Denis Loubet was the first artist hired at Origin Systems, where he created dozens of paintings and drawings for the latest series of computer role-playing games. Loubet is still active in latest fandom, recently painting a variant cover for Ultima VII and manual art for the latest-an inspired game Nox Archaist.
“I am the titular artist for everything latest, so people contact me when they do something where they want latest flavor, ”says Loubet in episode 456 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast. “And more often than not, I’ll go, ‘OK. Yeah, I’m gonna do that. ”
And while Loubet loves to create latestrelated art, there is one aspect of the drawing of medieval warriors that he doesn’t really like: the chain mail. “I hate chain mail and have to paint it a lot,” he says. “It’s so hard to be successful. The chain mail is my personal enemy. “
Loubet has a big tip for artists struggling with chain mail: get inspired by Mike Mignola Hellboy comics. “He basically has it so that you only see angled lines indicating individual links right at the edge of the light, where it goes from light to shadow, and it’s like, ‘Oh man, this is economy of line, and that just says a chainmail, and it’s so easy, ”Loubet says.
Loubet wants even the greatest painters to struggle with their profession. During a trip to Louver Years ago he noticed a painting where the artist had redrawed the same hand over and over again, before apparently giving up in frustration. “I said, ‘Oh, those great medieval painters, these classic painters, they weren’t that different from me,’ Loubet says, ‘They also fought with their materials. “
Listen to the full interview with Denis Loubet in episode 456 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Denis Loubet on Richard garriott:
“He asked me to do the splash screen for Ultima I, which was a sketch of a heraldic lion. He had an Apple IIe right there, and he installed it, and he had an Apple II graphics tablet. It was this big tin thing, with a pen tied with a string. The pen shook – it wasn’t the best build tolerances – and I traced a heraldic lion on the graphics tablet. The problem was that the current going through the wall outlet was not clean, and so the power spikes appeared as real spikes in the line I was trying to draw. So I had to constantly erase, go back and redraw the line, hoping another spike didn’t happen at that point.
Denis Loubet on Ultima V:
“I went for that kind of stage lighting look, where the light was shining on the guy with the arrow and the avatar, and leaving the three characters in the dark in the background, and the gloomy forest. The artist who guided me in my career, a long time ago as a child, was Frank frazetta. Long ago I saw the cover for Conan the Adventurer– I was 10 or 12 – and I said, ‘Oh, that’s what I want to do. I want to take pictures like this. So in a nod to Frazetta there’s a gnarled branch on it Ultima V cover, and that’s my nod to Frazetta. “Thank you for my career,” basically. “
Denis Loubet on the Austin Atheist Community:
“A [caller] asked, “Why don’t you do horrible things if there is no ultimate punishment?” And I had to say, “Well, would you be doing these horrible things without the restrictions of your religion?” And he said, “Yes”. Now, I really don’t believe it. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say, “I don’t believe you, because I think you’re just saying that to avoid losing that part of your argument.” But the fact that someone is willing to paint themselves as a monster to earn a debate point is a little odd. … I’m glad I wasn’t sucked into these weird beliefs.