These are illustrations I did a few months before the launch of the Terminator Salvation movie back in 2009 for the tie-in UK comicbook.
I was asked to explain the process of illustrating these things for the comic readers so I've included it here with a very rough guide to the steps.
The process below is VERY SIMPLIFIED and BASIC so you may not learn much from it but these files have been sitting on my comp for a while and I figured someone might find these useful, especially beginners to illustration or digital colouring.
Download to view full image, it's 2560 x 1280!!
1) Pose Sketch - Start with a quick, light pencil sketch to rough out shape, form and pose of a character using lines, boxes, and ellipses.
2) Rough Anatomy - Once you are happy with the size and shape of your character, you can start thinking about anatomy, making sure limbs and bodies are the correct proportion as you draw over your sketch. Add more boxes and cylinders if it helps to think in terms of a 3 dimensional character.
3) Developed Form - You can now 'sculpt' into your boxes and ellipses to get more realistic and accurate looking shapes. In the case of these Terminators, I referred the concept art and production stills to see what the limbs and bodies should look like and how they work. Finding suitable reference is always good practice!
4) Detailed Lines - You can put in as much additional detail as you like. While I had to keep them relatively simple, these Terminators called for extra details in the joints and movable parts. You can complete your drawing in pencil here or, if you're confident, do the finer details when you ink with a pen/s.
5) Inks & Shadows - You can trace over your drawing with black ink on a clean sheet of paper (if you can see through it) or, if you want to work on the same page, use a soft eraser to take out your pencil lines after the ink is dry. Alternatively, you even just scan it in and darken the lines digitally.
For these illustrations I wanted to decided to use hard black shapes for the shadow areas to simplify the characters, emphasise and make them more crisp. I decided where my light source would be and how it would effect the figure in 3D.
The drawing is now ready to scanned for digital colouring (or even coloured by hand, if you wish!). Scanning artwork at 300 DPI should give you a high enough quality image for colouring in detail.
6) Colour Flats - We now need to lay down the basic colours for the character. By creating a layer of 'flats' (individual flat areas of colour) we will be able to select a part/s of the character to shade with a brush without the brush render 'flooding' out of the selected area.
Here is simple way of doing this- In Photoshop, copy your illustration layer then switch to 'Multiply' in layer effects. This makes the white parts of the illustration transparent so you can colour underneath it.
Delete the bottom layer then separate the key parts of the illustrations (with the pencil or selection tools) with different colours on a new layer underneath your drawing.
If you make your colour edges hard (not blended using an anti-aliased tool or brush) it will make rendering easier since you can select each coloured part can be selected with no fuzzy edges.
7) Renders & FX - Create a new layer, again set to 'multiply' (for your shadows) and another set to 'screen' (for your highlights). Using the magic wand tool pick one or more coloured areas from your 'flats' layer and brush in some shadows and highlights on the appropriate layers you just made.
Keep brushing or add layers until you are happy with how the character is rendered. Don't forget to save your image as a layered PSD or TIF so that you can make adjustments in future. Otherwise Image Menu > Flatten Image to complete the illustration!
Thanks for reading, I hope someone out there finds this simple tutorial useful!
Scary Alice in Wonderland Apothecary Labels - a rather scary collection of Alice in Wonderland images with vintage skull faces - very nice for a Halloween display!
You get: ° 3 high quality 300 dpi images (3" x 5.20") - large apothecary labels ° 3 high quality 300 dpi images (3.35" x 1.60") - small labels ° on one 8.5" x 11" jpg sheet, for easy printing. ° watermark will be removed ° 4 high quality 300dpi images in separate png files
Pink Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Invitation Tickets - Vintage Style Tickets with Alice in Wonderland images and quotes. Great for a tea party.
You get: ° 12 high quality (300 dpi) 3.10 x 1.86 inch images on one 8.5" x 11" sheet for easy printing ° each ticket separately as PNG ° in a zip folder - you need unzipping software ° watermark will be removed
You can learn all about Lizzie, Alice's sister from Alice: Madness Returns at the AMR Wiki. These models were created because after completing AMR for the first time, I was deeply saddened that McGee and Spicy Horse missed out on the great opportunity to use Lizzie more actively in the story. This is my way of making that happen. :]
I put a lot of thought into these designs for these models, and here's a brief summary of what each of their outfits mean/represent.
Based off the Liddell family portrait, Lizze has suspenders and a scarf (though Lizzie's is actually more of a handkerchief). I gave her a blue dress in honor of Alice's classic dress, but I made it darker to reflect Lizzie's more mature age. Her entire outfit is also rather dark and grungy to reflect the London Alice look. I also chose to remove her stockings, since those are more Alice's trademark (notice none of her models are sporting stockings) and also because low socks on a young girl/teenager at the time could seem somewhat "scandalous," which plays into Bumby's obsession with Lizzie. And the hair is the closest match I could find to the portrait.
This is the partially innocent version of Lizzie I imagine Alice would encounter in Wonderland. She still remembers what happened to her, and she clings to that memory, hoping to guide Alice to the end to get revenge for her and the rest of the family's murder. But she's tainted here, obvious by the splatters of Ruin on her hands. Lizzie's death is translated to Wonderland in the form of stitched lips, keeping her from speaking the truth to Alice. Her eyes are no longer green but a fading gray. The Ruin is slowly claiming her mind, and there's so much consuming her that it even leaks from her eye, slowly leading to her blindness, and stains her hair, making it a slightly darker brown. I chose to make her barefoot because that's how she was when she was killed, and lastly, her gown's charred edges and bold black/red color scheme is paying homage to the house fire.
Corrupt Puppet Lizzie:
This one's my favorite. Driven blind by the Ruin's destruction of her mind, Lizzie's eyes are now nearly solid white with Ruin smothering the white. Ruin continues to drip from her eyes, and her once-stitched lips are now permanently sealed shut. Her hair is nearly stained black, with only a few strands of her once-brown hair still peaking through. At this stage, her corruption has progressed so far, that she is merely a puppet to Bumby now (I imagine she would be a sub-boss leading up to the final boss in AMR). She has lost all control of her body, having become a complete doll (just as Alice nearly becomes). Her outfit is blank and colorless to imply that everything Lizzie once was has completely vanished. She's an empty shell, a lifeless doll. Blind and without her own mind, she would willingly attack Alice endlessly at the hands of her puppeteer, never knowing she was trying to slaughter her own sister.
I hope these models still hold some relevance to someone because they took a lot of hours of work and effort and thought to create. I never got to work with London Lizzie myself, but you can see Wonderland Lizzie in 'My Heart Is Open, Alice.' and Corrupt Puppet Lizzie in Corrupt PuppetFeel free to send me any artwork you make with Lizzie's models. I'd love to see it!
Shaboodles everyone, LittleMissSquiggles with another helpful tutorial-like thing for all my aspiring digital artists of the world. In continuing with the spirit of giving, I made this tutorial for all my beginner artists looking towards taking the final leap into transitioning into digital art world and are probably considering where to start. With this tutorial, I've provided some tips on how just to do so based on my own experience and self-taught techniques.
Hopefully it'll be of some good to you kids. As mentioned in the guide itself, this tutorial is the first part in a 3-part guide I intend to do on introducing artists to creating digital lineart. This part mostly focuses on preparing your scanned sketches. The other two parts will focus on the creating process of digital lineart.
Update: Part 2 of this guide is now up so head over and check it out! C8
All in all, hope you enjoyed this guide and as always, happy squiggling everyone!