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10 January 2011 @ 08:06 pm
In which I gift myself with birthday fan art  
I've reached the 100000 year mark. I'm not Methuselah. I'm just too nerdy for my own good. I celebrated with a food coma and another finished fan project.

Between the revival of my visual arts interests and my growing disgruntlement at the Final Fantasy mall fashion grab bag of current generation Dynasty Warriors costume design, I've been inspired to reboot my favorite heroes in the strongly Chinese style of the older games. This concept for Cao Ren had been kicking around in my head for a while. Much as I liked his old school Dynasty Warriors designs, which were inspired by multi-layered period armor, I thought he could use more splendor. People typically saw him as the annoying little doofus in front of the castle gate rather than one of the best commanders in a damned talented military.

I'll probably tweak this at some point if I get another Thunderbolt o' Inspiration to add some more details or assorted zazz. The latest version will always be posted on my deviantArt page. I'd like to draw actual posed artwork with it as well. I kept the pose simple because it was mainly for working out the overall look. I should probably do colors and stuff, but I need to figure out how to make that a satisfying and fun process rather than an infinite pain in my ass. Then again, line art used to be just as clunky and frustrating until I began to get comfortable with my style.

This illustration took less than 3 weeks all told, including a few days off for vacation, which was a pleasant surprise. I enjoy the grumble grumble head-scratching LIGHTBULB! challenge of concept art, and I have plans for more. I like Lu Meng's DW7 costume quite a lot because it gives him a unique visual identity befitting his TRUFAX talents as a scholar and warrior. That said, the pants look like hakama, his hip armor and giant shoulder guard are Squeenix sci-fi, and the entire effect is something like Richter Belmont meets Assassin's Creed. It's excellent within the Dynasty Warriors 7 gameverse, but I want to see a similar overall effect made from Chinese design elements. A truly kickass Sun Shang Xiang would be fun, as would historical figures who never made it into the games. We'll see where inspiration takes me.
Current Mood: creativeinspired
Current Music: Dynasty Warriors 4 OST - Hero Paean
sissyhiyahsissyhiyah on January 11th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!

And fantastic drawing. Holy cow. Just...wow.

Edited at 2011-01-11 05:11 am (UTC)
The Heavy Metal Matador: South Park - Happyrydain on January 14th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on January 12th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
Very nice work! And happy belated (GOT MAH BEER!) birfday!

Speaking of interesting people who didn't really make it into the DW series, may I suggest Li Ru</i>?
The Heavy Metal Matador: Hello Kitty Cao Renrydain on January 14th, 2011 04:00 pm (UTC)
Y THANK U THAR SIR. I did, in fact, get my beer. And half a Wegmans carrot cake, which I worked on for several days thereafter.

Thanks for the character suggestion. I don't actually know much about historical Dong Zhuo and his posse, but that would be interesting to look into. The first non-DW figure I had in mind was Cao Chun, Ren's twin brother, who served Cao Cao as an adviser before going on to lead elite cavalry. He never had a chance to prove himself under great duress as Ren did, but he did have some notable success in his short career. I've enjoyed characterizing Chun in historical fiction, so I thought it would be fun to give him a costume as well.

And there's a rumor on 2ch that Pang De won't be coming back for DW7. Given that I know several fans of Ol' Buckethead and his history intrigues me, I may just have to put him on my list if said rumor turns out to be true.

Edited at 2011-01-15 02:03 am (UTC)
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on January 15th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Pang De won't be coming back--he has a previous engagement going off to fight in the Crusades. =P

Li Ru ended up as one of my advisors in whatever version of ROTK I was playing back in the 80's. And apparently he held Hua Xiong in higher regards than he held Lu Bu, which had to count for something.