Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Concept Art: Visualization of the environment part I

To help me understand the space my story was showing , King Solomon's Mines, I decided to create some rough sketches to better visualize the space.

On the 1st excerpt, the expedition led by Allan Quatermain, arrives to the Diamond diggings at Kimberley known as well as King Solomon's Diamond Mine, situated between 3 peaks called the "3 witches", the mining site was no more than a pit in the middle of those 3 peaks.
Solomon's Great Road, the one they have been following circumvented the reef following its path they found 3 colossi statues of phoenician gods. Each of them with
characteristic features, these 3 colossi, known also as the "Silent Ones", were overlooking the all mining site.

I quickly sketched and annotated some information to help me understand.

Behind this huge statues was this vast stone wall and alongside a narrow entrance to the cave.
Following the way inside the cave they came across with this immense cathedral-like room, built by nature and rich in minerals, such as stalactites and columns, described as the most wonderful place seen by man.

This room was faintly lighted, maybe by shafts on its roof, decorated with stalactites and icicles all over it, also beautiful columns could be seen, where some would be carved with figures of mummies and beasts.

Following that room, they found themselves in the most terrifying place seen by men, it was call the hall of Dead, it was populated by 27 human-size white statues made of stalactite that in reality were petrified humans, they were the previous kings of the kukuana civilization , and an huge 18 feet colossi skeleton that the author described as Death itself. Also in the middle was this brown half-naked corpse, that was the last king of the kukuana, Ignosi's father ( current king) was this way they glorified their kings and remembered them.

Some more notes about the environment can be seen in the sketches for better understanding.


Simon (calamity) Holland said...

Hi guys, the DVD I was talking about today is called Concept Design 2, Sketching Environments by Feng Zhu, the sequel is Concept Design 4. A couple of books to check out include:

Massive Black, Volume 1
Bold Visions, The Digital Painting Bible by Gary Tonge.

If you need to E-Mail me my address is

Ruben Alexandre said...

Thank you for the DVDs

Simon (calamity) Holland said...

No probs, looks like you are off to a good start with the sketches and notes.

Sam Hayes said...

Hey Ruben,
I've looked through your images (for some reason I can't view all of them large) The cavern entrance looks brilliant, even in this early sketch, I reckon that one will come out really well in digital. The skeleton statues look good too, they'll be fun to draw. I'm feeling a bit jealous that I didn't get King Solomon's Mines now, lol.

Ruben Alexandre said...

thank you ! Sam, damn Macs evertyime i upload on my mac it doesnt create a link to the solo image and zoomed. i guess is safari. ill try to upload pics on pcs next time or firefox.

king solomons mines is really cool, all this adventure style is really cool and the way the places are described are really fascinating and helpful.

also good study with the digital painting, good to get used to the graphics tablet.