Monday, December 19, 2011

Peacock Mantis Shrimp Illustration Color Stages

After scanning in my drawing and uploading it to Photoshop, I built a vector layer  following the silhouette of the peacock mantis shrimp.  This made it relatively easy to add color.  I used this vector layer to build masks for my color layers.  I also chose a gradient similar to the blue sea slugs illustration, hoping for the same shallow water feel.

After the initial color was in, I started adding texture and shading layers.  I also used the lighten mode of my paintbrush to add color to the line art itself.  A drop shadow and an orange glow around the fringes finished the piece nicely.  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mantis Shrimp Drawing

If you threw a praying mantis, a shrimp and a peacock into a blender and instead of making bisque it made a creature, this would be it.  I couldn't make up the coloration either, wait for the next post. This is a commissioned piece, but I will be offering it in my Etsy store as well.  Incase you need some creepy sensational aquatic art for your foyer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

December distractions.

Between my hellephant Illustration making the main page of regretsy and several commissioned peices, I have been neglecting my aquatic work.  I promise that once Christmas is over, I'll crack down on the monsters of the deep.  In the mean time I'll post what I'm working on for the curious.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Giftmas Hellephant

Hellephant opens his secret santa gift!

Hellephant fan art

I'm working on a Christmas project for a friend.  My current plan is to illustrate a short story.  Here's the first illustration.  It's going to be a hellephant tale.  Based on the infamous Regretsy (tm) icon.