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Alice and Alex Linework Part 5

Alice and Alex Linework Part 5

It’s been a few weeks since I've had a chance to talk more about this illustration (see previous post) but to recap I’d covered the overall design of the image, the rear wall photograph and Alice’s weapon and uniform design. The following series of images show how I used the same approach with Alex (her prisoner) and how the wall behind them both will need to change.

I used Alex from 'A Clockwork Orange' for many reasons but a main one was his white uniform would make him a neutral figure against the brightly colored wall and Alice:


Only his trousers and braces have a tone to them - a light grey - though I made his hair red and orange to give him some visual interest:


Next were his shadows. I didn't add dirt to him though - the idea being his night has just started while Alice been on a long shift already:


So now we have the two finished characters.

The final piece to work on is the rear wall (Below I’ve turned off the gaussian blur I used to show its color hues.) It's looking good - the white drips of graffiti match Alex’s outfit while Alice’s blue and grey outfit contrasts the wall’s bright red and yellow. However you can have too much of a good thing - I think the rear wall has so much life you lose the drawing's detail so am going to play with its brightness and tone next …


First I've added a dark yellow overlay to make the wall more consistent in its levels (less bright whites and dark blacks)


And here I've added an edge vignette. If you compare the image above with the one below you can see the middle has the same brightness but the edges are darker focusing the eye on the central spotlight ...


Now all I need to do to complete this is add in the 'fly' posters ... which I will cover in the next post.

Alice and Alex Part 6 - the end ...

Alice and Alex Part 6 - the end ...

Real World Issues

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