Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Finch Maquette: Taking Shape

This week I busted out the clay and attempted some Finch models, and it's been really exciting to see him taking shape! The point of the exercise is to help me envision the character from all angles, and it's already helped a lot with the structure and sense of depth in my sketches, which is awesome - I was feeling kind of stuck before. Next Tuesday's post: new and improved character drawings which means goodbye for now, clay - hello again, graphite.

If you're interested in attempting your very own maquette, by the way, you should check out this video by illustrator Shawna JC Tenney - I sort of followed this process and found it very helpful!

Monday, February 17, 2014


 Hey guys, so I've been hard at work on the next character in the Heirs of Vent series.

What you should know about Finch: he's Badger's best friend and protector and they've been pretty much inseparable since Finch rescued him from the streets. The guy's got a heart of gold, and is reluctant to use his massive strength except in honest work or in defense of those he loves. Underneath the quiet, modest exterior, however, Finch carries a secret about his origins and, despite his hesitance, is destined to be much more than a humble mechanic.

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The other thing you should know about Finch is that he's built like a tank. Never having found much occasion to draw huge muscly guys, this poses a serious challenge for me as an artist, especially when it comes to drawing him from different angles and in a variety of poses. Currently, I'm tackling this by doing lots of figure study and building some clay models which I'll be sure to include in next week's post.
 Meanwhile, after all that sketching (and tons more!) this is the tentative direction I'm taking. As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts. For more info. or updates on the game, follow us on Twitter @HeirsOfVent or check out our Facebook page.