Hey Travis, for this and the previous illustrations you have been posting lately, after finishing the inks (or in the previous case the pencils) do you color on top of it? like with this piece, it doesnt look like you used markers or acrylics, was it digital? In case it was with traditional media, did you paint on top of the inked illustration?
The colors for Cadet Delta and Zeta are photoshop, Cadet Omicron is airbrushed acrylics.
I love all your work and admired it back at Wildstorm, when I was trying to teach myself to draw. And after being obsessed with the multi-media design world for so long now, it's been a real thrill to re-discover your artwork. As well as the comic industry in general and the amazing artist that make it up. While getting burned out on my daily job, it's giving me nice hobby to do and is even making it's way into my daily (as much as a client will let it anyway).Thank you, for letting us view your talent on a regular basis. Plus, the feedback on techniques and such. It's been a pleasure each time I stop by.P.S.I've used Photoshop forever and it is my right on most projects. An easy way to discover a "look" (then purposely paint it like the "look" later), is to treat it like photograph. As in, paint all the basic colors in pretty flat, and then use many of the color correction tools, as well as layering full/partial solid colors. Then blending the layer color modes with different opacities and adding distressed noise,etc slightly in areas. Blur the hell out of some of solid colored layers that are blended and then cut some to fit the shape. Do it roughly and quickly, but you'll find many "looks" that are great. Or download some actions for say, "old 60s/70s photo look", with that yellowish/red tint, for instance! Your line work, whether pencil or ink, is by far superior to... basically the human planet! And that is the eye candy for all viewers, by far. It doesn't need to much painterly detail in specific areas. But more of an overall feel that's unique as well. That seems to be how your traditional pieces are. So much so, I can tell from a distance(thumbnail on a website) by the way it's colored that it's by you
I'm really digging where you're going with the Spacegirl Cadet characters. I love how you're an inspiration not only for great draftsmanship, but great design, as well! Thanks for sharing, Mr. Charest!
Thanks so much for answering!
I'm curious about your inking. This looks to me as done mainly with pen, and I guess brush for the black areas. But there you got Jeff Spokes who inks with markers and makes it look like brush, pen and whatever he wants. So, what are your inking tools and technique? By the way, looks great to me.
Wonderful work as usual Travis, thanks for posting! If I may, I would like to ask your advice. Do you suggest that I take art classes or do you recommend practicing from art books, copying photos, etc.?
Are you making ink over pencil o how? Thanks...great work.
Wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your art with us all. It brings tremendous joy to my life.