Fred Hembeck‘s work on character recreations is just so much fun to look at and fun to color. Here is another from my expansive hard disk collection. Not sure where the black and white art was downloaded from (if anyone recognises the commission source please let me know and ill add details here). I particularly like how the effects work on the background turned out – real images of fire overlayed over a room created with a circuit board texture and gradient filled squares, skewed to give a 3d effect.
Another coloring using PSP X2, this is me trying to get back into doing a bit more art again. Found this on the web some time ago and it caught my eye, just as a fun piece (as all of Fred Hembeck’s art is) that was done as a commission for someone. It looked like it would be interesting to color and it was. You can see an example of the original cover here Jack Kirby FF #167 and of the uncolored Hembeck image here at Chris Ryall’s Blog
This is just an experiment in recreating the latest take on the Human Torch (seen in the upper right background). I thought the Heath Ledger pose conveyed the cocky feel the character has.
The original tshirt logo was removed by cloning and smudging the original green tshirt. This unfortunately meant the texture was lost. I got around this by creating a soft light layer with a blue woven cotton texture on it. This layer was duplicated and set to color. The 4 logo was done using the vector tool on an overlay layer. The flames and skin were done suing various reds and oranges on overlay layers to give a glowing ember feel. I dunno if the fire effects really work, but for a quick concept it conveys the idea.
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.