SplinterLands NFT Prototype Project

~ Re-Animated Corpse ~


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I had mentioned in my previous post Many Irons In The Fire an original idea that i had was to make my own version of the SteemMonsters Splinterlands cards inspired by some cards that were very artistically inspirational to me as a kid. The Marvel Masterpieces cards were my favorites growing up. They were essentially paintings of the heroes and villains from Marvel Comics. The artwork was exceptional and a bit more realistic than the typical comic-style art.

Well, i started working on sketching up some prototypes. These are just sketches at the moment i was doing to get the artistic juices flowing. I figured one of the first and basic characters i could start on would be the Animated Corpse card you see below.


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For these sketches, i used pencil, Crayola Crayons, Prismacolor colored pencils, a blue ink pen, a pink highlighter, some gel pens, and a few micron pens with black ink. Oh, and a bit of black Sharpie marker on the last artwork... but that thing died on me.

These aren't the best but they are a start. I thought doing zombies would be easy to get things kicked off... but apparently, i am rustier than i thought! hahahaha

I tested some dead skin color options in the image below. I figured the cool colors would be a better fit since there are so many Splinterlands characters that have yellow and green color palettes.

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I started trying out shapes for the head and seeing how i wanted to make the mouth, teeth, and jawline. Usually, when i am in sketch mode if there is something i don't like... i stop and move on so that i don't waste time. As soon as i liked the blue and purplish dead skin look i moved on to the image below. It didn't take long before i wasn't happy with the teeth and jaw... so i moved on from there too.

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Each progressive sketch teaches me something to improve on or change. It also helps be develop a bit more each time something i want to keep. I wanted to keep the eyes green to represent the force that is animating these corpses. The Dark Summoner Zintar Mortalis seems to have green glowing magic flowing around him and i thought to stick to that theme.

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I did a few other sketches with full body and rotting limbs and whatnot. I didn't like them and of course, didn't finish them enough to even want to share them here. I wasn't really feeling the face forward approach and wasn't sure if a full-body pose was the right direction to go. I'm not opposed to any of those options but for now, during the prototype sketch sessions, i thought to just go with the flow and trust my instincts.

~ The Dead Shall Arise ~


I didn't take a lot of progress photos along the way but i came up with one that seemed to be more in line with the direction i wanted to go with artistically. Not for a final prototype NFT but just to get some preliminary sketches out of the way.

I did take some shots from different angles to kind of show the technique and layering i used. Some of the mediums that i use have a sheen and it makes it hard to capture the true nature of the traditional artwork. This one below is the earliest in the process i have but you can only tell because of where the face is in the layering development and the background being a bit less built up.

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I liked having the green swirl within the head exposed to kind of show the source of the glowing green eyes. I think my favorite part is the jaw. I didn't like how far that i made the chin jut out... but with receding lips and gums it would look similar. I still think it turned out a bit too exaggerated.

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I did change some of the settings in editing a few of the photos to show where some of the details were that get lost in the layering unless you look very closely.

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The paper had a crosshatched textured pattern to it. That is something that i am not used to working with so it took some time to adjust to that. Some of the paper got overworked and started to tear through so i had to keep an eye on that as well.

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I did sporadically use a little bit of some metallic gel pens in a few areas for accents. It's hard to see overall but in a few photos, it appears a little. The teeth had a metallic mixed with them and around the eyebrow area.

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I really enjoyed the veiny rotted withering flesh look this dude took on after a while. It felt to me like looking through layers of decaying derma.

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I don't think corpses bruise... but i kind of felt like it got that kind of a look around the eye area and on the neck.

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~ Corpse Bride ~


I ended up totally changing gears and directions with this next sketch. I took much of what i gained in experience from the dude above to create this lovely lady below.

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The sketchbook is much smaller than these photos and images may make it seem. I didn't take many progress shots with her either but there are a couple.

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To be honest, i am not even really sure where i was going with this one or where it was coming from. However, i did enjoy the process and had fun experimenting with a few techniques.

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I felt like she had more of a witch vibe going than a zombie feel. My original intent wasn't to have the green be hair but it definitely looks like hair.

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I kind of imagined it as blood pouring up and out of her mouth and the green magic blowing out and down the back of her head. Definitely a bit on the weird side but that's what makes it fun.

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I really loved the skin tones for both the Animated Corpse dude and this chick too. I have experimented with blue and purple people before but this paper ended up helping that blend work well together.

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This is about where i left off on this particular sketch. I wasn't sure the direction to go with her womanly parts so i figured best not to push to far and mess things up. I am still debating on where i want to take this one.

