STREET PEDAL BLACK - Team Blax pt 1: Street
"Team Blax - Street" 2017
Part 1 - Street Pedal Black
In my short novel Street Pedal Black - Episode III: Doppelgangin, the four freedom fighters lead by the titular character assume the name "Team Blax." I plan to draw all four in this style using Corel Painter and Adobe Photoshop.
The inspiration for creating this series stems from illustrator Stanley "Artgerm" Lau's monochrome "Street Fighter" character profiles. Each of the fighters in my book series can be easily identified by their signature colors, something I believe is important when introducing a group of action characters: the first point of interest in individual fandom and character development. "I like that blue one!"
The sketch was taken from a VS screen concept that was scrapped for time during ebook production. In Photoshop, a Curves adjustment layer enhanced the light pencil.
In Corel Painter, the sketch was set to Multiply blending mode, laid upon a dark grey plane, and then flattened into a single layer. Using the Detail Airbrush and Just Add Water blender, Street's side profile is rendered.
His signature du-rag and sideburns are drawn, and his goggles are corrected. The shine in the headgear is added using a very small blender brush with rapid strokes. Blobs of digital paint are added to the clothing.
More blobs are added and molded into proper shape.
This technique is used for the full torso...
...saving the dual swords for last.
Once the image is finished in Painter, it's transferred to Photoshop for effects rendering. A Curves adjustment layer increases the contrast and brightens specific areas. Then, a separate layer for color is clipped to the character. The blue looked best with the Soft Light blending mode, and new layers were added for reflected light. An inner glow effect to the body against a white background functions as ambient lighting as well as focus.
LaTonya's picture and some minor graphic design are added to create the final poster, available in the Life Forever Shop. Steeler and X. Hoodo will have a similar poster, and then all four will be on a team poster.
Street Pedal Black © DeForrest / Life Forever
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The first of the "Team Blax" poster series, featuring the character rendering process of Street Pedal Black
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