Inspired by the movie that came out this year, I did some studies and an illustration for practice, some months ago.
Here is an illustration I did as an invited artist for the graphic novel Rio Negro 2 – Lendas da Primeira Tribo. I decided to try a different style for this image, one which I quite liked.
Depicted here is a deity for many indigenous peoples of the Amazon, specially those of Upper Rio Negro region, the Jurupari or Yuruparí.
I chose to depict a scarier image to be more in tune with the theme of the novel.
Ian Fraser, a brazilian writer, successfully financed his latin american inspired fantasy book “Araruama – O livro das sementes” through crowdfunding here in Brazil and invited me to illustrate an RPG adventure that was one of the stretch goals.
If interested, you can buy the book here (portuguese only).
“As Verdades do Turunã” (The Turunã Truths, as a free translation) features five characters and is based in a free system called Old Dragon.
I was tasked with making the characters and some illustrations.
You can see the latter below, with some sketches too.
I am studying more and more my country and our latin brothers. We have such an unexplored cultural richness.
Next post: the characters.
Now, it was time to go for the clothing.
I have been recently using Marvelous Designer for clothes and physical simulations, so here are some screens of it in action. I’m no expert in it, so don’t expect to see perfect seams and parts.
I bought a clown costume from TurboSquid to serve as a starting point, to help with the design.
I also exported the model to Mixamo for rigging and then went to pose it in 3ds Max.
After some tests, it became clear I needed to make a full realised illustration.
So I put him in a sewer and changed the lighting to make it more dramatic.
The pose was a reference to my old drawing, updated to show the character calling you closer, but also at the beginning of a walk towards its prey. I also later added a skull and a paper boat to the background.