Today’s work in progress comes from our in-house artist Alex Pawlicki. If you like his awesome Cthulu/Rage Against the Machine mashup design, you can snag one for yourself on our website! Below, you can take a closer look at how it all came to be. Enjoy!
This is my initial concept sketch that I pitched to the RIPT Creative Team. I’m a big fan of Cthulhu and people who are familiar with my work know I love drawing Cthulhu. I’m also a big Rage fan. My initial concept used the same title as the album “Evil Empire” as the term “Evil” is what inspired me. I thought to myself about what true evil is and looks like and naturally went with our dark Lord Cthulhu. As you can see from the image, I work fast and loose when I’m sketching. It’s important to me to plan what the final image will look like, colors etc. without getting too bogged down by details.
The first step in creating the final piece is creating detailed pencils. You’ll notice that I pay more attention to detail in some areas than others. I don’t work my pencils as tight as some people as I like to figure out some things in my inks. I also planned shadow areas and loosely added them there. I like to mark large fill areas with “x’s” as you’ll see on the “C” on his chest.
Inks are my favorite phase of most pieces. It’s the moment a piece comes alive to me. From the start of these inks, I knew I wanted to go heavier with my line weights on the outlines and thinner on the inside of the piece. I also wanted a gritty texture to Cthulhu’s skin which i worked in with thin little line details. I have a tendency to over-do it with my inks sometimes and have to remind myself to hold back a bit. I think I did a good job of holding back on this one and not getting carried away.
Colors are the final step of the process. I start by doing flat colors on the whole piece, kind of like one would do with a coloring book. After I’ve laid out my flats I start with my transparent colors. In this piece I worked in the yellow shirt color as hi lights on Cthulhu’s skin as well as the black line color for shadows. This helps me keep the color count lower. I used a series of different brushes to achieve the painterly style I was going for. There’s a lot of trial and error involved in getting the right colors and textures.
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