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Fox Admiral Comic Concept Art by SciPhiFox Fox Admiral Comic Concept Art by SciPhiFox
This is concept art for a character that I've created for a comic that I am thinking about making. The character's name is Admiral Elijah Victor Tenax. He's most likely going to be referred to as Eli or Admiral Tenax by most of the other character's in the comic. He's an anthropomorphic red fox, and I actually plan on him being both the villain of my story and also the main character. The story I've planned for him so far is rather ridiculous, but it was meant to be that way. In some ways it reminds me of Invader Zim even though it actually bares hardly any resemblance. The planned setting is a Victorian steam punk setting. This piece of concept art that I made shows Eli staring up at the stars thinking about his plan. As he stares up at the stars, he is unable to keep a villainous smile at bay as it creeps onto his face.

I spent a lot of time on this, but it was the most fun I've had doing a digital painting. There are so many things that I did for the first time in this painting that it was simply an amazing and very interesting experience making this. First of all, this is the first time that I decided to outline one of my pencil drawings using a vector based program to achieve a more digital look for the character. Also, this is the first time I've really painted a star-scape, and I am extremely happy with the results. I was also quite satisfied with the building in the foreground and the hills and the background. I haven't really tried painting anything like this before, and I discovered that I could do a lot more than I originally thought. I feel like I've really expanded my horizons with this painting. The actual comic's artwork probably won't be as detailed. I originally intended this to be a test of some of the techniques I could use for making the art work for the comic, but I ended up getting carried away with it, and it became a piece of concept art. Although, this did give me some insight into how I might go about making the comic.

I actually had so much fun painting the starscape for this painting that I even decided to find some constellations within it that would make sense within this universe. I've traced them and labeled them on another picture that I'm going to be uploading right after this. If anyone is interested in seeing the constellations, then you can check them out here: Constellations.

This originally started as a pencil sketch on paper. I then scanned it, and outlined it in a vector based program called Inkscape. I then brought it into GIMP, which is where I spent most of my time painting the drawing. It is hard to say how much time I really put in this since the time I put into this was all over the place, but I can say that I probably put days worth of work into it. It has some problems with it, but it came out pretty good, overall. This is the most time I've ever put into a single work, and I am quite happy with it, and I hope that others will like it also.
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anthropomorphiccanin Jun 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It must have been difficult to draw that head shot

Good job!
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SciPhiFox Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. :) Some parts of it were a bit of a challenge, but I've had some practice with head shots, so it actually wasn't that hard for me to do the head for this guy since I've had some practice. Although, I'll admit that I still probably spent 1 or 2 hours sketching out the head, trying to get it just right and playing with the expression. I think the tufts of fur coming off of his face were the most troublesome part of his face because it consists of a lot of changing geometry. Plus, even if the geometry is perfect, it can still look weird if you make them the wrong size or put too many or too few of them.
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anthropomorphiccanin Jun 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
And if you start out with a complicated hair/fur style, you have to keep it in every pic of that character you draw.
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SciPhiFox Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I know what you mean. I was just encountering that problem yesterday when I working on outlining another sketch of this character. I realized that I messed up the tufts of fur because they didn't match this picture. I had to deviate from my original sketch by drawing in new tufts on the side of his face and on top of his head. I spent hours just experimenting with these tufts of fur because I kept looking at it thinking, it just didn't look right for this character, but I think I finally got it to look reasonable. I'm glad I didn't give this character a crazy, hard to draw hair style.
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anthropomorphiccanin Jul 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
true dat

i think that as long as you have an iconic piece of hair, or a major characteristic of the face it will distract from any other imperfections. like the more crazy haired anime/manga charries would be easier to draw than a more realistic one because the viewer just focuses on the crazy hair.
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FlintENT Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the art style of the character and the background. Great job here. :)
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SciPhiFox Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I really appreciate the kind comment. :happybounce:
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FlintENT Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am also working on an "Anthro" series and I have to draw concept art for it as well. This was motivating. :)
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SciPhiFox Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool to hear. I wish you well with your series.
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FlintENT Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Same to you. :)
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