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!
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.