Brutalism & Branching Out

Hello all! It’s been awhile. I’ve been neck-deep in projects, cranking out art and assets left and right. Here’s some of my latest works.

Japanese Miko copy

This miko, or Japanese shrine maiden, is the first in a series that I am making for a card game named Feast! It’s a fantasy card game that centers around food, family, and frenzy. The goal of the game is to get all seven of your family members back at your table, by winning them over with gourmet food dishes from around the world. Other players will try to keep you from reuniting your family for a feast by playing cards such as rotten food, barbarians, thieving cats, and other shenanigans.

monkBarbarian

This is the second character I illustrated for Feast! He originally started off as a monk-gone-barbarian, but he looked too peaceful to belong to a roving horde, so I’m going to make him one of the clan’s family characters instead.

spicyRamenUSCF

Also for Feast!, this spicy ramen is based off of a dish of the same name from the eponymous Ramen Hakata in Addison, Texas. It’s also the first food illustration I’ve made for the card game.

Fortress from a Violent Planet WIP

Fortress From A Violent Planet, is a test of my skills in science fiction concept art and a work in progress. I noticed I had primarily fantasy concepts in my portfolio, so this is an attempt to improve my skills outside my normal range. In this concept, I drew references from various examples of brutalist architecture. Brutalist architecture, which came to existence around the latter half of the 20th century, employs large slabs of minimally adorned concrete in its design. The movement started with the French architect and artist Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, known better as Le Corbusier .Le Corbusier used the term béton brut, the French word meaning “raw concrete” to describe the style of his architecture.¹ However, it was the critic Reynar Banham² who coined the term “brutalism”, as he found the style atrocious and unfriendly.

Well, that’s all folks. Look forward to my next post coming out Jan. 30th. Until next time…

Post commandeered by the US Claire Force

¹”The Rise and Fall of Brutalist Architecture – Voices of East Anglia.” Voices of East Anglia. 3 Aug. 2011. Web. 16 Jan. 2016.

²Brutalism. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2016, from http://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/heritage/brutalism

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