December 31st, 2011
December 30th, 2011
I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written.
December 28th, 2011
The Temple of the Falling Star is a small temple within the Vaal’lin city and sister to the Temple of the Rising Star which resides in another Age. The two temples are linked together by a thread that goes beyond space and time.
December 26th, 2011
My wife and I love Doctor Who, so for this Christmas I wanted to do something slightly different for her. River Song is one of our favorite characters (along with Captain Jack) so I wanted to make River’s famous blue book.
Book cover was made from cardboard bound with faux leather and painted with several layers of blues to build up the highlights.
Pages are simply stained with coffee to age them. Images and text were a combination of images printed and worked into with ink, paint and pencil and straight up drawings done by hand.
The cover could use a little more work but it turned out pretty well and my wife loved it (combined it with a Tardis Key) which is the important thing.
December 23rd, 2011
December 16th, 2011
Books are still the core to the Vaal’lin Linking technology, but they also took it a step further. Each inhabitant of Vaal’lin is equipped with a personal Linking stone that is worn on the chest. Such an item is so common place within society that fashion has evolved to include said stones within the design.
At the core of the device is an extremely small linking book that is connected to the rock interface allowing for a Link to be made upon contact. Similar technology was used with the Vaal’lin Public Link Service.
December 16th, 2011
Quick speed painting, trying some new ideas and techniques out.
December 14th, 2011
So I finished the other three images for the temple of the Four Gods for the Vaal’lin project.
I also figured I would post a little more information for those who are interested regarding who they are and so forth.
Had some issues with these three, the Hameta image came naturally there was a flow to it. These three had a feeling of being forced and being too refined. The version of Azal posted here is actually the third version as the other two just didn’t work out right.
Azal the God of Creation and is represented by the day. He created the universe with Ib, Hameta and Ophen. It was said he looked upon Ashel with favoritism. When Ib corrupted the people of Ashel Azal turned his back on them, refusing to help them rise up again. Feeling that they should do it on their own merit.
Once considered a brother to Azal due to similar personalities and looks as Azal. Ib lead the corruption of Ashel and as a result was cast down and imprisoned in the darkness he helped spread. He is said to be the night.
Ophen is often represented as either a bird or as time and is both male and female. Due to their free spirited nature and that Ophen once saw both the past and the present at the same time. Ophen was partially blinded in one eye and so their view of what came before is obscured.
When Azal turned his back on the people of Ashel, Ophen stepped forward and offered them guidance.
December 13th, 2011
It has been a while since I’ve posted anything relating to my Vaal’lin project, fans of the Myst series may be interested in this.
Painting of the Goddess Hameta one of the five Gods of Vaal’lin, from inside one of her temples.
Hameta is often depicted as the Goddess of the oceans/water. She inadvertently helped the God Ib in the corruption of the people of Ashel when she turned Azal’s gaze from the world.
And no despite the pointy ears she is not an Elf.
December 7th, 2011
I’ve always wondered at what resolution do concept/digital painters set their canvas.
For Blood in the Snow I used my usual 2000×3000 canvas. I figured I should post a couple of progress shots at the original resolution size after reading comments on reddit where I submitted the piece to /r/skyrim.
So enjoy…Incidentally the feet are the part I am most happiest with.