Thursday, August 26, 2010

War for Cybertron FEVER

Hi Everyone,

I'm not the most punctual updater but from time to time you'll get something. Today I'm here to show you my latest piece called Iacon's Last Stand.

*Image moved to the bottom of the post for a more dramatic reveal >_>...

This piece was inspired by my many month without a Transformers drawing and a platonic love with the video game War for Cybertron (platonic because I won't get to play it any time soon). From the many videos I watched on youtube from the game, I got a pretty good feel for the atmosphere in it, and of course I wanted to illustrate it in some form.

I'm also gonna share some of the process on the piece:

I started with a small thumbnail, no bigger than 5x3, in which sketched out a small composition of the illustration. This is always a good point to start a piece because many compositional problem can be resolved at this stage.

After that I started to work on the pencils. I made sure i kept the same proportions as in the thumbnail, because the composition could get screwed up. The thumbnail is in proportion to a comic art board, but I wasn't gonna draw it in one. I put the proportions int he 8 x10 page and started digging on the page.

I kept the pencils pretty light since the piece was going straight to inks. I wanted to ink this with brush and quills, but many problems arise, including the the paper not being able to hold quills and the condition of my materials (FAIL). I had to 95% percent of the piece with markers wish I'm not that fond of anymore, but I guess they get the job done.

Now my most anticipated part of the process... COLORING THE 7#^73R!! FOr this piece I really wanted to nail the color theory and create a good balance and atmosphere in it. I was seeing a lot War For Cybertron concept art also looking at Espen Grundetjern color palettes.

I always begin coloring from back to front so I can create the mood in the back and later is just easier to apply it to the figures. Being such a fan of concept art I began the coloring by trying to color in gray scale and later applying the colors....umm let's say that was a failure.

The colors were not getting the right contrast and not popping like I wanted them to, Needless to say I scratched that technique (which someday I'll master...maybe) and began from scratch. I started from colors and was able to create good combinations and contrasts. The figures were pretty simple to color after I got the hang of the background. Prime was the hardest to get to blend into the cool foreground atmosphere. Surprisingly his RED wasn't the one that gave a harder time... It was the BLUE. I got the hang of the red on the cool atmosphere when I realize that if you desaturate it, it blends in quite well. That applies to all warm colors on cool atmosphere and vise versa. The blue I was using was a warmer tone and I didn't realize this until I uploaded the file EVERYWHERE. After I realized that I quickly change the hues on primes blue, aiming for a cooler tone and VOILA now my eyes are at peace.

Hope you guys enjoyed this little walk-through.

Take Care,