Hey guys and gals! So this illustration is for the "Last Man Standing" competition over at Conceptart.org. 360 artists from amateur to industry pros face off in brackets eventually facing off in a final round with 3 or so artists battling for ultimate artistic supremacy!! Previous winners are heavyweights Jason Chan and Shelly Wan (who are competing this year again). This round's theme was "Underneath it All." Here's some linkage:
Matches 25-48 (I'm in match #35, great piece Matt! best of luck)
So these are the final inks. Mostly ballpoint, and a little brush, on illustration board. I'd also like to mention that I have the original inks available for purchase. I've never did this before so I am trying to set up a system to put my originals up for purchase. I hope to have a store up in the future. Please email me if interested. Thanks!
This proved to be the hardest time I've ever had coloring a piece. I was all over, having most of the problems maintaining the narrative with so many characters. I was getting all design-ee with arrows and such but ended up ditching them in the end. This image is just a view midway of the image with some of the crazy options I was trying out...haha...it's wild to look at now right? Does everyone digg the final colors or should I have maintained some of the elements in this piece?
....a shot of some of the reference I used. I got my mom, dad, girlfriend (again), dog, and neighbor to pose for this piece. I thought what would Norman (Rockwell) do? And if you try taking pictures of dog have a good camera, not a Cybershot. Blurry pictures for everyone! I ended up having him sit next to me and holding his paws out for the pose...haha
This was the first time I used flatting for my colors. I had seen James Jean and Frank Stockton use it before, so I thought I'd give it a shot. DAAAANG!! is it helpful. Especially for flat graphic colored work, it helps in selection soooo much. No more erasing.