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He wanted a cover that signified "loud" and stuff like that. I think this was the first image I had in my head.
I also did the title and track list but they ended changing it to match the other discs. Also they needed more room to add the logos and other information that goes on the back of CDs.
It was a pretty fun project.
Also, I have a big update coming up. I just got a new scanner and it beats the shit out of my old scanner. Scanning used to be a pretty big hassle with my old scanner, which is why i'd save all my scanning for one day. It was slow, froze up my computer while it was scanning and the quality was pretty crap so I always had to do a lot of fixing in Photoshop. This new one scans in a few seconds and doesn't make my PC freeze up until it's done. And the quality is really good even on the default settings.
I tried to achieve this effect in Photoshop before by adding a gray layer set to multiply and then pulling out highlights with a white brush. And it works pretty good, except that the gray is kind of overpowering and dulls the drawing a bit. But it does wonders for value and highlights, a few example are Zombie Face, Azuka, Heroine Full and The Hope.
So, I've been thinking what else I could do. I thought maybe finding a nice neutral color that I could use as a mid-tone would be better than gray. But, I couldn't think of a color that would look right.
Then, it hit me! If I wanted to replicate the effect of using toned paper, I could just add toned paper to the drawing in Photoshop. So, I set out to find a good paper texture and then adjusted it to the right color and and played with levels until I was happy with the tone. After that it was just a simple task of pulling out the highlights with a white brush.
It's a pretty easy and quick process, and the result is pretty close to what I wanted. I'm still going to see what else I can do to tweak the technique, and find ways to improve the texture.
Next step: Getting actual scans of blank toned sketchbook pages.
Also, I know it would be a little easier to just draw in a toned sketchbook from now on. But I still have 3 regular sketchbooks left to fill up, and I'm not about to start on another one. Plus, I wanted to figure out something I can apply to all my drawing to take them another step further.
And this is just a very preliminary drawing for her character. I mean she looks nice and all. But, there's nothing really memorable about her, nothing sticks out and it's just kind of boring right now. I need to do some brainstorming and thumbnails to see what direction I can take her in.
The Pyramid Head was real tricky, he's given me a lot of trouble. If you want to know exactly how much trouble he's given me, let's just say I started him before the movie came out.
Now the only thing left to do is scan the endless sketchbook pages...
I also made a wallpaper that fits on wide screens. Unfortunately, Blogger compressed it.