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Creating the "MAD SCIENTIST" trading card illustration
By: Roberto Campus :: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3
his illustration was part of a series of 14 images I did for a trading card game called "ShadowFist" at the beginning of this summer. At the time I was also coloring pages for a comic series, thus getting these pieces done quickly was a priority. I had to lose some sleep, but it was a worthy and fun project. The card's description called for a classic mad scientist working on some kind of gadget in his lab, with sparks and electricity all around. Given the time constraints and keeping in mind that this piece would be printed at a very small scale, less than 3 inches, I opted for a somewhat simple approach, a few foreground elements with minimal background and one or two light sources. First thing I did, was concentrate on the description and pose a few questions, such as: what was the scientist working on? The idea of a robot came to me right away, but then I decided to go for a cyborg, since that allowed me to add a touch of gore (see the brain?) in the picture -- after all, the scientist had to look crazy! Then, I had to tackle the problem of where the sparks had to come from, and in a flash (how appropriate), I remembered a recent trip to a science museum (Cambridge, MA), where I had seen 2 huge Tesla (a mad genius of physics from the last century, regrettably under-recognized) coils produce some spectacular and loud electric sparks: I thought they would be perfect for the background. All in all, I wanted the final piece to be reminiscent of the amazing pulp magazine covers from the 40s and 50s, but with a few modern twists.
Step 1: Sketches
Step 2: Blocking
Step 3: Main painting and details
Above Image: The blocking phase, when the main colors and shapes are painted in.
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|Above Image: Using a large simple round brush, set on normal mode, Roberto fixed up the background colors, then refined the Tesla coil’s shape.|
Step 4: Effects and final adjustments
Step 5 Final image
A note from the mad scientist: remember to donate your body to science, I need spare parts!
About Roberto Campus
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