Thursday, January 28, 2016

Red-Headed Demon

This is my recently submitted design for the 2016 ComicFest banner competition.

There was a lot of thought that I put into this.  I'll just go ahead and talk about it.

So, it was a themed submission request.  The goal was a family friendly medieval fantasy piece, something which could look good on a very large banner, be eye catching, and all around good looking piece.

After spending some time thinking about it, my thought was that most of the submissions would be of the shirtless barbarian variety.  I'm no stranger to that, my 24-Hour Comic character is Aric Thee Redd, a more-confused-than-average-Joe just trying to make his way in this world.

It also seemed likely that there would be dragons.  I mean, of course, it's a medieval fantasy piece, that's only natural.  Expected, even.  Lastly, scantily clad damsels in distress.  All around, it seemed likely that the judges would be flooded with a strong showing of Frazetta influenced imagery... I love me some Frazetta, that's for sure.  (That one with the polar bears, oh!)

My thought process was to take what I expected and do a 180-degree spin on it.  So, a large non-dragon with a fearsome non-barbarian and a sexy un-scantily-clad woman.

You can see the curves of the woman under her leathers, and the dragon-ish features of her bird-lizard steed are pretty obvious.  Lots of Jim Henson influence in there (I'm kinda jiving on the Muppets).  Volcano, full leathers, all that agitation... gotta be sweaty.

See, she's hot.

So much fun, I loved making this piece.

- J.

OH!  I made it pink.  Really, really, really pink.  That's not an accident.

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