Use software: Painter IX and PhotoShop CS2
This is the Cover Illustration for gGUNNM Last Orderh vol.8.
As the characters other than Gally, this cover is the second characters after Xechs at volume 5.
Because this was an episode in the glacial age of the deep past, I decided the composition beforehand as follows.
EColor of black and white or monotone without color.
EAnd, the composition like the souvenir picture.
In our office, Miss Vilma and they were called "Vampire combat force Byron 5 (five)". A Japanese title became "Vampire combat forceh by the remaining influences. (Annotation by translator:This is a parody of the Special-effects-television-series of Japan.)
Because this picture made a fair copy of the line drawing by the crow quill, a main line has terribly become thin.
I scanned the line drawing in 600dpi gray. And, after it corrected the level and the garbage removing was corrected, it reduced to 300dpi. It is because a detailed nuance collapses when scanning as it is with 300dpi.
Precise Anti-alias processing can be obtained by this work.
Coloring uses the gray of monotone. Software uses Painter.
It is easy, because it is not necessary to pay attention to hue and the chroma.
Chiefly, I was using Tint-brush of Painter until the present time. However, I searched for a different brush because I had felt the doubt in its touch and efficiency.
In that case, the manual of Painter IX (Painter's handbook) became reference very much.
The part of the latter half of this booklet is a production article on professional artists. It is concretely described in this article, which
brush was used, and how was the illustration produced.
I referred to the tutorial. And, I decided that I produce the illustration with a Digital-airbrush, a square-chalk, and a brush of the change.
First of all, it makes it more attractive to the entire campus in a thin gray.
I made the color of gray that made four stages brightness (bright - dark), and I painted it roughly with a digital airbrush. In that case, I took care not 100%-black color, and I made too a black part a color of about 80%-gray.
Afterwards, I exchanged for the square-chalk, and described the detail. Increase the variation of gray-color if necessary.
I wanted to depict softly in the part where the fur was shaggy.
Therefore, the line drawing was erased, and the layer was drawn with the square-chalk on the erased line drawing.
The snow of clothes was drawn in the layer in the line drawing with the square-chalk, and it shaded it with a digital airbrush.
I saw the photograph of an actual Polar Regions exploration. A lot of snows adhere on the surface of the clothes.
Because the person cannot be distinguished when I faithfully simulate it, the amount of the snow has been moderately decreased.
After the description is completed with Painter, color tone is adjusted by PhotoShop.
I colored the bloodstain under the left of the screen red of low-chroma.
I have a little changed the entire illustration in blue.
I operated it so that only Miss Vilma might stand out. It depends on having slightly raised a blue chroma about her upper-body.
At last, her eyes were colored to like yellow, and the illustration was completed.
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