Dec 30, 2010

Inception Graphic Comic Cover contest - the Bikers

Riders - Final version
I drew up a couple of bikers to be placed at the center of the cover for the Graphic Comic cover contest in deviantArt.
So here is my step by step on the bikers.
Riders - Initial cleaned up sketch
I started off with just an idea in my head of having two bikers race across the page, while the page in itself should have a black or a gray background. I looked up a few race pictures and drew the initial draft. I had to modify them in accordance with what the script needed - the Mohawk helmet and things.. I had to give the guy behind a sword too, but that came to my mind pretty late! I was finally not very happy with my Samurai sword either!
Riders - Coloring WIP
Coloring the guy in the front black! It was fun! I haven't really tried painting in Gimp before. and this was amazingly awesome..
Riders - Colored and cleaned up
Next was to color the guy behind in flamboyant colors. I chose to stick to red alone and not play with the other colors.. By now I was in love with painting and shading in gimp.. I kept wanting to get back to painting the pic even while I was doing some other chores around the house.. I had to give the guy a face..
Riders - Colored riders with perspective
Added some perspective. Two reasons - to give the impression of depth, yes.. and then I really wanted the guy in front to come out of one background into another - like they were 2 separate worlds..
Riders - Final version
And this is the final version of the bikers. I had to cook up the background. The backdrop is supposed to be Ginza street in Tokyo. I had to look up a photograph and sketch it out directly in Gimp, since I hadn't drawn that initially.. I was pretty sure that I was going to mess this whole thing up. But I surprised myself in the end LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and reading! :)


Anonymous said...

Shalini, This is fun and amazing! I enjoyed looking at how you developed. And, you used Gimp?! Well done!

Shalini said...

Thank you so much Peggy...