Unhappy with my previous tests, I knew I needed to take a few steps back. I went to the comic store this weekend and, get this — actually got some comic books! It was pretty difficult finding the only 4 comics in the store that weren’t super hero comics (bleh) but I found a few with some interesting styles.
First, abstraction of shape with black shadow is something I am beginning to love. It fits the mood of the Melony story and looks way cooler. I have a lot to learn in how to do this effectively. Varying line thickness and quality to give a more traditional inked look on my Intuos 4 is difficult, but pays off. Cross hatching and tiny little scratch marks are just something I love to do instinctually, so I’m happy to find a way to get that in there. I hope to find more Photoshop brushes soon that can help with this.
Going overboard with painting realistic lighting hasn’t been doing it for me. It pulls the reboot even further away from the look of the original animation (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it) and it’s just hard. You can see the hesitation in my color choices. It’s easy to bring things into muddy territory, lose vibrance and appeal, and make Melony kind of ugly.
I like the idea of occasionally having randomly detailed panels, ala Ren and Stimpy or The Maxx. There are no set boundaries with the look of this comic from scene to scene. However, I would like to nail down what the comic looks like most of the time. And this is the closest concept art yet.