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Thread: Finished Art for Tales of a Checkered Man

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    Finished Art for Tales of a Checkered Man

    Finally finished this piece. I was using it as a warm up before I started other projects. It's also the first attempt at doing this in a more "painterly" fashion, i.e. no ink work.

    A word of explanation. The character in red is from a comic called "Tales of a Checkered Man." He's sort of a wannabe Batman. But without any of the skills. So when I did this piece for the site, I thought they would be a funny pair.

    The working title was (and is) "Could you skooch over a bit?"

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    Hope you all like!

    Mike
    I'm an artist. I draw flies . . .

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    my fav superhero and my fav wanna be superhero
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    Tremendous Work. (Not familiar with checkered guy. Thanx for explaining)
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    I get what you said loud and clear.

    I would recommend, seeing as how campy you are making this, if you get ambitious, to bounce a little rim light coming from below at an angle thinning it to just a little bit of color - orangeish or blueish. It would complete the shapes and you wouldn't have to do more than touch a few contours. It is the way it's often done for this genre. Careful though, since everything else is relatively neutral in color that you use it sparingly.

    For yourself, whether you post it or not, you could make a new layer and watch the magic begin. Keep in mind, that the strongest light side gets around 3/5ths to the reflected light of maybe 1/5. And usually the color temperature of the light would be different one side to the other. This is not a hard and fast rule, but it works. And variations are always available with the proviso: If it works, it works.

    Nice stuff!
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    Thanks guys, appreciate the comments.

    @d akey. I'll definitely look into what you were saying in the second part of your comments. Like I said, I've not done a lot of straight painting so that kind of info helps. Keep it coming!

    As to the second part, I like your idea but what I was actually going for was having this goofy character in a straight, serious "Batman" type environment.

    Thanks again for all the comments. They're appreciated!

    Mike
    I'm an artist. I draw flies . . .

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    Thumbs up Outstanding!

    Really nice Mike. Being a beginner, to me your art seems super You handle the black or darkness mixed with light very expertly. That is not easy.. I guess you have plenty of practice with AR..

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    Thanks a lot S5T68IS2TA!

    I have been using it for a bit now. Thanks for the comments about the light and shadow. I wanted to get a dark feeling and not lose the characters. I think it kinda worked.
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    Cool work I really like it
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    Thanks Mannafig!
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    I've too few clues to guess the tale, but I like very much this illustration. The style follows the dark, gothic trend and I think it's tasty, especially for young people of these days.
    Panta rei (everything flows)!

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