Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sketchbook - Marvel Characters

I'm literally digging up stuff to post, it's been pretty busy this summer, so there hasn't been a lot of Art Me Time lately.  Here's a page of sketches, of mostly characters I've never really tackled before.  It started out as just a Nova sketch, but the somehow Luke Cage and Iron Fist got in there, so I just began filling the space.  I really enjoy drawing Venom as well.  Gobby, Black Widow, Kind-Of-Hulk, and a ghost of Daredevil all get a bit of scribbling.

And for a dash of ridiculousness, I put Sauron in there.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Next Epic - Superman I&II

All right, more Superman.  This is, after all, a hero kind of summer.  Here's the comp for the next big painting.  I decided to stop doing this comps on gray paper with a value drawing, and just skipped ahead to the color comp.  So this will be the underdrawing for that, and I'll do comp colors digitally.  I'm glad I did do this comp - in setting it up I missed a couple of composition issues that I'll fix in the next stage, but seemed pretty apparent as I did the work of actually drawing everything out.  I might shift everything up slightly, and lower Non's (upper left) face to be lower than Zod's, in line with Ursa.

The theme of this piece is Rescue, Superman coming to save Metropolis from the coming invasion, protecting his loved ones, and even the fools that can't seem to get out of their own way.

So this is early preproduction for this one, but you might be wondering where all the other ones are, Predator, Sleeping Beauty - Facebook followers got treated to a preview of the about-half-finished Road Warrior painting, with a close up of Dog.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cap Vs. Hydra

Here's a quick story I came up with - what if Hydra actually built a robotic Hydra to enter into battles?  And then Cap had to show up to fight it?  And then if he cut one of the heads off - even though it's a robot - two heads grew in it's place?  I wrote it in a three act sequence, with a prologue, act 1, act 2, and finally act 3 , with a cliffhanger.

Anyways, here's the layouts for the opening to this fight...

Monday, July 9, 2012

Cap - Step by Step

After loving the Avengers, loving the Cap movie, I just didn't LOVE the Avengers Cap costume this time around.  Now, that's not saying it wasn't really, really good - but I wanted to just see a different version of that costume, with a few tweaks here and there.  Mostly, with the A, and the stars on the chest and shield made a little bigger, add the helmet wings, and under-design the fabrics.  That zipper was a bit too much for me. 

And I really liked the pose I came up with, for last year's Cap painting, so I decided to reuse it for the re-design.

Here's a reminder of the drawing, now on to the revision!

I re-sketched it, made him a bit beefier, and re-positioned him in the frame, to suit the single character image.

And so begins the usual process, where I add the flat colors.

Then create an overlay layer, using a near white to bring out the lighter areas.

Here I do a little massaging of all the colors, and add in the winglets.

Before I get too locked in with the figure colors, I add in the background.  For this I just created the star spangled elements, and then used the Warp Transformation tool to create the flow of the flag.  Sometimes when you use this, weird artifacts and aliasing can occur, but since I knew it was for a background, I could soften away those bits with the blur tool.

And here's the final, with color tweaks, and final shading, highlights, and F/X.

And that's it for me this week - gotta finish up a project and head down to San Diego!