Software: Photoshop7.0, Painter8
This illustration was created for the cover of GUNNM Last Order Vol.5.
Production date was specified 19 01 2004 but actually it was almostcompleated 11 2003. After New Year I changed effect of the light and I have added new texture for the Titan blade. Throughout 2003, the production of colour illustration became like a boring routine, as my emotions were blue at the time.
I thought " I want to change the movement" and I tried a different way. This is the first time, in the history of Gunnm (apart from the novel version) that I have introduced a new character by way of the front cover, I felt it was appropriate as the fifth comic introduces Xechs.
I drew with pencil and then scan it, so as to preserve the texture of the hand drawn lines and also the feeling of the moment.
Usually the colour is layered under the scanned line drawing. This is also the case with vol.5 but with the addition of a colour layer on top of the line drawing.
This top layer has reduced opacity to allow the line scan to permeate through. I also partly painted on the line layer to give the feeling of a graduated water colour.
The sand in the lower part of picture was created using Painter
The figure of Xechs, the exploding sand and the building in the distance are all in 3 separate layers. After adding colour using Painter, I used Photoshop to compound a light screen between front and back. At the first I imagined the titan blade with no texture, until I saw comments on the Gunnm BBS about an electrically coloured titan blade. Influenced by this I used the crystallization of photographic material.
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