Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Comic Twart POWERGIRL process

I drew Powergirl for last week's Comic Twart theme. First time ever drawing the character. Hope you dig it.

And, for you process junkies, here are the the layers broken up. I drew the line art as minimally as possible because I knew I wanted to do much of the modeling in color to sell the idea I wanted.

The lightning was an effect done over the line layer in Photoshop. Drew it with the pen tool set to a round brush. Nothing fancy. The color layer is what was under the line art. The more I look at the color layer the more I think I need to skip the line art and just paint these things digitally. It's practically there already.

The color was a little rushed as I never have enough time to dedicate to these things. I like to think if I had more time, or was being paid for these and could justify giving them more time, I could push the modeling even more. Really give it depth. Anyway, the color was done by dropping a dark shadow color then with simple selections dropping the highlights and midtones in. Also used a pencil took, and a little brush tool for the tweaks.




Patrick said...

gulp...fantastical....i mean, that is darn cool. i really like your approach with the colors as well. how you used the lightning as the obvious choice for the light source, but in the wrong hands, with a white suit and a bright, white light source, that could go wrong. but because you used grey tones, or a radiant shade of purple, it works really well.

yes, i'm a process junkie. :)

and i'm biases, i still think amanda c's PG rocks, but you moved up the chart for sure.

tomfowler said...

just beautiful work, man!

i love that the colour layer stands on its own as a finished illustration.

Charles R. Rutledge said...

I believe a wise man said it best when he said...Hellooooo Nurse!

Mike Hawthorne said...

Thanks for all the kind words, guys! I love getting to do full illos in color so this was a treat for me. Don't often have the time to.

Thanks again!

Mike D. said...

H0MINA,HOMINA,HOMINA!....If Power girl really existed I'd become a super criminal just so I can BUSTED by her.

Mike Hawthorne said...

Heh, heh... you said "BUSTed" ;-)