RIVALS : ART OF GERRARD Update 06

10 January 2018

Ok So the content will be a mix , all new images but some will be created from character designs. I settled on a balance between illustrative and poster style presentation. This classic Skeletor image for example. Started life a character design, I feel this way of presentation gives him far more of a presence.  I need to shake off my concept art background and this is a great way to do that. 


... also playing with poster formats...


.. finally full illustration pieces, created specifically for the book of which there will be at least 100.
 


RIVALS : ART OF GERRARD Update 06

07 January 2018

Had a tough few day keeping on track, I figured out what it was with a little help from friends. Doing all the art then not being able to show it makes you feel hollow on such a long project.  So I am releasing small sneak peaks from time to time.  Helps me keep the momentum going..

RIVALS : ART OF GERRARD Update 05

05 January 2018

I really think the trick with making this book happen is trying to block out all of the self doubt. It is a very long period ( 7 months at least ) to commit to a project with no initial financial gain.  All those voices of self doubt telling me to give up or worst still show all the art now and dont keep it back. Show it now to gain publicity and obtain short term work.  The mental games are tougher than the actual art execution.  I am creating the best work of my life but cant show it and cant use it to get work.  Today was a bad day, yet persevered and created a what I feel is one of my best pieces so day by day I have to keep fighting to make this happen. If it was easy..

RIVALS : ART OF GERRARD Update 04

04 January 2018

Debating whether to add 'creatures' I decided no. The majority of the characters are bi-pedal, some are wildly disturbed, surreal and barely human yet still not in the realm of creature. I just dont want a bunch of alien 'monsters' however I do feel there is room for ethereal God like manifestations.  In the vein of Lovecraft  but purely my own take on that vibe. Perhaps 6-12 of these.


RIVALS : THE ART OF GERRARD Update 03

02 January 2018

The first image of 2018 is a Lovecraft inspired one.  I tend do characters in bulk, that way you keep in the zone so to speak.  There will be at least 6 more H.P.L images in the final book.

There are series of images centered around all kinds of themes including  H.P.L , Biochemical forms, spiritual machines...even MOTU ( which has been so much fun to do ).


RIVALS : THE ART OF GERRARD Update 02

01 January 2018

When I conceived this idea of creating a book of almost 200 character illustrations I must admit I thought I would have more content already done. 10 years of creating character designs for movies and tv  to cherry pick, yet when I began to compile it all a few things became clear. Character sheets where not good enough for what I have envisioned. I love what I do but it isnt everything I do ( if that makes sense ) . This book is to be more of an illustrated collection.  All these characters, whilst perfect for the shows  where not hitting the mark for the content / theme of said book....I want  to bring the characters alive.

.. and so I set upon the task of creating new art , dissecting some old designs ( mostly alternative versions of some movie stuff , extreme versions ) so that I could present them in ways deemed fir for purpose. What began as an epic task has become monumental, yet I am glad its happened this way. The art I have created in the last 6 months has been the most fun , challenging and rewarding of my career. I have barely scratched the surface but loving it. The conveyor belt of characters in my mind are being illustrated as intended, given life at last after all these years. 

The hardest part is holding all this stuff back and not releasing it online.

Here is a rough outline of where I am upto and the art still to do.  


RIVALS : THE ART OF GERRARD

25 December 2017

Gerrardian Vol 1 is physically on its way , I'll have stock on 1 weeks time. 

http://gerrardian.bigcartel.com/product/gerrardian-vol-1

It is my first art of book . An insight into how I think , work and  the path that I have chosen.  Early years artwork and those first few movie illustration that launched my career.

RIVALS is next installment and it is to be the biggest undertaking of my professional and personnel art career.  200 pages of illustrations.  A full color epic ART OF book.  10 years of characters with over 100 new pieces never seen before . I hope to use this blog more and more. Talking  about the up and downs, the creative process and struggles of doing something so vast.  April is the deadline, the target for 75 new illustrations at least!

ART OF BOOK ALMOST READY..

21 December 2017

GERRARDIAN VOL 1 is close to being released. Expecting stock any day now.

Early bird purchasers will get extra gifts with their book!.


http://gerrardian.bigcartel.com/