Click here to see the finished product: Rust Belt Monster Collective
It may be hard to believe now, but a long time ago, Tim Burton was kind of awesome. Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands all had a singular vision and a respect for art direction that a lot of other movies didn't have. Looking back at those first 2 Batman films reminded me of when you had to design and build a set that represented
Gotham instead of finding a location that could pass for it. Don't get me wrong, I think the Nolan Batman is light years better, but there is a certain charm to 's Batman that still resonates with me. With that in mind, I decided to draw an homage to Christopher Walken as Max Schreck. Burton
And now for a little bit from my process.
Feeling the burn from my last piece, I decided that I needed to get the pose right first. I put together some tests in Sketchbook Pro. Once I found one I liked (and was nice and warmed up) I took a shot at the face.
Happy with how the head turned out, I then composited the head, body pose, and window together in photoshop. Then I blew it up and brought it back into Sketchbook Pro and started to ink.
Then I start a new layer and start laying some purple into the shadow areas. I select one area at a time by its color and just render within the selection. I then did basically the same thing for my highlight areas with an orange. Then, I drew a small cat face and used it as a wallpaper texture in the BG.
Next, I looked up some Hugh Ferris architecture pictures and then masked off some shapes and rendered the lights hitting the buildings. Some rim lighting on the edges and I was done.