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Gears of War 3

Dec 9, 2011

The last year has proved to be incredibly busy.

And as a result, this site hasn’t been updated in months. Please don’t take that as a sign of inaction – we’ve been working on a lot of very involved projects, both for clients and for Outland Entertainment itself. Many of these will begin seeing the light of day in the not-so-distant future. But in the meantime, many of our projects are still under NDA.

I’m looking forward to being able to announce some of the stuff we’re working on though! And damn, we’ve been busy!

Anyway, one of the things that happened over the last few months, that I can share, was that Chris Meeks (one of our most talented and dependable artists) and I (Jeremy D. Mohler) entered a contest over on deviantART for Epic Games Gears of War 03. There were literally thousands of entries that were submitted and somehow, we managed to take third place.

I have to admit, it was all very exciting and we were quite honored. There were a lot of fantastic entries, so to actually take third place was pretty amazing.

Below you can see the original sketch that Chris and I worked on. Chris really nailed the idea right off.

I’m not entirely sure how many sketches he did of the piece to begin with, but the above is what he sent over to me. I suggested really pushing the sort of three-point perspective/fish eye/up-shot by sketching over the drawing in orange. I really wanted to push the composition to be a bit more circular – to help keep the eye moving around the image and to keep things from being being static. That being said – Chris was already there. I was really just reinforcing where he was already heading. His composition was spot on and I think the drawing turned out fantastic.

Below you can see the final contest entry with both the final inks (by Chris) and final colors (by me).

I had a lot of fun coloring this, though it was a bit nerve-wracking at times. I really didn’t want to let Chris down and I wanted to capture the gritty quality of the game. Overall, it was a good experience and it’s always fun to work with Chris.

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