Posted by Sam Garland
Yeah, I know that background is fairly lacking, but I set out on this one just to play around with some new markers, mostly. FR doesn’t usually sport no jetpack, but what the hell, this pose was a lot of fun.
Years ago I remember reading one of Mignola’s Hellboy stories where all the investigating agents dropped to the scenes of paranormal activity on jetpacks. Mignola’s fantastic and graphic way of visualizing things has stuck with me, and I always strive to try and bring a little of the magic that I see in his work to my own. While my success at that is debatable, I felt inspired by the jet wash he drew in that story. I swear it streamed out from below and behind those characters’ jetpacks, even when they were landing. However, a fellow artist-friend of mine pointed out that the jet wash/exhaust would actually be hitting the ground while landing and blowing up all kinds of dust. I may go look up Mignola’s pages and try and duplicate more of what I remember from them later, but for now here’s a quick work-up of our hero in (uncommon, for him) action.
The robot was done by hand, vectorized, and then colored by hand with Copic markers. The jet wash and dust (and shitty backdrop) were done digitally in good ol’ Photoshop.