A gift for SH9DOW because I wanted to draw an insectoid, and who better for it than his formica character Grub? I miss drawing his formics, and thought a quick portrait would be a nice shot at it between other work.
Portrait indeed. The simple gradient background, somewhat muted colours and straightforward composition put me in mind of those grand paintings that the rich would commission of themselves back before photography was a thing. Grub's studious gaze here wouldn't seem at all out of place staring at you from the wall of some magnificent château.
Ooh, that never really occurred to me, but I see it now! I just went with muted greens because RESIST always brings the colour green to mind for me, and desaturated tones fit better against Grub's more colourless body. The background was just based off a style I was experimenting with lately after doing Rivaldi's portrait, simple but with some sort of shapes to not make it completely boring. And because of some cropping issues I decided that I'd frame Grub properly inside the inner circle rather than being pasted in front of it, since it suited the composition better.
I'm glad it gives that sort of impression though, that's pretty neat. :] But now I'm imagining a sort of alternate history where there is a historic society of insectoids and they'd totally have big manors with paintings like this in them.
Oh my God this is amazing! I've been brooding (more like crying) that I haven't drawn a proper Formica in something like 2 years, and I just haven't had the time to do more than scribble a detail or two. I heard this buzz in my pocket during my break and saw it was Skype, and then I saw ".jpg unable to load" and your message, and I just couldn't wait to get home and see. When I saw it, I just wanted to drop everything and write some more of Resist (and did, I'm at 2,000 words now lol).
This is wonderful! I love the colors and the highlights and the shine, they all just caught my eye immediately. There's just something about your art style I always loved, and I think its just that "painted" feeling it brings. Everything just appears so fluid and "created", for lack of a better term, and it just makes these things that Kest, Chim, Angel, and I think up have a representation from an aesthetic and sentimental standpoint. I don't mean to sound all poetic, but the brush strokes give it that sense of invention while the color, unity, and precise line-work make it feel carefully constructed and depicted. It's like bringing our dreams to life in the most literal of senses
Thank you so much for this, because I really needed it today with work being crazy and Lauren on holiday with her family. I thought it was going to be a dull week until my phone went off
Ahh, I'm so glad you like it and that it brightened your day! I'm pleased it inspired you to go write some more Resist too, haha. I look forward to seeing more of it in the future! And thank you so much for the kind words on my work, I'm trying hard to develop my style further and achieve what I'm striving for in my ideal world, but it'll take time. But even today I've seen developments compared to older work and I'm definitely motivated to produce more and better things. Support from you and the others helps immensely in that, I can't thank you enough. :]
No, Grub is part of the Formica bipedal maculosus, Formica the Latin phrase for "ant", bipedal "two-hips", and maculosus "spotted." Techinically the classification is a misnomer since they are anthropodic, but the initial observations from human records neglected to detail interior anatomy, supplying only local observational data. They are one of the species in my work-in-progress novel, "RESIST," with various planned adaptions.
There is a similar species from Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game which are a bipedal, alien insect race called the Formics I wasn't sure if Grub was a Fan OC to fit into that world or if the Formica were an Original Species that just happened to be similar
To be honest I was hoping to find another Ender's Game fan Its my favorite book Thanks for explaining, In fantastic detail I might add! Always appreciated!