Gray Robot

This rather blandly titled illustration is the latest installment of my “do something with your doodles” series. Like all good things, this guy started out as an idle sketch while I was mostly preoccupied with something else.  I kind of had the idea to do something really simple and retro looking as I was doodling. This piece is a culmination of a bunch of inspiration points for me, it’s an homage to the vintage sc-fi books covers I’d run across while trolling used book shops, as well as my recent obsession with the work of Roger Dean and Dan McPhearson.

I really enjoyed working on this one. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on finding the balance of overworking and underworking a piece. There were a number of times I was thankful to be working digitally with the ability to undo some bad decisions.

The process was fairly typical, scan the doodle, layout the basic shapes in illustrator, bring the shapes into photoshop to paint. Though I do need to give some credit here, the star scape in the background came from the gallery on Hubblesite. These images are public domain, and the resolution of their images are for the most part decent. So, if you’re like me and struggle with creating snazzy strar-scapes from scratch, then be sure to check them out.

As I was painting in the color and texture I used a handful of brush sets from all over the webs, but the set that I used the most was the Subtle Grunge 2 set from We Function. I found that I could get a really nice combination of color and texture when I turned off smoothing and set the size and opacity of the brush tool to pen pressure. As long as I kept those settings I could swap out the tip shape and still keep the overall feel of my strokes consistent.

As I said, this was a really fun piece to work on. Not so much because of the subject matter, but because I did a lot of experimenting to get an overall feel that I was happy with. I’m looking forward to developing my digital painting style in future pieces.

Lastly, for those that are interested, this image is available to order through my ImageKind gallery.

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