Dabble With a Doodle

The Infinity O-12 podcast announced a drawing contest on episode 17. Contestants were to submit a 2D, Infinity themed piece of art by July 21st. So, despite my self-conscious nature when it comes to my illustrations I decided to send something in.

Scarface and Cordelia Copyright 2012 Corvus Belli

Scarface and Cordelia
Copyright 2012 Corvus Belli

I definitely wanted to draw a female and the Infinity universe is filled with iconic heroines. However, the typical scantily clad, sexy chick wasn’t what I had in mind. I decided to go with Scarface and Cordelia as my subjects. Cordelia is a beautifully designed character with a playful look that goes well with my art style. Not only that, but her homie Scarface is also an amazing looking model. He’s got all the essential elements needed for a classic, bad-ass looking TAG (Tactical Armoured Gear). After a quick search online I found this great reference of the original concept art.

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Sketch- Sharpie Marker

After a couple shitty sketches on my iPad and scrap paper I finally went with this basic concept. Scarface carrying Cordelia like a bebe and her looking all cute and optimistic (and who wouldn’t be with that walking tank behind them).

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Final Inked- Sharpie and Pigma Micron Pen

At first, I was having a really hard time doing the final inking because I was focusing too much on making the characters totally accurate to the original design. Once I gave my self permission to tweak them a bit it was a lot easier to relax and enjoy the drawing.

ScarfaceAndCordelia

Scarface and Cordelia, David Montalvan

Once I was done with the inking I scanned it onto my computer and colored it up using Adobe Illustrator. I’ve gotta admit that I’m really happy with the final result. Of course they’re a few things I’d change, but that’s the awesome thing about drawing, you take what you learn form one piece and apply it to the next. Always getting a little better with each illustration.

So now it’s up to the public to decide who will win the free boxed set prize and bragging rights. Go to the Infinity O-12 Facebook page and vote for your favorite Illustration. You can “Like” as many  entries as you wish (hopefully mine). Check it out and thanks for voting. 🙂

Fun With Paper

“Why Dave, where have you been you slacker? You said a post a week but it’s been over two.” Said the disappointed blog follower (aka the voice in my head).

Sometimes I just need a good distraction. I don’t want this blog to become a chore or even worse, work. Bleh! So, my recent distraction has been… playing Infinity! That’s right I finally played a game with my freshly painted Haqqislam models and it was awesome! I even spent a week assembling a terrain table so I can play at home. check it out.

Paper Terrain

Paper Terrain

All the terrain on this table was made using paper print outs that I cut out and glued together. With a little help from my wife I was able to finish it all in about three nights. This terrain’s a great solution for anybody that has a tight budget and some time to spare. It’s also very easy to store away, just roll up the streets and stack the buildings in a shoe box. Eventually, I’d like to build a themed table with a greater variety of elements like multi story buildings, vehicles and lots of cover. While I figure out what I want that final table to look like, this terrain will do the job nicely.

Most of the original PDFs for the table are from Toposolitario.com and the plastic buildings in the center are Plasticville’s Hobo Jungle. The best part is all this easy to assemble terrain is FREE! I just had to print it out and buy a glue stick. Booyah!