I was invited by dear colleague and good pal Su Haitao to participate in the book project 72 Transformations: Concept Designs for the Monkey King, doing my very own interpretation of the popular Chinese character. I thought it would be nice to share a work-in-progress piece here on the blog.
My idea, however, was to put the character not in a typical Monkey King action or combat scene but something more "behind the scenes". The hero inserts his famous flying cloud (with the assistance of a - for me typically - Steampunk insert-apparatus) right inside a kind of a giant lindworm or wingless dragon in order to make the monster be able to fly and to apply it as a chic sky-roadster with a nice Steampunk-ish cockpit attachment.
The complete process and the final artwork will be shown exclusively in the book.