It’s been a year since I challenged myself to create the initial HeavenWard concepts in the space of only a couple of months.
Since then, the desire to turn this story into a comic has only gotten stronger, and luckily Rob’s keen on writing it. To begin with,
my original (and slightly rushed) concept art needed to be revisited and overhauled.
And so, I’d like to (re-)introduce the main character of HeavenWard, Tara!
For some time now, I’ve been working behind the scenes on illustrations for the ebook collection of Rob’s
Postcards From Lepari. I’ve still got some work left to do, but I just finished outlining the cover art for the
book today and I wanted to share it with you all.
To finish off this week’s HeavenWard art, a poster of the main cast. Thanks for looking!
I wanted the first thing you notice to be his half-mask. His perceived destiny is heavily influenced by the prophecy of the next Buddha leading the world into a new age, and so I wanted that mask to reflect the neutral, enlightened expression commonly found on the faces of Buddha statues. I thought it unnerving to have the mask of inner peace on part of the face while the eyes were still visible to betray Maitreya’s actual emotions.
Oh, and while I gave him a robe, I left his chest bare because I was sick of women getting to be the only ones to be showing some skin in video games ;)
Introducing the antagonist of HeavenWard, the “Compassionate One”, Maitreya.
These are some samples of the research I did to come up with the final sword design. I looked up real sword images that had the shapes and details I was looking for, followed by mythological concepts and imagery that would suit the sword’s purpose in the story. From all this information I eventually created a sketch of Sunyata that I was satisfied with and used it as the basis for the colored final.
As you can probably tell, this sword and its scabbard will be very important to Tara and Daigo’s adventure.