Saturday, March 9, 2013
My PC Weenies fan-art process
Every so often, at my webcomic site, Untold Tales of Bigfoot, I do a fan-art swap with another cartoonist. Partly, it's to introduce different webcomics to different readers, but mostly it's for fun. This week, I exchanged fan art with Krishna Sadasivam, creator of the long-running, tech-based gag strip, PC Weenies. Krishna sent me some awesome Untold Tales of Bigfoot Fan Art (posted under this week's comic) and here I've posted the process steps for the fan art I sent him.
These are the pencils for Krishna's main characters, Bob and Pamela. Bob's a tech-freak and Pam is his long-suffering wife. How did Bob land such a statuesque redhead? Ask Krishna.
These are the inks. After penciling the characters, I scan in the drawing and ink it in Photoshop.
Krishna's comic has a very sharp, digital feel to it (perfect for a comic about technology) so I decided to create the background in Illustrator to give it that "techy" feel. Then I flatted in the figures in Photoshop.
Almost done. Here I painted in some shadows and highlights. Instead of continuing with the sharp, tech-look, I thought it might be fun to play with contrasts. So I used soft brushstrokes in Photoshop, trying to emulate the feel of watercolors. Up top, in the final image, you can see I added some watercolor texture to complete the effect.
If you like this image, you might enjoy the comic that inspired it. So please take the time to check out Krishna Sadasivam's PC Weenies where he also blogs about technology and art. And tell Krishna I said hi. -v