Here's another picture, done for the forthcoming Beat to Quaters RPG. This one's inspired by the character of Queequeg from one of my all-time favourite novels, Moby Dick- he's a character who has always fascinated me so I thought I'd channel a little of him into one of the pieaces for some inspiration.
I think I may be getting better at this. Applied a testure overlay on this one. And I like the colour palette.
Here's the cover for Beat to Quaters. I've painted the whole thing in Photoshop this time which is a new venture for me- I usually use Painter. Now, I love Painter so don't get me wrong on that, I just thought it was criminal to not use Photoshop to it's full capacity. And Adam Hughes uses Photoshop, so it must be good.
The different parts (jacket, sashes, etc.) were all done on seperate layers set to multiply over the original linework and then lights and shadows were done exclusively with Dodge and Burn. In Painter I would have used transparent colour shade overlays for this, which is where thhis has differed. I then put a second copy of the linework over it set to 30% opacity just to pull the lines forward a bit.
It's done, I don't know if I like it or not, but it is my first attempt. I think I've just been looking at it for to long, so I can't tell if it's any good or not...
Been drawing all day long- man, my hand hurts! Enough of my poor misery- here is a teaser image for the Beat to Quaters artwork which I have been doing. The rest of them will follow tomorrow, when I can scan them all in...
Some WIPs for Beat to Quaters. Loads more done- should have the finals up later this week! Was gonna try and do 'em this weekend, but it was my birthday so I slacked off! (There's the rough layout for the new version of the cover there... will post tighter one tonight)
I recently received the shocking news that my good friend and sometime collaborator, Adrian Kermode, passed away. He worked on the famous Petra Etc. and his self-published Doctor Sorrow. He was a man filled with great ideas and a fabulous sense of humour.
We only got to publish one of our mutual works together- a short story of Doctor Lovemonkey (based on an old nickname of mine- don't ask) which saw publication in an issue of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
By way of tribute, here are the six pages.
I hope that Adrian is looking down on us somewhere with a glass of whiskey in hand. He was a genuinely wonderful person and he will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to those he has left behind.