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Improvements in Two Years

It has almost been two years since I’ve started drawing Xavian. I have taken many studio classes that have helped me improve my drawings over the past two years. We’re going to start 2015 with a bang. Here is an example of the improvements I’ve made. FYI both of these were created in Adobe illustrator.

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Nesia

Nesia

Nesia. The tritagonist of the Xavian series. He’s a master of swords and hand-to-hand combat. More details will be revealed about Nesia later.

Chapter 3: Page 3

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Chapter 3: Page 2

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Ophiosisen Leader

Alright fellow readers, I will be showing you the main villains in Xavian in this next post. This the leader of the alien race known as the Ophiosisens.

Ophiosisen-Leader

The concept behind making this villain was trying to find an insect that looks like an alien and very intimidating at the same time. I searched the internet for alien-like insect and stumbled upon a praying mantis. I was overjoyed at my discovery but I wanted to look further into the praying mantis family to see if I can find a different looking mantis and I came across the devils flower mantis. I kept majority of its facial features but put an artist twist that could make the creature seem like a leader and alien

For his body I decided not to put legs on the leader, but instead I drew him with round-like tentacles that would make him unique.  For his chest area I drew him with a plate-like structure to be able to take physical hits with ease. When the Ophiosisen Leader opens his chest he can reproduce more Ophiosisen and use them for protection in battle. His arms are able to extend and mold into different shapes, but the leader likes to form a sword out of his arms for his finishing move. His special ability is the ability to enter into his foes mind, wipe their memories clean, and control their bodily function, but this leaves him vulnerable to surprise attacks which is why he likes to battle with a small unit. What gives the Ophiosisen Leader the power to control his foes comes from the red dot that is on his head, all the Ophiosisen have a dot similar to his own, which means all Ophiosisen are connected to him. The Leader can connect and talk to all Ophiosisens if need be and or control any particular Ophiosisen even if they are far away from him. 

 

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Xavian Cover Line Art

Alright guys I’m showing you the finished line art of Xavian that will eventually be on Cover Art. I’m also going to be showing you my process behind the Line Art for the Cover so without further ado I present the Line Art.

One night I was thinking about how can I come up with a Cover Art that would stand out from any other Cover Art. While this gave me the motivation I needed to create a Cover Art for my story I was trying too hard to make this detailed artwork that I got too frustrated with myself and I gave up for about 4 hours.  Right when I was about to call it a night I looked down at the piece of paper where I was struggling to make my cover art four hours earlier I noticed four ovals that were left on the page and then it started to click. I was able to finish this cover piece within two hours.

Cover_LineArt

When I was satisfied with results  proceeded to clean up all the smudges, grey areas, the paper texture, and any other incorrect lines. Considering I love to use Photoshop for the coloring of my artwork I’m not as worried if I make a mistake on the lines because I can just erase them later, but I don’t want to get too lazy and have myself work harder for no reason.  When I finished cleaning up all the errors, I saved the line art for reference when I start to colorize it on Photoshop. I will be releasing the Color Version of the Cover Art later on next week so you can see the finish result of the line art. I am thinking about doing a Photoshop tutorial about how to clean up rough sketches that are scanned. Let me know what you guys think.

Spacedock

Spacedock Line Art CopyThis is the spacedock that is orbiting Xavian’s planet. The concept behind this panel is to make a strong point to show my readers where the story will be taking place throughout the first chapter of Xavian. I want to make this panel very detailed because this is the first scene for this story so I want to start on a good note to keep the readers wanting to read more. The story takes place in space and in the distant future so I thought of some ideas that would blend those two elements. So I looked online for sci-fi themes and I came across a Star Trek space dock and that’s where I got the inspiration to make the space dock for Xavian.

The first image is the finished Line Art

Xavian's Spacedock Concept

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