Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 372

THE VALIANT #2 P. 22. 2014. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

Quite a bit went into this page, reference-wise, but the only pic I took of myself wasn't all that much help. Mostly, there was just a lot of "stuff" needed to make it look like a legitimate ops center. Most reference gathering is like this — you just need to know what something looks like so it doesn't look too fake.

Nice shorts!

Down below, you'll notice that I ended up having to replace one of the characters on the big screen. Not sure what the deal was, but Shadowman had to be removed. That doesn't happen too often, but I leave it to editors to keep continuity in check.

I just copied and pasted a panel from a previous page (same deal for the small screens). I don't always care for the way that looks, as there are issues of scale, but the deadline helped me make that decision. The screen was drawn as a separate file (a Photoshop Smart Object) and skewed into perspective.

my "ops center" reference board


digital inks

digital pencils

digital layout

screen inks

screen pencils

the original version with Shadowman

Monday, March 19, 2018

Daredevil Red

DAREDEVIL RED. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

detail of raw scan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 371

Super Metroid. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

Although vaguely familiar with the character, I never played Super Metroid as a kid. I found as much sweet, sweet 90s illustration as I could, and tried to channel the style, while making it my own.

It was inked with a Pentel Pocket Brush and painted with Holbein watercolors on Fabriano Watercolor Block (with touches of Holbein white gouache). Total time, including research, was 4 hours.

Anyone know the artist?

detail of raw scan

Monday, March 12, 2018

Daredevil Yellow

Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

detail of raw scan