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January 12th, 2007 #1
Deja Thoris, The Princess of Mars
Im experimenting with the Comic Book colouring style of Shading a picture in Photoshop thats been drawn and then inked first.
I did the original sketch for this ages ago and recently decided to ink it and colour it.
Im a big fan of Adam Hughes and it might show a bit in this image.
I cheated with the Planet Mars, using a NASA photo for it that I adjusted in Photoshop. I know I know, I should have drawn and coloured that too.
I think I might work on the Gold more thats she's wearing as I think it needs more noodling.
Anyway, thought I'd upload it to see what people think.
The Princess of Mars trilogy are a great read for anyone who loves adventure in the Pulp, Indianna Jones, Damsel in distress theme. And although she isn't in it as much as you would think, Deja Thoris, the Princess of The Red Men of Barsoom and our Hero's (John Carter) love interest, certainly makes an impression.
I'd recomend you read the books if that type of thing interests you.
In the mean time, enjoy my own depiction of the Princess.
Last edited by ANARKY; January 12th, 2007 at 10:48 AM.
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January 12th, 2007 #3
With John Carter being from the period of the American Civil War, and the references to Red Indians at the start of the book, I took the 'Red Men' of Mars to be a clear reference to them having the skin colour of Native Americans. So I tried to imitate that here.
I didn't want her to be too bizarre looking really. Skin colour wise anyway.
Oh yeah, Carter, not Carpenter, Its been a while since I read those books!
January 12th, 2007 #4
January 12th, 2007 #5
Barsoom...... and thereare 11 of them not 3, takes about and hour apeice to read them.
Here's the original cover of my edition
I always wondered how they keep the top on.. stickum I guess.
I'd like to see an indication od hair in the hair... it's looking a bit like Dogfood's famous octopus hat
style is working pretty well
To see the world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wildflower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour.
January 12th, 2007 #6
Dogfood - Oh I see. I thought you meant generally a more Pink colour.
I'll go back to it soon and I'll have a look at the highlights.
chaosrocks - When I wrote I thought, is it Barsoon or Barsoom? I couldn't remember so I guessed. Glad someones on the ball today anyway.
Yeah, i know there's 11. But the first three are the ones to deal directly with John and Deja, then its onto their kids. Also the first three books seem to be the ones that are most well liked. And I stopped reading them after the third one.
Lovin' the Frazetta cover. Wish my edition had that cover.
The hair is something I may go back to. Not sure. I kinda' like the stylised Blackness.
January 12th, 2007 #7
I did a quick paintover on some of the things I thought you should look at and see where you could improve your piece. I redrew/painted her face to fit more proportionatly, and changed her hair a bit. Namely, the whispy curly bits. It's good to think of hair as a solid object as opposed to individual strands. You can always go back into the hair and add subtle highlights to give the illusion of multiple strands. I softened her flesh a little and removed some of the wrinkles from her hands. (Too many lines on drawings of women tend to age them too much. Don't add detail just for details sake. Sometimes less is more.) I hope you don't take this paintover the wrong way, and use it to learn from. It's not the best paintover you could get but I hope you can use it as a springboard for more development. Good Luck!
January 17th, 2007 #8