Saturday, February 18, 2012

Week 6: Vengeance With An Ax

Just a quickie this week.

To me, the most interesting thing about the Crow is that its a spirit that embodies a person to exact revenge and that the deceased person's occupation/lifestyle informs how they look.  Admittedly, most of my knowledge of the Crow comes from the movie, so I started there and tried to go as far in the other direction as I could.  Getting away from more gaunt, rock star look, I tried to find a bulkier build and more "blue collar" profession to start with.  I leaned towards a lumber jack because I still thought that would be scary as shit coming at you through the city or forest.

When I started with the rest of the Rust Belt Monster Collective, I knew that I wanted to strengthen my digital work flow as well as try as many different "looks" and techiques as I could.  I tweaked my Cintiq settings to try and get more of a sloppy, brushed look and kept the clean-up to a minimum.  I knew from the beginning that I would stay black and white, but added the halftone values later to try and give it a more "indie" vibe.

See some of the process over at my blog:
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  1. Your daily commitment is showing. This is by far the most comfortable piece you've put up yet, and I love it.

  2. I like the bulkier Crow, and the halftone pattern is pretty cool.

  3. I dig the ink work...seems or feels bit more freehand and that works for this....And I like that you got away from the traditional look of the Erik Draven character...There was a series of books put either Tundra or Kitchen Sink Press of other Crow characters...the first two done by the uber talented Alex Meleev. This falls in that vein. Nice job, Ben.

  4. Agree with all of these! You are getting sooo much with this technique, atmosphere, character, tone . This is like one of those comic book frames that when they make the movie they HAVE to recreate. The more I look at this the more I want this comic!

  5. Bad-ass . . . I love the concept and the rendering.