Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snatched!

Hey everyone! Over the past few months I've been working on and off on some different personal projects for fun, and this is one of 'em. I've really grown to love backgrounds, and wanted to draw some images that place a lot of focus there. I also wanted to draw something mildly dangerous! Combining those ideas, it seemed like a good solution to illustrate an imaginary heist inspired by the sculpture garden at the Louve.

Of course after I finished the image, it dawned on me that, with a few tweaks, this could easily be an illustration of a sweet biker-Catwoman and Batman, so here you go!
I've been looking at these so long, I don't really feel like I have much to say anymore. They feel a little too tight and more realistically colored than a lot of my other work, but it was fun playing with texture and trying something a little different.

I don't have it shown here, but the very first step of my process was finding lots of inspiration photos, which included these sculptures at the Louve. My sculptures aren't exactly the same, and I don't think they're all this big or next to each other, but it was really helpful to get the lighting right. The rest of my process is as follows:
First I lay out the general shapes, lighting, and tones/colors.
Then I created a rough idea of the wall moulding, and refined the figure a little more.
I added a rope to create more of a story & diagonal, and started playing with how texture could look on the statues and wall.
I turned off my starting texture layers and basically just went back in and cleaned/refined everything--thief, guard, statues, etc.
Then I turned some of the textures back on and changed/added more of them (on different parts of the image in different layer modes, like overlay, color burn, etc.)
I added some color & contrast adjusting layers on top, like 'curves'. I always waffle around at this stage. I could go nudging color sliders and opacity and layer modes around forever. A few more were added between this stage and the final image
When I was done it dawned on me that this fit pretty well into the Golden Spiral! Cool bonus!
If I were to do this again, or do more like this, I think I'd like to place even more emphasis on the surroundings, and get more action in there. Or maybe a crowd of people? I don't draw enough crowds. We'll see!

15 comments:

Philip A. Buck said...

WOW! This is really something else. Great Work! The Batman/Catwoman version is neat too. Thanks for sharing your process! It really clears things up and gives inspiration to those of us still struggling with the basics of digital illustration and illustration in general.

Emily Dove said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing :)

Corey Egbert said...

I love the batman version! Your lighting and textures are amazing!

Wouter Bruneel said...

Awesomeness! Love the composition! Thanks for posting this.

ETCIllustration said...

It's so cool (not to mention helpful!) to see how other artists go about their work. Thanks for the process post!

Josie Portillo said...

Really awesome! it's great to see the process!

Nome said...

That is a perfect golden spiral! I LOVE composition!

Jeff Hardy said...
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Craig Phillips said...

Amazing! Great work!

Scott Brundage said...

You just HAPPENED to have a golden spiral grid handy. Riiight.

This piece is ridic. Well done.

Jessie Jordan said...

ha! so many variations.. I love that you included the Golden Spiral.

Ying-Hsuan (Jennifer) Chen said...

beautiful: ) thanks for sharing!

Olavo said...

Great piece! Watching the process is really inspiring.

Alexis said...

Gorgeous! I love to see your process.

Tor Freeman said...

So interesting to see the process for this! And such a great picture. Thank you!