Ancient Egypt: Editorial children illustration


Ancient_Egypt_egyptians_working_cartoon_editorial_children_ilustration__07-10-2012_by_Rick_Ruiz-DanaThis is a piece I did for my current editorial portfolio. Wanted to work with a historical setting so I choose the Ancient Egypt theme, with many workers close to the Nile, during the wheat harvest. It took me a while to finish it because of all those details, but it was worth it. I used most of my research that you saw on this post, when I designed many egyptian characters. Also it took a while to find the proper look of this egyptian fishing boat. Here are also the color key and composition rough and some warm up character sketches.

Book illustration: Perdeliquium


Here is the finished illustration done for my friend Emilio Mejía and his cool project Pedeliquium: A book series based on a previous comic book created by him and a few cool friends, including me, back in the day. He took all the story background he wrote and translate it into a impressive book. I have to say that the story is very well done and you’ll have many surprises in it. I got the fortune to work on a couple of illustrations for chapter four, the Sorrows’ chamber, where the main villain is getting his dark powers. Very cool chapter, by the way.

About the art, I wanted to portray the main character with a strong attitude in front of the Aj-sheut, the dark spirit who wants to destroy him. You may remember the egyptian spirit concepts  from a previous post. This is how he ended. Also, if you see closer, I worked the entire drawing with pencils instead of inks and then applied the colors. It has a different feel, more organic, I think.

Character Design Concepts: Egyptians

Character Design

Here are a few character designs for a couple of  illustrations that I’m working on. The idea is to draw a few scenes of the life on the Ancient Egypt so I did a little research on the subject. Then worked on different type of characters as warriors, slaves, writers and women so I can get the feel for the project. Right now, one of the scenes is about a bunch of slaves working the wheat near the Nile and the other is about the Egyptian gods. I’ll show you more work later.