Archive for February 2011

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ulon Dosi Village

February 3, 2011

The next several Sketchbook entries will focus on the Ulon Dosi village, expanding a little on the Commentary I did back on The Big Snow Job #3, Page 21. This page shows the very first sketches I did to kick around some ideas for the look of the huts. I knew from the start that I wanted the huts to be low-tech, round in shape, and made up of some combination of stone, wood, and leather hides. Fairly early on, I settled on the mushroom-shaped overhanging roof, which got me around 80% there for the design. But it was missing that little bit of visual “oomf” so I kept playing with it here and there…

Snow Job Ch 05 Pg 01

February 7, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ulon Dosi Village

February 10, 2011

At this point, I decided to play around with the general layout of the village on a larger scale than just individual huts to see if that might provide me with a little more direction in the design of the huts themselves. I really needed the village to look a bit dilapidated and run-down, so I decided to sprinkle the village with various crude shacks and shanty huts.

I toyed with the idea of a village center or plaza, since I knew the final shootout would take place in a semi-open space. But ultimately, I thought a plaza would make the village a bit bigger and more refined than I wanted it to be.

Snow Job Ch 05 Pg 02

February 14, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ulon Dosi Hut Details

February 17, 2011

Here I finally settled on the Ulon Dosi hut design, as well as some hut details (which I apparently abandoned once I got to the actual drawing of the pages!). For me, the breakthrough was in adding the long curving wood beam “ribs” all around the huts that emerge from the rock base and curve up around the edges of the roof. I think those gave the huts a very distinctive look they’d been missing.

For variety, I came up with several different window frame patterns, so that all the huts didn’t look the same. I also realized that in a snowy environment, you wouldn’t want the windows open to the elements all the time, so I designed different kinds of shutters that could be lowered to close the window openings. In the end, I pretty much just cheesed out and drew the same hut over and over again with the open windows. It was just easier that way, and as background buildings, I figured drawing those kinds of shutter details weren’t really necessary.

Snow Job Ch 05 Pg 03

February 21, 2011 Click for full size

BONUS CONTENT: Sketchbook: Ulon Dosi Village Layout

February 24, 2011

This was my general list of design aesthetics for the Ulon Dosi village, which I decided to jot down to keep track of things myself. I also did a few more sketches to play around with the terraced look of the village and how the huts would sit at different levels. At this point, I added some cliffside huts, since I thought it would be cool to see a few huts here and there built into the actual surrounding rock walls. I thought rickety wooden slats built into the rock walls to form steps would be pretty cool, especially since I would never EVER have the nerve to walk on anything remotely like that myself.

Snow Job Ch 05 Pg 04

February 28, 2011 Click for full size