1. The first stage is always about forming the idea, and then starting the work based on the references gathered. I got the idea for the CyberBabe illustrations after watching Blade Runner.
2. I then began adding in the background illustrations of stains and color, choosing a color scheme similar to the film. I chose a total of five colors. Two of these are the dominant colors, which are dark blue and a blue that reminds me of the ocean. The remaining three are complimentary colors which blend well with the dominant ones: purple/red, a flesh/peach tone, and bright green
3. I then began working on the pose of the main character. My goal was to a position her in a way that showed that a fight just ended. I tried to create the impression of a weary hero awaiting a new wave of enemies.
4. After the pose was finalized, I created her silhouette.
5. I then moved on to the ground beneath her and began marking the light and shade.
6. I added the coat in as a translucent solid. I used the physical properties of real materials to form the basis for further work on a transparent coat.
7. I referred back to my references from Stage1 and added details on the coat based on the photos. I imagined that behind the camera was a strong, neon blue ocean that would be reflected in a plastic coat. I liked the idea of reflective very much. I decided to add more bright elements and justified them as elements in a self-glowing coat.
8. I then added scenography elements from stock photos of fallen soldiers. A completed fight requires victims.
9. Now I began to add details on the character by over-painting the body, adding back light, indirect illumination and shadows, adding sword details and tiger claws on hands, and detailing hair and hair details from photo texture. I over-painted the background and added post-process light flares.
10. To create a better contrast between character and environment, I decided to add more noise in the background. I don't like to use an air perspective to create the illusion of distance between character and background. Instead, I opted for the rain texture on the background to help me concentrate focus on main character without losing color contrast.
11. In this stage, I added rain dots on the coat surface to draw the eye to the coat surface and main character.
12. The final steps were to add lens dirt, lights and post-process flares for more cinematic look.
the creation of this work was very helpful for me to experience in real-world observing and passion for intense, pure colors.
Thanks for your time!
We want to thank Jacek for taking us through the process of this stunning piece.