It occurred to me today that even though I've been doing a fair amount of colouring as of late, I haven't sketched anything in quite a while. So I figured it was about time I dusted off my digital pencils and threw some shit down in Photoshop.
Oddly enough, once this one was all said and done, I found I was more happy with the sketch itself rather than the job I did on the colours. Granted I didn't spend a whole lotta time on this piece, but that's kind of a lame excuse. I just feel the colours here are a bit too bland, and rather...I don't know...kinda pedestrian I guess. So I'm thinking of maybe using this piece as a sort of a practice zone for me to try out as few different things.
More often than not when I'm working on Brad's stuff I tend to play it pretty safe and use the same bag of tricks over and over instead of getting too experimental. Mainly this is because I know that Brad has worked hard over the years to develop a very specific style to his artwork, and despite the fact that said style has changed, it has done so at a very natural and gradual pace.
This has allowed Evil Inc to have a nice consistency to it that I feel people have come to appreciate and expect. So out of respect for that consistency I do my best to augment it rather than destroy it. Which means that even though I have tweaked and altered a few things with my EI colours over the past year or so, I tend to shy away from using his strip as a testing ground for drastically new techniques and colouring methods (unless of course a specific storyline requires it).
As well, the other project I'm working on right now demands a very particular colouring style that I have already worked out with the writer, and therfore I can't really deviate from it. Which means that if I want to do any type if experimenting at all, I best be doing it on my own time, and on stuff that no one else is really gonna care about or see.
And trust me when I say that I really want to get some extra practice in. After all, San Diego is only a few months away, so I best be getting my ass in gear and do all I can before I need to start putting a new portfolio together.
Anyway, to make a long story longer, I might be posting a few versions of this particular piece over the next couple of weeks, so keep your eyes open for either that or maybe even some more new work.
Alrighty, time for me to try and grab some sleep.
PS: Sorry about the big copyright symbol gumming up the visuals a bit, but given all the infringement stories I've heard over the past couple of years, I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.