Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Island Macabre


This is the finished product I did for the girlfriend person. She said she wanted me to draw her something for xXxmas. She said anything, so I did this Island Macabre piece. This wasn't as easy as it should've been. Firstly, I wasn't working on my computer, but her scanner and Mac Mini which took days.


#1. The line art. I drew Rooke and Orion on Strathmore 14" x 17" 400 series Bristol. Then scanned it in sections because the paper was bigger than the scanner bed and pieced them together in Photoshop. I cut them off at the legs because I knew they were going to be standing in kunai grass.

#2. Line art of Teach. At first I wasn't going to add Teach because I wasn't sure I was going to have time to get it done by xXxmas. But it just didn't seem right to do an Island Macabre poster art without Teach. Whipped out more Bristol, drew, scanned in sections and collected all the pieces in Photoshop once again.

#3. Coloring. I like more muted colors, but it wasn't jiving when printed for some reason especially when I wanted to do a more dynamic background.

#4. Coloring Teach was a little different because he wasn't going to be in the foreground. So, many of his shadows didn't need much detail.

#5. Tubey the Tubeworm was less complicated and daunting because I didn't care about the quality as much seeing that it was more of a texture piece than the trio. I did it on regular 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper. Normally, I avoid copy paper because it bleeds a lot. In PS, I wrapped two images of Tubey around the trio so it looks like it rises in front of them and wraps around their backs.

#6. The rest of the titles, text, background and samurai were doctored in PS.  I went to an on-line Japanese kanji translator to get the text and it translated "Island Macabre" into "The Island is Eerie".


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