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Cosmic Boy by AlphaCMT Cosmic Boy by AlphaCMT
This is Cosmic Boy. Latest Keith Giffen redesign interpretation. As commissions go I just decided to go completely all out! There were some challenges but overall very happy with the results. Dispensed with my usual "Kirby Krackle" tropes and decided to experiment with some cross hatching. Admittedly that's a technique that's a work in progress.
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majin88 Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Positively epic! Lovin' the crosshatching!
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AlphaCMT Mar 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Healing-Touch Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome! (Why does he remind me of Spock?)
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AlphaCMT Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! [Dark hair, stylized arched eyebrows, snazzy futuristic outfit?]
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Healing-Touch Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, that might be it. XD
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:iconrazsolo:
The cityscape(s) make it! Excellent work as usual! :)
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AlphaCMT Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you sir!
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Bfetish Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very Awesome. How long did it take you to do this piece?
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AlphaCMT Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you Bfetish! Sigh. Must you shed light on my secret shame? Lol!

Short Answer: Longer that it should have...

Long Answer: I initially conceived it as a full figure illustration. I thought it would be cool to have Rokk stand defiantly, magnetically disassembling a gun blaster. Then I reconsidered the pose, bringing the viewer closer in for more dramatic effect. So I blew up the initial sketch. I'm constantly tweaking, so I decided to angle the figure in the extreme as well. I considered the potential of a landscape layout to take advantage of a more detailed cityscape. So far so good. Traced the sketch onto good bristol and began drawing in ernest. That's where I hit a roadblock. There was nothing wrong with the overall blown up figure, but tilted in that extreme angle the neck LOOKED too long. Cosmic Boy's shoulder cuffs didn't help matters. I didn't come to this conclusion until after I had tightly penciled the figure. Ugh. This isn't right. Let's fix the figure. So I did. I have a heavy hand so even after erasing there were ghost images throughout the head and face. If this was for me, I wouldn't care. That's what I love about photoshop, I can pretty much fix anything at this point.

But this was a commission, and I owed it to the client to have as "clean" a piece as possible. So I had to bite the bullet and RETRACE the figure onto new bristol. The only silver lining in this roadblock, that after second thought I decided to shift the whole figure slightly to the left. This turned out to be a good move allowing me to show more of a futuristic city in the background.

Due to my love of Syd Mead and Star Trek, Dyson sphere concepts always fascinated me. Once I decided to go landscape it was always my intent to do my take on one. Hence the upside city above Rokk. I toyed with a curvature arching twisting city background traditionally used to convey Dyson inspired cities. I opted to keep it more simple and streamlined. Both the bottom city and top city run parallel to each other. Although if you look closely the top city has a different vanishing point than the bottom city. Minor quibble to me, as long as it looked cool. For me personally, I think I succeeded. It's important to note, my recollection of the process is almost clinical. Trust me, it was far from it. I had to put the piece to the side. I literally conceived, pencilled, and inked the Tellus piece and posted it online before I could really finish the Cosmic Boy illustration. Overall, a week and half longer than it should have to complete... but oh well. It's done now!
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