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Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:41 pm
by chrisc
thanks Ryan!

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Tue Jun 03, 2008 10:01 pm
by Zombie Dave McCaig
Ryan, your avatar is the awesome too.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:30 am
by Ryan
Thanks Dave! I love the word moogly as much as a heterosexual man can love a word. It makes me laaaaaugh.

Hey Chris, if you don't mind me asking, what was your process like on the Fett illustration?

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 6:57 am
by michael-e-w
If I don't post and kill this thread, will you please do the other two FF? Oh, shit... wait a minute...
No, but seriously, Chris, I really like a lot of stuff in this thread and shoulda said so instead of just lurking on it. :rawk:

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:53 am
by chrisc
Thanks Michael! I'm gearing up to do the rest of the FF. Just gotta find the time.

Ryan: I was originally going to do the Fett illustration in a more cartoony style (like Spidey vs. Venom). Part way through I decided that this might not be appreciated by the convention people & the guests etc. I did a couple of rough sketches (in Photoshop) for the client, one close up & one full body leaping shooting Fett. I laid these into a mock up of the ad to see which worked better. Then I just blocked in the colors and part way through changed it from cartoony to more realistic. I painted the figure flat, on one layer, and took time off between painting sessions to give me a fresh eye & renew my motivation.

I hunted down a lot of reference, but wasn't too slavish to it. Also, there was a lot of variety in the reference, so I probably didn't get all the doodads right. Once I was more or less happy with the painting, I darkened it, upped the contrast a little and threw a dark, gradient wash over him (on a layer) to draw focus to the gun blast (which was also done on a couple of layers). I use the default PS brushes, usually hard round ones, sometimes with wet edges, and varying degrees of opacity, and modes.

If I'd had more time, I would have done a tighter pencil sketch, then a greyscale PS painting, which I would have tinted with color, once the rendering was complete, and I was happy with the values. I should try to do a step by step one day.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:15 am
by michael-e-w
chrisc wrote:I should try to do a step by step one day.


Yes, yes you should! :ice:

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:07 am
by robliefeld
Chris,

I am a huge, longtime fan, I first encountered your work in Grant Morrison's X-Men run.

Just wanted to tell you what great work you produce and this thread in particular is amazing.

I agree with Bucce, you should have these published.



rob

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:00 pm
by chrisc
Hey, Rob! Thanks for dropping by. The Xmen stuff was fun to color, especially Quitely's work.

You may also remember me as a part of Digital Chameleon back in the day. We did Youngblood & a bunch of other stuff for you and some of the other Image guys.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:13 am
by MBirkhofer
That last one is great Chris.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:15 pm
by Ryan
Thanks for the info., Chris! I'm always interested in other artists' process.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 3:22 pm
by robliefeld
chrisc wrote:Hey, Rob! Thanks for dropping by. The Xmen stuff was fun to color, especially Quitely's work.

You may also remember me as a part of Digital Chameleon back in the day. We did Youngblood & a bunch of other stuff for you and some of the other Image guys.


Chris,

I remember Digital Chameleon, but they were never as good as you bro.

That X-Men stuff was great, great modeling, color palette. Nice to meet you.



rob

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 12:51 pm
by ramshifter
Chris, i know you're a busy fella and the whip is always cracking..but i was wondering if you've worked anymore on your "drowned" piece..that one has such a cool vibe.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:09 pm
by chrisc
Haven't done anymore work on the drowned piece yet. But I'm hoping to finish it by the end of the month. I'm half way through a step-by-step on a Poison Ivy illustration though. Hopefully, I'll finish that one before the end of the month. Thanks for checking in!

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2008 9:02 pm
by ramshifter
i bet you were goin' to take a six month sabbatical from it..then you were like "ohhh yeah, that drowned piece." hahaha... awesome awesome awesome when you post art.

Re: Chuckry's sketches & WIP's

PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 9:13 pm
by chrisc
Here's that Poison Ivy step-by-step (sort of), that I mentioned earlier.

I used photo ref in this case, but I prefer not to, unless I get stuck on something like an anatomy problem, or foreshortening. I also use default photoshop brushes, at varying opacities, set to either normal, darken, multiply, overlay, or color. I like to switch between the pencil and the brush tool.

From time to time, I flipped the image, horizontally, to see if anything was too wonky. If so, I'd try to fix it, then flip the image back. After the greyscale was finished, I converted to RGB, then tinted/painted the color.

All told, this illustration took about 3.5 to 4 hours.

edit - I didn't realize I was limited to 3 attachments at a time. So, the final color illustration is on the next page.

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