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

Advertisements

Toned Paper Robots

   Apologies for the lack of posts, friends: I am weeks away from turning in my thesis, and I have been spending most of my time putting finishing touches on it.

   Those few moments that I’ve had to myself, however, I’ve been drawing robots on toned paper. I know that I’ve extolled the virtues of toned paper before, but I’d appreciate it if you’d indulge me again; you see, I have just found out about prismacolor pencils. I mean, I’ve know OF them, but I finally got acquainted with a white prisma pencil, and it is so sweet that I fear I may fall through the pencil marks into another dimension. It allows some really cool gradients of white, so you can be as light or heavy handed as you want. It’s perfect for roboting around, because of all of the shiny materials that one finds in a bot.

robot

robot

robot robot

robot robot

Robots in Color

I colored this robot in a few different ways:

Robot #1:
I used a gradient to do the bulk of the coloring on this robot, then I used a screen brush to add some highlights.

robot

Robot #2:
I colored this robot by hand. Using my red brush pen, I feathered lines over the black feathered lines.

robot

Robot #3:
I colored the high-lights, the shadows, and the mid-tones in photoshop, but I used only the lasso and bucket tool, so you can really see where each color starts and stops.

robot

Water Tower, Rosie, and a Robot

I had the great pleasure to reunite with Rosie the labrador. She’s a very sweet pooch: whenever you hold her leash, she takes her end gently in her teeth to lead you to where she wants you to go. Rosie is also an avid water pooch.

man and dog

I also finally got around to sketching and washing this water tower. My girlfriend and I pass this on the freeway fairly often, and it’s a very cool subject, with a lot of direct and indirect light sources. I wanted to make some trees, too, but I really didn’t want to put a lot of effort into them. My solution: blow some ink around.

water tower

And I thought I’d get back to my comfort zone and draw a Robot. It’s destroying a city for good measure.

robot

Metropolis Art

Metropolis by Fritz Lang is a super movie. I love miniatures, cityscapes, snd robots, so it’s a natural fit.

As you might have guessed, this is ink wash, with a strong technical pen underdrawing. After completing the drawing itself, I overplayed a color layer in photoshop.

metropolis set

false maria

Robots Attack!

Oh no! As if Mondays aren’t bad enough!

 

I drew this robot destroying a city not really expecting much, but I’m really happy with how it came out. I used technical pens for the under drawing, and I used a wash for the shadows. I then turned up the contrast in photoshop and applied a color layer.robot destroys laser bot robot destroys robot destroys