Here's a new warm-up sketch I've been working on this week. I'm trying to work sketches I'm pleased with into poster designs or fuller pieces that I'd want to have on my wall (if it wasn't my own work). I spend a while at the end of each day tinkering and experimenting with photoshop and the colours. I'm constantly trying to develop my process with colouring and I'm enjoying trying different styles. It has such a dramatic impact on the original art.
I watched The Man Who Fell To Earth last week for the first time. Followed by the Five Years documentary (which was great). The film has a lot of Roeg hallmarks: weird sex scenes, a contempt for hand-holding exposition, and beautiful imagery. So, y'know, it was disjointed but fascinating. Bowie is brilliantly alienated and so effortlessly iconic in every shot. It's a flawed film but it stayed with me and left me desperate to draw something relating to it.
The only thing I knew going in was that Bowie was to be the only part of the image coloured white and that I'd use variations of the orange hair as the rest of the colours. I opted for a similar screenprinting registration error that I used in my Seventies sketch as I think it has a pleasing but disconcerting effect on the eyes.
A quick process note: The background and borders, like the textures I use on top, are all created out of elements I made myself (either screenprinting rolls of paint or using brush and ink on big scraps of paper). I'm also trying out some bespoke brushes in photoshop. I prefer the hands on approach though. I think using other people's textures or sourcing things like this on the internet is a little disingenuous. If you're going to spend all this time in front of the computer doing post-production on an image, you may as well get your hands dirty and have some painty/inky fun first.