Concept art: Dwarves and things by ciro correia

Hi welcome to my next post, if it's your first time here please read through my other posts.

This time around I'm posting some recent concept artwork. Most of my work nowadays is digital, but sometimes - for various reasons - I work in traditional media and bring my work into a digital workflow later down the line.

Dwarf Chieftains concept art

Dwarves are a fun brief to work on, what is it about these squat, mythological earthy guys that make them such an interesting subject?

I guess our modern idea of what dwarves are supposed to be is heavily influenced by J.R.R.Tolkien. In German mythology they were thought to be nature spirits in the form of small human beings who lived in mountains or under the earth. I like the Norse interpretation - they were the product of the primordial blood and bones of Ymir. The Prose Edda describes dwarfs as beings similar to maggots that festered in the flesh of Ymir before being gifted with reason by the gods.  

Ebony prisma-colour sketch

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.  I'm always open for more freelance work. So, if you're here looking for concept work, illustration or graphic design then drop me a line. Comments and interaction always welcome.

Space ape, study sketch by ciro correia

Happy New Year, first post for this year. This is a study sketch for a project. I try to sketch something over and over again - as many times as I can. Each sketch adds to my visual language. The secret to developing work is really in the re-sketch. This is a discipline, the temptation for artists and designers is to settle with the first sketch. Never settle with the first sketch Ciro! Even if you like it, you probably won't in 15 minutes time, so re-sketch it. This is my initial exploration of the subject. Graphite pencil (2B/6B) and a Prisma colour Ebony pencil. 

Thank you for visiting.

Space ape

Thinking ahead about colour

Thinking ahead about colour

Moleskin, Cosmonaut sketch. by ciro correia

I was not part of the generation which watched the first manned space rockets soar into space. Those gigantic missiles aimed into the inky blackness beyond our blue skies. How starry eyed dreamers must have followed their ascent as they thundered upwards and pushed past the forces that keep our feet firmly on the ground.  I was not part of the generation that witnessed man's first walk on the moon. I came afterwards, into a world already changed by incredible acts of courage. I'm not American so I guess I don't have any sense of patriotism when I think of these spacemen. I don't think of them as American or Soviet. I think of them as human, like me. That's how I saw them as a child, they represented what I too could achieve. They ignited my belief in myself. The thing is, even though the astronauts achieved far greater things than their Soviet counterparts it was the Soviets who got the whole thing going back in 1957. Visually the cosmonauts somehow standout more vividly in my memories. Why is it that? Is it the strange design of their space crafts, spacesuits and satellites that captures the imagination more? There's something different and special in some Soviet designs that stand out as unique, original. 

The British Science Museum in London is currently hosting an exhibition called the 'Cosmonauts'. It's a cool visit if you have the chance. We went there a few weeks back and it is one of the best Museum type places I've been to.

Here's a sketch from my moleskin inspired by the cosmonauts.

Moleskin, Cosmonaut Sketch - Copic Marker, pencil, pen and ink.