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I do this periodically where I feature some Relativity art with commentary. Not wanting to spam everyone, I had originally hoped to post these every 6-8 weeks, but it looks like it's turning out to be every 3-4 months. Anyhow, looking back over the gallery submissions during that time, I typically choose fifteen to showcase with some anecdotes about them. Note that this doesn't mean I like the other pieces in the gallery any less. Usually it just means that I want to simply "talk" more about these pieces and how the imagery fits into the series.
I adore all of Cru's sexy poses. But I think what I like most about this one (other than the fact that it's Michael *swoon*), is the fact that I could see this being an actual picture in the series. Michael is considered one of the "most beautiful" people by several magazines, and he is very proud of his physique. I could totally see him doing a spread for some GQ-type or bodybuilding magazine and this being one of the poses.
's work is amazing, and she recently did another set of characters for us. This is my favorite from the new batch. Master Blankard's look was inspired by the late David Niven -- the refined, but sinister English gentlemen. This picture fits him perfectly. It shows his suave but devious nature. And nobody does noses quite like Smo. It looks great.
Every good superhero character/team has to have their rogue's gallery. Team Torrent is no different. I feel bad that the villains have not gotten a good spotlight in the gallery, because without them, there would be no need for our crimefighting team. This piece features some familiar villains and some bad-guys yet to be seen. The art by ~ekkimu
is great. These guys are not to be messed with, believe me. Makes me uber-excited to write more about this motley crew.
Part of the fun (and stress) of working on such a large series is the need to keep coming up with characters and fleshing out backstories. This character is a face from the past for one of our heroes. When coming up with this villain, we wanted to keep in-line with our practice of making more "real" characters -- a bad-guy that could exist in the real world. A former wrestler gone bad fit the bill. I do have to admit, I channelled a bit of Andre the Giant when coming up with Crunch, and *PiccolaRia
did a nice job of incorporating a bit of his looks into the character.
As mentioned above, it's never a fun thing when you come to a part in the story and realize you don't have a major story element figured out!
That's what happened when we were working on the current set of stories and realized we had failed to come-up with an important character. After a bit of wrangling, Teresa Horner was born. Since we wanted to introduce her visually for our 2nd anniversary, we were fortunate that =CubicInsanity
took on the quickie commission to draw her. She did such a great job and was such a sweetheart in the process. -- Who is this gal, you ask? Don't worry, she'll be introduced in "Zephyra's Story."
This is one of those pictures I love "just because." I think it really shows off the character of Madge. She's such an integral part of the series, and even though her air-time varies, she's a strong and important member of Team Torrent. This piece showcases her look and casual style so well, I had to give it a bit more of a spotlight.
When doing the gallery revamp recently, I was surprised to see that Greg has more art than Aaron--and most of the other "major supporting" characters, as well. Part of that is probably the fact that he's been around much longer. He's a character that has evolved in so many ways, from personality, to history, to looks. I really wanted to get a picture of how I envision Greg now. Even though I still think Aaron Eckhart would be perfect in the role, my mental image of Greg is a bit of a mash-up of Eckhart and my own design. Cru was lovely to do this portrait showing the chef more how I envision him these days.
Such a simple picture, but it has moved into my all-time favorite portrait of Tony. Of course, it's hard to say anything as he hasn't appeared in the series yet, but that's going to change soon as he will be introduced formally (other than mentions and flashbacks) at the beginning of the next anthology. This picture captures the serious and soulful nature of Tony--one that isn't shown often, but is definitely at the heart of his devotion to his medical and science work.
It's been so much fun working on our teaser project. From the beginning of the series, Jim and I had wanted to get one illustration of each story as a teaser. Problem was, the cost of getting full-color multi-character scenes was prohibitive and we had to abandon the idea. Recently we decided to shift to getting plain black & white sketches -- a much more affordable option -- and it's worked out great. And in some ways, even better. The minimalistic pictures still give a good tease, but don't distract from the story, which is the star.
Of all of the teasers so far, this one is my favorite. Even though I gave *PiccolaRia
the details on the characters' poses and scene, she really breathed the life into them. Such emotion in this one. This is an important part of the series where Sara reveals details of her past which she has been hiding from her family, for good reason. I love how concerned and caring Michael looks. I love this piece.
