Experimenting with colours – ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE covers

A good while back I was experimenting with colouring the ANDREW JACKSON IN SPACE custom cover that I did, and it got me to thinking that maybe I should be trying out this approach with more stuff. Overall, I really liked the different colour choices that I was making, as well as the textures and stuff that I was adding in. I love textures and watercolour so despite the fact that these are coloured digitally, I wanted them to have a “hand painted” feel.

Anyway, with that in mind, I’ve gone back and coloured a bunch of other AJiS stuff to see how it turned out. The colours for AJiS are really supposed to be vibrant but I wanted to push them a bit and make them a little “other worldly”. To me, that meant making them a little less primary and playing with the tones, while still making them super bright. My goal was to make them really take on a life of their own.

Check them out below.

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For the gun blast, I used the approach that you may have seen in my On the Verge work (Chapter’s 8 and 10 specifically). the thought here was that it would add to textures a bit and I think it worked pretty well.

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Toying with cut block shading. Does it work, doesn’t it work… who knows. I love the texture on the jacket though.

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Here’s the custom cover again for reference.

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My goal here was to really make you look at Jackson as he charged full speed ahead, so I simplified the colouring on the robots and then played around with the textures in the background.

AJinS-no2-Cover-InSpace

Something new here as I needed to add in the glowing effect, the face mask and the stars and space in the background. What was kind of interesting about this one is that I drew it with no real plan for the colours but it all kind of came together.

AJinS-no2-Cover-SaucyPresident

More effects to play with here as the bubbles were something different.

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