Fringe was a TV show that glued me to the tube. Thriller, mystery and sci-fi, all put together with a good bunch of characters, beginning with the beautiful Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv), followed by the great, great Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble). Fringe was a kind of modern X-Files, where the parallel universes idea was the knot of the plot.
This is how I create the head shot, step by step:
1) I sketch (pencil on paper) from photo reference, as I usually do with all my head shots.
2) When I feel fine about the drawing then I took a picture of it with my cell phone or I scan it.
3) It’s time to start working on digital: I decide if there is something to correct, something I missed on the drawing or a color correction to take away some extra blue or yellow color in order to make the drawing look cleaner. Most of the times you can get it this way: Photoshop top menu/image/adjustments/desaturate.
4) Contrast adjustment. This will make the pencil look more intense, almost like ink.
5) The last step of this graphic path is coloring. On the very top of the layers, I create a new group of layers with the same blending mode, “multiply”. This way I can work the different colors of the drawing in different layers, but all of them have the same effect over the final art because they belong to the same group. Well, that’s all, it’s time to add the balloon with some lettering.
These three pictures show the working process, from the original drawing on my sketchbook to the final artwork. If you click on any of the pictures you will be able to compare the different steps in a single row.