Concept Art

Behind The Art of Mark IV – Pt 2

In Part 1 we chatted to Ariel about where she got her inspiration for the characters for Colourless, today we're continuing to look at her process. And take a peak at some concepts for another Mark IV project: Sentinel Code, book one of The Alchemists' Bane. Enjoy!

[Dan] I recall that when you started drawing, way back when, most of what you did was copying cartoon characters, etc. It was a while before you started getting adventurous and creating your own art.

[Ariel] Yeah, it did take me a bit. I have a huge imagination, but actually using it is hard. Though I found the cartooning and illustration course I did really helped. Because it kind of taught you how to actually put your ideas down onto paper. Just doing all the exercises and things was really good practice.

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Behind The Art of Mark IV – Pt 1

Today we have a chat with Mark IV's lead concept artist, Ariel Van Werkhoven, about her work on Colourless. Join us on the journey and take glimpse at all the work that goes into creating the characters you see on this site!

[Dan] So, Ariel, let's start with some general questions, then we can move to some specifics about each character. How do you find inspiration for the characters?

[Ariel] Pinterest. To start, I create boards for faces, beards, hair, anything. I will spend hours on Pinterest just getting a huge stockpile of visual references. I will look up character concepting, or character illustrations.

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October Happenings

I thought it was still September, but apparently it’s November. At least, that’s what my calendar is insisting. Oh well, despite the missing month, a lot has been happening around here.

As I announced in a recent blog post, (I say recent, even though I just checked the post date and it was written in September. The case for October actually existing isn’t going well…) we’ve been incredibly fortunate to have some hard working interns join our forces here at Mark IV. Since that post, we’ve also been joined by another intern, Kate Lulham. It’s been really exciting to see some of the work they’ve all been producing. Watching Colourless coming to life has been surreal.

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