The third piece I submitted for the competition to choose the UK DD Film Fan Wallpaper. After I did the other submissions I wanted to try something a little different.
Well I took some of your comments on the old spidey pic i posted, and along with a bit of artistic licence created this fake cover/splash page style pic. The basic structure and elements of the pic are the same (spiderman statuette). I decided to add the statue of liberty in the background (hence the title) and thought the smudgy painted look would maybe bring the whole pic together. Airbrushed some mist/clouds over the top of spidey and the wall (which is a flat fill of bricks distorted and smudged). Is this better than the Blast from the Past? You tell me.
Well this is one i never got round to submitting for the Transgender theme day, but since i had three pics in it already, i don’t suppose anyone missed another one. Same base pic as i used for a Invisible Woman manip, I think Peta Wilson is a great model for this sort of thing. maybe even a good casting choice :p
Well, my first manip I posted on the DCG was of the Invisible Girl/Woman, and this is another of my early manips that at the time i didnt feel was worthy of posting. Seeing as we have a bit of a lack of submissions at the moment and I am having a bit of a dry spell with new manips, I thought it would be good to compare an early manip against my later ones and see if i have improved any. I think i have.. just a smidge.. and that is only because of the help advice and criticism that is available from all you lovely artists. Keep up the good work. This is Peta Wilson (Nikita) as Sue.
Note: Not too in love with the invisibility effect. Would have been better with a busier background. Ah well.
Another of my older manips that i didn’t submit at the time. This is just a collection of busts plonked together in a ‘come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough’ kind of pose. At the time i wasn’t confident enough to try and give the colossus bust arms, so the placing of the other characters is more or less to hide the fact he’s (h)armless…
LINK ESTABLISHED….. BEGINNING DOWNLOAD….. SECURITY FILE CLASSIFICATION XE168….. SUBJECT CODENAME: RAZORWING SUBJECT NAME: CONNOR, JASMINE DATE OF BIRTH: UNKNOWN (EST. AGE 23) MUTANT ABILITIES: SUBJECT EXHIBITS ABILITY TO GENERATE AND CONTROL AIRFLOWS ALLOWING SUBJECT TO ATTAIN POWERED FLIGHT. MAX RECORDED SPEED 300MPH. SUBJECT HAS ALSO EXHIBITED AN ACCELERATED HEALING FACTOR* ALLOWING HER TO REPAIR DAMAGE CAUSED BY IN-FLIGHT COLLISIONS. PHYSICALLY THE SUBJECT APPEARS TO BE A NORMAL FIT YOUNG WOMAN, THE ONLY EXTERNAL INDICATION OF MUTATION BEING VESTIGIAL BONES PROTRUDING FROM FOREARMS. THESE HAVE THE APPEARANCE OF WINGS. X ENHANCEMENTS: DUE TO THE ENHANCED HEALING FACTOR* AND EXTRAORDINARY BONE STRUCTURE, THE SUBJECT WAS CONSIDERED VIABLE FOR THE SKELETAL BONDING PROCEDURE PIONEERED DURING THE WEAPON X PROJECT. ADVANCES IN THE TECHNOLOGY IN THE INTERVENING YEARS MEANT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO LACE THE SUBJECTS SKELETON WITH VIBRANIUM PRODUCING AN INDESTRUCTIBLE FRAME. THE VESTIGIAL WINGS WERE EXPANDED INTO BLADES TO HELP DIRECT THE SUBJECT DURING FLIGHT AND FOR USE AS WEAPONS. HISTORY: THE SUBJECT WAS FOUND BY ALPHA RECOVERY TEAM IN….. DOWNLOAD ABORTED BY REMOTE HOST….. LINK LOST…..
Well, thats my story and i’m sticking to it.;) Here we see the lovely Jessica Alba playing Jasmine ‘Jaz’ Connor AKA RazorWing, another survivor of the Weapon X program forced to undergo the same procedure as Wolverine. She was liberated from Weapon X by the X-Men, and has undergone a period of deprogramming by Charles Xavier. She still finds interacting with other students at Xavier’s school difficult. Wolverine, although a loner himself, feels an affinity to Jazz and takes her under his wing, as they both find they share a common goal – finding out about themselves and tracking down the individuals responsible for mutant experimentation.
Notes: For a theme day. The large base pic i found of Jessica was a great starting point, and the quality was so good i didn’t want to mess about too much. The ‘wings’ created from scratch, i tried to get a bone/metal effect that i liked. Added the gold piping to her jacket using a blurred multiply layer. It’s hard to tell from this pic, but i also added ribbing and the logo to her tshirt. Eye color adjusted to make them more vivid. Added the blood drip to the wing tip. Next thing was pulling it all together. The pic in the upper corner is another publicity shot of Jessica to which i manually added her pre-operation bone wings. This was run through an interference filter to give the impression of a video screen, part of the ‘computer download’ above is shown on this screen. The pic below that is a rendering of the female p4 skeleton which has had the wing blades added and also run through the interference filter. The addition of the wolverine pic in the background was a last minute choice, but I think it fits the whole picture quite well. It is from the Wolverine/Punisher comic. The final addition was the logo. This is made up of three layers – a black/white gradient, a white/crimson gradient and a chrome layer on top. The font is Skeksis.
