This illustration was done for the R3 Jam on TRDL’s R3 Forum. Artists can participate in any open jams by heading here:
The subject this time: ‘Insect Characters’
I went through about 5 or 6 different ideas in my head once the jam subject was determined this week. Many options! Even if you don’t include arachnid imagery, as some of our participating artists did. But as I often enjoy doing, I decided to go back to the inspiration of my youth, those glorious Marvel Handbooks. I didn’t even get to pulling them out… I just thought about them while laying in bed on Sunday night (well, early Monday morning, as the baby was awake and upset) and remembered Mantis, whom I have never drawn but always thought was kind of a fun cross between Marvel’s space fantasy business of the 70s and a Polynesian hula skirt situation. So, once settled on Mantis, I did a little research, and discovered how far they took that character later on… skin color, ‘celestial madonna’, and so on. Nope, I was sticking with the original look.
In this one, I was working from my imagination on the pose, but i think I got a pretty classic pin-up thing going on. The alien flower in her hair was a good prop, and also a nod to both her xenoflora powers she developed over time, and the spacy nature of the character herself. I was planning on spending some time tricking out the skirt, which was almost a separate project in and of itself, so I had to ink the pieces distinctly and composite them in Photoshop, much the way I do my sequential art work. I’m pretty pleased with the results…
You can find a larger version here.
Click through to read more about it and see process pics and the like, if you enjoy such behind-the-scenes business.
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Third Rail Thrills is a series of pin-ups inspired by classic cheesecake art. Some of these pieces may also occur in my other series' such as the Propaganda Art or Bomber Girls, but the Thrills series puts them against the showcase background and they are part of a growing collection on the main site.
You can see this illustration here on the R3 Forum: http://www.thirdraildesignlab.com/fo...p?f=43&t=18111
Or here, as above, on the TRDL blog: http://www.thirdraildesignlab.com/bl...mantis-pin-up/
And you can see a larger view right off my TRDL Illustration Site, here: http://www.thirdraildesignlab.com/im...40_mantisz.jpg
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Third Rail Design Lab