Saturday, 16 August 2014

Paul Chadeisson Art

I wondered if I had been doing too many posts calling out the work of inspired digital artists of late - but when the work of Paul Chadeisson came into view I had to do another. Paul's pieces are just a visual feast of detail with moody dark and coloured areas overflowing with detail. I love the way he has atmosphere in many of the pieces emphasising the depth and scale of the worlds being depicted. Just look at the epic scale on show with all the crazy intricacies of future industrial tech from monolithic structures to cool ships zipping by.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Vanquish Chronolapse

I find myself sick and not feeling very super - so that means the next installment of our FATE supers game will have to wait until next week. After being inspired over the last few days by the screen captures of quality artists doing their thing in photoshop I decided to try it out as well. I chose Chronolapse for the task though there are other tools one could use. So I set about trying to make a pic that brought together the 4 characters in our game, at first I thought an action thing would be great, but then decided on more of a posed look that could sit in our fictional supers-social-media-hub called Powerbook. My character is even a Powerbook Editor and hugely knowledgeable Fanboy and would no doubt be making the Team Vanquish feed as 'rocking' as possible.

If it helps the characters are:
Val (Valkyrie) our specialised combat ninja sword maiden though without mutant powers (yet).
Seraph our poster-child for all things heroic and wielding the power of fire.
Steve whos passion for video games manifest through his mutation into minecraft powers.
The Conductor (Nigel) fanboy mastermind who manipulated events to bring the team together.
(plus he has his developing electro-magnetic powers and is enjoying them perhaps a little too much)

Here is the finished pic and then the video. I captured the vid in two parts and only chopped out a few bits where I was emailing etc. I found I needed to write out the video in Chronolapse as an AVI (mpeg4 codec) to get Premiere Pro to read the files properly. The MP4 files were just not working for some reason. The other piece of editing I did was to blur out my hangout chat using a titlebox adjustment layer with a blur effect added (like this). Yep, I need more practice, but it was lotsa fun trying to think about the personalities of the heroes, how we might portray them in a promo piece and then trying to execute a halfway decent drawing. I like seeing the video - it turns into a weird thing where it doesnt feel like something I did anymore...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

MoRe LoL ArTistS

Why stop now with this little string of League of Legend inspired posts. This time lets shine a little light on some of the other artists who work on the splash screens and create the coolest concept pieces for the game. All of the images below are from the artist's DeviantArt galleries - so go check them out for more inspiration.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Katie Art and some Cosplay

Despite how uncredited and strangely anonymous the artwork for League of Legends is, one of the awesome talents at least is Katie De Sousa. I created myself a youtube playlist so I can sit back and be inspired by her work as we are treated to the creative process at breakneck speed in the art spotlight videos. Katie's DeviantArt page has several LoL splash pieces plus other things worth a look including:

But while we are on this blog posting about LoLstuff - why not include a few pics from showing off some pretty spectacular Cosplay efforts - this set from the relatively recent PAX EAST 2014 but checking the Facebook site is probably the best source. I am looking forward to PAX AUS later in the year to see if we get some cool Aussie versions...

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

LoL art and 3D

While I am still a woeful player, I am liking that the success of the game means they have been able to get some pretty nice artwork for League of Legends now. Actually the community is resplendent with commissioned pieces, fan art, artist videos, cosplay and more.

Lets take a little whirlwind look at some of these things that have caught my eye over the last few days. First there is the Champion 3D Model browser on the lolking site (which also has lots of demographics and stats that I love checking out). Here we can load in any of the champions, their skins and see the actual 3D model with all their animations as well.

The main League of Legends site has all the portraits of the myriad of champions and their skins. Makes for quite a gallery and they generally do a nice job of bringing out the personalities of these zany combatants.

The LoL artwork section of the site also has some wallpapers that bring things together and show off the battles, the partnerships and the special events

But it is the creative videos that really should capture your attention, showing how some talented people come together to create imagery and video. I could watch these all day - except that my mouth would be hanging open most of the time and ... you know ... I might eat a fly or something ...

Beyond there we also have all the glory of the lol deviantart gallery with official RIOT work and so so much fan created fun. Here are a last few pieces to inspire further exploration...