Thursday, June 05, 2008

Oz Concepts

Awhile back I was contacted by a local CG company to do some concepts for a Wizard of Oz project they were developing. Time was short (as usual) so I had about a week to flesh out a lineup. Luckily I'm a big fan of the book, so the ideas came pretty quickly.



I didn't want to change things up too much. Just build on the original ideas. I love the idea of the tin man being this huge behometh robot. A kind protective spirit. With the lion, making him smaller felt right. Just to push the whole cowardly theme home. I pictured him going into a bezerker rage when he finally gains his courage. Like a tazmanian devil or rabid wolverine. The rest are pretty standard. Although I did made wicked witch young and sexy, just to create a direct contrast with Glinda, the white witch. Plus evil is sexy.
Looking back now, it would have interesting to push the whole technology vs magic theme of OZ. Make it really steampunk. Maybe if I had an extra week :)
Thanks for dropping by!

36 comments:

Mathieu Beaulieu said...

Those concepts are GREATS!!
Nice work! really

ced said...

cool works :)

steve said...

Yer awesome! Great stuff!

spike the surf dog said...

These lineups are great! You say you only had a week to do these? Well done!

Beatriz Iglesias said...

These characters are awesome...Great artwork. Amazing designs! ^__^

Alina Chau said...

Love the design!! SUPER NEAT!

Bruce Glidewell said...

Awesome Stuff Steve-O! I love the wizard design, that hat is hilarious.

Word-

Bruce

Mukpuddy said...

Holy crap dude these are all awesome!
Love what you did with the Tin Man!

Are these coloured in Flash?

-Alex

RAWLS said...

Great designs bro! I likewise like the Tin man as well as scarecrow! Nice job dude!

Chris Battle said...

Fun stuff!

phil said...

Wow,great stuff steve!

Murray Huber 3rd said...

I love Toto. Goodluck on Fanboy. Go Frederator.

Body painting said...

THese are great!
Congratulations!

Jay D Smith said...

Awesome stuff mr lambe!

aintshakespeare said...

I like the tin man, but the wicked witch is awesome. The wizard and Dorothy are really cool too.

boob said...

The wicked witch is the hottest thing I've seen you draw.

Too bad our own WOZ game couldn't look like this.

rowen26 said...

I love your style!
And I like the fact that the scarecrow is missing an arm. :)

Mitch L said...

Hee Steve Lambe,

Really awesome stuff. Is this all vector?

Do you have some good links or tips for painting in ps?

Gnarfdeath said...

wow!!! awesome work!

Morin said...

This stuff is A-MA-ZING ! Wow ! My personal favorite is the Lion !

Doktor Viktor Von Kreep said...

Hey Steve!
All I have to say is WOW WEE! I've always wanted to see OZ as a cartoon. If someone used your designs it would be a sure hit!

I love all of them, but really dig the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and of course the Wicked Witch!

I also dig pushing the whole tech vs magic theme, and making it really steampunk!!!

Clarke (Csnyde) said...

These look fan-freekin-tastic Steve!

So whatever became of this project? Anything?

ya know... it's never too late to go back and re-design these as you would have liked. *hint hint. I wanna see some full on Lambey Steampunk glory!

kyle said...

Hey Steve. So you like illustrating metaphorical philosophies of pre-war populist politics? Well, then ... I can't complain, cause yer pretty damn good at what you do. Yes!

Dipesh said...

Wow..these are great! i've always loved Wizard of Oz, and your designs are awsome. Love the variety of shapes and colours!

Kevin Barber said...

Holy F. Those are spectacular. (Will we see you in Sandiego ?)

rowen26 said...

Hey!

Yeah, I work with Hickman and Terrio.
Although Jason is now in NY for a job with the studio.

Thanks for stopping by!

david gemmill said...

nice. i really like dorothy and the munchkins. great work!

Owen Flanagan said...

Brilliant designs very inspiring stuff i really like the tin man.

Dan Segarra said...

Too awesome!!!

...man, it always takes about 4 minutes to scroll down to the end of your comments. 'Cause of you I got carpal tunnel... sheesh!

- Dan

Robert Peterson said...

Awesome stuff! I especially like the Wicked Witch and Dorothy. Can you give anymore details on the Wizard of Oz project?

Karla makes art said...

I want the tinman to come and live at my house...

Gabriella Cinque said...

fantastic...very peculiar...

Dave Pryor said...

Nice concepts Steve. We will need to hire you again for our endless lineup of Wizard of Oz games!

Ernie Gilbert said...

Wow! These are freaking awesome, Steve!

hitspitter said...

i really appreciate these designs! awesome!

Sean said...

The Tin Man was always my favorite, and love your imaginative take on him. Right on!