Monday, March 15, 2010

No Rest For The Wicked

As most of us had to do today, I had to jump right back into work. Unpacking, cleaning up and putting things away were also on the agenda. But mostly, I was just trying to keep my eyes open and stop yawning. Still, time waits for no one, and neither do deadlines.

In addition to my work for clients, I need to get three pieces done for this months CILM package. The nice thing about having a sketchbook is having all these ideas that are ready to go when needed. I have shared a lot of pin-up poses and girls here that have never been finished. So at times like these, with the clock ticking, and I need some ideas, I can pull from my sketchbooks. The piece above is a good example. I originally posted this sketch in 2008. It was just a pencil sketch but now I am going to finish it as a digital painting. Pretty nifty, huh? The first step was cleaning the original scan. Getting rid of stray pencil lines and things picked up by the scanner. Then I started arranging the art on some layers in Photoshop. Getting rid of the white background is important. It's hard to color something on a bright white background. Having a neutral color for a background helps. At this point, what I have posted above, I am blocking in some base colors and some shadows. More will need to be done of course, but I only had about an hour to work on it. More tomorrow.

This is Post #879


Gary M. Peiffer said...

Wow! Extremely excellent for a post convention, post day light savings time tired artist! I guess buying your filled up and old sketch books is out of the question!


Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Gary. I'm afraid that my filled sketchbooks would be very cost prohibitive. :)

Gary M. Peiffer said...

Ha, as they should be!