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Adon, the Ethereal of Dimension, is the first new Ethereal since Aur (May 2018.)
2019 felt like it was the year of the Ethereal Guard and Metaterrans as far as my character creation output for The Realm Ethereal. So much of this was due to my wanting to project a feeling of ‘groundedness’ in my work for this project. I know, groundedness is a terrible word. In fact, I’m sure it’s not even a real word. My intention was to create human-like characters so that they would be identifiable and, to a lesser degree, perhaps even relatable. The inclusion of animal-like creatures such as butterflies, birds, and even a half-man/half-lion character, felt to me like I did a fairly good job of achieving this intention.
One of the aspects I enjoy about world-building in The Realm Ethereal is the ultimate flexibility and freedom I have in creating work for this genre. It’s fair to say that when I sit down to work on either a new character piece or a part of the ongoing comic book story, I am at my most laser focused and creative.
Being creative in this world building endeavor over the last few months of 2019 left me with the desire to return to the Ethereals. Hence, a new character creation in the form of Adon, the Ethereal of Dimensions. Adon represents my 2020 goal of getting back into a more ethereal approach to my artwork. Both literally and figuratively.
2020 will be the year I refocus The Realm Ethereal on being more “ethereal”.
The focus this year will be on creating more characters akin to Adon. While I have some ideas for more Metaterrans, I’m feeling more whimsical at the onset of the start of this new decade. More dreamlike environs, more light/airy/cosmic creations. While I’ll be focusing my new paintings on this type of subject matter, the next phase of my comic book story will actually focus on the Ethereal Guard. How do you like that for a back pedal? But that story is for another blog post in the future.
Each new painting I create contains within it hints of new ideas.
If I were writing a story, you could call these hints subplots. In reality, as I’m creating these new characters and their surroundings, bits and pieces of the Realm Ethereal reveal themselves to me. One of the ideas contained within the Adon painting are the golden pieces that adorn his figure. But the gist of the idea is this: those golden pieces are actually part of a larger, disassembled armor. But an armor for whom? Ahh, a seed has been planted. So cool, so cool. Time will reveal all.
I also want to return to illustrating my characters so they look and feel like “super heroes”.
After all, I am in this art business because of my love for the comic books I read as a child. The early, cherished memories I have in my head of me picking up comic books as a kid at the local grocery store or local pharmacy still burn bright and intensely. I never want to stop loving comic books and making comic book inspired art keeps those colorful memories burning and alive. This is going to involve character designs that are complementary to both a super hero and fantasy art aesthetic. That being said, I believe The Realm Ethereal will be quite a colorful year in 2020. ■