You can see all of the current teaser pieces for the series in this folder
There are not enough words to describe the cute awesomeness rolled-up into this piece. ^Thiefoworld
surprised me by drawing the gang "on a mission" -- to rescue a cat from a tree. As much as this is humorous, it also sums up the group perfectly. They are a team and really pitch in to help each other, and to help others. I could totally see this scene happening, right down to Overcast tipping his hat.
A gift and a bit of an "inside joke" for my friends *PiccolaRia
. We always toy around with our OCs running into each other, and have even written a couple of crossovers to that effect. So, I wanted to get a picture with the three girls together. *LiberLibelula
did such a lovely job on this. I adore how they all look, and she really nailed their personalities.
I have talked a lot about my RP group from years ago. Well, recently, our old group re-united and we are running a new campaign. To keep things fresh, we've rebooted the characters from the DC universe into the Relativity universe. (I should note that our RP splinters history at the point of "Spoils System".) Brent Armstrong is a reporter and gets pulled into the whirlwind of Team Torrent. This picture was done by *ThreshTheSky
as a gift for my RP friend. It really gives definition to the character. I have to admit, Brent's quite a bit of a hottie, and (RP) Sara has been giving him some bats of the eyelashes from across the room. Unfortunately, it looks like the reporter may be headed more in Babs's direction.
This is one of Jim's picks. There will be more commentary on these as they are uploaded individually to the group. For now, though, this collection of bobbleheads is too cute not to spotlight. Note that most of the pictures are from alt-universe versions of the characters (yes, I have a Victorian-era version of the characters inspired by a cross-over story featuring ^DorianHarper
's Daniel). The only exception is the three-boys picture, which is definitely canon. That is so totally Tony, Andy, and Michael, I love it. And seriously, *Sleyf
managed to make adult bobblehead Tony--from the WWC saga--look suave and charming! Now, that's skill.
This is one of Jim's picks. `Ravenswd
absolutely loved this "Adventure Time" rendition of Melody done by ~DrawingGirl546
. It's cute and sweet and playful, just like the character.
This is one of Jim's picks. This was gift-art for our 2-year anniversary. The fact that the characters are so cute is only secondary to the meaning behind the whole scene. ~MikariStar
did such a great job; we both fell in love with the piece. Though `Ravenswd
particularly liked how happy Overcast is in the picture!
As always, these arts help define the series and I appreciate the work of these artists. If you enjoy any of these works, please consider faving, or better yet leave a comment. The artists really deserve the spotlight and I am sure they appreciate any and all feedback.
Also, a reminder that many of these artists are still open for commissions. Most have very affordable pricing. If you are considering purchasing custom art, keep them in mind.
Arts and Commentary - No. 1I do this periodically where I feature some Relativity art with commentary. I am trying to make any type of Relativity features more formal, so I'm going to start numbering them and linking them in the group, making it easier for people to find them. These will still be regular journals, though. I will not be publishing these as formal articles like the "Artists of Relativity" series, etc. To see all of the most recent art from the series, check out this folder.
I have long adored the style of *oasiswinds and when she opened for low-price commissions a couple months ago, I had to snatch up a few of the hero gang. I love the style of this. I had no idea she would do them in monochrome, but was excited to see Dark Flame done in gold. Her impish look totally fits her.
A simple but fun picture of one of the series' favorite couples. I always get a bit of a kick
Arts and Commentary - Vol. 2I do this periodically where I feature some Relativity art with commentary. Not wanting to spam everyone, I had hoped to post these every 6-8 weeks. However, I was quite surprised to see that the last one was back in April! Since I aim to feature ten pieces per issue, with the long gap I'm going to showcase fifteen this time. Next issue, which I plan to post on a better schedule, will feature the regular ten again.
I was fortunate to win a lottery for a free drawing from the insanely talented *SirTiefling. Jim said it was a shame I didn't ask for a pic of my uber-sexy bounty hunter, Delilah Quord, and I agree, the artist would have rocked her. But I am SOOO glad I got a picture of Dark Flame. Even though he gave her costume a bit of a re-design, I adore this version of the character. I honestly can't nail it down to one thing--everything is just right about this. She's simply perfect, and it's my favorite picture of this character, ever.