Monday, September 21, 2009
Old Man Logan Studies
My first step in painting almost any cover is to produce a comprehensive sketch, in this case a digital color study. My first attempt, which I'll share on Thursday, was shot down for several reasons (one of which must have been that it was too awesome). For my second attempt, I wanted something that was reminiscent of a Frederic Remington painting, so I used the color scheme from one of his many nocturnes. I was afraid that this wasn't going to fly either and my fears proved well-founded; it wasn't dynamic enough.
As with most of my studies, I like to start out in grayscale, which allows me to hammer out composition and content before I sink too much time into color.
I liked this one well enough, but they asked me to change a couple things: have the horse facing the viewer and lower the point of view, two edicts that I am often compelled to obey (just replace the horse with any character).
I, of course, obliged and it began to look more and more Napoleonic. They asked if I could lower the point of view even more, but I made a convincing enough argument against it. You may also notice that I decided to remove his hat in the final—I wanted to paint some of that lovely white hair.
Tomorrow: Old Man Paolo and his plastic steed(s)