I’m not a massive fan of ‘How To’s’ coz generally when you follow them, your finished work still doesn’t turn out right, so instead of telling you “You’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that”, I’ll simply explain the process I go through in creating something.
Smooth or rough? Glossy or matte? Patterns or flat? These are some of the questions that go through my head when coming up with a design, but really the main question is: How much detail should I add?
The age old question when Hollywood adapts a superhero is how much should you / do you need to change the costume? For some, the costume works OK as is, others don’t, even if fans don’t like it, some change is inevitable. The same thought process goes through my head each time. So how far does one go in order to give a more realistic interpretation? It’s a delicate balance, too close to the comic design and you risk the character looking silly, too far and the character is no longer recognizable. My philosophy is that the comic book designs should be used as the building blocks for a 3D world interpretation not the end result, what it comes down to is keeping the main elements of what makes the outfit recognizable, but shifting to give it depth and layers to make it feel less like a costume and more like something someone would actually wear.
Sadly we got very little in the form of promotional imagery of Two-Face from The Dark Knight but that hasn’t stopped many a photo manipulator from doing there darnedest in trying to create there own imagery. Here I’ll explain the process I went through with the Two Face gender swap I did a few weeks ago, but this can apply to any imagery really.
I like seeing fan made posters of upcoming films and past films, I like seeing some amateur (or sometimes even professional) using promo photos and other elements and coming up with a completely different design to what gets officially released, in fact some of the ones I’ve seen end up looking better than the real stuff the studios produce. So what makes a good fan poster? Personally, the good ones look like the real thing, someone who’s taken the time to make things look official. In this workshop I’ll give some tips and tricks to give your fan posters more of an authentic feel to them.
I’ve come to like creating fake ‘Movie Stills’ for characters that don’t exist or for films yet to be released. I have the most fun with these type of artworks, I think it’s because I really like to push it to the limits in terms of how ‘real’ I can make them, sort of my own personal challenge. In this very big workshop I’ll explain the process I went through for my recent Supergirl image, it’s quite a bit longer than previous workshops because I felt that I couldn’t really sum up the process in a few paragraphs. For those following at home this was created in Photoshop, so I’ll be explaining things with the assumption that you have some basic knowledge of the program.