@Mogzirra: Thank YOU for visiting my sketchbook
and thank you for your kind words. That book is actually hard to get hands on, I ordered it from Amazon and had to wait for almost 3 months till they could get me one :P but it is worth every penny, best art book I've had in years!
@MrBrown: Thnxs, man, the original artwork is from Bruce Timm, I only did a copy to understand his train of thought and why he made certain decisions concerning his artwork, I did add a bit of my own touch tho :P And I'll soon do a pinup from scratch with my own concept! So stay stuned!
So, I got home yesterday at about midnight and decided it was a good tome to do that Nautilus fan art I've been wanting to do for a while now...so, at 5:45 am this morning, I finished it
Here's a step by step on how I did my tribute to this League of Legends champion, maybe someone will find it amusing or of any help
Scanned the sketch from my moleskine, this sketch would give me a general idea of what I'm looking for with my fan art. After reading Nautilus' lore (Which is awesome btw) I decide to make the "birth" of Nautilus, the moment he awakes as the abyssal depths monster he's become
Studying Bruce Timm's color logic (and just smart painting overall I guess haha) I decided to start with a quick color on the background. This establishes a lot of things head on from the start.
Quick color blocking, really dark and unsaturated colors right now, everything will get a lot more fun once I get to the lights. Nautilus has a lot of light coming from his body, so the initial colors need to be pretty dark
Bring on the lights! Since the background coloring, I decided I want 2 main lights in the image, a cool light coming from below, and a warm one on top. I start adding light and begin working on fleshing out the character.
Warm lights are on
still a lot of way to go, but I'm liking it so far, had some rough moments at first not liking it, but now I'm really growing on it :P
Nautilus is pulled by this black-oil looking slug thing from the depths, so I thought adding the moment this "thing" finally set Nautilus free in his new form would give a more dramatic effect on the illustration. Also added some details on the armor.
Nautilus rips off the anchor from the boat he was on, the crew fled while Nautilus is being pulled by the "thing" and now he carries the Anchor as the only thing left he remembers from those who abandoned him. So, the anchor could not be missing :P
Minor details here and there, bubbles and some lighting corrections
Still a few corrections, I add a Levels layer on top as a cherry would sit on top of a sundae, and, voila! We have finished our Nautilus fan art!
I hope someone enjoys this as much as I did, those were some 6 hours very well invested
Thnxs for reading guys!