Apr 13, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village Promo Poster Breakdown

If you're like me, you always love a good process breakdown, where an artist takes a piece they did and takes you through the creation process step-by-step. If you're not like me, feel free to skip this post.

I wanted to create a fun faux-poster to help promote my first feature film credit, Smurfs: The Lost Village. Something that I could use across my various social media platforms. Step one was to envision what that might look like--first in my head, then on paper--refining and tweaking things along the way. Just loose scribbles with a fine Sharpie pen on paper.

Once I had a basic idea of what I wanted (*Note: if I had more time or if this was a paid gig, there would be much more development, but since this was just for me, "good enough" was good enough), I hopped over to a little program called Photoshop and turned those rough ideas into rough digital ideas. Lots of lasso tool usage and rearranging, again never being too precious, since this was to be a quick process.

After getting everything where I wanted it to be, it was time to clean up the lines. And that's just what I did. See?

I kept each character on their own layer, just in case I needed to rearrange on the fly. This also made it easier to color the line art, which you can start to see here, plus a big gradient of color in the background and a "white paint behind" layer behind the characters to separate them from said background.

Time to color! You can see here that I've got the majority of the line art colored matching local colors and most characters have been colored with a flat color. Blocking everything in. Thankfully, with the Smurfs, the colors were already all figured out and I have been able to sample exact colors from the original comics.

The coloring process continues. Having not drawn these characters in awhile, keen viewers will notice a few details here and there that I've had to go back in and add as I pull up old model sheets and refine everything. At this point, every line has been colored, as well as every character. No stone has been unturned.

Tone and highlights time! On the rare occasions that I colored in my storyboards for the film, I found that a nice purple shadow really made their blue skin pop, so I've used purple for all the shadows. I also went in and added a heavenly light from above just to give the characters a little more dimension.

And that's that! Again, this was a very quickly-assembled little promo piece. In total, I'd say not even a full day's work, though it was spread out over a few days time. It was great to be able to revisit these characters again and to [mostly] still be able to draw them from memory. I hope you enjoy the poster, and please do be sure to check out Smurfs: The Lost Village at a theater near you!

Apr 12, 2017

Smurfs: The Lost Village

For those who don't follow me on Facebook or Tumblr, I've been posting plenty about the just-released-to-theaters Smurfs: The Lost Village!  I had a blast working on the project for two and a half years and will be sharing a bit of the art I created for the film in the future. 

Here's a promo poster I made to celebrate the film's release:

Be sure to check out the movie, now playing at a theater near you!

Jan 7, 2017

Ever feel stuck...?

Sorry for the delay in new posts.

I got an Apple Pencil for Christmas this year to go along with the iPad Pro from last year.  Tried out the Procreate app.  Pretty cool results, though I still have much to learn.  The drawing above (based on a sketch from years ago) was roughed out in pencil on paper, then inked, then photographed and colored digitally.

Happy New Year!

Nov 21, 2016

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Official Trailer

Wow. Very long time since I've posted anything. In large part, that was due to a little movie I worked on for two and a half years called Smurfs: The Lost Village. Today, they released the first official trailer:

I'm very excited and pleased for everyone to finally be seeing some of what we've all worked on for so long. Some of my shots are even used in the trailer!

I'll be sure to post some storyboards and stories after the movie's release on April 7, 2017. Be sure to check it out!

Dec 19, 2015

Star Wars : The Force Awakens : Episode Cute

What a sorry year for posts on this blog!  Since my first post was Star Wars-based, it seems only fitting (and more so timely) that my last post is about the new movie, Star Wars: Episode VII : The Force Awakens!
If you haven't seen the movie, yet, I cannot recommend it enough.  Regardless of the politics of anything in the Star Wars franchise (old trilogy versus new, new director drama, etc.), it's just a really fun, enjoyable movie.  I left feeling I got more than my money's worth.

Some behind the scenes stuff: As always, I have to start with some sketches.
This was especially important, since I'm not familiar with these characters.  In fact, I hadn't seen the film when I drew this, so I wasn't even sure who the main characters were, secondary, et cetera.  Research is important, folks! Then I figured out a composition, reminiscent of my earlier Star Wars post.
All done digitally in Photoshop.  Made some changes to it:
And then started cleaning it all up:
Each character was drawn on a different layer so I could tweak the layout as needed.

Everything was done on the fly for this one, with little pre-planning.  All drawn in one day, from sketch to final.  Just a passion project to let off some steam after a long time drawing Smurfs for work.  You may notice that I removed General Hux because he ultimately looked like a character just floating in the background.  I was going to add some new Stormtroopers in his place, but it got to be a bit top-heavy.

Hopefully you enjoy it, and May the Force be With You!

See you in 2016!