View Full Version : WIP Epic_Fail - m k shyamalan

07 July 2010, 04:34 AM
This was a piece I started. I like to do caricature. I realized that instead of just doing people I know it would probably be better for my portfolio to do people everyone knows (duh - no brainer right) and plus I've really been trying to use more emotion in my work so this little sketch was born in a perfect storm of reason that should have been self evident many years prior. See I was very unsettled and had something right at the forefront of my mind. My next target in my scope so tight my eyeballs were itching and my hand quivered. Iif you look at this image you'll see what was on my mind and perhaps if it's successful maybe even see the perspective of my thoughts - oh hell, the title gives it away too much... I'm just such a huge fan of the original series, I just felt provoked on this...

07 July 2010, 04:42 AM
Unfortunately it didn't dawn on me to post this either until after I started blocking in colors so parts of the original sketch have been erased. When I use Autodesk Sketch book I tend to work destructively with my base layer- a pencil or felt marker sketch drawn on my cintiq. Usually I save iteratively but I just jumped into this one hot off the gun and forgot. This current state represents about 3 hours, not including the time I took to google some references of he who we do not speak of...

07 July 2010, 04:44 AM
I blocked in color and my next step is to build up about 3 color layers using the airbrush tool and markers. (hopefully sometime saturday)

07 July 2010, 04:46 AM
Please, any comments, suggestions, or questions are greatly appreciated. I hope to post an update soon.

07 July 2010, 06:57 AM
I think you captured his facial features and caricaturized them well. The whole concept of him airbending money also seems to be spot on!

The thumb of his right hand doesn't follow his hand well or his index finger doesn't, which is also too long when compared to his middle finger. His right hand palm also seems to be smaller than his left. His left hand thumb also seems to bend backwards too much, too soon. Then again, I don't really know what the 'bending' rules of caricaturizing are. ;)

07 July 2010, 03:02 PM
Thanks Ricardo. I agree. The hands are sloppy right now. I tend to go a little wild with things at first so that i can get the gesture, with a lot of squash and stretch. As i start to tighten up the sketch while painting in the shading I end up resizing things as I see fit. The hands will definitely be a little smaller and more defined on the next pass. :cool:

07 July 2010, 02:35 PM
I didn't make much time for this this weekend but I dropped in a bg sketch and refined the face line so I can start to airbrush

07 July 2010, 04:05 AM
I laid in some texture to the face

07 July 2010, 04:09 AM
Then I punched it up just a bit more. next stop the hands...

07 July 2010, 08:51 AM
Good expression and character, but if you're doing colours, get rid of the white! So many people get this wrong and try to colour progressively, which can end up confusing or unbalanced. Colour is relative,a nd light bounces it all over the place, so if you're not ready to put in a clear background just yet, at least choose a vague colour scheme and drop it in. Bright white distorts colours greatly.

07 July 2010, 04:24 AM
Thanks for the comment Small Print - actually there is actually a layer of bg color but in the last updates I posted I had tit turned off. If you look at the first posts the layer was visible, I tend to work with a base gray layer, slight gradient. Sketch book defaults to a white bg rather then the checkerboard effect in photoshop. Sometimes I use a sepia or an almost black backdrop when I get started. The bg scenery in this will end up being cool tones, mostly neutral. I'll be away for a couple weeks so I won't have a chance to update but when I get back i plan to just sit down and blow out the remainder of this to get it done - check me in a couple of weeks and thanks for the visit!

07 July 2010, 06:15 PM
I think your picture is coming along nicely. It's a little easier to critique now that you're starting to paint it and you've added a background. Anyway, not sure if you used this picture as a reference:

. . . but as you can see the character's left foot (right side of pic) is turned toward the viewer. The foot has to point more or less in the same direction as the knee. As to the mass that he's actually bending you might consider a film reel with the film streaming around him. Anyway, I like the concept. Can't say that I know what MKS looks like but I figured out who he was because of the other elements in the picture.

I look forward to more updates.

08 August 2010, 05:31 AM
I'm back from outer space! - note to all the self employed people, don't ever bother to go on vacation cause you'll only have a thousand more things to do when you come home.

Chris, thanks for the comment. that actually wasn't a reference that I used (that looks like its supposed to be an older version of Aang??) The legs were still in very rough form in my pic and I agree the direction of the knee was (and still is) ambiguous except for a few hash lines that probably only I could interpret (sketches are like notes! hahaha). I am going for an exaggerated pose, almost rubbery but you are correct I do need to lock down that knee! I got to spend a little time since my return, here's an update-

it's good to be home, i missed my cintiq! Hopefully i can squeeze another couple more hours out of the day soon and blow this out.

09 September 2010, 02:17 AM
It's been a while since I had a moment to work on this... such is life. I was able to put some more time into it. I still need to complete the background and I feel like I need to dial up the shadow/ contrast a bit before I call it done. Some feedback would be great!

09 September 2010, 09:22 AM
I like the expression and the overall fun aspect of this caricature. I think you are heading in the right direction. Would love to see this completed!!!

09 September 2010, 10:46 PM
what will make him epic is if he is a garbage bender. put like apple cores and chicken bones in his bending

09 September 2010, 01:41 AM
Thank you Cyrene! I just got off work and sat down to put some more time into it but needed a little inspiration first so i came to cgsociety to look at some other peoples work - that always gets me in the mood!

Chris thanks for the feedback! That's funny! He certainly did enough garbage bending with his script! My friend had another good idea, take every character from airbender and make them all Shyamalan! I think its a really funny idea but I've got at least three other stills and some animation that I'm trying to complete soon as well so I'll have to wait on that concept. I'll have to think about how to add garbage to the air ball with out making it look too strange. Maybe I could just add some poop and a few flys?? Aaahh fun...

I'll put some time in and post an update later tonight

09 September 2010, 04:37 AM
A little update. Background still needs another pass. I dropped this into photoshop when I decided to work on the background so that i could use some various brushes. Sketchbook applies an anti alias effect but when you transfer that tiff file into photoshop it collapses all the layers so I brought in the character and the bg in 2 separate files and I'm now working with the whole project as a psd. After using sketchbook for the last few months I have to say that I definitely prefer it to photoshop for drawing. Photoshop has so many strengths and i felt I could better achieve the look I wanted for the bg in photoshop but sketchbooks tools have a much more natural feel. When it comes to drawing/sketching and getting a concept down I actually prefer the simplicity and lack of options.

09 September 2010, 06:38 PM
Lol, this pic is not only good artistically but its also quite hilarious!

09 September 2010, 12:47 AM
Thank you Robert! :D That's a great compliment because that's what I was shooting for. Just got done work and I'm gonna get crackin on this and see if I can wrap it up. When I'm finished I'll leave it here for a day or two the I'll submit it to the 2d gallery and see if they'll take it. I hope people like it. This would be my first submission so I'm excited!

09 September 2010, 04:51 AM
I'm calling this done! Any feedback is greatly appreciated. I'll let it hang out here for a day or two and then I'll probably submit to the gallery and see if they'll take it. Thanks to everybody who came to look! :D
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09 September 2010, 03:47 PM
Thanks to everybody for looking. I'm going to submit this to the gallery.

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