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Character sketch design young hero type first pass

Character sketch design young hero type first pass.

Hello, in the pass few weeks I did a few random sketch; such as "Digital art sketch of a female pilot concept", "Character Concept Art process Executioner" and "Female Spartan" (which I didn't post cuz it's not good enough), without having any useful purpose in mind, but they are all fun.

Anyway, recently I just have an idea that strike me to do some short and fun project. It involves a young hero male archetype and the Chinese Zodiac deities as villains. I can't tell you yet what it is going to be until I finish. It will also involve a undead force or zombie army along the line of Drawing tutorial Zombie Ninja character that I previously did.
The thought excited me so much that I have to put it on the number 1 priority list. So you will see tons of sketches and concept that are related to the Chinese Zodiac for the next few months. That will also include environment (same as Concept art painting landscape and Draw and paint landscape technique.) So yeah, 12 evil designs for the Chinese Zodiac sound like a blast to me! I am pretty excited. I will try to record more tutorials as I produce more of them. And if this Zodiac project born to life and finish finish. I was hoping to turn Kapow Express into the same medium.
My plan for the Zodiac project is very simple though it will take six months to take it all the way to the end, that's the projection plan anyway. As for Kapow Express, the storyline is so complex and the core is not very straight will take a really long time to complete. So I am going to put a break on it until I am finishing with the Zodiac project. Watch out!
I'm sure you will like it about the same though it's not an online comics but it has story and it will be fun!!! Don't worry Chris, there will be Zombies (I promise). Sorry Knuckle, I know you are looking forward to Kapow, but you will love this! I am sure. As for Luca, I know you like everything. :)
Thank everyone for all your support. The project will slowly reveal itself from the shadow, and you guys will be very happy. So do I. :)

Here is the initial sketch for the Zodiac. This is a young hero character that will take an adventure and face all 12 Dark Zodiac deities.

*If you really notice, I cheated...I painted over the previous Female Pilot concept that I did cuz her face draw me in for some reason. I painted over her face and make it more masculine though I want to keep a bit of prettiness in it. And I kinda want this guys face to be rebellious, but also you can help but want to know what he thinks. It's like some kind of mysterious air around his persona. There are still a lot to be done on the rest of the body. (Also I just notice that he wears a sword on the wrong side of the shoulder, blah!)
concept art, young hero character

Same dude as above but here is a chibi form or SD (super deform). Don't worry this is just an initial sketch really quick. I will pretty it up later on. :)
quick chibi sketch


Chris said…
mmm this sounds like a very pleasing idea! there is something about a series of symbolic characters that always works you know? and I have no idea why. Like any zodiac, or greek gods, or the elements, or the knights of the round table etc... its just COOL.

I also think that making it a relatively short project is alot more suitable, it's too much to keep trying to churn out a very long story when you've got other ideas you could be getting on with.

Just a few little thoughts here: to me this guys face is very determined, it's all in those very focused dark eyes, and the slight curls at either side of the mouth give off an almost evil quality. Maybe this guy can be an anti-hero or someone who has sacrificed alot to hunt these zodiacs down or something.

Looking forward to this alot, have fun with it dude.
Luca said…
Xia this is going to be really fun both for you and for us. I'm really looking forward for it. I know you appreciate our feedback and support but it's the same thing for us. The feedback you keep with us really makes it more fun to keep on coming here... and that's why I kept on following you for all these number of years now! :)

As you noticed I enjoy everything you come up with as I really dig your creativity and style! These last couple of days I feel small improvement with every piece I do, even though I still have a long way to go; but with your support and videos, tips and help I feel I'm on the right path. So thank you!

Listen if you need my help to create you some initial sketches or ideas, please let me know, we're good buddies now ;)

By the way I hope you enjoyed your vacation, now back having fun with this cool blog!

Anyways, thanks again brother and keep us updated...

p.s. check out my blog every now and then and tell me whatever you think, if you have time.

dahaca6022 said…
Ha ha!You have been busy!
The idea is ok but if we see him in action we will be more than happy.Are you coing to bring out the comic?I'd like to buy the first edition.
XIA said…
Chris> Thx brother. Yeah, I I am looking for simplicity and short production cycle.
I know, anti-hero it is :)
Luca> Thx, I really do looking forward to have some blast with this project. And hope that the final product will turn out well. :)

dahaca> ha ha, Thx. Nope, it won't be comics, but will involve story telling. It will be very simple and fun somehow. Cant tell ya what it is yet. :)