Thought i would try my hand at colouring another DCG artist’s work. Jel’s original drawing was so good it inspired me. all done in PSP in under 2 hours. the background clouds/face are from an Iron Maiden Cover. All other colouring and texturing by me. LH
Body builder Shawn Ray as Panthro, seen here practising his martial arts. For Thundercats theme day.
The base pic was black and white. first thing i did was give it a blue/grey colour tone. The grass at his feet was coloured using a gold multiply layer at 50% transparency. this and the hills behind were then coloured uisng a green multiply layer at 50% transparency. The trees and bushes behind were done shaded using vrious greens to give them more volume. also added some brown for trunks, this was all softened to give a hazy distant feel. The sky was done using a gradient fill, over the top part. The shape of the figure was then cut out from all these layers to return him to his blue/grey colour. A lighter shade of the grey/blue was used on the chin and chest via a “screen” layer. the edges were softened and blended to the body colour. basic blue shapes were drawn over the figure to create the costume elements. these were shaded and highlighted by blending black and white layers over the top. the belt was done by using a metallic gradient fill on the lines at the top and bottom. the logo was drawn using the vector drawing tool then resized and rotated to fit the body angle.
This is my first proper attempt at those silly flappy boots. i think it kinda works. Added the wrist cuff and body spikes, all using metallic gradient fills and manual shading on top. Altered his ear and eye to be more catlike. I decided not to go for those big flappy cartoon ears, but instead a more streamlined natural verson. I originally considered submiting this without the nunchakas(sp?), but i think they do give it a more dynamic feel. drawn and shaded manually. the chain (vector drawn with the line using a metallic gradient fill) is a single link pasted multiple times in a straight line. then a half link was pasted over the top of these, offset slightly to give the linked look. i then dodged and burned the top and bottoms of each link to make it more realistic. Finally added the logo and there you go. LH
Another theme day at DCG.
SMG as Cheetara waiting for something to happen at the cat’s Lair. Found a pretty good base picture that didnt actually need much doing to it. Coloured the skin on the arms, fingers and legs. drew on the spots. added the distintive facial colouring. tweaked the eyes to make the pupils more cat like (lost a bit in compression). Created the chest logo from scratch, coloured shaded and shadowed. changed the perspective a little. added the staff using a gradient filled rectangle to which i added more shadow. added the staff’s shadow over the legs. finally added the main Thundercats logo. ROWR!!! LH
My stab at a Classic(ish) Blink.Here she is relaxing during a quiet spell in exile. Skin coloured, dress coloured and highlighted. dress altered to show more leg. collar added and shaded. dart added and shaded and lighted. eyes added and shaded and rotated to exagerate the elfin look. Leg Band added, shaded and shadowed. Logos added. The model is Auriele Claudel The background is the roof of Kuala Lumpur Main Railway station;) LH
Just a concept i had for Blink;) The model is Diane Heidkruger. The base pic she was wearing black top and pants.
Skin coloured classic lilac, lips saturation on lips increased. highlighting added to black to give leather/pvc look. Added Circle and X to chest, with a black white gradient over to give shading. added pant detail and waist highlights, and shadow from hand on pants. added arm bands (in AOA Blink Colours) and shadows on upper arms. used a burn layer with the vector drawing tool to do those distinctive facial marks. Added flat colour eyes and shading layer.
Created a dart with a metallic gradient fill, which was duplicated and rotated a few times. this was moved to apper in the pocket i created on the pant leg to hold them. the pocket and darts were then shaded/highlighted. and a pink tint added to the top of the darts to show skin reflection.
Her hair was manipulated from another photo and shaded to match lighting. the pony tail i created myself using three shades of red/orange. this layer was then duplicated twice. once to adjust luminosity. and another as a dodge layer. the end of the ponytail was shadowed. created a multiple point star which was skewed and rotated to the right angle. two colours of corona added, white outside, purple inside. the whole thing then softened to complete the portal. the backdrop is from webshots, coloured blue to match mood of pic. finally logos added. hope you like.
It is my first attempt at this sort of thing that but I wanted to give it a go. It was done in Fireworks and PSP(First time using it!!). Background was created in Fireworks. Base image copied and greyscaled to create the hair, then the rest of the picture was removed to reveal the colour image below. The hair was then smudged to give it a better look. Belt buckle added in fireworks and resized and adjusted to match body angle. Eyes added and illuminated in PSP.
Local Hero Comment: I may have some competition here…
Well I decided on this one cos i thought it was great casting and I also had a copy of this same base pic that Swingerbone used.
