Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Behind the Scenes: Green Lantern brings the Android Invasion!

BEHIND THE SCENES is where we take a look at the early steps taken to create the finished artwork featured on PixelReason. I will always try to include some insights as to why I made certain creative decisions during the process leading to completion and also share some of the techniques I used to create the piece featured. 
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Tools: Once again, I used my basic set of "on the go" tools. 9x12 sketch paper with a Pilot Precise v7 (fine tip) Rolling Ball pen (aka my high school pen) and a black sharpie. For PixelReason, I'm trying to keep things relatively fast and simple (...sort of simple).

Point of interest: In comic books, you'll usually create stars by inking an area solid black, then spattering opaque white ink/paint onto the black to make the stars. But I didn't want to do that because I had two things in mind that this unconventional approach would make it easier for me accomplish:
1.) To blend in some great blue gradients into the space sky to give it more depth (instead of just a flat black).
and more importantly:
2.) To use the lines that were used to draw the flying "droids" as green glowing outlines when I colored the piece. If you were to fill in the sky with black, you would lose the "outlines" and I would have nothing to make solid glowing outer lines around the droids. Less work? Yes please and thank you.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Green Lantern brings the Android invasion!

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This request comes from PixelReason reader: BlazingWolf. He requested Green Lantern and I have it on good authority that the man likes Android too. So I thought this would be a fun idea. What started as something that was going to be a fairly simple tight sketch turned into a fully colored piece. It was a lot of fun to create and it really drew itself. Thanks for the inspiration BlazingWolf!

*Update: Cellphone and tablet wallpapers are up! Find the one that suits your needs and enjoy!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wolverine vs Sentinels

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Wolverine is always fun to draw. Here he is with some Sentinels. Looks like they had an argument. Wolverine won.

Done on 9x12 sketch paper with a Pilot Precise v7 (fine tip) Rolling Ball pen and a black sharpie.
I used to draw with this pen way back in high school. It's a simple pen but it gives you the ability to do thick and thin lines and it can be bought at just about any office supply store or supermarket stationary aisle. It's always been one of my favorite simple drawing tools.

*A friend of mine noted to me that I should point out that this drawing was done completely free-handed. I did not use any rulers, straight-edges, stencils, etc. So every line was drawn with only my hand. Including those  bazillion straight parallel rendering lines.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Graphic Girl

If left with no time constraints, I'll usually render the heck out of my drawings. So I really like playing with trying to keep things simple from time to time for a fresh take on my style.