Monday, June 22, 2009

The Curse


I have a buy off on my rough for Telltale Games "Tales of Monkey Island" cover. Still too early to post any of it as I'm in early stages of the illustration. In the meantime, here's part of my tiny contribution to Curse of Monkey Island. I believe Larry Ahern and John Ackley pitched me their idea of a LeChuck with a flaming beard so I was thinking his skull could be silhouetted in the fire. I think my Elaine is a variation on a design Larry had done, but I do sort of like something about my slender version of the Voodoo Queen.
Pen on paper 8 1/2 X 11

--Starchie

16 comments:

DAGO said...

Those are amazing! I (we) really appreciate the high quality file : )
Thank you!

Junaid said...

The LeChuck-silhouet-skull-in-fire looks cool (or; well... hot)

Dani Gómez said...

This LeChuck is great!!!!b I love it!

Fuz said...

These drawings are great, but I actually never liked the cartoon style of MI3. It didn't fit in the style of the previous two games, that amazing semi-realistic style was really extraordinary and gave a fantastic flavour to the humor of the games.

David Cousens said...

That is a superb LeChuck, nice work Steve. Thanks very much for sharing it.

promke said...

The slender Vodoolady does look a lot like the Sirens from "Asterix and Obelix Take On Caesar".
Is this a coincidence or was it intentional.
(http://www.comedix.de/lexikon/db/sirenen.php pic for reference)

Starchie Spudnoggen said...

promke--
I have read some Asterix in my time but wasn't consciously thinking about the Sirens. I do see the resemblance though.

Anson Jew said...

Ah, Flaming LeChuck! I remember when I first heard that he was going to have a flaming beard animated in every shot...I thought "these guys are absolutely insane!" I was wrong, of course, as this turned out to be one of the cooler aspects of the design!

Sean Lane said...

Didn't you do a height comparison of the characters as well as some skeleton crew sketches? I seem to remember those being in the strategy guide for CMI.

Josh Cooley said...

I want a fire-beard.

Espiox said...

With the new boxart, are you doing it in a more realistic style like the MI1 and 2 covers, or a cartoony look?

Also, I hope you do more sketchbooks (or a full-colour art book) but with your work outside of Sam & Max. I'd gladly buy them.

Joop said...

Wow, I didn't know you did concept art on Curse of Monkey Island.
I've always appreciated the Bill Tiller box-art. But I'd love to see how your version would've turned out.

And I'm looking forward to your Tales box-art of course.

J.R. Spumkin said...

LeChuck looks awesome!

Say, Steve: have you thought of doing one of those "step-by-step" posts on how you paint your art?

Qwazin said...

Why are your LeChucks so fucking awesome.

Sean Hayden said...

These monkey images are so so great; i’m such a big fan of these games. It's a shame the design was lost in the 3d games. Thanks for sharing.
great blog

Elizabeth of Jupiter said...

I'm surprised that no one's commented on it yet, but I love your Elaine design. It's much better than the one used in CMI (which wasn't bad). Very cute!