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New Piece: Declan

New Piece: Declan

I wanted to show off this latest piece, “Declan.”

"Declan." Commissioned piece.

“Declan.” Commissioned piece.

This is a commissioned piece of my client’s guinea pig, Declan, in a post-apocalyptic setting. She wanted some kind of sci-fi characterization of him. I knew she was into post-apocalyptic kinds of things based on her comments about some of my other work, and she’d mentioned she thought steampunk was interesting. I’m not much of a steampunk…but I do love me some DIESELpunk, so that’s where we went: retro-futurist cold-war ranger.


Parts of the base and landscape were modeled in 3D. I never take a 3D model at face value; it’s just a base to fold, spindle, and mangle. I painted over the render for a good week getting the deserted, distressed, snow-covered look.

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Declan, with exception of the body of his gun, is 100% hand painted. I used client-supplied reference photos of the real guinea pig alongside photos of WWII-era hardware to put it all together. The straps, wires, pouches, headset, goggles, grunge, and hair is all hand done.

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The whole thing took probably 40 hours or so (feels like more). My client was pretty psyched with the outcome; I have no idea what the *real* Declan thinks, LOL!

As with everything I’ve done lately, the toil has paid off. I feel like this piece definitely advanced my skillset in positive ways. I tried some new things, and pushed existing approaches further than I previously have. Towards the end I was really starting to get fried on the whole thing, but in retrospect it’s like pushing hard at the gym. Later on you stretch and go, “Yeah. That was good.” You can feel the changes. I love that. Makes me dying to dive into another.

There are more process photos on my Behance portfolio of this piece if you’d like to see more of how it developed. And as always, your comments/critique are welcome.


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