Drones to the Maw-smerizer
With banner for the character reveal contest.

With banner for the character reveal contest.

Pre-color swap of sky and ocean (one of those last-minute changes after experimenting a bit - there's the beauty of gradient maps)

Pre-color swap of sky and ocean (one of those last-minute changes after experimenting a bit - there's the beauty of gradient maps)

Step 3: Shading, details. There are sometimes exceptions, but I generally hold off on adding color until the grayscale is complete. On top of helping me make an image with a clear focus, it's a lot of fun to see color splashed in after all that time!

Step 3: Shading, details. There are sometimes exceptions, but I generally hold off on adding color until the grayscale is complete. On top of helping me make an image with a clear focus, it's a lot of fun to see color splashed in after all that time!

Step 2: Values, sketching. After figuring out a general flow for the piece, I like to work in grayscale first, and then zero in on hues and saturation later - this helps me design an image with a clear focus.

Step 2: Values, sketching. After figuring out a general flow for the piece, I like to work in grayscale first, and then zero in on hues and saturation later - this helps me design an image with a clear focus.

Step 1: Comp, rough form. Early on, I'll conduct some quick studies on the subject (in this case, Jouste's character), searching for a fitting pose, and getting a handle for the character's size, proportion, and how I want to situate them on the page.

Step 1: Comp, rough form. Early on, I'll conduct some quick studies on the subject (in this case, Jouste's character), searching for a fitting pose, and getting a handle for the character's size, proportion, and how I want to situate them on the page.

My entry for the NG Rumble Character Reveal Art Contest over on Newgrounds.com! Jessie Jesse "Jouste" Turner makes some fantastic characters, and The Magnificent Mindables is one of my faves of his. I also wanted to try weaving a story into the image, so I designed a few mechs inspired by Facundo "KeepWalking" Diaz's Drone 42 series. With such a big brain, it's no wonder that Mindables can control the titans with his mind alone (and maybe a few radio towers to boost his psychic signals), but for what nefarious purpose?!

Here's the OG Magnificent Mindables: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/gJY9wP
And one of the biggest inspirations for the titans: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/Nr8vz

Paying homage to some of my favorite artists on NG and one of my favorite NG games was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoy the result! Process / additional images below.