Saturday, February 20, 2010

Martini Martian

Mars may not be the kind of place to raise your kids (in fact it's cold as hell), but man, does it SWING!

Things I learned drawing this illustration: A dinner jacket doesn't have "notches" in the lapels; they're smooth. Because I'm a... oh, what's the word? Um... SLOB! Because I'm a slob, I never knew that until now.

I also had a lot of trouble with his non-martini holding arm. I found a photo of a model wearing a dinner jacket, and he had one had in his pants pocket. I tried drawing the Martian in the same nonchalant pose, but because of his super skinny stylized legs, that just would not work, no matter what I did. I finally stuck his hand in his jacket pocket and that solved the problem.

I also tweaked his expression a little. I wanted him to have a Dean Martin-esque expression of intoxicated bemusement, as if he knows he's the swinginest cat at the party. Instead, his original expression, shown here, made him look bored to death.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Here's the original Martian sketch. He was a little too lifeless, so I tried to add some energy into the final drawing.

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