August 24, 2012

Avengers...I mean Ex-Men assemble!

Happy Friday True Believers! Here is an illustration I finished over the summer. Hopefully, you classic fans can spot some of your favorite characters in there. This piece was inspired by an inside joke I had with myself. Usually, if an idea makes me chuckle uncontrollably then it's a good one and I go ahead with it. My wife looks at me as if I am crazy cause she cannot hear my inner dialogue with myself but that's OK. 

It's all in the name of art right? 

At least what's what I tell myself.

Anyways, here is the original drawing. The drawing usually takes me about the day.

And the finish. This process can range anywhere from 2-5 days. It usually depends on the Netflix movie I am watching.


C.Deboda said...

Ex-Cellent illustration! Remind me again, when you take your line art to color, would you usually paint over your lines or leave them showing through in the final? Or do you just colorize the lines themselves (as oppose to painting over them). I could see linework in some areas but not sure in others. Anyway, hope that makes sense and good job overall!

Patrick Ballesteros said...

Haha. Thanks man! I think this is the same question I have asked many artists over the years. I think it comes down to taste and just design habits. Some artists totally paint over the lines for me, I start my colors of with washes then I paint opaquely over my linework.

I sometimes go back and reestablish a few lines here and there to solidify my shapes but that always varies on a case by case basis. I look at older illustrators like Wyeth, Leyendecker and Rockwell to study what they do and how they carve shapes and I try to implement some of their design languageinto my own work.

Again, there is no 1-2-3 process that I abide by but its more just mileage and finding your own design process. Hope that helps man!

Edgar Cardona said...

cool pat! is that iceman in that container!? lol

Patrick Ballesteros said...

Thanks Edgar and yes it