Sunday, 17 October 2010

Illustration Friday "Spooky"

"What did the Butler see?"

Once again this is an image I already had (in sketch form), so I thought I would flesh it out and use it for this weeks Illustration Friday. I thought the pose and expression suggested something spooky was going on. I'm not sure what he saw or heard in that big spooky mansion but whatever it was has him rattled.

This was a deliberate attempt to move away from my usual style and attempt something out of my comfort zone and try to be a bit more versatile, I guess.You can see below how I moved beyond the initial sketch which was just drawn freehand in Flash. I took the sketch into Corel Painter to create the final image above.
Thanks for stopping by :)

23 comments:

  1. very well done! great job on the lighting!

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  2. Love the different skin colour tones!

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  3. Oh now I'm wondering too!! Oh what did he see! Perhaps it was the Mrs, with no makeup on? This is wonderful. Great work!!!

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  4. is a great character!! a classic one

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  5. I love the way you have done that illustration!! really great!!

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  6. Nice job on a cool character piece that captures the theme in its tone. Good coloring and thanks for showing your original line work.

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  7. Nice work, yet again. Fun expression-- and its interesting how hes stretched, it seems. Cheers!

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  8. Another classic haunted house story take on the IF theme.. great character design, the pose is very good and the rendering is very painterly. I wish the image wasnt so tightly cropped on the figure, maybe let us see something in the gloom behind him or something in the torchlight that he hasnt spotted yet?

    Adam Foster-Fahy
    www.AdamFF.com

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  9. he's great, chris! wonderful knobby old dude gesture! "))

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  10. Hey Chris! Great character! I'd peg him for a butler right away. Love his nervous expression as well. You handle that Corel Painter like a seasoned pro!!

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  11. Love the character and style! Your work is made for animation, well done!

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  12. what DID the butler see? hmmm? haha. This is great :) His expression is awesome.

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  13. Wow, this is an amazing post to see, Chris. From awesome linework to the very cool finished piece, really great details from both. Fantastic work..and he has that, "gaaahhhh" look about him...what did he see? Great job!

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  14. Very nice blog you have here, your artwork is amazing

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  15. “You rang m‘lord?!…”
    More fantastic character work, liking the painterly style.

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  16. 'tis the season for great spookiness! dig his pose

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  17. You always have such great characters, Chris! I especially like the way you drew his right hand. I know that sounds funny but, I feel you can sence the awkwardness in it along with his expression.

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  18. what a great character! and once again, your ability to capture an expression is just amazing.

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  19. I really enjoy the appeal of your designs, and am very inspired by your blog. The color and lighting on this image are very nice.

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