Another Illustration for a birthday card, this time a Judge Dredd inspired birthday card, well for an another Judge character, Judge Jup. A birthday card for a person who likes Judge Dredd comics, I’ve never drawn Judge Dredd characters at all and had fun with this one.
I’m on a roll with these cards and enjoying drawing other characters that I don’t usually draw ( which I should) and with deadlines that I need to hit, it’s also a good opportunity to practice and experiment with tools in illustrator and photoshop to push the illustration further and always getting better.
The initial idea I had to do a front cover of a Judge Dredd comic cover sitting on his bike and the city on fire behind him, I wanted to do this project in two to three days.
The first step was to doodle it out in a few doodles.
Then did a refined colour sketch of the cover to make it really clear to myself how I wanted the cover.
Happy with the image I gathered reference images and started to illustrate the judge.
From left to right, initial outlines drawing trying to find my way around the illustration, then iterating, resizing parts of the illustration and then I start to get somewhere with the judge, did the extra big front lights.
With a bit, more work and I got about to here with the Eagle and until I was happy with it. The chain and pouches are pattern brush tools, a lifesaver making belts and chains quickly and bendy, technical work…
The next step was to take the flat coloured illustration into photoshop and work on it there. I’ve never really done that much before and always had kept the work separate, so this time with this project, I wanted to give that a go and experiment with it, also I do so many with gradients gaussian blurs that it becomes a system hog. in illustrator.
Played around with the filters to how I want the illustration to look like with the contrast, depth, lens flare and additionally painted in details to the metallic surfaces.
The fire was created with vector shapes and with the warp, twirl, pucker tools were used to distort the flames.
With a gradient overlay and masking layer, the glowing edges were painted onto the character to look like the fire was closer.
I then had an idea to do a back cover, I wanted to add the Dark Judges onto, now I had a problem, I didn’t plan for it and in an afternoon I created. This is the danger of not planning ahead, it can work or not, stuck to it and created the illustration. I quickly blocked out the illustration of the Dark Judges in vectors, Nothing exciting, it was easier for me to block them out as vectors as I don’t get distracted.
As I had already created the fire background, I dropped the Judges into the fire and using the same technique that was used with the glowing effect on the previous illustration, I created the judges.
Played around with the judges further, warped them a little, added a little more detail to the silhouettes added some overlays to hide the feet as I didn’t draw and to make them look like they were coming out of the fire.
Then got here with the Dark Judges illustration.
Then created the final piece of artwork for printing, added a couple of Orange overlayer filters to deepen the fire and some more work with some gaussian blur here and there with the flames.
Here it is printed in its glory, looking at it printed I really do like it. One thing I did was to leave the final artwork in RGB more to get printed and normally I would work in CMYK when I am printing. I was experimenting to see how much of the colour is kept in its vibrancy and see if it did print properly and this time I got away with.
There are a couple of things I wish I did correctly and had planned from the start, that was to have the Dark Judges and Judge Jup as one illustration. Perhaps if I had planned it from the start, it may have been a better illustration. The fire in both pictures and Judge Death pointing doesn’t help either, you live and learn and not do that next time. )
I think the Judges are too close together and could have put them further apart, there is an area of the fire I didn’t notice, it’s a swirl, it was not warped enough, just looks odd and I didn’t notice that tiny white line on the front cover, boo.
But after that critic, I enjoyed doing the Judge Dredd inspired illustration, it was a nice break to do this and I as I mentioned before, it was also a good chance to experiment with new tools and taking it into Photoshop. I am going to do more of that in the future.
I may revisit doing a Dredd illustration in the future and see how much I have progressed with my art.
Anyways tata for now.