Feb 5, 2007

Watch Me Draw Frankenstein in 20 Seconds

6 comments:

Martian Spy said...

Very cool.
I'm curious...Do you scan the pencil drawing in, then use a tablet for the black lines, or do you use ink?
I'm asuming that you use photoshop or something to keep the layers separate.

FIRE_BAD said...

step 1, quick rough pencil sketch.
step 2, scan and place into illustrator, reduce the opacity to 30-50%, and lock that layer
step c, i make a new layer and start "inking" the foreground figure with my 4x6" tablet and a brushstroke i've developed (all the native illustrator brushstrokes do strange quirky things when you apply them to oddly-angled vector lines. the ones i've made stay smooth 99% of the time, took me a while to figure out how to trick it).
step 4, a new layer under that one for the colors
step 5, a new layer under that where i start hashing out the background with the black brushstrokes again
step 6, repeat step 4
you can see most of these steps happen in the animation.

FIRE_BAD said...

no photoshop.

Martian Spy said...

Thanks! I'll have to try using Illustrator more. I've always used photoshop, but I dont get the super-clean lines that is in your work.
I love the animation. Very cool idea.

Do you have any idea what charles burns technique is?
http://www.fantagraphics.com/artist/burns/burns.html
I always wonder if he uses ink and brushes, or if he might use adobe illustrator.

FIRE_BAD said...

looks like traditional in on paper, with traditional comic coloring. though i've seen straight acrylic paintings that look similar. like coop's for instance, http://artofcoop.com/index.html

he used to have photos of his process, step-by-step on his blog (http://positiveapeindex.blogspot.com/), but you'll have to dig on there, it looks like he's mostly taking photos at car shows lately.

FIRE_BAD said...

ink on paper