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Again, many have expressed an interest in seeing the stages of a watercolor painting...so here is another one. I took pictures of the painting in various stages. I'm a student, so I make no claims that my methods are the best (or will even work for that matter).
"What in the hell is that??!" you ask?
Well, that is Schlock and his plasma cannon. Frankly, I think the world would be a better place if more of us had plasma cannons.
Anyway, yep, I did a piece of fan art. Schlock Mercenary by Howard (yes that's how my last name's spelled) Tayler is one of the best and longest daily updating webcomics on the web today. He also produces Schlock in book form as well. The books are entertaining and have a very high production value (they are flat out gorgeous). I HIGHLY recommend them!
Anyway, I enjoy my fair share of Schlock...I probably have more than a bit of his personality...so when this image popped into my head I just had to draw it...
I started with a sketch of my idea. Not sure why a plasma cannon would need rifling, but figured if for nothing more than intimidation factor it would be a good thing. Interesting thing to draw.
Here I got the eyeballs/pupils and rifling with a marker, and added the undercoat on Schlock himself. I also refined a couple pieces of the sketch. Getting the right color for this guy is tougher than you might think...but I got closer than really shows here. My camera is doing wierd things and rendered this far greener than actual values.
So...some subtle eyeball shading, and some work on the metal look of the plasma cannon barrel...and fill in the mouth. The character in the comic never shows any tongue/teeth at all...it really is a black hole!
Now, some "glow of death" and the rest of the details...I think it's done.
Oh...and I'll add my caption...and yep, I rendered a lense flare in the plasma cannon. Ah well.
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