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Alice and Alex Linework Part 3

Alice and Alex Linework Part 3

Next Steps in the Alice & Alex Illustration ...

I mentioned the rule of thirds in my previous post and was asked a lot of questions about it afterwards. There are many excellent explanations online but in summary if you divide the image into thirds (see above) and you position key parts of the frame at the line intersections the image has an inherent compositional strength. Here I placed Alex's head and Alice shoulder / gun at two of the intersections and made Alice take up one whole vertical line.

When the background wall is added you can see how the character placement starts to build tension within the image ...

The next step is to add color to the characters. Color theory is something I feel is sadly lacking in architectural education and I've spent years post university working to get better in this area. Because of that I thought I would break down my process here in some detail. The background wall is a predominant mix of reds and yellows and below I have blurred the image to make that clearer ...

The colors that stand out best against a red / yellow background are blues which works well here as Alice is a NYPD cop and a cop's uniform is typically ... blue.

I want Alice's head to be a focal point for the viewer so colored her hair a strong, bright blue. In the novel her hair is black so this is an artistic stretch not a crazy leap :) The color works well with the graffiti wall behind to attract the eye to the detail of the underlying sketch. 

Trousers / pants next. These have a lot of detail but as they are a background element to her outfit I went for more muted blue / grey tones here.

And the final large area of her uniform - the top. I tried a lot of different colors for this (20 - 30 variations) and settled for her hair color shifted down by adding 40% more black. I went for a darker color as I want the lettering, weapons and utility belt to stand out and putting brighter colors against a darker background is a good way to do that.

Okay - covered a lot here! I have more to come and I'm planning to share some other issues I've encountered recently regarding the book so subscribe to the mailing list or follow me on social media ...

Jim.

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Alex and Alice Linework Part 2

Alex and Alice Linework Part 2