Thursday 23 October 2008

I finally got around to finishing this pic I've been working on in fits and starts for the last couple of weeks;

I thought as well that I'd write a bit about the process for anyone that might be interested; if that's not you, just look at the pretty pictures!

I'll normally start off with an idea (obviously). In this case I saw a clown on telly, which got me thinking about circuses, which got me thinking about freakshows. I fancied the idea of producing something that looked like an old poster, and because I'm a perv it had to feature something a bit twisted! So, that was the idea. Here are some progress shots:

1. The initial sketch, done in photoshop. I often work out rough posing and composition in photoshop, because its so easy to move elements around and mix stuff up. I did about about ten of these quick pics before settling on this one.

2. Using the sketch as reference I drew out a more final (but still quite rough) pencil version on A3 paper. There was no point me getting too carried away at this stage, because I knew that very little pencil would be left by the time I was finished with the image. When that was done I took a digital photo of it and brought it back into photoshop and tweaked proportions and composition.

3. Chucked on some basic colours, trying for a fairly earthy/autumn colour palette.

4. From here on in it was mostly a case of refining the shading and a bit of tweaking. I decided to add a bucket of fish to add to the story.

5. More shading, added the letters and starting to finalise the background. I like coming up with names for characters, I think the right name can add a lot of personality; it must come from reading too much Mervyn Peake as a kid! I decided to call the whole thing Futtocks sideshow because it sounds rude even though it's not.

6. Done! I added some texture overlays, torn edges and a drop-shadow under the paper to make it look more like an old poster.

and here it is in hypnotising .gif form!

I've got a couple of other ideas that I'm going to get started on soon, but I'm also working on something a bit more time consuming at the minute, but hopefully I'll have new stuff to show soon. bye.


Unknown said...

crazy work you got here. Great style and imagination.

Anonymous said...

man, I see great and sick work here. love it.

Rodrigo Martin Campo said...

great girls i love the ridding hood

Nico Di Mattia said...

Cool artworks!!