Posts Tagged ‘Cyberpunk’

Shadow Play

Posted: February 25, 2013 in digital art
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2D Digital.

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Carrying on with the cyberpunk theme from my previous post (cherry blossoms and cyborgs included), I just created a scene while I was listening to the Yoshida Brothers.

I like how this cyberpunk background is presented with a hint of shadow puppetry (hence the title of this post), showing two warriors facing off following a timeless code. It is like marrying together past and future and it does make it for a believable scenario.

When I said “a timeless code” I’m referring to the Bushido, which is a code of moral principles that the Samurai followed in feudal Japan. It translates literally as the Way of the Warrior; the philosophy behind it has evolved, survived and is still observed by many people around the world, traditional martial artists in particular. But originally it was, among other things, an instrument of control and as a such a perfect match for a cyberpunk mega corporation.




2D Digital + 2D Traditional (ball-point pen)

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Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
In fields and villages
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come now,
Let’s look, at last!

-Traditional Japanese Folk Song

I have been having fun playing around with some Cyberpunk ideas. I started doodling with a pencil to finish shading with a pen. But that wasn’t enough so I scanned the drawing and created a background to give it some atmosphere. That led me to paint a close-up of the cyborg’s face… and I got carried away and made a little advert for the fictitious Sakura Corp (a la Deus Ex).

I’m thinking on creating an exoskeleton for the cyborg, I want to see more wires, more metal, more flesh and definitively more action. And hum, perhaps some mechanized units would be nice.


Pencil sketch + Photoshop

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These are 3 quick sketches I did as an exercise to explore the Manga style. There are subtle differences between the drawings but they could get stylized even further if I wanted to. I didn’t want to lose my soul entirely so there is still a lot of my own style embedded on these characters (specially the 1st one). Saying that, I grew up watching a lot of Anime in the 80’s and I can’t deny the influence it has on my artwork.

I chose to do the sketches using different themes (Gritty Fantasy, Steampunk and Cyberpunk) to keep me more entertained. All the little notes next to the characters, I made them up as I went along. I like twisted takes on faery tales so I played with the idea of a warrior-like Little Red Riding Hood – very original, I know, indulge me 😛

When it comes to illustration and design I like to keep an open mind. I always try to think on the best approach for what the client is requiring, I have no problem adapting my style to suit the job at hand.