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It’s A Kinda Magik!

Magik – Illyana Rasputin of the X-Men

I’ve been experimenting with digital artwork recently and it’s something that I’m going to be working on a lot going forward. The possibilities excite me and the work is proving to be the very satisfying as well as challenging – and I do love a challenge.

I still love working traditionally of course and one of my favourite ways of working is creating inked line art. I enjoy the control I have over the pens on the paper, I find the process soothing even if it does make my hands ache like mad. I’ve been told most artists are masochists, maybe it’s true. 😉

I thought it would be fun to combine my hand drawn inks with digital colouring and so went about drawing this image of Magik –

(The original inked artwork is currently available to buy in our store – http://www.reddlife.com/shop/)

She has always been a very interesting character and her current costume design is one of my favourites. I very much wanted to create a cartoonish / manga-esque image of her with detailed ink work for texturing.

I then took it to Photoshop and after playing around I decided I wanted a more animated look to the colours. I can do realism with traditional media and was enjoying the different feel of the digital effects. I had a lot of fun working on this and even decided to throw in some random textures from photos I took just to see what would happen –

I’m really pleased with the results, even though I know I would do a few things differently if I did it again. I’d love to know what other people think so please feel free to leave a comment on this post.

More artwork and experimentation to come.

Jack.

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