Old man’s war inspired concept art tutorial. I’ve been reading Old Man’s War for a the past week. It is very awesome. It is also my first John Scalzi’s novel.
*Old man’s war is a science fiction and debut novel by John Scalzi published in 2005. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2006.
The scenes from two basic previous environmental concept tutorial are that of a contemporary design. In this tutorial, we are going to branch out a little bit more. I am going to do science fiction environmental design. It is still very basic environmental concept art. I will not put a lot of detail on the concept, but I am just getting my point across.
The scene will be a side walk of a high rise building. I don’t really know what to call it, a patio or a deck? But you will get the idea once you see the visual concept below. I first set up a scene with just boxes and perspective grids. Then I will look around for science fiction references and photograph of cool buildings before I start drawing in detail. I do that because I am not yet familiar with the subject at the moment. Every concept artist have to do research whether they are an expert or inexperience on the subject. The different is that one has to spend more time gathering visual library and the other a lot less.
What I have in mind for this environmental scene is two characters walking and chatting along the deck of a very tall high rise building. The building I have in mind is very slick yet convey the sophistication of the science fiction or futuristic. I can also apply that to the character costume, but environment is a priority in this scene. I the majority of glass and metal in this design.
Here is a final digital painting scene of a deck or side walk quick color concept art.
Below are step by step hi rise building side walk speed painting tutorial. Step one, thumbnail sketch. Always do a lot of thumbnails and select a few good ones to work off from. Step two, I established big column and the big wall. Step three, I paint wall, column, and rail in a very basic flat color and value. Step four, I begin to add more design elements going from bigger to smaller. Step five, I add hanging glasses. Step six, I work out all the detail and finish the quick concept sketch.