I was going to do this for a contest to design a t-shirt for a band called "Forever the Sickest Kids". Then, I decided I wouldn't enter because...well, to be frank I didn't know squat about the band. So why pretend just to win a contest? Also, I ended up really liking the drawing and wanted to hold on to it. Can't decided if I want to paint it, or ink it. I think I will end up putting it on a shirt though.
So, I wanted to do some Olympic inspired Dirty Girls over the next couple of weeks. I figure, who works harder and gets sweatier then Olympians? So, anyway, here's the first of them. Kinda nice doing some action poses for these new Dirty Girls.
Ok, here's the final tonal painting. Made a few last minute corrections. The perspective on the chair was wrong, and I needed to figure out the high lights on the picture right shoulder. Also forgot to add "Texas" to his belt buckle, and had to hit some shadow areas to beef them up.
Still fighting with the tonal painting for the Fear Agent back cover. I'm really hoping to wrap this up tonight, and get to the color tomorrow. I'll be doing all the heavy lifting with the tonal paints, and using Photoshop to add digital glazes of color to wrap this up.
Still working on the cover. This morning I saw more drawing problems. Actually, my wife pointed out some of them. She's my favorite person to get crits from because she's got a great eye, and doesn't mind shooting straight - no beating around the bush (how's that for mixing metaphors!)
Anyway, after working out the problems (mostly around the hip region and the arms) I decided to flip the image so he's holding the raygun in his right hand. I light boxed this onto a fresh sheet of heavy bristol, and will start paints in a bit.
Remember a while back I posted I was working on a back cover for my pal's book, Fear Agent? Well, it's due and so I'm hard at work getting it done. Right now, I'm reworking the pencils after looking at the old roughs and deciding it was way too stiff and suffered from some drawing problems.
Anyway, here are some work in progress pics. As much as I feel silly posing for the ref, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a shot. Some old pulp cover artist I like used to do this kind of thing, so I figured if it's good enough for them....
Notice my son behind me trying to turn off the light.
Here's one of him trying to take the toy gun out of my hand so he can play with it ;)
I'm not using the photo as a guide for the drawing. In fact, it was the other way around. I used the old roughs as a guide for what I wanted, had my wife help light me the way I want for the painting, then take some pics. The pics will serve as a tonal guide, and nothing more. Even the colors will be made up later.
Here's some terrible pictures of the pencils, which are insanely rough right now. I'll tighten them up in the morning, and start painting this in black and white.
My plan is to then scan it, and add the color digitally in Photoshop mainly to save some time because I have to hand this in quickly.