Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blue Devil

Or is that Diablo Azul? Sounds more menacing in Spanish, doesn't it?

This is another one of those drawings with a really long gestation period. I first dabbled around with it about two years ago. I couldn't get it to work and got frustrated with it, so I shelved it and went on to other things. I found it in a folder this week and decided to give it another go.

I was trying to make it look like he's being lit with a reddish light from below (because all evil characters are lit that way, dontcha know). I'm not sure it's working very well. I'm starting to see why some artists use models to get the lighting right, rather than trying to eyeball it.

The background is more painterly than usual too, to contrast with the cartoony devil.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet.

Here's the original digital sketch (sans trident).


  1. The lighting makes him pop right off the page....errrr monitor! I love how you did that. I have much to learn ObiWan.

  2. Thanks! I have much to learn too-- I'm not totally happy with the "underlit" effect, but it's the best I can do for now.

    The red underlighting is on a separate layer in Photoshop, so I kept adjusting the transparency of that layer, going back and forth, making the red stronger and weaker until it looked right.

  3. This is a great character!Love the attitude!


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