Ok, OK, tensai, can't a guy get a little shuteye!? omigosh, it's been more than 2 weeks?! call me Rip van Chip! anyway, the "experiments" are fun but it's tough to integrate that look into figures. my "Metrosexual Pirate" ChOW entry wasn't as strong as i'd've liked for a number of reasons, including the newness of the technique. i don't feel fluent with it yet, at least with figures.
madplanet, thanks for the comments, it's encouraging that you see some tranquility in the "chaos" of the strokes, it was definitely a goal in a few of the enviros.
Sve, i do so love your comments. you're quite correct about "Gaia Cavern Temple," it gave me fits from day one. i worked on it for 5 days off and on, only in the last two did the final concept gel for me, so i had to do a lot of repainting, then spent nearly a whole day getting the structures integrated (and then only partly successful). so the disunity you see is a result of my not being all that "clean" at rendering my concept, though it did OK in the EOW poll. funny you should mention Dr. Seuss, 'cause both my son and i thought the stsho character looks like the Grinch . and there may be some deepset influences -- my first memory of a book i read "all by myself" was On Beyond Zebra, an early "concept art" masterpiece imo.
i guess 70's sci-fi is maybe a "spesheealitee", Cthogua, since my decision to get really serious about my art as a career was made in '71, and i've been a sci-fi/fantasy fan all my days. thanks for the "woot", 'tis appreciated!
sone_one, thanks man, i'll work hard to keep them stars!
some new Chanur-inspired material:
i often like to do spaceships that look a bit cobbled together rather than slick and ultra-neat, more resembling old rebuilt carburetors or some such. the bowshock is caused by quantum effects as the ship exits subspace in a dusty region surrounding a young planetary system. Urtur station is an industrial port of call for the spacefaring merchants of the Chanur novels.
Tully is the only human character of any consequence in the Chanur novels; after escaping brutal captivity by the kif, he eventually becomes one of the crew of Pyanfar's ship The Pride of Chanur. the small sketch is a quickpose of Tully just after his escape, nearly at his limits, but nonetheless able to "commandeer" refuge on the Pride.
just some doodles, 10-15 min max, pose, gesture, faces, the usual sketchbook suspects, no refs: