Pat Thompson - Concepts & Illustrations (for hire!)
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CHOW# 244: "Guardian of Atlantis" Progression
Here's my recent efforts at the Character of the Week: Guardian of Atlantis.
Since these are humans who've been trapped underwater for thousands of years, I thought that they'd evolve rapidly along the same lines of other marine mammals. So I did a big brainstorming and research session on possible routes of human marine evolution. I was quite fond of the proto-whale (bottom left), the seal, the fat guy, and the crab. I eventually chose the more chitinous crab man for his aesthetics. I then went on to the body type, brainstorming tail types, and hand types. Chose a hand that would facilitate hunting among the corals and rocks, so his index finger and middle finger have fused to form a super finger, with a massive fingernail talon. Pinkies and thumbs (on feet as well) went out to the sides to facilitate gripping on to the rocks and coral during bouts of strong currents. Tail came from a shark, though I was also a fan of the manatee style, and the rippled style.
After choosing the head and basic anatomy, I played around with crabman ideas. chose the non hairy head, and the green palette.
After that, then I brainstormed on his armor. Something lightweight, without too much drag, with streamlined edges. Since Atlantis was invented by the Greeks, I went with an Achilles style to his armor. I did quite like the crab bio armor at first, and the dreadlock armor as well, but in the end went for simplicity of form.
After that, put in the basic background. I had some additional guards swimming off to the right to give viewers an idea of how he moves through the water normally, and have a road lined with statues of guards below him. Those grey blobs are to become fish, and the lights bio-luminescent lanterns made from magical pearls. The city lies behind him, rising through the murk of thousands of swimmers and markets. The shapes at the ocean's surface with the lights are islands that were broken from the sea's floor with the quake that sunk the city. The Atlanteans chained and tethered them there as a shield to protect their city, and have now built on their undersides. At times, the islands and city connect with towers.