For the original version of this picture, see “The Creative Process” in my gallery.
A couple years ago, while I was browsing artwork online, an idea for a painting with a big, surreal, plasticy octopus destroying a city just popped into my head. I couldn’t tell you exactly where it comes from, though I think it was partially inspired by an old Powerpuff Girls add.
I’d originally intended to do this in photoshop, but ended up doing it as the final project for my painting class in college. I was never quite pleased with the results, and when I had to do some pieces for my portfolio for grad school, I jumped on the chance to do this piece right.
This was painted from scratch in Photoshop using a Wacom tablet. I wanted to experiment with bold graphic design styles with light airbrushing, and I think it came out rather nicely. The flames and clouds were a real challenge.
I’d originally thought of this picture as just a silly image that popped into my head, but the more I worked on it, the more it seemed to mean something. When an art professor noted that the lighting on the creature doesn’t match its surroundings, something clicked. I did this second version where the creature is correctly underlit, and I think the change is interesting. I don’t like the composition as much, but the piece feels much more involved and dynamic. I think it feels much more like he’s really destroying the city.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, he shoots a big fiery laser from his third eye there. That’s why everything’s on fire.