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TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:24 AM
Continueing to work on my colors - I have been working on a inked Kill Bill poster by Gary Bedell (also posts here). I will post the progress as I go along - any critiques would be great,

(Visit www.geebeemedia.com (http://www.geebeemedia.com/) for more images by Bedell).

So here is the original sketch

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_00.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:25 AM
I began the coloring with the skin tones of the central figure of the image. I refrenced some other artists coloring styles here such as Adam Hughes (http://www.adamhughesart.com/). I wanted the colors to have a simple and soft look. Fo this reason, many of the characters unique sections have only two colors - a base and lowlight. For the Bride, I used a soft peach color for the base and a darker pink for the shadow. This will keep the figure brighter than if I used a grey based shadow color - and still give the look of shadow.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_01.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:26 AM
I continue to build the central character by moving on to the yellow body suit. I didn't get too into precice colors here - I matched the contrast levels in the face to give a similar level of light to the suit. I used standard Photoshop brushes for each application of color and used the smudge tool (set at 15-40%) to soften the transition from one color to the next.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_02.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:27 AM
Here, the character is more complete and the hair is begining to take shape. Breaking the two color rule, I added some white highlights to the hair to give more depth and light to the central character of the piece.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_03.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:28 AM
This image completes the Bride untill a few versions later. The sword is colored now and I filled the background with a simple blue to see if any of the yellow is bleeding out of the lines.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_04.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:29 AM
I began making some compositional changes at this point - I brought in a city skyline that I had put together a day before. I separated the layers into a foreground middleground and background and gave the middle what would be it's base color, the blood red seen all over in the Kill Bill movies. At this point I wanted to soften the image a little bit so I duplicated the line layer and set it to overlay - I then used a Gaussian Blur on the duplicated layer - this gives a softer line without loosing the depth of black. (You'll notice that I bail on this idea later.)

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_05.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:29 AM
Before moving on to the other characters I had to get rid of the blueness of the city skyline - it was too sharp of a contrast in color. The coolness of it was disturbing and visually confusing, as it distorted the balence between the fore, middle and background making the background too heavy for no reason. The focus needed to be brought foward so I gave the background a red hue using the Hue Saturation tool. The other two characters were colored using similar styles as the first character, the girl on the right was colored with darker shades that were resampled to color the rest of the asian characters in the image.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_06.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:31 AM
The smaller elements received some attention here - using a 100% opacity brush I began laying in some color for the broken wood pieces and the mace chain that surrounds the image. I also did the first of the texture overlays seen in the image. The lower half of the image has a grunge layer in the background set to multiply - this can help greatly to break up the space and add subtle visual interest to a background. When I say grunge layer I am referring to a grayscale image that (typically, but not always) is made of up sharp, scratchy light marks on a dark background, and it is used to give quick texture to a background area in order to break up empty space while not competing with the focus of the image.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_07.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:32 AM
This shows a lot of the highlighting phase. I use a small soft edge brush in this step and set it to a 90% grey color at approximately 30% opacity. I dab the brush lightly and frequetly to get a build up in color. This will soften the highlights. If they are coming in too harsh or are on a smooth round surface (like the bride's leg) I use the smudge tool (about 30%) to soften them out.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_08.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:32 AM
Continueing with characters, this shows progression on the top right character. I went though several diffrent colors for the clothing but settled on the light color because it separated her from the rest of the average thugs below her.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_09.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:34 AM
The thugs have been colored here using the same character process as the others.. .Here is where I decided to bail on the overlay of lines - the smoothing effect was too great and it countered the sharpness I was preparing to add to the image. I added another grunge layer to the bottom background. I used an unsharp mask on this layer to increase the sharpness and did an adjustment to brightness and contrast - boosting both.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_11.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:35 AM
This is a final version of the image. The image size was cropped in and the titling was added. This version differs from the one below, in that it does not have a grunge layer added over top of the image. This one is cleaner and the characters are more pristine.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_13a.jpg

TheShow
11-21-2005, 05:37 AM
This is the second final version of the image. This version is a little grittier and have some texture layers applied on top of the entire image causing some characters to appear dirtier than in image A- this is my preferred version, but to some it may appear too textured. So I posted both.

http://www.raitheoshow.com/killbill/images/KillBill_13b.jpg

Any comments you have on the colors only would be great - Also which version (of the last two) stands out as a better final image? Thanks for the help, Hope you like the work.

Elsie
11-21-2005, 09:41 AM
The grunge layer one looks better, definitely. Really really nice work, a great take on the film. I don't really like O-ren's face, she looks pretty manly, but apart from that - awesome stuff :)

TheShow
11-21-2005, 03:02 PM
Thanks for the comments! - I need to refrence Liu for the actual skin colors - she is lighter skinned than I have pictured.

Do you think it would lessen the manly look if I put more rose tones in the face?

What other comments are out there?

Elsie
11-21-2005, 03:23 PM
Do you think it would lessen the manly look if I put more rose tones in the face?


Yes, I think it would, although its mainly her jaw thats throwing me - perhaps if you make it a little more dainty, Lui does have a square jaw but a very delicate one at that, her chin is much shorter :)

TheShow
11-21-2005, 03:27 PM
I wouldn't be able to alter the pencil work - but I will try and address the issue with the colors.

TheShow
11-22-2005, 06:10 AM
I did a few print of these and the grunge one turned out much better. I think this version will be the final. Any other issues before I submitt it to the final 2D gallery?

gardogg
11-22-2005, 06:26 AM
I think the detail work and colors are great. My only concern is that in the movie, the girl with the patch and the girl with the spiked ball and chains were really hot. In this poster, they don't look hot. Dunno if that is helpful.

TheShow
11-22-2005, 03:10 PM
Think it is anything I can help using colors only? I can highlight the lips a little and make them more glossy - I can give the eyes some highlights as well. THink these things will help?

LordMcGoat
11-22-2005, 03:27 PM
I think the detail work and colors are great. My only concern is that in the movie, the girl with the patch and the girl with the spiked ball and chains were really hot. In this poster, they don't look hot. Dunno if that is helpful.

The girl with the spiked ball and chain was hot??? Were we watching the same film? :)

TheShow
11-23-2005, 02:10 AM
Hot or not, does it look like Gogo? Do the colors pull off her skin tone? Should it be lighter? Darker?

purb36
11-30-2005, 04:06 PM
gogo's skin should be lighter...she was actually kinda pale in the movie. and you should give her lipstick, or at least, lip tones. cause right now she has no lips, just a mouth-shaped wrinkle where her mouth should be. also, i know you can't alter the pencil work, but say if you duplicated the pencil and ink layers, and changed the jaw (erasig first, then using a black PS brush to redo that part of the linework)...you could do that right? good luck with the project.

TheShow
01-31-2006, 07:43 AM
Thanks for the notes Purb36. I have let this image go for now but if I go back to it I will define that lip area more -that is a good point. About the pencil work - I cannot alter it because it is not mine to alter. Even with a photoshop overlay I don't want to deter the original pencils. It's a fine line I don't feel it's worth crossing. But the lip area is game.

Thanks for the reply.

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