For today’s art column I had to try a new way of doing coloring.
So, last week’s Dude on a Walrus piece took about 6 hours. I really wanted to take it easier this week and try a style of coloring that takes far less time.
The two following pics I did took about 2 hours each. I focused more on lines and bright colors rather than a lot of minute details and lighting.
The first one is a popular enemy from Rainslick3, called in the game, “Epochosaurus.” (or Epochasaurus?)
You may recognize this character as Rex Ready, the Bond-esque time travelling action hero from Penny Arcade.
He’s awesome! So I drew him like James Bond. The way he should be. I also put him in the Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3 game.
Since Rex Ready doesn’t exist in that universe, we changed his name to Chronosaur. Turns out there’s already a game company with a character called Chronosaur who does, happen to be, a time travelling T-rex. We and PA decided to change the name of our enemy character to Epochosaurus as a result.
But at PAX, someone from the company who had been working on the Chronosaur game came up to talk to us. She said that they were actually really excited to see a time travelling T-rex named Chronosaur in our game, and would have liked if it made it into the final version. It’s good to know that not everyone is ready to attack any other dev who coincidentally comes up with the same basic concept for a character Anyway we changed the name just to be safe, of course.
People love this enemy in the game though, so that was another reason I wanted to draw him!
OK next I basically tried a new style of drawing and coloring. I wanted to do this one quick so I redrew the bromide for Elona / Elonalina from CSTW:
Elona, aka Elonalina, is an arrogant member of the hero team that seeks to save the world from the terrifying monster, Cthulhu. You get her on your team in the Cthulhu’s Angel’s mode.
This pic is essentially a high-quality version of the bromide I did for the game…
I used a simpler, quicker drawing/inking style on this and did a much quicker coloring job. I was trying to see how quick I could produce something in a decent style semi-quickly. Still need practice though.
Anyway I’m still practicing and trying different styles and techniques. Hope you enjoy these weekly art columns I do!