I realized I never got around to posting the work in progress images of my Tank Girl painting! Check them out!
Here is the blocking in I did with pencil, mush like a sketch.
Next step was to trace all the lines in black, this helped keep the comic book feel to the piece. I also attempted to vary the line width and stroke weight to get the comic look to come across better.
Bit more line work and the first bits I added where the red paint.
I made a choice to add lots of red accents early on, based on how this painting was meant for the Ride to End AIDS auction.
Little shout-out to Deadmau5! And some detail on one of her arms. I like to try to add little references to pop-culture in most of my paintings.
A little further along, and I have started to block in the major colors for the background. As I did this I mixed a lot of different grays, kept them as fresh as I could, and moved back and forth. I use a similar technique when I am working in photoshop or painter.
Layer lots of different styles and colors onto one another helps to sell the idea of stone, or concrete.
More texturing and layering done to the background and a lot more color information added to the painting.
And a few close-ups…
And here is the full painting finished 🙂
A little behind on posting, as the painting is just about done, but I have some time so here is the first of a few posts showing my progress.
After taking the original thumbnail and finding the right sized canvass I needed. I did a bit more research, covered my walls in print outs of Tank Girl, the Gorillas, and mountain bikes. I watched Tank Girl, and then Sucker Punch, just to get more of a solid concept.
Then I hit my sketch book and went nuts. Stylistically Tank Girl is not really my standard style of art, so I struggled a bit and the sketches here are only two of the sketches I liked enough to move forward with.
In this first sketch I decide on a few elements. The World War 2 Machine gun, the smoking cigarette..
Largely inspired by sucker punch I added a few more elements, mainly the Rice Hat, and the added Tank Girl flair of the band-aids.
Some friends are involved with AIDS LifeCycle here in San Diego, and sent out a blast on Facebook to get as many of us involved as they could! As part of the event there is a raffle that will be taking place on March 31st, so I offered my hands as a painter.
Being that my style is normally pretty dark, I decided I would try something a bit different but still stick inside my favorite genre: post-apocalyptic. Here is the first glimpse of my Tank Girl inspired painting for the event:
I will be doing both a acrylic on canvass and digital painting for this piece, make sure to watch my blog to follow some step by step updates!