I guess this is the first real piece of Drome art I've posted here. I mean, there's the map and the globes and the animals, but that's all tangential stuff.
Like all of that stuff, this drawing was originally done for my "Drome Sourcebook" project, which was created to flesh out the world of Drome without telling a story. I had drawn a bunch of Dromen (that's the name for the dinosaur people, lolz) to accompany the chapter on them - a Styracosaurus warrior, a Pteranodon mechanic, an Ornithomimosaur nomad, and this Spinosaurus pirate dude. However, I liked the drawing so much I decided to do a bit more with him.
A bit of background first, I guess. First of all, since Drome is a supercontinent with a landmass only slightly smaller than that of Earth's, that means something like 75% of the face of the planet is covered in a single enormous ocean. That's a lot of water.
Before The Great Uniting War, the eight nations of Drome were constantly at odds with one another, as if the name wasn't any indication. Several natives from one of the nations, Ravidia, set out to sea to escape this constant confrontation and establish their own society on the waves, and maybe discover some new land out in the open ocean. Excepting a few chance encounters, they were never seen again.
After The Great Uniting War (which is an entire article unto itself, but basically involves the Dromen winning a war with a hive-minded race of COSMIC BUGS by the skin of their teeth) the Dromen became extremely agoraphobic, and travelling very far outside the borders of the continent or outside of the planet's atmosphere became taboo. Thus, the continental Dromen made great technological bounds due in no small part to The War, while the seafaring Dromen were technologically retarded (in the original sense of the word).
So, this is Raith, a Spinosaurus, one of those modern-day "pirates". They're not really pirates, though, since they don't, you know, pirate anything. He will make his appearance in the second "episode" of Drome, which is tentatively titled The New Breed, and which involves quite a bit of high-seas adventure. It is, of course, not as fleshed out as Shattered Paradise at this point, but there's enough there that I have a basic idea of what's going to go down.
I'm usually pretty minimalistic (read: lazy) about backgrounds, but I went all-out on this one. I think it turned out pretty nice. Hell, I even put a signature and copyright shit on it, I'm so proud! Also, I'm currently storyboarding the graphic novel of Shattered Paradise, so you'll likely be seeing a lot more Drome stuff on here pretty soon. Stay tuned! Or don't.
And no, I don't know how the shirt works with the sail.