Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HERCULOIDS - Progress and Final

Above is a series of digital photos of my progress on the Herculoids commission I have done for Clark. This was a big piece, 15" x 20" with a lot of characters and a movie poster feel. I think it came out nicely.

To summarize the process: I did a complete pencil drawing with graytones to establish the values (lights and darks) of the piece. I then did a digital color comp as a road map for painting. Both were posted a couple of months ago. What I did today was start painting. I am using fluid acrylics and laying down the color in transparent washes. Building layer after layer until I get to the color I want. When I was finished painting, I went in with color pencils to help define edges different parts of the piece. The last part was hand lettering around the painted logo. (Side note: The digital photos lean a little too much to the green side and are not showing how strong the yellows are at the bottom.)

Thanks to Clark for this fun and challenging commission. It was a lot of fun!


Gary M. Peiffer said...

Wow, looks like this could be a cover for a Herculoids one shot comic!

I really like the sky/stars in the background. Also, you integrated all of the characters (and there are a lot of them and they vary in size/shape) extremely well. This will be a prized posession for the owner! Very well done!


Royce Thrower said...


Nice final result Gene. Brings back a lot of great memories. Used to love that show as a kid.

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Gary!

Thanks Royce! I really had no idea about these characters before taking on the commission. I don't know why though. We all seem to be in the same age group for me to have watched it. But I am glad it took you back. :)