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Mind Spiders – Spider Queen and Giant Spider Turnarounds

And now on to the juicy stuff you’ve all been waiting for. Dawnsen has pretty much finalized his design for Dr. Fanja Silver, the Spider Queen!

As the author of this story, I particularly like how Dawnsen has added Malagasy characteristics to the face so the Spider Queen is more obviously a native of Madagascar. We can see she was a beautiful woman with a lot of character before her transformation.

Visual ideas like this can really help cement the reality of a character without a wisp of dialogue or back-story.

Dawnsen added more hooks on the back and legs and extended tibias to connect help the Queen with her “web.

Now let’s finish off with a giant, ugly, mutant spider! Dawnsen shared his thoughts on it with me: “I made the Spider more mutant like, and I added some spikes down it’s back like the ones on the queen. Also I thought that a vertical mouth would make it creepier.”

All this amazing rough work comes together in our giant spider turnaround!

Sweet arachno-awesome.









Categories: Art, Design
  1. March 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Sexy and grotesque at the same time. I too like the incorporation of Malagasy facial traits. Nicely done.
    My only constructive comment would be to make sure the spider’s legs are positioned and long enough to support it’s massive abdomen. The last leg segment on the side view feels like it could be longer and angled further back to achieve stability. In all other respects, the spider looks awesome!

  2. March 28, 2011 at 3:43 am

    The Spider Queen is going to be a highlight of this book, I see it coming.

    The concept work is really strong. She walks that fine line between monstrous and humane. She’ll make a great addition to the sci-fi heavy rogue’s gallery the book’s going to have (in concert with Artie-ficial Intelligence and Igopogo).

  3. March 28, 2011 at 6:39 am

    More excellent design work…be mindful of tiny details, such as the horns on her jawline which move a bit during the turnarounds. I agree with the comments that she’s fantastically well designed in the face to look both once-beautiful and native to the area. Fabulous! I also agree that there’s a need for a little more balance in the legs, they should angle back a bit further, just so it feels like it’s not falling over. A real spider sits inside a hammock of legs. Otherwise, this is FANTASTIC! As James says, this issue is filling with a great set of villains and settings. The cracks get filled in….
    Ty the Guy

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