First i coloured all the skin and Alyson’s clothes to a similar flesh tone, then using cut’n’paste, smudge, and soften i proceeded to remove the clothes (ooer!). i then added a gold multiply layer and cut out the shape of the main uniform. the gloves and collar black were added anf highlighted manually. then i cut out the v-neckline. bosom added manually as well as shadows from the uniform neck. added some more highlighting on the body and legs. next i added the fire collar and cuffs, and the flaming star on the body.
I don’t yet have confidence in my hair creation skills to try and emulate the style Firestar usually has (shown in the little picture in the corner).
Mask added and blended red and orange. added flames using eyecandy plugin. the background picture is from webshots i think, burned with a flame layer. the flame layer is also duplicated over the entire picture with the transparency set at 50%. Finally added logo and Firestar picture grabbed from marvel site. All this took about 4 hours. Hope you all like it(specially you swingerbone)
For this ReDo, I decided on Darth’s female Nightcrawler concept with Gisele Bundchen.
First job was getting rid off the original clothes from the base picture. this was done by adding new layers with the stomach and bosom from a couple of other gisele pics. these were smudged and blended together and everything converted to black and white. next step was masking of the model from the background and colouring her blue. the new costume was added in stages using the vector drawing tool. the main black of the uniform was drawn on. then highlights and low lights added at the edges. then the major highlights were added over the uniform to give a leather look. a lot of blending, softening and smudging later, it was time to add the large red ‘X’ over the front of the uniform.
i then went back to the base layer and smudged the hands to create two fingers on each. the ear and eyebrows were also altered to a more elfish look. the eyes on the base pic are closed, so a little yellow was added to give the impression of slitted eyes. next the tail and shadow were added using the vector drawing tool again, in various colours blended together. an x-logo button of my own design was added to the front of the costume and some shadows cast on the body by clothes added. the tail was too light, so i darkened it by 25%. All done in PSP7. It took a few hours to find the source pics and decided on how i would do this, the actually manipping took about 6 hours in total. im very very happy with this manip 🙂
Looking back I need to add more definition to the pants, more and darker shadows would do it. Might have to redo this redo 😉 Also this was before I discovered Exiles but i think it could pass for Nocturne, the parallel universe daughter of Nightcrawler and Scarlet Witch.
For this theme day I decided to have a go at redoing the image previously submitted by Sticks over at C2F. I already had this base pic on my hard disk, So i thought I might as well have a go at redoing this Domino. I coloured the clothes and wristband purple. next i added longer hair manually. Added the x-logo (my own design) on her top. Finally i added a copy of the original manip for comparison. Not sure if its an improvement. Ah well better luck next time.
Angela Braddock Worthington, only daughter to Betsy Braddock (Psylocke) and Warren Worthington III (ArchAngel). Born in an alternate reality where the Sentinel have hunted mutants almost to extinction, Angela has been on the run with her parents since the day she was born. Her parents have been killed. Angela is all alone. She has had enough. Using her fathers old costume, she fashions a new identity for herself and takes the battle to the Sentinel. She becomes Angel.
Powers: Angie is a mutant who can fly by means of natural wings, which span 10 feet from tip to tip, augmented by telekensis (both powers inherited from her parents. Her anatomy is adapted for flight: her bones are partially hollow like a bird’s, her body is almost devoid of fat, she possesses greater proportionate muscle strength than a normal human. Angie also has the ability to manifest a molecule thick energy field, endowing blade like objects with the capability of slicing through virtually any substance. Her telekenesis means she has the ability to levitate herself and up to 500 Pounds.
Well thats the story…. here are the facts… Base Model: UK Actress Anna Friel How it was done: duplicated original picture and greyscaled it as a new layer. erased and smudged out the face and hair. removed some blemishes from the body, then added the classic blue costume. eyes coloured blue. mask and lipstick added. wings added and shaded/coloured by suit reflection. three bladed claw with hand grip added, shadows and reflections worked in. added glow effect to the blades and added corresponding highlights to the hand and grip. finally added part of the halo to the chest, and the text. Hope you like it. LH;)
I noticed someone suggesting this casting for a Fantastic Four film, and i thought.. hmm.. that might work. The head is from a NYPD Blue publicity shot, the body is the same bodybuilder i used for my Captain America. I corrected the colours on the head and body to more closely match them. I then created a repeating flame texture, which i overlayed onto the body layer. spot flames were added, then smudged and blended around the body. finally i added some fiery eyes and the 4 logo on his chest. It was just a quickie, let me know what u think of the casting or the picture.
