Figured I'd post this before I fix it. Final illustration for Comp Ill. We had to choose one of Shakespeare's characters from a list and then modernize it. I chose King Lear. The gist is that King Lear is figuratively blind to the things around him. He doesnt see that his daughter, Cordelia, loves him more than anyone else, so he banishes her, while his two other daughters take everything from him and end up locking him out of his castle at one point. But through it all, Cordelia remains loyal to her father. To modernize it, I decided to focus on the theme of blindess and abandonment. So I made Lear a blind homeless man being sheltered from the rain by his daughter. Very simple and straight forward. I had a lot of fun with the colors. The linework itself could have been a lot stronger, and I've found that if I'm not doing linework traditionally or on the cintiq that I struggle with it a lot. Tablets are fine for coloring/painting but linework can be a pain in the ass.
Anyways, we had crit and then we have a chance to resubmit our fixed pieces by Monday, so thats what I'm planning on doing.
Things I'm planning on changing:
- Cordelia's face needs to have some sort of expression, probably sympathetic. Right now she's very mannequin-esque.
- Might put a tad of warmer light on Cordelia.
- Make the umbrella spokes more graphic, like the umbrella, probably using the pen tool.
- try a different approach with the rain, more streaky and less dot-like.
Our final assignment for Illustration was to do a 1 to 2 page comic about anything we wanted as long as it included the phrase "And then I saw it". For some reason I had a really strong urge to illustrate opossums, probably related to the fact that I handle them at the Wildlife Center that I volunteer at. This this what came out of it.
I did all of the line work and most of the ink washes traditionally and then adjusted the levels in photoshop to get the values right. This was a ton of fun and I truly had a great time doing it. Great assignment to end on!
Process work and Sketch Detail:
Dead Henry AKA Used-To-Be-Alive Henry. My favorite.
Possum Pete, not to be confused with Possum Jack, pictured below.