Okay I have a ton of pages to do for yet another ambitious personal project of mine. Work in studio has gotten stale and frankly I’m in a bit of a dilemma and depressed as I entertain thoughts of abandoning my studio very soon… I can’t foresee the future but I know that I would very much would be doing art up until I die :3 I have been drawing my way throughout these gloomy days and I didn’t really realized how happy it makes me easing back into what eventually started it all – drawing and creating art for myself.
Anyhow, enough of that, here’s a look on the process of creating the cover page of my Zombie Apocalypse themed comics. I’m well aware that there’s already a ton of great titles on the subject, but having to finally do this is such a joy. I always was a fan of the genre from the many movies and video games, it always fascinated me and I even morbidly wished for it to be real (though I’ll probably die as soon as the apocalypse hits us). 1) So it starts with a sketch, I wanted the character in the foreground wielding an axe and probably a city in ruins as the background. 2) In Photoshop, I roughly draw the lineart and then put on color flats and initial shading. I normally put in dabs of colors and blending them together with the smudge tool (I’m a smudger!) 3) Sexyback. I’m used to blending the lineart since I always go with a semi-realistic treatment. I did some further shadings, dodging and burning parts. Oh yeah forgive the hands. I suck at making them :3 4) Put on some pants. I continued to paint in skin textures and did the motorbiker-esque jeans. 5) I adjusted the color slightly to a warmer tone then added his weapon of choice, a fireman’s axe which is excellent for cracking open zombie skulls and such. Good thing I opted for a finger-less gloves that way I cheated on making a mess with drawing them hands arrgghh! 6) At this point I was debating on whether to have him on some ripped sando as supposed to just having him go bare (note: his shiny butt is showing oh dear).7) I decided to add in some Tibetan tattoos on his back as well as on his right arm (usual trick I do to give him an instant character). 8) Side by side. I adjusted his left arm and made it longer to fix the anatomy (which is one area I constantly get in trouble). I also made the head of the axe a tad bigger for effect and there we have it!On part 2 of this step/ tutorial of sorts, I’ll be discussing the background and finishing touches for the piece. For more of my art, you can view them via my DeviantArt.
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