While we have been working hard to get Boneshaker Press up and running, we have also been creating our illustrations for our collaborative art book!
Each of us has chosen a type of creature or spirit to illustrate. Some of us have started with character design sheets and played with silhouettes and shape language. Some have plunged right into the thumbnailing process, and others have begun with studies and sketches to get comfortable with our chosen subjects.
We’ve all been creatively exploring and brainstorming on how best to show our creatures, so we thought we’d share a bit of the preliminary work!
Linda has chosen the skogsrå, a forest spirit from Swedish myth, for her creature. In the myth she has a hollowed out back like an old tree.
Kira explored different avenues for how to tell the story of the Kumiho, a Korean fox spirit, with her thumbnailing process and some studies of foxes to understand the forms and give her ideas while designing her creature.
Magali loves sketching animals so she had a lot of fun starting with sketches and studies of octopi (or octopuses if you prefer 🙂 ) so she could explore the shape language of her chosen creature — the Leviathan.
Evan wanted to create a mountain spirit—based off of a mountain goat—that presides over a small village. He has explored various silhouettes for his creature design as well as creating some beautiful thumbnails of the composition and landscape.