Since one of Trygonez asks was for a male character from the X-Men camp, I thought I would look for one that hasn’t been done a million times. I know technically Cap here isn’t a mutant, but as one of the mainstays of eXcalibur, i guessed he would qualify.
This was actually a lot of fun to do, even if it does have a lot of fiddly layers. The body started of as Antonio Sabata Jr in shorts. This provided the base for the shading, lighting. everything else you see is artificially created, with the exception of our very own Trygonez’s face which i had a heck of a job colouring from the blueish tinged original. If you check out behind the flag.. you may see something in the cloudy sky… Merry Christmas Trygonez, I hope you enjoy your present.
These artists from all over the world collaborated on this photomanipulation replica of the cover to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1 (original by Mike Zeck). Dedicated to Robbo and Comics2Film.com:
(Michael Jai White as) Iron Man by d_authority (w/ blbarett) Visit digitalblueroom.
(Eric Bana as) Hulk by Marcelo Gomes
(Tobey Maguire as) Spider-man by Swingerbone (M/20/Texas, USA)
Matt Damon as Human Torch by Darth_zaiyen
Angela Basset as Storm by Nathauan13 (M/20/ Los Angeles, California, USA)
John Leguizamo as Nightcrawler & Secret Wars title by Juvenilemike
Alicia Keys as Captain Marvel by Lady D (F/26/Ceará, Brazil)
Chris Klein as Colossus and layout by Ed Hopkins (M/30/Maryland, USA)
Tom Sizemore as the Thing by Bill Turner
Katie Price as Rogue by skye
Heath Ledger as Hawkeye by LocalHero (M/32/Glasgow, Scotland)
Victoria Pratt as She-hulk by Paul Tengco (M/24/Philippines)
Guy Pierce as Cyclops by Kevin “kev_incal” Leung (M/22/Alameda, California, USA)
Christina Ricci as Wasp by cyberSpice (M/22/Russia)
Casper Van Dien as Captain America by Black_Alchemy
Martin Sheen as Wolverine by bearbot
Here is my small part of the DCG Secret Wars collaboration – Heath Ledger as Hawkeye. I began with the pose as per the cover of Secret Wars #1. Using various parts of bodies, i began to build up the basic manip. The original pic was black and white, so i had to try and give it a fleshy colour (still not perfect though). The main costume was done using the vector drawing tool, with manual shading by hand. the bow was done in the same fashion. I think it looks better as part of the whole, but I tried to fit it into a new context for the indiviual pic.
Here are some of the intervening steps on the way to the larger image (which i will post seperately with details):
One of the other C2F DCG artists, Squedge did a drawing of Thing which inspired me to tinkering.. hope you don’t mind i’ve had a go at making your Thing look 3Dish…
Additional – he didnt mind one bit!
Here are my versions of Rogue and Gambit for the Transgender theme day. Rogue is Marcus Schenkenberg, I don’t know who the female in the pic is, but when i saw them together, i thought of Rogue & Gambit.
The original picture was black and white. I smoothed out the skin, smudging out nipples and blemishes. then i sketched out the basic costumes and colours. As i usually do, the costumes are built up in layers. if you look closely at the exposed areas of uniform you will see a woven texture to them. this is also me starting to do wrinkles and seams. the glasses were done from scratch. the white hair was drawn in three shades using the pen. Gambits coat is frankensteined from a raincoat advert. the dinosaur picture in the background i found on the web somewhere. i thought it gave a ‘savage land’ feel, hence the title. i then finalised the shadows and added the x-logos. i think it turned out quite nice.
Well the truth had to finally be revealed, Robbo is indeed the Kingpin, not only of crime, but of C2F. Hope you like it. I took Robbo’s head from Yahoo messed about with the perspective, then smudge and softened it onto the kingpin pic i grabbed from marvel. the skin on the kingpin i recoloured to match robbo more closely. i added a slight shadow.
What if… Dazzler did actually release a single? This was just a bit of fun, messing about with metals and layers. The base pic of britney was from an advert for rollerboots. As a concept, rather than face paint, i tried to give her a 3dish mask(s), added the glitter ball & chain to all 5 britneys 🙂 the logo is made up of several layers – the bottom layer is a motion blurred britney, over that is a lightshow (coutesy of Ulead Particle plugin), the next layer up contains multiple pics of britney in various poses and colours. a rectangle was added over these with the dazzler cut out. applied an eyecandy chrome effect. hand coloured the highlights around the cutout on the chrome. LH
Theme day submission. This started from the previous manip i did of the Hulk (based on a combination of a Randy Bowen Bust and a Jim Sweet statue). I found some good explosion pictures and decided to do the Hulks origin in the Gamma Bomb explosion. The explosion layers were built up to give it more volume. Banner was added at the very front of the explosion. The smaller hulk forms part of the explosive cloud and came from a picture of a model i found on the net. A bit of blending, shading, and there ya go.
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;)