"Rogue Selfie" - Trial by Comics, Star Wars entry #1

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Our Correllian Corvette picked up a signal on the deep space scanners a while back. It seems that last bastion of hope remains in the galaxy of perils. After encrypting the message the mission became clear. Heed the call of the #trialbycomics, an excellent Star Wars themed contest as hosted by @kommienezuspadt, hopefully this digital painting qualifies. I shall share with you my path along the dark side of the force and walk you through the digital illustration process. May Yoda be our guide!

Getting started with some practice sketches!
I usually like to get started with some simple exercises like faces, body thumbnails and profiles while attempting to work the theme of the drawing into them (in this case Star Wars). We are using simple tools. Standard A4 stock paper, a pencil, a mechanical pencils, an eraser and a sharpie.

“It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs. I’ve outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers, mind you. I’m talking about the big Corellian ships, now. She’s fast enough for you, old man.” — Han Solo
Several practice sketches!
Still playing and getting warmed up imagining all the elements that we are later gonna create in Photoshop. Some mood drawings, props, outfit ideas, personality of the characters, simple color exercises and so forth.
The three characters we needed to include were:

A female Twilek Rogue
A male Human Pilot/Tech
A male Kel'Dor Jedi

“Never tell me the odds!” — Han Solo
After finishing our sketches we'll take our favorite poses and lay them out in Photoshop- At this point we are also coming up with a rough composition and how the characters need to "stand" in relation from each other. Since our motive is a "selfie" it's actually quite akin to posing people for a photograph. At this point we have separated the lines from the background and have assigned each character its own layer. I'm already thinking about color palettes at this stage especially for the Twi'Lek and Kel'Dor.

“In my experience there is no such thing as luck.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi
Now we can start considering greater detail in outfit and personality of each character. Fortunately the Star Wars universe has many props and established items of canon that we can draw from. Blasters, boots, light sabres, jedi garb, they're all part of the process. A lot of copy pasting, cropping, transforming and drawing going on at this stage. As you can see we have quite a lot of layers already!

“There’s always a bigger fish.” — Qui-Gon Jinn
This is one of my favorite parts. Where I'm more or less happy with the characters and their lines and can start to colour things in. Star Wars is a colourful universe so we can take advantage of that by picking more vibrant palettes. Shading and light also starts coming in to play right about now. Usually I begin with some cell shading to get the main shadows and highlights down before moving to softer brushes. Keeping track of your layers is crucial at this point and frankly my organisation is pretty poor. It's stacking up up up.

“Mind tricks don’t work on me.” – Watto
Main colours are completed and additional details added. Also check the "lore-friendliness" of your outfits and items at stage before you move to cleaning up the lines and layers. I noticed at this stage that her hand is all wrong but fortunately in digital mediums it's never to late to change stuff!

"There will be a substantial reward for the one who finds the Millennium Falcon. You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. [Points at Boba Fett*] No disintegrations!" - Darth Vader
Now we have our completed trio of heroes (and her hand is fixed too!). Pretty happy with the basic colours and shadows. I tried to use complimentary colours where I can to avoid "clashing". I also make sure to reapply the lineart for better weight. You can do a lot of cleaning up right about now before moving on the background.

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.” – Darth Vader
Alright so we are supposed to be on a Class M planet and there is a battle going on in orbit. The background is basically just the magnetic lasso and the fill town with various shades of green. The sky is a little more elaborate as it contain shopped clouds, ink splashes, water colours and the silhouettes of Imperial and Rebel Ships. Thinking about the composition a bit too by keeping things "slightly off center".

“Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!” — Leia Organa
Adding more life to the background but at this stage I've overdone it! Since this much colour in the background would distract from the main characters I tone it down a few notches again. Note that I made the weapon fire of the imperial ships red and of the rebel ships green. Always work with established imagery where you can. At some point I also include a somewhat subtle silhouette of Vader in the background. Also adding in some additional light sources and values to the characters. Having fun!

“A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.” - Yoda
Once I'm happy enough with the background to move on to the next stage I take a few moments to measure, crop, adjust and do additional compositional stuff. Additionally I like playing with the levels, contrast and hues a bit as if I'm editing a photo. If you've forgotten anything major, now is a good time.

“Now, young Skywalker, you will die.” — Emperor Palpatine
Let's add a little bit more flair and detail. Added a futuristic city skyline mostly with copy pasting and layer blend modes. It's mostly "suggested" but it works. Textures are also improved at this stage. I think there are some colour gradients in there as well. Our party still needs a ship so their A/SF-01 B-wing starfighter is parked in more immediate distance (Can that ship hold three people?). Don't overwork it though, remember that the devil is in the details.

“Jyn, I’ll be there for you. Cassian said I had to.” — K-2SO
After adding yet more depth and layers to the surroundings we still tough up the characters one final time. You can dodge and blend them so they "glow" a little bit. Tried to add some more detailed vegitation and the hints of a canyon on the left. The space battle also received another overhaul and everything was made a little bit dusky so it blends better. I usually still open the "Camera Raw Filter" and do final adjustments to our now finished "photograph". Then we make a copy of the .psd file, merge the layers, compress the file and get ready for publishing. For printing save a high dpi (300) .pdf file! Btw, I used only my mouse and keyboard for the entire digital process.

