The Stranger (wips and done)

the_stranger_doneHis 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.

Gigapolis_Cityscape_by_Majoh

Loca_Mocha_Mood_Piece_by_Majoh

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:

the_stranger_wip01

Redrew her upper body, I like this one a lot better:the_stranger_wip02

Rough sense of lighting:the_stranger_wip03

Clearly, I still do not know what to do with the right side of the painting.
the_stranger_wip04

Oh I know, a big line of cars!the_stranger_wip05 the_stranger_wip06

Okay, bigger cars maybe?the_stranger_wip07 the_stranger_wip08

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!

the_stranger_done

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.

Gigapolis_Cityscape_by_Majoh

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!

Onwards!

Tzipora sketch painted

Gave yesterday’s sketch a bit ‘o color:

tzipora_sketch_painted

 

Tzipora is based loosely on one of my old (and most favorite) EverQuest characters. Those were fun times. She lives in in the occasional painting and goes on adventures (mostly in my head) with other original characters of mine.

I tried to keep it rough like ladynlmda‘s¬†mad skills but I’ve got a lot to learn about making Photoshop look like messy oils.

Previously: 

Tzipora Sketch (2008) Рthis one is still pretty cute

Airika’s Adventure Chars (2006) – this one is¬†terrible