Sometimes, rather than carrying on i like to stop and give myself the flexibility to still have options open and available. I don't like painting myself into a corner. I find it best to stop when progress has been made and the flow starts to diminish a bit.

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~ Controlled Chaos ~


To wrap this post up i wanted to share the scans i was able to make of these two sketches. I don't think she will end up being tied in to the NFT Splinterlands project. More than likely he won't either. But either way these were small steps in that project's direction. I mostly just wanted to get in the mood for zombies since they aren't my favorite thing to draw. I did feel like Animated Corpse was a great card with little to no consequence in getting started with this project.

I am looking forward to getting some more finished peices to use as my final runs on the prototypes. I plan on doing three cards so this is just the first sketch faze of the first prototype card. There is still a lot of work and a long way to go. But, every journey starts with the first step.

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Thanks for taking time to check out the art and read my post. I hope this one wasn't too repetitive and that you got something out of it. If you have any suggestions for the next two cards after Animated Corpse, please feel free to leave a comment below. If you have any criticism that i didn't already offer of the art already, please feel free to comment that down below as well. All ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

It oftentimes feels chaotic to get a game plan in place and i feel like the ideas are starting to move in a more cohesive and coordinated direction. I guess a little control over my chaos is better than none. Just in time for the Chaos Legions to descend. See y'all next time! Thanks again for stopping by.

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Wooow I love it
Awesome!
I make some freak Splinterlands cards models too but I don't upload te

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Thanks for the support bro! Maybe you should post them or enter them into the Weekly Art Contest. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment.
Cheers!

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Wow will be awesome.
Shure I Will do it But where I can apply for the Weekly Art Contest?

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It runs every week and here is the link for this week's contest. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/splinterlands-art-contest-week-162-10-booster-pack-prize

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Woooow awesome! I make in the past 3 post about art and Splinterlands but i don't know about this. I'm going to make some of My art pieces / Splinterlands there. Thanks a Lot My brother

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This contest is curated so even if you don't win you will get curated. Show your process of creation and post your link and image in the comments. The more effort and better your art the better the curation will be.

Only one entry to this contest per week... but you don't have to post your art in the Splinterlands community. It's pretty simple and if you dig Splinterlands then this is the spot to put your art.

They have a social media art challenge once a week you can enter a second post into. I don't know much about that one or the rules there. But you can look on the @ splinterlands account and find it on the blog.

Take care browski! =)

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OKI doki. I wanna show You the old Splinterlands art that I make the lasts months if You wanna take a look about My kind of art in the Splinterlands world

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Very interesting and trippy bro! hahaha It will be interesting to see what you do... fo sho!

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.lol.
Yeahh i'm very glad cause I really wants to create art from steemmonsters (in the past) but I never do it cause I don't have an account but this year lucky for me I take My risk and bought the spells books and create My account in SL. So I love the characters and the history behind the cards and I wanna put My personal freak art in some Puku cards

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It never hurts to try browski!

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True!
Btw I finish My HomeMade Drumset with cardboard boxes. I just upload the post yesterday. Playing some jamming tunes and showing some art Photos. Because the cardboard material is so cool. I can paint with tribal desings that I improvise in the material

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Cardboard is pretty durable when it comes to arting with them. Gonna have to check it out here in a bit. =)

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Yeahh. This comes from a new refrigerator that I bought in 2020 so I has this Big box and I use it. i bought some Remo Drumset parte for the ensamble process

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As someone who is obsessed with her own process of art making, I love seeing it in others as well, I just love to see a kernal of an idea in it's iterations to final piece .Tho I think, most artists would agree, a piece is probably never 'really' done. I always have to play the 'it's done NOW' game with myself, otherwise I'd be working on a piece I started 100 years ago LOL.

I'm so intrigued by these cards and this project, I considered making one, but not sure my style would lend to it and I've no clue how the cards are used? I'm no dab hand at these type of cards, I can manage some solitare and a rubber of bridge haha.

I love that you use crayola crayons as well, I know I've used them here and there or an oil crayon, whatever I might have on hand, in my pocket or my bag when I'm out and inspiration hits . Well done thus far @castleberry

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Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughtful response. I too am the same with overanalyzing and critiquing my own art as i go. Sometimes, that lends itself to better quality and other times can slow momentum and creativity. I also play the never finished game with my art since i always want to improve it. Some of my last best artworks have been overworked though and i should have stopped sooner. Sometimes, less is more i am realizing.

