Beyond Lies the Wub: Part 2

So, we had to choose between doing five A4 and A3 illustrations, taking three photographs of a model/diorama we built or making one illustration in A0 that tells the whole story. I wanted to challenge myself into doing something big, so I went with the A0 format. I decided to depict the whole ship and do cross-sections into the rooms that are mentioned in the book. This would help draw the focus to the narrative, but also allowed me to play with the 17th century imagery.

The shape of the ship was based on the Vasa ship, a future ship concept and a 3D-printed fashion shoe I saw in Stockholm. I considered adding motors or a rudder in the shape of a high-heel, but I decided not to. Mostly because I felt it would be to obvious, but also because Peterson's room is close to motors.

Detail - Storage facilities

The design of the long-legged Martian go-birds was based on an art installation in Stockholm, marabou storks, and Pterosaurs. Bless their head crests! The reason I made the birds so large and threatening was to answer the question: why do not the crew kill and eat them instead of the wub?

Detail - Corridor, examination room and kitchen with empty freeze locker

I am not satisfied with the wub design. I wanted to have the pig similarities, but mix them up with more alien features. But the more I worked with the image, the more I realized that the wub needed to be small, which lead to the three-legged design. I also gave him paws and a little tails, so now he looks like a pig combined with a shrew.

Detail - Peterson's room (left) and Franco's office (right)

Detail - The dinner room

Detail - Command deck

Detail - Atomic jet engines

Detail - Emergency spacecrafts

The solar fins are based on a concept ship model I found in Stockholm. I also wanted them to look like oars and Opee See Killer from Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace. At least the film had some cool creature and alien designs.

Detail - Gangplank

Size comparison

Beyond Lies the Wub: Part 1

We had another summer project this year which was called 'Fiction'. First we read several short stories and chose one that we wanted to illustrate. I chose Beyond Lies the Wub by Philip K. Dick. It’s a weird but funny Sci-Fi about the conflict between a hungry and slightly barbaric captain and an intelligent space pig. No really, that’s it. But it works since it is multi layered! There are so many things you can read into it, from arguments for vegetarianism to a critical view on authority and philosophers. Check it out for yourself, it is a light read. And free!

Anyway, after we chosen which story to illustrate we had to do 45 sketches of characters, locations, and props. All sketches had to drawn from life, not from photos or other images. I went to the Vasa Museum, Nordiska Museet, Skansen, The Swedish National Museum of Science and Technology, the Maritime Museum, and a short cruising trip to Turku. It was often hectic, but fun and interesting. Definitely need to do more life-drawings!

CHARACTERS

LOCATIONS

PROPS

I prefer the location drawings. Maybe it was because I did not have to stress so much as when I did the character drawings, maybe it was just the awe of seeing the Vasa ship for the first time. And the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to incorporate the 16th Century Swedish mentality into the captain. I wanted him to believe that he descended from Atlantean civilization, that might gives right, make him so pompous that he literally could not accept to be questioned. I also imagined that the ship was a former battle ship like Vasa, but that the glory day has passed and it now has been dismantled to a trading ship, much to the captain’s dismay.

Anyway, after we returned from the summer break we made sceneries based on the story. We would then do some drawings were we combined them with characters, locations and props. These sketches were A2, so they were pretty difficult to scan. However, they were nothing compared to the finished illustration...

These scans are from my sketchbook. The first two was drawn during the same scenery workshop as the red ones.

The last sketches are either based on my summer drawings, or some layout thumbnails I did for the final piece. I could not decide if I should do a detailed and complex cross section, or a simpler and more comic approach. The solution was to do a detailed image, but do a simpler cross section.