|Just beginning to color.|
We've decided to pick back up our monthly "rounds" over at the Rust Belt Monster Blog. This round is dedicated to the great Miyazaki. In all honesty, my favorite film of his is Howl's Moving Castle. Before I could spend any time pondering an art piece in that direction, the idea for Porco Rosso popped in my head. I just wanted to draw him years after the movie. A little older, a little fatter, but most importantly, working as a commercial pilot. It seemed natural to have him sitting at an airport bar.
I'm trying to make a real effort to push my expressions and body language further. Its been a real weakness of mine. I've started referencing a couple of collections on facial expressions to help and have adopted a slightly different way of coloring my pieces. I'm still using Manga Studio for inking (loving it) and laying down my flats, but Photoshop still seems the best for rendering. We'll have to see how it turns out when I'm done. Stay tuned.
|The original sketch. Quickly jotted down at lunch.|