Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Yea, that's some OLD SCHOOL shit: Undertow
I've decided to reach into the vault for a few weeks as a subject for my warm ups. For those of you who have been kick ass enough to have followed my career even before it was a career, you might remember this material. We're talking 2000 baby.
My first online home was "The Remixx". A site started by me and an old friend of mine, Jacob. We thought we ran the world man...no one was better than us. A few 21/22 years old thinking that we were going to break the spine of the art world with something never seen. Hahaha. Kids are funny. But he and I created this story called Undertow. It really was an interesting story and I've always hoped to reunite with Jacob to get this project out.
So, anyway, the story was a futuristic tale of 3 kids that find an entire world hidden deep under the earths surface. A full society that lives underground. It had a Mad Max/Steampunk/Fifth Element feel to it. Now that we're 7 years away from it I realize that it could use some retooling and a few tweaks. But honestly, it still kicks a little ass.
This is a quick rethinking of my favorite character from the project. Rapskallion, a crazy scavenger that is the only member of the underground world to still go to the surface for random things. Living in Chicago, we have what I call the "Alley Vultures". Mad Max looking trucks that cruse the alley's looking for metal. It's fucking crazy how much shit they stack on the back of these beaters. Rapskallion is that to our world. He looks for things needed, wanted, etc. for the people of the underground society.
Here you can see my 2000, I don't know how to really draw yet version. Very flat, and not alot of function to the design. At this point design didn't need to function, it just needed to look cool (or what ever I thought was cool at the time.)
My new take gives him a little more practical function with out getting rid of some of the cool Mad Maxy shit going on.
Over the next few weeks I'm going to keep reaching into the world of Undertow and have some fun revisit some of these old drawings.