 Round One matches can be found here:

Deadline: 11:59pm PST - Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
Topic: Outbreak

The topic, as always, is completely open to interpretation, allowing for you to visualize your concept through any subject matter you deem fit. This is an illustration-based contest, and you will be expected to turn in a completed piece that stands on its own without the aid of a description. Both traditional and digital mediums can be used, but the majority of your piece must be painted/drawn with little use of photography and 3D modeling.

Round Breakdown:
Round 1 - 360 competitors in 72 matches of 5 / 72 advance
Round 2 - 72 competitors in 18 matches of 4 / 18 advance
Round 3 - 18 competitors in 6 matches of 3 / 6 advance
Final Round - 6 men enter, one man leaves...

Judging: Every round will be judged by an incredibly talented group of judges... the list is still being finalized, but it will be a relatively static panel throughout the competition. Each piece will be judged based on technical execution, creativity in the interpretation of the topic, and overall impact. All judges decisions are final. No whining!

Judging Panel:
Aleksi Briclot
Rob Carney
Dan Dos Santos
Irene Gallo
Jon Foster
Gregory Manchess
JS Rossbach
posted by Tony Shasteen @ 12:56 PM   2 comments
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