Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Hey all. In this online game I play, I was appointed as the kingdom designer, and my first job is to design a kingdom image. This is the initial sketch.

The top page is the overall composition for the image. The Leader or King is on the far right. His crown is a cowboy-hat looking thing with skulls, teeth, and claws all over it. There's a dragon skull on his shoulder. The Curser, second in command, is the figure standing right next to him. Initially, I drew him with a voodoo doll in his hand, but that seemed cheesy. Instead, on the second page, I began experimenting with shards. In game, you use shards to curse people anyway. I want the shard to have a skull-like image on one of its facets. Then to the immediate left of the Curser is the Carrier of Eggs. Powerful creatures are inside those eggs, and it's someone's job to protect and watch over the eggs for the benefit of the kingdom. In the lower left of the upper page is the Gem Enchanter. Behind the Gem Enchanter is a hound. Beyond those characters is one riding a dragon, one leaning on the dragon's wing, and one sitting on top of a golem's head. On the bottom page is a redrawing of the Carrier of Eggs as well as the Gem Enchanter. I didn't like the Gem Enchanter's pose in the upper page, so I reworked it.

The Curser doesn't like you. Be prepared for seven years' worth of agonizingly bad luck.

Ratchet vs. the Jatella

This is a pin-up I did for my Materials and Techniques class. I plan to color it later, so it gets put in the digital art section. Anyway, this is Ratchet Tomah, and he's a medic on the pirate ship Jormungand. The creatures he's fighting are Jatella. Remember how Jessins were water/darkness? Well, Jatella are air/darkness and also my creation. Most Jatella can fly, but some can't. Even though they're air creatures, they live underground. Jatella are supposed to have four arms like the Jessins, but I didn't draw those in here. I figured it would make the picture a little more complicated than I wanted it to be. Where Jessins are snake-like, Jatella are insectoid. They have hard armor plating on their backs and sides and have a tendency to walk on all fours, using only one pair of arms for support. And of course, all good pirate fights have to have a severed head in them.

Digging Around in the Sketchbook

Hey all. I know I've been out of commission for a while, but I have a nice chunk of sketchbook images for you to feast your eyes upon as well as a juicy story concept coming up. Enjoy and let me know what you think. ^.^

-Chelsey :)

I play this little fantasy game online, and I'm thinking about designing a profile image that looks something like this. I'm trying to go for crazy here...

Keyfish is something I tend to call my female characters when I haven't figured out a good name for them yet, and then I decided that Keyfish needed her own character. This is what Keyfish looks like as an adult. The black stripes in her hair are actually poisonous spines that she keeps pulled back along with the rest of her hair.

A younger version of Keyfish. At this particular story point, Keyfish has been driven insane by a curse. For mages, this mental imbalance is much more detrimental. It causes her magic element to begin to attach itself to her body in order to compensate for the imbalance. Basically, for Keyfish, a water mage, it makes her look more fishy.

I wanted to play around with facial proportions in this one, and I played around with shading the sketch.

Meet Lidona Kid, a Jessin. Jessins are of MY design and are a water/darkness race that live in the deepest, darkest crevices of the ocean, places where even the fish-humanoid Mers cannot survive. Jessins are very tall, seven to ten feet. They have four sets of arms, snack bodies for hair, and tails. They can also dislocate their jaws like a snake can, but it's mildly uncomfortable so they don't do it often. Being cold blooded, the females lay eggs, and because they lay eggs, they have no need for mammary glands. Lidona is a female, but to the humans and Mers that don't know her, she passes off as a male, although in her own species, it's rather obvious she's a woman. She is also a friend of Ratchet Tomah. In fact, he makes her the vest that she's wearing because he's somewhat offput by the fact that she's walking around without a shirt on. The arms in the sketch are a big wonky, but I still like it. :P