Finally got around to making some time to get this bad boy inked. In a lot of ways, I don’t think this turned out so well. The sketch was the start of a process in getting the feel of the main location of Symbiosis, the jungle city of Jutu Ginsci, down in my head, as well as exploring a little bit of Piper and Louis’ dynamic with one another. I think on a lot of fronts it’s been a bit disappointing to me.
In terms of the picture, I think the composition has a few issues going for it. It feels flat and bland to me and, though that does sort of suit the “Sunday afternoon” vibe that I had in my head for it, it’s still missing some depth that would give it that little bit more visual interest. It’s also cluttered, but not in a way that’s pleasing to the eye. I tried to define it a little bit more with some loose shading I threw down but it’s still not there.
In terms of the design, I’m still a long way off getting this fuzzy, blurry image that I have of Jutu Ginsci in my head into focus, but every step like this is a step in the right direction. I also think I need to work on the dynamic of Piper and Louis more. Piper, especially, feels like little more than a cardboard cutout character, very flat and with little substance, to me at the moment and that’s something I need to rectify.
I think in a lot of ways this image has taught me a lot about where I don’t want to go with Symbiosis and how I don’t want it to look…which is a good thing!
I am a fan of that lizard though. That reptile is one cool motherfucker.
Anyway, I hope you like.