the finished product [above]
[well, you know, maybe some different quotes]
Initially, I had set out to do a series of promotional images from our Pirates of Mars graphic novel, featuring each character cut into a cool, intricate background. But like most projects without deadlines, I wind up tweaking it until it becomes something completely different.
I started by drawing the characters in graphite on paper, and in Photoshop I used the Dodge tool to erase the background and keep the night gray tone of the paper texture for shade:
Akagi [the villain]
Then I usually put a navy or dark purple layer above the drawing and set it to Darken to give some color to the shadows. Then in a new layer set to Multiply, I color the piece, trying to stay with just a few hues.
I do the background separately so I can move the foreground around and experiment. Here we have Akagi's background, which are samurai sword hilts, sakura blossoms and flaming flames of death.
[the original finished poster]
So, it's a process, and as you can see what started as a poster turned into a brand new cover idea.
Honestly, I just don't care for the poster. When an illustration doesn't work for me, it's hard to leave it alone. I knew there was something missing, or the elements weren't placed as well as they could be.
Do you endlessly tweak things? When I have a strict deadline and I can't mess with something anymore, it's finished and that's that. But with self-motivated projects like these promos, I need someone to tell me to stop working.
Here is the original cover of the Pirates of Mars special edition + process - and below is the full spread:
We'll see what happens! Maybe I'll use these for the second printings? Anyway, back to work! Later, gators
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