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Over the summer, I collaborated with G.W. Smith of Thee-Gartisan Works for his steampunk photo book. When he told me he wanted one of his books to be in comic book style with colored pencils, I was super excited! Finally, I got to do a big project with my favorite and strongest medium.

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We begin with the original photo. In the foreground, we have our dark heroin tearing off a cyborg’s arm. Everyone else watches in disgust, except for the little lolita fairy sporting a smug grin.

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Then onto Photoshop, where I overlay a reddish gradient to unify the color scheme. It makes it easier when I move onto the colored pencil stage. Also, I thought it brought out the anger and horror in our two main character’s faces.

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I did a handful of paint-overs to construct the scene according to my client’s needs. The easiest part was adding more foliage to create a ground for the title text. Hardest part was making all the figures fit into the comic book layout.

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Pencil outlines to be approved before I start inking and coloring. Drawing the portraits in comic book style while keeping their likeness made me a little nervous. As usual, I was afraid some audience would criticize how it looks “too anime”. Thankfully, the only comparison I got was with Archie comics.

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Now to move Channing out of the way.

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Plowing through the fun part of coloring in the figures. The details in steampunk outfits are incredible, so it was a challenge to determine what main characteristics to fully render.

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Filling in the background one section at a time. I like starting from one corner and gradually move out so it doesn’t overwhelm me. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Channing being my lazy understudy (thank god he didn’t leave in paw prints).

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Finished!

Now I can offer colored pencil projects to new clients with this piece as a sample. I enjoyed the process from start to finish.

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Bonus image of my unfinished tattoo flash project. It’s been collecting dust for what feels like a decade, but I figured I’d post just to say it’s still a thing (although I’m actually not too far from finishing the set).

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