Sleazy Alley in Color

A few weeks ago I posted a black and white version of this cover, which is part of my thesis. I have since colored it and I now present it to you! I leave out the text to highlight just the visual elements.

sleazy alley

Seeing Red

Having been fascinated by the subtle changes in light and shadow that ink wash affords, I find myself lately drawn to mediums and sales of higher value. Thus, I have been trying out spot reds on high value images. While these spot reds don’t have the range of light and shadow, they give otherwise very stark, high value images another shade of light and shadow.

As for subject matter, I’ve been sticking with human subjects, particularly faces, since the light play on faces is a little more predictable than on other subjects. The first picture is Steve Buscemi in the introduction to Boardwalk Empire. The second is an unreferenced study of a muscular face. Finally, the last imagenis a quick sketch of a cave man, also unreferenced.

Nucky Thompsonmuscle face

cave man fire



I have been getting into ink wash lately, and it turns out to be an excellent medium for rendering ghosts.

I applied a color layer to all of these ghosts except for the doll monster in the bottom right, who has only had his levels adjusted.ghosts