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Pirate Study with Monkey

This was my attempt at creating some basic shapes to decide which one I wanted to go with.

This was a realy fun project. It took me a couple of days to get through all the steps. I tried to follow the process as much as possible. It's a bit different than my own personal process, but I'm here to learn something new and it was a really cool experience for me.

I like running poses because of the natural energy, and the charcter floats off the ground.

I roughed out the initial sketch a bit more and added in some basic details. My characters tend to have a retro feel.

I felt the character by himself didn't really say much and he needed a little something to add to the action. I like mascots, so I added a monkey. Pirates have monkeys, right? Two swords are better than one.

Cartoon anatomy 101. Yep, everything checks out...

Silhouette looks good. Guy running with sword and angry monkey on his back.

I kind of combined the value study and the exageration steps. Narrowed the arm where it connects, made sword larger and added peg leg to make it more implausible that he could actually run.

This is where I deviated from the class a bit. My style is more retro and flat. So I finished him off in a style that's close to mine, but with a differnt process. I chose a color pallette that would compliment the cool blue water I planned to have as a background, then took the sketch into illustrator for my color blocking.

Then I went back to photshop for shading, highlights and texture. Typically I do everything in Illustrator after the initial skecth. So this was fun for me to explore a new way of finishing off the final stages of the drawing.

I mainly used the "disolve" feature for shading and some subtle gradients. I've always wanted to try this style, so this seemed like a good time to experiment.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. 

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