Gorgeous, right? That's what illustration does: It tells a story, introduces you to a character, sets the scene, fulfills the vision of the author, and displays the creative mind of the artist. It is so much more than a sum of its parts. Just like the steambeast itself, come to think of it.
As promised, here is a concept of what Heather McDougal's steambeast might have looked like at the annual festival. Its central core is a sphere. It is composed of brass, copper, vellum, and other materials. I enjoyed playing with the mechanical parts -- trying to reinvent them in an organic way. The mythical steambeast is supposed to redesign itself as something totally new and inscrutable each year. I wanted a beautiful form whose purpose was not readily identifiable. Thanks, Heather. This was a good exercise, not to mention loads of fun!
A BIG thank-you to all who could make PiBoIdMo such a smashing success in 2012. I made my goal of 30 ideas in 30 days, more than doubling that number. Congratulations to all the participants. I hope you made your goal too.
As a newbie, I had no idea what to expect. The whole artistic community was very supportive. I am blessed to be part of such an industry! So here's to December, when I can finally unleash my inner critic on the list of ideas. That's IF he promises to behave himself.