So… for this assignment, I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and try something new, less realistic per say. I have always admired the ability of movie poster artists, who combine vector and raster illustrations and that is what I attempted to do. I am new to digital art so I was not expecting the outcome to be perfect, and I was right… I know this may not be the best movie poster ever but I am absolutely determined to cultivate this technique and become better at it.
Here we are with this fun little project I did not particularly like! Maybe because I wasn’s inspired by the assignment from the very beginning, blocked me in the execution as well, that is why it turned out to be very painterly and stylized, and I didn’t manage to get as many details in it as I wanted. I also used gouaches and now know that I am not willing to use them ever again 🙂
Here is the final product in watercolors. I noticed through this assignment that I am becoming faster in working with this medium and I manage to get most of the details thanks to that. I still have problems in creating (and appreciating) the addition of the background. I DO NOT like the choices I made for the skull’s background and (as always) I believed the subject matter would have been more interesting if I left a white background. BACKGROUNDS ARE BAD AND NOBODY WILL EVER CONVINCE ME OF THE OPPOSITE!
Here I am going digital again. I guess the biggest issue was trying to blend the images together and create a cohesive composition despite the different color pallettes and images. I could have rendered the camera a little better, but I believe I am still not familiar enough with the media.
I am overall satisfied with the final look although I would love to avoid working with photoshop again (I can’t stand the software and it took me FOREVER to finish the drawing).
So…did not turn out as expected. I believe that the Marlon Brando of the marker comp looked more like him. I have a hard time controlling the subtractive gouache technique. Unlike watercolors, it is impossible to overload it with water if I don’t want to take away the color and apparently just any amount of water is too much. For this reason, it was hard to me to obtain smooth color transitions and shading. In addition to that, when one of the subject matters is a horseshoe…ugly things happen. Not a fan of this one.
A recurrent issue that I have been having for the last couple of assignments is the printing outcome. In this illustration and in the one of the fish, the tones turned out darker than the original illustration, the reason why this one looks slightly better is that I cut out the background. I do not believe it is a problem of the printer, instead, I believe it depends on how I took the pictures or the fact that I am not familiar with the camera.
The ruined fish illustration…enjoy!
This is not the final product, but I wanted to post it anyway before ruining it by adding a background (Rusty is forcing me to do so).
I put much more work in the landscape once again. This digital landscape gave me much more margin of error since there are no perfect edges in nature, therefore, they don’t demand precise outlines. In the architecture’s drawing I struggled a lot for the same reason that has been afflicting me in any other digital drawing: can’t get a straight line! I just can’t! Seems like all the assignments and sleepless nights are being useless!