Sketched up the scaffolding for this sizzling 🔥 new illustration of E today… The plan is to bring the final line art through to completion, and use it to demonstrate the Comic Book Coloring techniques I’ll be bundling into the “Character Creator Course: Women” package.
What’s special about this illustration is that this is really our first glimpse into the post apocalyptic world E’s story takes place in.
The dilapidated industrial structures in the background show a world torn to shreds by the maniacal Reggroth. Their ships, flying overhead as E flexes her fists, ready for a fight.
I wanted to include a variety of unique elements in the illustration to show you how to approach coloring backgrounds, textures, clothing materials, hair and of course anatomy. That way, you’ll have a broad scope of coloring know how when it comes to the vast range of illustrated components you’re likely to encounter inside a comic book narrative.
As you can see, this piece is only in the early stages of development. So I’d love to know what you’re thoughts are on it.
I’m feeling like her hands might need a little bit more work. She’s supposed to be clenching her fist with the opposite hand, ready to pummel the baddies… but due to the length of the fingers holding it, it might also appear as though she’s praying or something… Which isn’t exactly what I’m going for!
It’s such a small detail. But these are the judgement calls that need to be made throughout the development of a Comic Book Illustration. But especially in the initial foundations stage when the structural blue prints are being laid down.
This post actually gets a little long – so for those who are keep to know more, I’ve published the extended version over on the HTDC blog, where I’ll share with you my thoughts on why it’s important to always feel challenged when it comes to illustrating comics AND how the mistakes you make along the way actually serve to help you grow as an artist.
I hope you enjoy the pic, and the post – thanks for reading, and as always, keep on creating!