Software: Corel Painter 11, Adobe PhotoShop CS2, Illustrator CS5
Hardware: Mac Pro 2.66GHz Dual-Core Xeon x2, memory 8GB, WACOM Intuos4 PTK-640, Mac OS X Snow Leopard (ver.10.6.8)
This is the cover illustration I drew for the 10th volume of refurbished GUNNM LO, officially titled GUNNM LastOrder NEW EDITION from Kodansha.
The character for the 10th volume is Zazie.
He wears the special forces uniform of Zebra Team.
Zazie's design is symmetric, so I determined right away to draw him by rightward composition.
At first I thought of having Zazie hold a rifle. But in such a composition with the subject being close so much, even if he had a rifle, only a part of its receiver would appear in the illustration. So I judged it's not so effective and dropped the idea.
Regarding the uniform, I drew it once in tan color (yellowish gray), and then overlaid the camouflage patterns made with PhotoShop on it. I compound each part separately, deforming them respectively to fit its shape.
The camouflage patterns are so-called digital camouflage, which is popular these days. I arranged them including orange patterns to fit the environment of Mars.
It is one of the enjoyment of color illustration to draw such textures in detail, which can't be expressed enough in monochrome comics.
For the emblem of the team, I made a design with Illustrator, transformed it and pasted on, then added colors and feel with Painter.
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