The card game is basically strategy-based. I could make a how to post on the card game itself next. It would take too long to explain here in a comment. But it is free to play- if you have a Hive account you have a Splinterlands account. They also have free cards everyone gets that you can use to start playing with. If you can play cards with numbers and suits then you will probably be fine playing this game.

I have always loved Crayola Crayons and it's amazing some of the things you can do with them if you build them up and then use highlighter or sharpie to break down or move the wax. Thanks again for stopping by and taking time to comment.
Cheers! =)

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I love zombies. I like the one with the long chin, I think you chose the correct colors; Green in the eyes is great to give a glow effect and is also a very characteristic color for zombies.

I think the corpse bride is on the right track. Looking at your drawing, what if you make a rough and raised belly, like full of worms moving. And that the vomit also has worms (hahaha), it just occurred to me.

Excellent work bro

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Thanks for taking time to check out the art and comment! I think the green eyes has been one of my favorite parts and the purplish-blue skin tones. That's an interesting suggestion for the lady. I think i am going to finish her another time and keep it separate from the actual Animated Corpse project. I have a few weird directions i may want to take her that are not zombie-oriented at all.

But i think that what you suggested would be a cool picture in it's own right and it would fit the Animated Corpse characters. I really appreciate that you offered suggestions. Thanks again for stopping by!

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It is always very nice to share some ideas. It's good that you liked my suggestion for the corpse bride. Good luck in all your projects broo !!!

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Hello @castleberry I was waiting for your new position
The jawbone is good with its long teeth and for the manton to move forward it highlights the nose and the green eyes even more.
In fact two drawings can be in opposition and create a balance the first with the green swirl which could be the nature of which it nourishes and the red around it would be the transformation into co2. The drawing of the monster woman she would invert, she absorbs the red co2 produced by the other monster and transforms it into green nature which she expels
behind his head. A can like the yig and the yang.
In the form of the drawing have remark

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Très bonne observation. Il y a un flux yin yang avec les contours du rouge et du vert. J'aime votre point de vue sur l'imagerie et ce que cela pourrait signifier. Ma pensée était que le rouge et le vert coulaient tous les deux vers l'extérieur.

J'ai souvent aimé laisser les gens interpréter mon art pour moi. Il semble vraiment que l'art se crée dans l'esprit des spectateurs. Merci d'avoir pris le temps de commenter et de votre soutien !

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Merci de ta réponse je trouve ton projet génial. Comme tu le dit oui nous interprétons tous ce que nous voyons avec nos ressentis conditionné par notre vie actuelle et passé. Et j'ai apprécié regarder ton travail qui a demandé surement beaucoup de temps pour êtres réaliser. Dans tous les cas je suis un fan de tes œuvres.

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Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles. Ils me flattent. Je suis vraiment heureux que vous appréciez mon art. J'ai hâte de vous apporter plus de joie à venir.

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Very nice your splintarlands sketches, @castleberry!
I especially like the one of the woman, I find it very inspired and imaginative.
I encourage you to continue; as you insist the results will be better and better.
When I can I will try to join you in your idea of recreating the splinterlands characters.
Cheers bro! =)

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Well, there is a weekly art contest for the Splinterlands that you could enter by just making an artwork and posting it and then sharing the post link with an image in the comment section. Here is a link to this week's contest post

https://peakd.com/hive-13323/@splinterlands/splinterlands-art-contest-week-162-10-booster-pack-prize

You can read the rules and submit your post at any time within the week. You don't have to post your post in the Splinterlands community either. You can do anything Splinterlands related for your art in the contest rather it be original or one of the characters already in the game.

My Nft project is based on just my own reimagining of the character art for the game as it exists now. So, my project and that contest are two different things. They also have a social media art contest and you can enter that contest too. I don't know much about that one though. Check @ splinterlands account for more details.

Take care bro and thanks for stopping by and for your kind words.
Cheers

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It's funny). I can't draw)

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I bet you can... just not as well as you would like to be able to! Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment. =)

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I missed this post, luckily I recovered it, very particular artistic style, congratulations, I find the green of the eyes exceptional, incredible.

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Thanks for stopping by bro! I appreciate your kind words and art appreciation. =)

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I'm sorry I didn't see it before. Seeing handmade art on real paper is always a pleasure. You have created some beautiful shades, but again, green eyes are super.

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Better late than never bro! hahaha Thanks again.

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This is so amazing pretty cool boss

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Hey, thanks for stopping by and checking out my post! Glad you liked it. =)

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Those are really scary and creative painting I must say @castleberry.

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I take that as a compliment! So, thank you. Your art is pretty good too!

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amazing I especially love that second image.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, appreciate, and comment on my art!
Cheers!

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