Hiraku San Diego Comic Con Banner
Every year my character grows, and this year is no exception. He’s gotten a little older with me. This is a banner design I made for the upcoming San Diego Comic Convention Artist Alley table, and Stockton Comic Con after that.
I watched some really good tutorial videos recently by Steve Huston for drawing and painting from New Masters Academy. Hopefully some of that knowledge will give my art a good boost.
This is the final version:
You can see the two earlier version below. I started out with the blue monotonic glaze in a “color” layer mode. This looks great, but a little too cold and monotonic. If this image was going to be used in a film or story, this would be very dramatic and perfect. However, I’m using it as a banner I want people to be attracted to from across the convention center so I felt the need to add some warm to draw the eyes.
Then I put it on “saturation” layer mode and got the version below it. This added purples and subtle yellows, harmonized together with a peachy color that is very warm and beautiful. The key color is too pink. The skin tones are too grayish in both of the first two versions so I had to do something about that also. This called for the final version.
The final version is a blend of the two using a masked color balance adjustment layer s to tweak the color so that it only affects the areas that I wanted to add warmth (orange) such as the light side of the skin tones. The pink key color in the 2nd version is gone.
This was how it started out:
This is the same drawing with the blue glaze color layer on “saturation” layer mode in my photoshop file. It’s interestingly generates a few extra colors into the art, and is something I would have never thought of doing on my own. Good to experiment 🙂
All artwork is copyrighted by Nguyen Dong