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deantrippe
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject: Butterfly Poster - WIP Reply with quote

Hey so I need to raise some funds, so I'm finally doing a full color Butterfly poster. Here it is so far.



Need to fix Butterfly's right leg. Looks a little weird. I'm thinking it as a revision of this earlier strip:

http://www.tencentticker.com/home/?date=20050303

Wow, that's the fourth Butterfly strip ever. Anyway, I'm going to include the thought balloon, but probably not the 'flutter, flutter!' or 'weeee!'
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff, man. I never seen those old butterfly strips, they're great! You can see your evolution an everything. The poster should end up cool as always Smile Maybe some butterfly action figures will come one day!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Chris. Here's a little more progress:



DANG, now Birdie's leg is looking weird!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2006 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the legs look just fine. The poster should be awesome, maybe I'll get one to put up in my friends comic shop.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Birdie's costume colors remind me a lot of Shazam. Is that intentional?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MatthewH wrote:
Birdie's costume colors remind me a lot of Shazam. Is that intentional?

In order to completely geek out on you, I have to point out that you're talking about Captain Marvel, who calls out the word 'SHAZAM' to alternate between his superhero form and Billy Batson. Shazam is the name of the wizard who gave him his powers, who is generally...ghost-colored.

Okay, that aside, Birdie's color scheme is Robin-inspired, though in my mind he's been yellow with a red emblem for a long time, but it just looks weird when you actually draw it.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, I knew that...kind of. That's what I get for being up so late... Confused
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MatthewH wrote:
Right, I knew that...kind of. That's what I get for being up so late... Confused

haha, i really just wanted to say 'ghost-colored.'
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay the background color is temp right now, but what do you guys think about coloring the linework? I colored the lines on Butterfly first to show the difference:




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More done:


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is coming along nicely. I like the colored lines, the black lines are too bold and flatten everything. sweet progress Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How do you change the color of the lines? Do you have to re ink it the new color?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no, you just select the linework with the magic wand and color it how you like. being able to easily select the linework is just ONE of the advantages of using the pencil tool rather than the paintbrush.

here's where we're at now:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was getting pretty tired of those clouds by that last preview image, so I decided to do something more challenging. Here's a bit of how that's coming:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current state of the poster pic. I'd gotten a little more work done but my computer locked up. Glad I didn't lose more work than I did.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Current:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this is looking great
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I might make some minor edits, but this is final enough to post on the ol' LJ.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Bat Crap! That's a nice poster! Are you going to sell it on Cafe Press?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good stuff man. How did you draw the buildings in photoshop? it looks tricky.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must say that even with the slight shift to purple it moves Knight Bat away nicely. Away from you know.. that other guy...

that is looking really great though. Love all the reflections in the windows and all!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks jason. the worry i was having was that the Justice League Unlimited version of Batman has a purple/gray suit, but it ended up not looking like that here. anyway, i just finished the final, so here it is:


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frikking awesome, Dean. I'm going to purchase me one of those.

And yeah, tell us about the buildings in Photoshop, I wondered the same thing!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buildings, okay. uh...well...um. i just...traced a photo. sue me. i'm a cheat.

you remember i had done that weak cloud kinda half-assed background at first, but then i wanted to do something cityscapey, so i googled and found this shot of the empire state building:



so i pasted that in behind the characters, flipped it, and used the transform tool to make the perspective a little more dramatic, and then i traced it with the pencil tool a medium lineweight, and then i went over certain parts with thicker weights to make it look like more like a traditional lined drawing. it's easy to draw straight lines in photoshop because with the pencil tool you can just tap where you want to start the line, hold shift, and tap where you want to end the line. another easy trick is to draw all the vertical lines on one layer and the horizontal ones on another, and then you can easily erase the unwanted overlaps between the windows. i also left out a lot of elements, because i'm not trying to draw the empire state building, and too much detail would look weird with my style. plus i was in a hurry.



and then I spent a LONG TIME coloring it. i used the obvious gradient with the sunset and window reflection, but i also used some really subtle ones to shade the building, and then drew in the simple flat highlights, which i like so much:



anyway, i really wanted to try my best, and while it's not all that complicated, i think it's a lot better than the clouds i usually do. Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tracing is fine for shit like that. I don't see why it's such a problem - it gets the same job done in a lot less time; and it wasn't JUST a trace, you enveloped it into your style with little things like line weights and - like you said - erasing detail.

In this case I think it was a wise choice. Smile Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fascinating process. it ain't cheating, I'd do it too if i had a tablet. good work!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

really beautiful .. and the building was a great idea.. although the clouds were nice too, the added detail really sells the piece ( which is good since you're actually trying to sell the piece as posters)

As for the 'tracing cheat'.. who cares.. we all now how to do perspective but it's boring and time consuming and creatively draining (unless you're really into math or line rules) .. why not utilize technology to save time a achieve just as good if not better effects?
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