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Jason Oberman

"Ring of Steel" is a commision that was duel purpose.  First, it was a portrait  of the client's wife, whom he wanted portrayed as a warrior.  The second part was that I had an idea for mechanical tigers.  These tigers would look a little like tigers, but be constructed of plates of metal.  I wanted them to have a burnished bronze look, and also look organic and magical at the same time.  I also wanted to link them to her, to make them seem as if they all shared a connection, hence the eyes.   Also I wanted the beasts to look protective of her, like they were deciding whether or not the viewer was a friend, or not......  This is all digital, based off of a few sketches that I did of the client's wife and then some ideas for these tigers.  It was done in Corel Painter with a wacom tablet.  The resolution in the original file is very high: at it's native resolution, she is life size: the Jpeg before compression was something like 45 megs, while the painter file itself was 154 megs.  And all that chain mail took me probably like nine hours to do: one link at a time.   Pity you can't pick out the detail here, but  given the subject, I wouldn't have done it any other way. I hope you like it!

Published More than a year ago

Category Science fiction

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