Space Pirates Ahoy!! | Skillshare Projects

David Clifford




Space Pirates Ahoy!!


I'm hoping to learn a lot from this class and be involved in the development of lots of cool little personalities with you all.

My goal in this class is as follows:

- To actually finish an illustration! (I'm very bad at finishing stuff off)

- To learn a workflow that I can adapt to suit my needs

- To end up with a character illustration that I hope will inspire further development


I've chosen 'Space Pirates' a slight twist on the suggested Pirate theme, to give myself a broader source of inspiration and challenge myself to be creative.


Here is my Pinterest Board - I'm trying to keep it broad so I find some unexpected inspiration. I'm looking for costume ideas, accessories, a sense of atmosphere as well as drawing styles to inform my own design.


Here are a few sketches to get started. I really like the idea of the early space missions where animals were sent up in spacecraft as an inspiration. I might run with this as a theme and play with the imagery of the clothing and equipment from the period.

Would love your feedback!III

Since I had a few nice comments about the space piggy idea, I thought I'd run with it. Here are a couple more sketches in that vein. I should really be sketching a lot more roughly, but hey.

Please let me know what you think, I'm happy to hear some constructive criticism!

Here are my shapes for one of the pigs. Ive never tried this workflow before - is there anything I should be doing different ? more detail within the shapes perhaps, or is this enough to go on to the next stage?

Ok here is my first crack at painting the layered shapes for my pig (excuse the fact that he's not really a space pig). I'm far from happy with how it's turned out, I don't feel he is really alive ... He is too flat.

I wanted to put up my progress here anyway so I can get some FEEDBACK!! What should I be doing differently to improve it? Be as brutal as you like! Thanks for taking a look!

Ok so I'm done with the first colouring test, and now I'm looking for the right feel for another pig pirate image. Here are just a couple of sketches I've done to get a sense of design style and the character's attitude. Feedback appreciated!!

I'm going to attempt a painting of one of my early pig characters, and here are the shapes. I will try to add a simple graphical background once I've painted him.

Here is my final illustration, firstly the final painted image, then one with a few filters added. I'm still very much open to feedback so fire away! 


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