The Shattered Plains is largely inspired by Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series of novels, and the ongoing plight of one of its main characters; faced with war, death, and his own helplessness.
I wanted to challenge myself. This project did just that, allowing me to figure my way through sculpting, retopology, and PBR texturing. By the time that I was through with it, I had made a lot of mistakes, and sorted out a clearer workflow.
Along with the mistakes were some successes. I had started off the project with a simple sketch of what I wanted to do. Through many iterations, from creating rough shapes to swapping out different lighting set ups, I managed to come out the other end with a scene that's well in line with the original vision.
Adrift Not Alone
A client commissioned a painting to showcase in their apartment. I was more than happy to oblige- especially once they told me what they were after: a dire situation upon the high seas.
After some initial sketches, we were off to the races. The painting was printed out by a dedicated local print shop, and delivered to a happy client to pair with a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum.
Never hurts to get some practice in. Whenever I can, I try to put some time into my sketchbook. In my mind, not every sketch is ready for the big screen, but here's a look at a few choice pages.