Friday, March 13, 2009

Heroes and Villains

Fifteen superhero characters for fifteen award categories was the brief on this recent job I did for Desktop magazine and their upcoming annual awards night.

With the help of my agent-extraordinaire Matt Jackson, who wrote the character outlines, I went about designing each one to reflect the award category they represented.

Inked with Pitt pens and coloured in Photoshop.

Categories- Emerging Talent, Web Design, Animation

Categories- Multimedia, Photography: Creative, Post Production

Categories- Packaging, Creative of the Year, Photography: Commercial

Categories- Digital media, Fashion (graphics), Print: Creative

Categories- Illustration, Print: Commercial, People's Choice

Here are the names I came up with for the heroes (from the top)

1. Ember 2. Binary 3. Dr. Defribulator 4. Multi Mbuti 5. Timelapse 6. De Sceptre 7. Transverter 8. Captain Condor 9. Fluoro 10. Circuitbreaker or Mobo (short for motherboard) 11. Mondri Anna 12. Cicada 13. Inkstain 14. Sin7 15. Allura Red

and here are Matt's, which are the official names-

1. Pepper 2. Kazimir 3. Velika 4. Kambo 5. Dagny 6. Chuchot 7. Alex 8. Anton 9. Phebe 10. Mahon 11. Chiara 12. Hewie 13. Berangèr 14. Maksim 15. Verena

Visit the award website to see how it turned out-


Blogger Andreas Schuster said...

Mondrian- Girl is a nice idea.
Superpeople based on artist would be a nice thing to work on.

9:13 PM  
Blogger elgunto said...

Wonderful drawings !
Love how you portray each category... Very nice !

10:42 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Fun & challenging project Chris!

2:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Superb work Chris - great body drawings and poses.
In awe as usual !!!

6:29 AM  
Blogger Pat Bollin said...

I'm blown away. Really fun and creative designs.

Question: What made you decide to use an agent, and what percentage of your work comes from them?

9:48 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!

Pat- For me, the main reason to use an agent is not having to go through all the hassles of finding work, keeping it consistent and not having to chase up late payments etc. Basically, just being able to concentrate on doing art without all those other worries is well worth the percentage paid for an agent.

About 95% of my work comes from my agent. The rest comes from either old contacts or via this blog.

9:01 PM  
Blogger Pat Bollin said...

Thanks for the reply. A follow up question: how does one go about finding an agent? And I'm in the US. Is it more common to use an agent there than it is here?


8:32 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Pat- Well, for me here in Australia it was just a matter of looking up Illustration agency names in the phonebook (not many, about 4 here in Sydney) and doing the rounds with my portfolio until I had success.

One well known agency in the US I know of is called Shannon and Associates, they represent illustrators, photographers and writers.

To the question of how common agency representation is here, I know just as many artists who still represent themselves as I do those who are with agents, but slowly more and more are making the switch to an agent after eventually getting sick of having to drum up their own work and chase up their payments instead of spending time drawing.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Faboun'e said...

GREAT work again!
I never spent as muchon your site until that time to study your art .. and thanks for all that .. I can learn everytimes here .

11:47 PM  
Blogger Pat Bollin said...

Great input, Chris. Thanks again.

6:39 AM  
Blogger Frank kennedy said...

all I can say is wow. and what a cool project to work on. So were you thinking up character names and back stories while drawing these great characters or had your agent already done that for you. I really like the blue and orange guy with the eagle on his belt he seems very super.
It all looks sharp and flawless as usual with your artworks.
great stuff Chris

11:48 PM  
Blogger Niall O loughlin said...

Top stuff Chris!

2:58 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Great stuff, Chris. Really like the tattoo girl. :)

5:52 AM  
Blogger Joe Bluhm said...

Chris, these are incredible!

10:39 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks everyone!

Frank- Thanks mate. We hadn't thought of names while doing it. Matt had come up with brief suggestions as to what their powers could be but nothing was set in stone. So even though the briefs were detailed they left a lot of room for interpretation.

Eventually we both came up with our own list of names for the characters. Mine were typical superhero names whereas Matt's were based more on traditional (baby) name definitions which applied to the hero's personalities.

Matt's were passed on to the clients for use as I wasn't available on the day to contribute my suggestions.

I'll add both our suggested name lists to the blog entry.

10:25 PM  
Blogger Mark Heng said...

Fantastic work...Always entertaining to see what your imagination comes up with. Quick question- What size do you draw these? I'm guessing around A4 or 8.5x11".

10:53 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Mark.

These were penciled small at A5 (6x8") and inked at A3 (11x16").

11:23 AM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

These are wonderful . Love the range of types.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Marcelo Baez said...

Unreal! You cook up storm as usual!

Thanks for your comments too Chris...any chance you'll be up in Brissy?



4:54 PM  
Blogger Anthony Pascoe said...

Brilliant Artwork !

11:10 PM  
Blogger Mathieu Reynès said...

Great character designs !
My fav is Captain Condor.

11:30 PM  
Blogger greg oakes said...

fan-f***ing-tastic !!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

12:09 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks all!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Chris, you make great illustrations... i dream about your level...

1:56 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Thanks Alex! Don't dream- practice!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Meena Rajgarhia said...

Your works are really awesome...

4:17 PM  

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