It’s been a boring day for me but I’m going to give you all an update of Xavian. Who are the main characters in Xavian? There are five main characters, but all of them won’t appear in the first chapter. Here is the character list, let me know what you think:
Today, I worked on the highlights on Mount Huangshan and the river. The hardest part of the poster was adding in the underwater sun rays. Adobe Illustrator crashed on me three times while I was doing a live stream. As a result I had to wait an extra hour for Adobe Illustrator to render the underwater rays. It was definitely worth the wait. It created dept in the river and created a cool underwater ripple effect.
With this done I would say I’m 80% done with this poster. The last thing to do is the last touch ups. This maybe changing a few more colors or doing a drastic change in the direction of the sunlight. But I highly doubt that. Let me know what you think so far.
Now for the next stage of process. I’m adding in shadows to create dept and realism to the poster. Without the shadows the poster would stay very flat and unappealing. The hardest part was manipulating the shadows on Mount Huangshan. Since I drew so many mountains I wanted to illustrate the various mountains ranging from big, small, closer, and further away. The next part will be highlights from the sun hitting the river. Also give more details to the river. Let me know what you think so far.
The next step of the 6th poster is laying down the flats colors. This gives me the foundation on what the characters and the environment’s colors are before I put the shadows and highlights on. This is probably the most important step in the process.
The colors I chose for Darryl and David are very welcoming, almost playful-like, but still having a realistic touch to it. Since they are hippos I gave them a brighter skin tone than their realistic counterpart. The hardest part was getting the water to highlight the reflection from the Tortoises. I had to experiment with the effects menu on Adobe Illustrator to get the right effect of the water.
Mount Huangshan will probably change before I begin adding in the shadows. It doesn’t look bad, but it looks pretty boring compared to the characters. Which doesn’t bring out the beauty and dept to the mountains. But I’m loving the results so far. Let me know what you think of this piece!
Here is the inking to Darryl and David. The inking is done by my friend, Alvarex. Love the inking he did with this piece. I’ll do another live stream coloring next week. I’m pretty busy this week and won’t have much time to do one. But I’ll see how my schedule works. Let me know what you think.
Now I’ll begin the second half of the poster series with the 6th poster. This half will include the minor characters from the graphic novel series. But this time I’ll include more landscape, environment, scenery, or however you want to call it.
I got my influence for this poster from an Nigerian Folktale of the Hippopotamus and the Tortoise. Darryl and David are twin brothers who are hippos and are brothers to Xavian. They’ve known Xavian for as long as they can remember and look up to Xavian. They are a wild and sometimes unpredictable brothers but they are also calm and wise for their age. Their animal companions are Tortoises, however I changed the Tortoise into a hybrid between a Turtle/Tortoise. The scenery in the background is from China’s mountain Huangshan 黄山. I wanted to captivate my viewers the amazing view of Huangshan as Darryl and David ride on their tortoise and enjoy the view. So I gave the Nigerian story a more Asian twist to it.