This is my second submission for the Papercut Awards 2013 this time for Single Figure category.
This is also my first actually finished character illustration for “the Crucibles” (working title:) ) a postapo-steampunk setting that I keep somewhere in my mind and on many loose sketches for some 7 years or so. I recently dug up some of those sketches when reorganizing my “home-office” and that (together with the Papercut Awards) gave me the stimulus to create this miniature. Hopefully it will be the first step to giving this idea an actual form.
For my presentation I wanted this mini to have a decent background. As with the cannon crew a custom screen was designed printed and built just for the photo session (a big word as I took only about 10 shots). I even made some 2d gaslights but they were dropped from the frame after cropping the image. As for the character background well… newspapers wrote about her 😀 you can read the article by clicking on the image if you hadn’t already.
As with the besieged castle in the cannon crew submission, I used a real life reference here. The gazette that I used as a template is an actual XIX century polish weekly magazine called “Tygodnik Illustrowany” (Lit. An illustrated weekly magazine :). Most of its issues were digitalized and are available online. It is in polish obviously but if you like to check it out some links are available through Wikipedia. The gazette itself was amazing, covering a wide variety of subjects from literature through inventions and discoveries, history both ancient and most recent, geography to well a little bit of everything actually. Especially their coverage of franco-prussian war is worth looking through. Just for the illustrations if nothing else.
If You like the Cannon Crew and/or Aspasia (or never heard of Papercut Awards) the virtual voting booths are open on Cardboard Warriors Forum until monday alaskan evening 🙂
Edit: The Papercut Awards are closed. See my next posts :).