Today I’m pleased to formally announce the development of an Aurelia Bestiary: a compendium of monsters, machines, mutants, and mythic creatures that inhabit the City of Aurelia and her surrounding plains.
This 32-page (comic-sized) volume features creatures from the original novel Rise of the Tiger, new additions from the show Aurelia: Edge of Darkness, and even a few never-before-seen horrors from Aurelia’s deepest, darkest mad science labs! Written as if by Aurelian scientist themselves, the Aurelia Bestiary will include original field notes, poetry, scientific analysis, and other fun tidbits in the style and tone of our infamous world-in-crisis.
Aurelia Bestiary will be released by City Beast Studio, the sequential art and multimedia development cooperative I helm, along with my co-conspirators Terry Reed and Cole Norton. The release date has been set for the end of Aurelia’s current season: October 17th.
Today, I happily returned to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to provide feedback on illustrations-in-progress for upcoming episodes of AURELIA. John Matson and his fantastic pre-college students shared their wide-ranging work and a fresh new vision for Aurelia that will delight our actors and audience in weeks to come.
Over the next week, they’ll be producing concept art, symbology and location designs inspired by the landscape of our fair mountain-bound city. Thanks to instructor and talented professional fantasy illustrator John Matson (whose credits include Magic: The Gathering and Game of Thrones) for coordinating the partnership, offering his students a taste of professional concept design.
Artist Ignacio Narbona is hard at work on character designs. Here’s a rough sketch introduction to two of six main characters who will soon be rendered in full color.
You’ve met Julie Roth. Now check out some of her early sketches of the Promenade and Science Lab!
Artist Cassandra Genc is working on mock-ups of the city in its Wasteland environs. Here’s an early concept sketch, showing one side of the city looking out over the darkness. What do you think?
Julie Roth is one of the artists working on the show. Here’s how Julie describes her work:
“I am an Illustration Major and recent graduate from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, 2013. I possess a wide variety of artistic disciplines that include traditional 2D media, graphic design, model building and digital rendering. My passion lies in landscapes and conceptual worlds, often mixed with architecture and the human form. I am an avid hiker and backpacker. I find much of my inspiration and ideas by exploring the unbeaten paths buried within our beautiful National Parks.
“I like to create my work traditionally, using primarily pen and india ink. Digital rework is used to construct complex compositions and enhance the final product. Clients should buy my services if they are searching for an energetic, playfully dark, and complex visual solution to conceptual subjects. Bold colors and a graphic line quality also describe my aesthetic. Though I prefer traditional media, I am efficient within the Adobe Creative Suite.”
Milwaukee artist Allison Westbrook is hard at work on a beautiful map of Aurelia. But until then, here’s a peek at the sketch I (Lisa) recently did to give Allison a sense of some of the major landmarks he’ll need to cover inside the city. This is how everything creative starts: with a sketch, an idea, a messy collection of “maybes” that turn into something beautiful. Thankfully, we have Allison’s talent on hand, to turn this chicken scratch “maybe” into a “something” work of art.