My entry for Design a Character weekly contest, following Mike Mignola

in designacharacter •  7 months ago

hey guys! I've been wanting to share with you two new works that are finished. I'm posting this as an entry to @w0olf 's weekly character design contest. I'll post the process and results here. this week's theme is following a style of a different artist and creating a character in this given style. I had three artists to chose either one or, to choose multiple artists. I only managed to do two characters in one style- that of the comic artist Mike mignola.
Here are the two:

Otto

otto.png

and Lianna

lianna.png

full res versions:
https://ibb.co/cDgC9x
https://ibb.co/gE7Kpx

to be honest I didn't know Mignola before I've looked it up but I did know the character "Hellboy" from the movie franchise. I also did know Hellboy, probably Mignola's most known character first appeared in comic books.
getting to know Mignola's work from doing a search, I must say that I really like his approach. the fact that it has many things that click with the way I usually draw myself, like the dark undertones and emphasis on the dramatic lighting of the scene.
Also, his dark fantasy/action themes are ones that I really connect with in my imagination.

Here are a few points that I've taken from analyzing his style:
• His value key is often very dark and it looks as if his subjects "appear" off of the shadows.
• resolute and crisp lines, minimal strokes, "anonymous line" (same width across)
• exaggerated figure proportions, somewhat on the grotesque side
• dynamic compositions
• solid core shadows
• mostly desaturated colors.

I've ripped the colors (sampled) right off of Mike's images shamelessly as I felt it was solid grounds to stand on when it comes to color. here are the rough sketches:


IMG_20180405_180914.jpg


IMG_20180405_181103.jpg


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First of all, I inked the drawings with a rapidograph pen (0.5 point tip and a flat brush one). I used a watercolor water-brush pen, filled it with India black ink instead of water and colored in the large black spots.
I took it over to Photoshop, add a "threshold" layer, and put an "overlay" layer between the two layers- to brighten or darken the areas that the threshold effect loses.


lianna1.jpg
otto1.jpg


when I get all the lines I've intented to get, I put on the color layer in overlay mode,


lianna2.jpg


otto.png


I added another layer of color and a slight texture (overlay layer) in which I used a large scatter brush to paint a few strokes. I've set the opacity of the texture layer to about 30%. I've used a costum brush but you can use the defaults, I don't make extensive use of special brushes in Photoshop.


lianna4.jpg


Anyway, I hope you find this post interesting or useful and feel free to critique my work or make a suggestion/request in the comments. as always I thank you fellow steemian for supporting me through this platform and giving me a place to present my work in. and thanks to @w0olf for hosting this contest and introducing me to so many talented people on steemit. have a great weekend!

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Those are f...... amazing!

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Thank you very much :)