The Art Of Jared Pullen, Soulful Savage

The Art Of Jared Pullen, Soulful Savage

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Character Design and Illustration: 'The Legend Of Spyro' Projects.

For me consistency has always played an important role in any of my image creation. Indeed, like reputation, consistency is one of those fundamental building blocks that contribute to the construction of an artist's identity; for having a style all of your own is a valuable and rewarding thing. Consistency of style choice, consistency of tone and value, and perhaps most importantly... consistency of message, help define us as artists, and in many ways as Human Beings.

On the 'Legend Of Spyro' projects the task was to visually reinvent the franchise. For me it was about coming up with something that resonated with the modern audience of the time (2006) whilst not alienating the established Spryo the Dragon fan~base. There was an arm in the development that insisted at turns that I push Spyro into a much darker, more 'edgier' (and even terrifying) visual space, but in trying to respect the brand and its audience I think I found a middle ground that satisfied. There is enough darkness in the world... why on earth would I seek to add to it? You can judge for yourself...

(Please note that while the Logo and all conceptual artwork presented here was designed and drawn by myself, it does remain the property of Vivendi Universal.)

Spyro: The Purple~Dragon of Prophesy...

Ignitus: The Fire~Dragon Guardian and Spyro's mentor...

Volteer: The Elecricity~Dragon Guardian...

Terrador: The Earth~Dragon Guardian...

Cyril: The Ice~Dragon Guardian... (A collaboration with the artist Ron Marc.)

Listen to the Soul: remember always what is most important, and never compromise on it. Defend that like a Savage.....

J S Pullen


  1. .....gasp....I'm so happy I found you :)
    You, the artist that gives me the biggest inspiration. The one that has motivated me ever since I met you...without your wonderful art and inspirational words I probably would not have improved as much as I have now.

    My name is Jasmine Moody, and I won a trip to Krome Studios in 2007
    :) I showed you and the other artists my art and you told me if I kept it up I might be able to do great things, and that's what I did...and I'm so happy I found your blog! :D

  2. WOOOOOOOOW! It took me a while but I finally found the guy responsible for the wonderful character art in TLOS!!! I absolutely adore the designs for the guardians, I am such a huge fan of your work, is there any possible way I could get your autograph?

    I even made a fancomic about the guardians!

  3. You two guys, Jazz and Dragoncid would have to be two of the most fierce Spyro fans ever to walk the Earth :) Extreme apologies for the very late reply but your wonderful comments did not go unnoticed and I'd definitely like to do something for you guys. Can I get your contact details?

    Keen to check out your Fancomic too Dragoncid if you have a link handy :)

    Kind regards,
    Soulful Savage.

  4. =] Hay Jared! Thats okay - I am the queen of late replies!
    :) No worries mate! Just so happy to keep seeing your artwork =} Even know I dont use Blogger as much as my art website xD Hahaaaa!
    OH YEAH! And I still have A New Beginning signed by Krome :D My brother's friend found it in my room the other day and when he saw it he dropped it and walked backwards, "This is like worth a million dollars! I am not worthy!"

    :) Anyway! My new email is
    and my deviantART is

    Im going to Uni in Brisbane soon so Im trying to draw all the things I want to draw before then xD Cant wait though!~

    Great to hear from ya : D
    Keep fighting the good fight =D

  5. Hello, Jared! I glad that i was found you, because i have a questions about The Legend of Spyro series ^^
    -Cynder's parental element?
    -Chronicler's story,which appeared in Enternal Night.
    I live in Ukraine, and i was a very big fan of Spyro *-*
    Thank you.

    Margarita T.

    P.S: Forgive my English, please <)


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