Ares by j-art ()
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This is my first public upload in 2010, I know wasn't much around last year, but I had such a lot to do that I just ran out of time to be active in the online galleries. However I hope this will change this year as I don't want to do that much comissions this year, well, at least this is the plan :-))), let's see if it works :-).
Ok, I did a bunch of illustrations for the Rolemaster Rulebooks published from “13 Mann Verlag (13 man publishing)” here in Germany. As it is seldom enough that you can do cool fantasy art for German publishers and the guys for 13 Mann Verlag are really nice people I wanted to do some good looking pieces. The problem only was the budged, they are a small publishing house so they couldn't spent too much for an illustration (still more than you get for most CCG art pieces). To make it short I wanted to do some really complex looking illustrations even for less money, but I couldn't spent to much time for them.
For this reason I decided to work mainly 3d using Poser and Vue. It helped a lot, Vue was awesome to get cool mass scenes in no time using some poser figures I posed in Poser as eco system in Vue. Than I just added some DAZ stuff and voila the illustration wwas more or less done. At the end I brought the whole things into Painter and did some (OK, OK, not just some) over-painting here and there to give the whole thing a bit more painterly look .
I'm extremely satisfied with the results (the client by the way as well, I got great praise from the publisher).
I never had been able to do something like that in such a short time if I worked only 2d and had to sketch and paint all the things.
Ok you see the result above, I really would be interested what you think. Do you like it even there is so much Poser and bought DAZ stuff obviously involved in the illustration? Give me your thoughts!
To all I didn't speak before, have a great 2010!
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Copyright: 13 Mann Verlag
Image Comments (72)
Why put down the fact that you used Poser and Vue? They are tools after all. I used Poser and Vue for all my commission work and they don't look nearly as professional as yours. (meaning you have much more talent) I think this look awesome and I look forward to seeing my from you this year. Happy New Year!
Poser and Vue means that you can do movie-quality scenes and not spend more money than you earn creating them;) I couldn't make money as an illustrator without Poser to speed up my scene creation--and your results are so awesome, I know that the publisher was very happy to see the art..and I am sure the publisher did not care at all how it was made, only that it is beautiful!
I think it looks amazing, and seriously, if movie studios are using Vue, ZBrush and other 3D apps, there's no reason not to add them to your arsenal. If it's good enough for Disney and the Pirates movies it should be good enough for just about anyone. :) And I've always been more impressed with the end results rather than what was used to get there. This is extraordinary no matter the journey.
Awesomely superb. What ever tools get the job done are the ones to use and if it's faster and cheaper then why the hell not, why are things that make art easier with pre-work packages shunned and things that make art easier with post-work packages encouraged. Anyway I would never of guessed this was Vue and Poser and pre-made content, so it's completely your own work.
Thats epic in scale and action.Using whatever means to justify the end as long as good has benefits in many ways evidently.I am considering to buy Vue for scenes as Im never happy with what bryce farts out at me.lol.Your multi zillion character war frenzy scene is out of control with class.Its images like yours that make my gallery visits extra special and I hope you do find time to post more work for us this year.Firstly I want you to get commissions tho..!Im just gonna leave now with that britney song chime'n in my ear!Ooops you did it again ..lol!If art was lunch Ive just dined at the best resterant!Thanks Uwe and HNY cal:)
OMG Uwe ... das ist einfach der Superhammer und ich wäre als Publisher auch ganz stolz auf diese Illustration. Was mir besonders gefällt sind all diese Figuren die du in diesem Image zusammen bringst. Ares soviel ich weis, war der Olympische Gott des Krieges und dieses hast du hier hervoragend mit diesem Bild dargestellt. Das Grinsen auf seinem Gesicht zeigt die Freude über die vergötterung die man ihm zukommen lässt. Die ganze Scene ist einfach überwältigent dargestellt und immer mehr Reiter und Fussgefolge nähern sich dem Ort des Geschehens. Die Burg im Hintergrund verschwimmt durch das gleissende Sonnenlicht und im Feuerschein. Man könnte viel mehr hineininterpretieren aber dazu fehlen mir jetzt einfach die Worte und daher belass ich es und erfreue mich einfach an diesem einmaligen Anblick.