Today I have another quick Fanstratics character design to share with you: “The Mandrill Berserker.” It was commissioned for their forthcoming game and the drawing for it was live-streamed on Twitch. If you’d like to check out the VOD, you can find it here: The Mandrill Berserker on Youtube.
The drawing began as a small set of thumbnail sketches in ink, which were sent to the client before proceeding on to a clean drawing. The figure is of a small and lightly-armored, but savage skirmisher, with serrated claws and sharp teeth.
As with previous entires, I first developed four separate poses for the client to consider. After they chose one they liked, (#3) I did a sharper line version before moving on to the drawing.
After I sent in the sketches the client provided some feedback (more claws!) and chose a specific direction to take the character in. With the clean line art finished, I move on to the tight drawing. I transfer my drawing down onto a sheet of Strathmore smooth Bristol and use a Kimberly’s 2H pencil for the bulk of the drawing. Near the end of the drawing I switch over to the General’s Layout pencil (a 5B-ish pencil) to darken some of the shadow areas and occlusions up.
I had a lot of fun with this one. Apart from the deranged, homicidal primate who was our model (and who turned out to be really just a lovely fellow with very fine manners), the character offered a lot of interesting textures and designs to work with; metal and teeth and leather and hair, it was great!
If you’d like to check out the VOD, you can find it here: The Mandrill Berserker on Youtube.