Monday, 13 September 2010
The Red Skull Vs The Green Skull
I was contacted by the QI team and their publisher to come up with an image or three in the style of classic comic book superheros for their QI annual cover. It was a job which I thought could be a potential mine field with at least a dozen likenesses to try and achieve but in the end the whole thing was a breeze with a really open brief and the only tweaks and twiddles required were really to ensure that the whole thing worked with the areas of type and cropping required.
So here from the top is how I did the thing.
Stage 1 Do a crappy old pencil drawing - drawn real small - so I can a). feel confident about what I'm doing and b). can see at a glance how it's working.
OK that's that bit done.
Stage 2 Scan the thing.
Stage 3 import the scan into Manga Studio (love this software!). Now comes a bit of fun as you digitally ink the thing with a selection of pens and or brushes which are the best I've come across (although I'm still on Creative Suite 3 - rather than 5 - times are hard etc, etc)
Stage 5 Await response - At this stage the wait was endless and I thought the thing was going belly up on me - but no they 'loved" the idea.
Stage 6 Bounce around the studio like Stimpy the Cat singing "Happy Happy Joy Joy".
And then it's just a case of working all the elements in on separate layers, tweaking and twiddling and Hey Presto!.
Apart from a concern about the Red Skull- i.e. will Marvel sue the shit out of QI?
Hmmmm OK be cautious and make that Skull Green.
Still prefer the Red one...
In the shops from November onwards and here's a photo of Mr Fry with a copy of the thing.
Fame at last!!!