Abominable Snowman was the theme for Drawergeeks this week. Where else would a Yeti be more at home than a vintage household magazine? At least that was my “thinking”.
Lots and lots of making of stuff if’n you click on the “more” link. Click the image for some super yeti-zoom action.
Here’s my original sketch for my Yeti. I was attempting to get a vacant, yet vaguely nauseated expression. It’s a good thing I have a mirror.
Then I started modeling his body, blocking it in. Simple forms for a simple yeti.
Upping the resolution of the model I started sculpting his lumpies. I highly advise avoiding that phrase in casual conversation.
Here’s the model shaded. Yeah buddy!
Modeling his comestibles came next. In his case a Santa leg with a bite taken out. They’re actually quite tasty, if a bit fatty.
Here’s the snowy hills for the background. Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’
Here’s the first pass at rendering the character in the scene. “What?” you say. But, but.. this is in color. Yeah, I tried him in color. Don’t worry, all the color will be sucked out of him later.
Here’s the occlusion pass. What is an occlusion pass you ask? Well, it kind of puts little shady areas where objects are right next to each other.
Can you tell what’s different in this frame? Bingo! Yes, I started blurring the background as it gets farther way from the camera to give it some more depth.
And here I threw in some haze. I’m always slinging it around, you’d think it was free or something.
And to give it that festive vibe, I sprinkled some snowy bits here and there.
Now here’s where I converted it to a monochromatic-esque, sepia-ish image so it would look more at home in an old magazine. Click it for a zoomy version.
Finally, I started scanning in various parts of pages from old magazines so I could piece them together into a page that the Yeti could settle down into like a bag of old bones easing into a warm bath of epsom salts.
And here’s the final illustration once again. A bigger version is just a click away.