Original line art is by
I have been a fan of his work since my early days on DA! So cool do a commission w/ him.
Check out the initial B&W work here: [link]
paper and wood grain texture from cgextures.com
Mitsubishi G4M silhouette reference: [link]
A departure from my usual coloring style; Somehow, didn't feel like an overwrought attempt at realism, with metal texture and detailed weathering would jive w/ the fast and fun manga-ish style of the line art. Opted for (mostly) flat colors with no blending or blurred edges.
From there it seemed an obvious step to go for a minimalist approach in the vein of ukiyo-e. Can't beat traditional Japanese woodblock prints for graphic representationalism. Always been fascinated by the connection between modern manga and ukiyo-e. IMO, they represent a continuous graphic tradition in Japanese pop culture.
Anyway... does anyone remember a late-90s electronica artist called FLUKE? The title is an ode to the track ATOM BOMB which had a brilliant video that used to get played on MTVs AMP. Ahhh... 90s electronica! [link]
Hope you folks diggit.
It was great fun working with