Lethal Lemon saying what I say before I go play a game… which is what I’m gonna do right now. 😀
~35 mins in Photoshop
His chat handle is The Stranger. For the last three months, he’s been messaging Loca Mocha, Lethal Lemon, and Nimble Melon, helping them find secure data connections and private places to meet. They’ve never met him, but Loca Mocha is about to come close. But is he just a sophisticated Org agent? (Is he even human?)
This piece (which I started Sunday and worked on for most of the day, before finishing it off Monday night after work) began as I looked through some of my older art, namely these two pieces from 10 years ago.
I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to paint Loca Mocha with her motorcycle in Gigapolis? I had a bunch of ideas in my head, but this is the one that started to get traction:
This is where I left it off before going to bed (and to work on Monday), only to come home with a great idea – Twisted Gizmo totally needs to be in this one. I added a new layer on top and just started painting out the cars and painting him in, and that was it!
This was a fun piece. What really gets me about it though is that I spent about 7 hours on it total, which is probably half (or a third) of what I spent making this (hot mess of a) painting of Gigapolis in 2005. Back when I made it, I thought tiny details were what mattered, and had virtually no understanding of lighting… or anything, really.
Now, of course, I know you can “do more with less” (chunky brush strokes, loose forms) as long as you get the fundamentals (perspective, lighting, etc) correct – but it’s much easier said than done!
Lethal Lemon and friends are back! And they got a sweet ride.
I could nitpick details forever but I just want to move on at this point. I’m really happy with it, and it’s been forever since I last drew these guys!
Here’s a closeup, which in many ways I like better than the full piece (lol).
Lethal Lemon’s arch nemesis Twisted Gizmo teams up with her BFF, Nimble Melon, against an unseen foe! What threat could bring this unlikely pair together?! (Uh, your guess is as good as mine, I haven’t written it yet. But I do know that Twisted Gizmo and Nimble Melon share more than just their preference for neckties with everything.)
This started as a warm-up sketch since it’s been nearly two weeks (!!) since I last picked up my tablet pen. Even though my daydreams often ponder various Lethal Lemon storylines and scenarios, I haven’t actually drawn anything from that universe in FOREVER (and that should change, seriously). Which is too bad, because now Twisted Gizmo looks more like a Machine Man expy than the more Terminator-on-steroids original creation I thought he was back in ’05. 😀
Oh well, it was a fun 2 hours either way!