My entry for this week’s Creature of the week thread over at Conceptart.org. The theme was an “ankle biter” enemy for an FPS, here’s the little description I had typed out
Stranded on an uncharted alien world, the player stumbles into hostile territory. These aliens aggressive and territorial aliens possess a complex social structure. Foragers are the weakest type and encountered first individually or in small groups, providing needed food for skilled players, but can appear in overwhelming numbers. Hunters appear once the player makes itself known to the herd, possessing a disturbing intelligence and appearing in groups of 4-9 to ambush the player when they least expect it. Assassins possess a powerful venomous spit and equally powerful bite. Guardians are the most aggressive breed, with thick hides and sharp tusks, they defend groups of foragers in teams of 1-4, but defend the ancient and powerful Matriarch in seemingly endless numbers.
Try to pick out all the elements I borrowed from from animals irl for the designs!
The first set of photos from UNELLEZ, A college in Guanare (portugesa campus) in Venezuela. My godfather and parents were contributors to the collection so I got the grand tour when I went. These are from the animal specimen collection.
- some kind of kingfisher
- unknown bird
- a chigúre (capybara) skull
- Bats in tomato jars!
- another view of a chigúre skull
- tapir skull
- pink river dolphin skull
- Hides, including anteater and giant armadillo
- more hides
- preserved rodent (species unknown)
More food from Venezuela! This is a “pepito” from a night food stand in Barquisimeto. As you can see there is little “-ito” about it! Its a open face roll filled with a mound of carne asada and sprinkled with a cheese similar to parmesan, but really it’s a vehicle for guasacaca, garlic aioli or “salsa sexy” (aka hot sauce). Naturally it’s served with french fries as a healthy side :p
It’s very much drunk food and feels like you’ve eaten a brick afterwords, but so very tasty.
Working on this week’s Compixellated challenge, a randomly generated character. Eventually I’m going to put a space crate or wall or something for the left leg to be perched on (that or this character belongs to the imperium of silly walks).
Photo time! I’m a cook so hopefully you’ll forgive me nerding out about food a little. This is a Venezuelan Parilla (grill), they’re very typical of Guanare and the llanos in general (where most of my family in Venezuela lives). The beef is very high quality (note the yellow fat), free range and grass fed (better than anything I could afford back in the US), and is rubbed with spices and impaled on thick wooden pikes to cook in a large open pit barbeque. The photo is a soup called Picadillo that’s traditionally made with salted beef, topocho (a starchy relative of pantain and banana), yuca and other vegetables. Nowadays it’s usually made with fresh beef, but is still very salty - limón is added at the table to cut the salt and greatly increase the flavor. The meat itself is sold by the kilo and served on simple (but very handsome) wooden plates with a huge mound of boiled yuca. The greenish white sauce is guasacaca a cilantro and parsley sauce that is goddamn magical (it’s sometimes refered to as “Venezuelan guacamole” but it really doesn’t have anything in common with guacacamole besides the gua-, most of the guasacaca I had didn’t even have any avacado at all). The parilla is definately one of the things I really miss about the llanos.
I can finally sit upright long enough to draw so I did today’s Sketch Daily prompt, medusa.
Process! I had the idea of taking old world mythology and placing it in a new world setting (a while ago in college I took a class in “Universal themes” that ended up studying a lot of greco-roman mythology - I’m not really convinced that mythology is universal at all, but still interesting on its own). Also it seems like it would be a good vessel for a little social commentary. Anyway this is supposed to be the Naiad of the Rio Orinoco (with a Orinoco crocodile playing the part of the river god). These are compositional thumbnails. I like thumb 2 the most personally, A big inspiration mood-wise for this piece is Waterhouse’s the lady of shallot and I think #2 captures the mood best of the four. Thumb 4 is the most dynamic but waaaaay to cheesecake for me. I managed to throw out my back though, so I’ve got plenty of time to plan this piece out at least ;p
Which one do you guys like best?