New Retro Sontaran

New Retro Sontaran

Inspired by Synthwave music and new retro art, I’ve decided to give a classic British icon, the Sontaran solider, a visual makeover.

My reason for using a Sontaran toy as a test subject for this project, is because I’ve always seen the Sontaran armour design (modern Doctor Who series 3) as a design that could work in an 80’s Sci-fi game/art. I’ve always had a a strange connection to the 80’s of nostalgia that I never experienced (being a 90’s generation), there’s this unknown feeling I have whenever I listen and watch old media from the 80’s.

This project is a test experiment to try out the Procreate app with an example theme, and see if it could be something I’d commit to for my FMP in art.

First, I took photographs of my Sontaran toy with several shots, then decided on which image I would use for my development work.

Once I’ve decided which picture I’ll be using for my development work, I’ve then tested some filter options further until I was pleased with the outcome.

I’ve used Procreate to do most of the digital art, layering over my photograph image. This took some time to do, as I was aiming to colour over the upper torso areas that were reflecting light, as well as adding more edge colours on top.

The video below is my process work on using the Procreate app for this image.

My thoughts on the final outcome

I thought that this mini project experiment was a good opportunity to really test out ideas, based on my inspiration with Synthwave music and new retro art. I’ve found it difficult at first to see wether this experiment would work, because it could easily look out of place visually.

The colour scheme for my final outcome, consisted of dark blue, pink and white for the armour. These colours were chosen as they are very much associated with retro art and Some Synthwave album art, I wanted to recreate my image with the pink/blue colours that can visually and mentally draw the mind to a retro prospective.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed working on this project and testing out this sample experiment for myself. I really like the visual look of the final outcome, it’s appearance is very much in line with new retro art. The contrast of the warm glowing eye lenses against the cold pink/blue armour works pretty well, giving the appearance of a figure with more than mercy for it’s intentions.

However, I think the final outcome could be improved with more work on the lower half of the body. Whilst it does look fine as the purple light glow doesn’t reflect on the legs, it dose however look like it could be worked on to improve the final outcomes imagery.

Also, I could try and test out other photography images on different objects, as that could broaden my options for practicing my digital art on curved, angles and abstract forms.

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Thank you for reading this post. If you have any questions, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn

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Looking back on January

Each month (if I’m bothered and not busy), I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the month that’s passed as well as how the blog is doing on that month.

So without further or do, let’s get started!

Art posts

Arguably one of my most viewed posts on the blog in January, many of you guys and gals have enjoyed my short visual posts on my clay sculpting.

My current art project is based on Pyroclastic, as well as the eruption that caused both Pompeii and Herculaneum. The mask represent two different outcomes in their own respective pieces, as well as a mixed pieces of samples.

Going forward, I have a few more clay sculpting posts to do, my final solutions posts will cover my final part in the project. I’m hoping to get everything done by next Friday.

As for my next and final project for my course work? Well, it’s in early planning stages, but I have a few options for my FMP theme including: The political spectrum, Fossil fuel wars, Dystopian authoritarian (inspired by Fallout New Vegas character, Mr House) and Synthwave. As of today, I’m still keeping these ideas as a starting point, but gradually once I’ve completed my current project, I’ll be making a decision.

The Leech Kings Crown campaign

This month was a start to constructing my plans for a campaign for my Stormcast Eternals and my friends Tomb Kings. After two drafts and one big post on the narrative side, I’m just about nearly done with the campaign planning. There’s only just the task of writing the gaming structure planning before it’s completed.

Due to uncertainty on when the campaign will be started, it’ll be a while yet until I can post anything on the campaign. Hopefully, if things go well, I might be able to start posting battle reports.

Table top hobby

It’s been a very quiet month on the hobby side at the start of the year, due to a lack of motivation, time and space. I’ve been able to create more storage space, thanks to the wisdom of Azzrel and Ann’s advice. I’ve got half the shelving space left for displaying my Order alliance, so I’ll be keeping my eye out for some Duardin from the Fyreslayers and Kharadron Overlords for my ally slot.

Also this month, I was able to produce a painted scenery, some Deathguard, some Stormcast Eternals (Collection all up to date with painted models) and some outside model products of cannons and crew. These should be up on the blog pretty soon.

My tribute piece

For those of you who have seen the blogsite ‘Tales of the Aaronorium’, you’ll be surprised to know that I’ve made tribute digital art paintings. Each picture represents each Aaronoughts with their respective faction as their own character.

This post has had an okay-ish response, digital art is something I’m still improving on. I know that so far only one Aaronoughts has seen the post, the other three I’m not sure have seen the post yet (or planning to take me down by a hired Clan Eshin asssassin!).

I’m tempted to do more digital art based on a few of my followers (AoS and 40k ones), it’ll be fun to test my art skills to draw more Orcs and Alves.

That’s all for this month. I hope you have enjoyed this post! If you’ve enjoyed this post and you want me to do more monthly look back posts, post a comment below and I’ll reply back as soon as I can. Thanks!

-Bjorn