Ether of Thieves – Visual Development
Miranda Lea (Valmonte)
What started as a personal tribute to Walt Disney’s 2002 animated film Treasure Planet and Wizards of the Coast’s tabletop role playing game Dungeons & Dragons,.. now has become its own- still personal- but original and currently evolving narrative. A narrative filled with pirates, politicians, magic, family, and the struggles for control, all while taking place in the far off reaches of outer space…
— After stealing a stone worth more than he could’ve possibly realized, a runaway assassin turned pirate must save their kin from the very employer they robbed it from. —
Spinning off from the ancient Greek myth of Perseus, Andromeda, and Cetus, Ether of Thieves follows Cetus Halloran, an e’noctan (octopus-like alien) rogue, his attempts to flee the solar system he calls home, and the consequences that follow.
Instead of gods and demigods- Zeus, Poseidon, and Perseus’ counterparts are planets and governments. And instead of a sea monster, Cetus is a mortal man on the run from his past.
Disclaimer: Ether of Thieves (title subject to change) is still a heavily evolving and growing story primarily inspired by multiple sources of outside media. I do not take credit for aspects of Disney’s Treasure Planet, Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons & Dragons, the story of Cetus, Perseus, and Andromeda, nor any other copyright inspiration for this work. All copyright inspiration is included with fair use.
Prologue – Children of E’nocta | 2021
Act 1 – 15 Years Later | 2022
Act 3 – Storming the Castle | 2021-2022
Act 2 – Growing the Crew | 2022
Sketches | 2021-2022
General Design and Expression Exploration | 2021-2023
Disconnected, but Related Concepts/Studies
Glen Keane Master Copy Studies | 2021
Jin Kim Master Copy Studies | 2021
Modern/Human Concepts & Expressions | 2021-2022
Other | 2021, 2023
To Be Continued…
~ Thanks for visiting!
- © 2023 Miranda Lea Valmonte / Aalbli
- Drayah Oswin (18th Image) © 2021 Rayeden McLeod
- Treasure Planet © 2002 Walt Disney
- Dungeons & Dragons © 1997 Wizards of the Coast
Special Thanks to…
- God 🌌
- My Mom and Pop, Laura-Lea and Bill 🌺
- My friend and world-building inspirer, Rayeden McLeod 🎲
- My inspirational, long-distance, world-building and writing friends ⛈️
- SCACS, CCS, RDP, ECUAD and all the wonderful teachers and peers I’ve had the chance to know 🍎