Well this was just a little bit of fun, that turned out not too bad. The base picture is of Russell Crowe in Gladiator. His existing costume was coloured red. The gold ‘chainmail’ was added as several layers, with the grid recouloured and offset slightly for a 3d look. The helmet was inspired by a Bowden model. Majour amounts of smudging and smoothing later, and it looks fairly good. i also burned the face under the mask to give it more shadows. LH;)
Here is a mod of one of the Shaft publicity shot’s to a Nick Fury (ala Ultimates) Poster. If they ever made the Ultimates into a film, the casting has already been done in the comic;)
It may not look much but I remember the additional highlighting on the buildings took forever, and I think the eyepatch and scarring turned out nice. Here is the Original
Well I just realised there was a theme for this. ah well. This is a bit thrown together, but i was going for a simple look anyway;) It is from the first Xanth Book by Piers Anthony. Scan of book cover, distorted, shaded and coloured. unknown model as Wynn, recoulored and lighting adjusted. title added.
Well here is my little contribution to the ComicsNFilm Day. Here we have Wolvie, Cyclops, Gambit, Nightcrawler and Morph. I’m not sure which one is Kaiser Soza. wolvies claws, cycs mask & gambits card added from scratch. all colouring done by hand. it may not be pretty.. but i find it amusing;) LH;)
My latest piece was a request from my parnet. I removed the jewellery from the base picture. Added the uniform. the hair is a negative of halle’s own hair messed about and smudged to give it a better feel. added the piping on the uniform. the eyes were done in a couple of stages, first drawn and shaded by hand over the original eyes, then the glow was added using PSP starburst function(thanks Sue for pointing that out). the lightning added and softened in the back. finally the title was added. regards LH;)
I think casting Harrison Ford as Reed with Anne Heche as Sue would work very well. they have acted together in an action comedy to great effect, but both can provide very strong dramatic performances too. not sure yet who i would have completing the FF, maybe Heath Ledger as Johnny and Bruce Willis as Ben/Thing Voice.
This work was inspired by both the X-Men film costumes and Alex Ross’ designs. The model is Ali Landry. My first attempt at Rogue’s distinctive hair, i think it works.. but could probably be better. The trousers have been adjusted to raise the waistband and ad the logo and piping. additional highlighting added. the bustier has been highlighted with piping design. The yellow gloves done from scratch with black piping and logo added. Additional highlighting and lowlighting added to the gloves and piping on the costume. Although i havent drawn it, in with this costume concept would be a long-sleeved hooded frockcoat with an X in matching yellow piping across the chest. Hope you like this one. LH;)
I thought i would try something a little different with this manipulation. A magazine info page similar to what you get in FHM, Esquire etc. The base model is Estella Warren. I first used the lasso tool to cut out all the exposed flesh onto a new layer, which i then altered the skin colour to blue. I did the same process with the hair, making it red. These two layers were then merged and the edges softened and smudged to provide the basis for coloring the original pic. This was done by changing the layer’s blend mode property to Color. I wasnt happy with the tone so i duplicated the color layer and altered the blend mode to Multiply. This gave me some much richer tones. I altered the base picture to remove ornamentation/fastenings on the dress, and added her forehead skull and blended and shaded it to match. All these layeres were then merged and the resulting picture was run through an edge preserving smooth filter to give it a more painted/inked feel. Finally ripped som bio details from the marvel site and added some logos etc. Let me know what you think. All done using PSP7 in about 2 hours.
My First proper composition rather than just adding costume. The basis for the hulk’s chest/head came from a pic of a Randy Bowen model. The Arm was frankensteined from a Jim Sweet model , flipped and merged. Legs from Lee Priest with calve muscles bulked up by cutting below the knee, enlarging, pasting back onto original pic. The perspective on the legs were then altered to thicken and elongate them slightly. legs arms and torso combined and blended. pants drawn on then coloured(still not happy with effect). Finally found a nice desert shot for a background, added some shadow and if you look closely you will see hulk needs to wash his feet;). Hope you like and feel free to point out where ive gone wrong with the pants 😛
I found this base picture of Kylie Minogue and it cried out DAZZLER at me. very little was done to the base other than cleaning up speckles and artifacting. drew the ‘mask’ and necklace on by hand adding shadows and reflections where appropriate. a little bit of glow and sparkle later.. and finally the title was faded in. hope you all like.
Just a quick mod of a body builder into old featherhead.. i originally thought the pose would be great for the human torch, but decided it was too muscled.
Well here goes.. after a few weeks browsing the other submissions at the new defunct Comics2Films site (absorbed by Mania.com), i decided to have a go myself. Found this pic.. somewhere;).. and thought.. hmm there could be a Sue Storm.. erm showing my age there.. Richards in it. This is my first mod. hope you like it.