“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.” Return of the Jedi
We have done it! The final product! (click to zoom)
All in all I've spent about 25 hours on this project. The final print size was A3 in 300 dpi. Phew!

The garbage’ll do!” — Rey

And finally here's a timelapse video of more or less the entire process. Made using OBS (for recording), Premiere Pro (for making the timelapse) and Photoshop CC (for painting). Be kind rewind!

*“Well, if droids could think, there’d be none of us here, would there?” — Obi-Wan Kenobi
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” - Yoda

Wooph after that tour de force you must truly have the discipline of a Jedi! I hope that you guys enjoyed my contribution to the #trialbycomics. Good luck to all contestants!

Hint of the Day:

If you mess up your proportions in your original sketches, fear not! If you scan the image into Photoshop you can fix and even improve most perspective issues using the transform, skew and warp tools along with cut and paste and the magnetic lasso. For the lazy anyways ;)

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I'm a "second wave" Star Wars fan. Being an 80's kid the original trilogy was missed in the cinemas naturally. However I've since caught up quite a bit having seen the first movie when I was 10 and it's been with me ever since. I think my favorite moment in the entire series is when Vader turns to Boba Fett and says "No Disintegrations!". Recently however I thought Rogue One set a very high bar indeed. Episode 8 wasn't that bad either, so we'll see where they take it from here. Catch you at the next midnight screening!

may the force be with you,




Cool post @zeroooc! Keep em coming!

Happy you dig it and thanks!
Shall have some more surprises for you guys in the next few day. A post a day keeps the doctor away or something like that.

nice digital drawing

Much obliged :)

wow was du da für Arbeit reingesteckt hast, bin auch ein Star Wars fan, aber ich fand den rouge one von den 3 Neuen am Besten, dann den 8ter und dann den 7er, aber für meinen Geschmack wurden die Filme zu sehr gehypted, hab mir bisschen mehr erwartet.
Möge die Macht mit dir sein!

Hihihi dann wart mal ab bis wieder was mit Star Trek Thema kommt. I love Star Wars....but I looooooove Star Trek :). It comes easy when it's a labour of love and at the moment i'm pretty motivated/inspired so writing comes easy.

Rogue One ftw! It's just Death Star porn xD

Boah krass!
Immer wieder unglaublich, was du auf Photoshop so alles zaubern kannst!

Hihi Danke dir. Wie gesagt...sehr...viel...Übung :)

Wow 25h thats a lot ! Good job man, you are keep on impressing me :)) I see a lot of people using Adobe Illustrator, is it good also for what your are doing, or you are just better with photoshop?

Ah you see Illustrator is for vector based graphics and Photoshop is for bitmap based pictures! Both are great at what they set out to do but I have more experience in PS. Thanks for the kind words, I'll try to keep it up!

Amazing work Zero! So much detail, and love the whole creation process write up. Very well done!

Thank you @mikepm74. I'm glad you're still looking over my shoulder. What you told me earlier really resonated and I've tried to incorporate it into my posts since. :)

Wow! A lot of work went into this one. Beautiful.

Thank you mate! Sometimes the work is tedious but in this one the time went by fast! Always depends how much you enjoy something. Relativity!

True... The utmost is enjoying what you do. Nice stuff. I guess you could run a tutorial too on how you digitalize your acts 😃

Hmm, I could, would and probably should! Think you're right there. Will see how I can break this up into teachable segments.

Great... I'll give you a follow... We need cool contents on steemit 😃...

Ohh happy to hear it! We started hosting contests here recently too! I can only recommend the results of the 1st Sketch-Off here.

Vielen Dank :)
Hat Spaß gemacht!

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You are making a great article I wish I could become as successful as you and get a voice for me

Thank you for your kind words. There's not much of a secret to it, just keep building a little bit every day. Water the Plants!

Wow wahnsinns Illustration! :D
Hoffe ich finde nächste Woche auch mal wieder Zeit für den #trialbycomics contest! :)
Vll. hast du ja mal Zeit und Lust am #designacharacter Contest teilzunehmen. Würd mich sehr freun! :D

Danke lieber @w0olf! Hier hab ich echt Spaß bei gehabt :)
Meine Teilnahme beim #designacharacter ist nur ein Frage der Zeit!


ahahah such cool poses!

Hihi thx. Placing them "correctly" so they are properly *grounded is rather vital! Making little thumbnail sketches before helps you place them in relation to each other (also considering how "tall" each character is).

This is pretty damn amazing. Can't really say much except 2holy shit you did that with a mouse?!" and the fandom and love practically leaks out of every word in this article. <3
A truly worthy post and artwork for 2018s first trial by comics, if I may say so <3

Thanks! Yeah all with the mouse! A good mouse with a high dpi (1500+) is just so lovely. Gaming mice excel at this. My favorite model is the "Lua" by Roccat. It's fast, simple and accurate. What can I say, it's Star Wars! It's easy to love. Just wait until we do something Star Trek or Warcraft themed...then we are really gonna go balls deep on the lore! xD

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