Monday, March 22, 2010

Mega Man 10 Cover: Start to Finish

Hey it's been a while!  So this is probably old news, but here is the "Mega Man 10" cover I did way back in November.  Initially, it was supposed to be three different boxes with each one for the Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.  In the end I wanted to do something on a more ambitious scale and decided to do one huge image, or a tryptic as they say.

So this is the first sketch I came up with as the "main" cover to get approved by Capcom.  I wanted to keep it in the realm of the amazing painted covers they did for movies back in the 1980's... seriously, movie posters are kind of lame nowadays.  When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do was to open up the Friday edition newspaper and look at the movie section and just stare at all the cool posters they had.   If the painted poster was a guy fighting aliens or monsters or dragons, I HAD to see that movie, even if they were R-rated and I was only 8 years old!  So for the Mega Man 10 poster, I wanted to invoke that feeling.  So I took inspiration from the posters of "Star Wars", "Transformers: The Movie", "Excalibur" and "Escape From New York".  I just wanted this thing to look EPIC.

So here is the first version of the tryptic.  The robots and the sizes / positioning of the characters were really different.  At the time, I didn't know who any of the bosses were for the game, so after this initial sketch was sent to Capcom, the major notes were to add bosses from the game as well as make Mega Man more prominent in each section of the poster.

So here is the final approved sketch before I went into color / paints.  As you can see, I made Mega Man more of a focal point in each section of the tryptic as well as made Proto Man more of a background character.  I updated my old robot designs to sort of match the characteristics of the ones in the video game, but not exact replicas.  And yes that is Dr. Wiley on the far right, fully transformed into a robot like his creations.  And that bird thing on his shoulder?  I ripped it off from the cover of Mega Man 6!  I just wanted to continue with the spirit of the bad interpretation of Mega Man covers.

So here's how it looks when I start painting!  I come from a traditional painting background and I pretty much approach it the same way when I work digitally.  I make a layer and just color it with burnt sienna, then I make a layer with my sketch on it and set it to "multiply" and I start my underpainting.  This is where most of the heavy lifting is done, just messing with colors, pushing back stuff, bringing it forward.   As you can see, my main problem was trying to knock back Proto Man since he was wearing red and thus getting the most attention.  So I dimmed his red a bit and also added some rim lighting to Mega Man's body with that obnoxious turquoise color from his laser.

Here you can see some of my sketch showing through and some more progress on the overall painting.

Oh yeah, these paintings were HUGE.  Each part of the tryptic had to be 18" x 24" with enough room for bleed.  So the final image had to be 55" x 25" at 300 dpi, which is pretty monstrous if you add in all the layers I make in Photoshop.  So I had to work on each part of the poster individually and stitch them back together once all the pieces were finished and flattened.  I would import a little piece of the finished middle painting into the side I was working on to make sure everything hooked up.

...and here is the finished piece.  I was pretty excited when I stitched the whole image all together.  This was such a fun and awesome project to work on!

Update:  Updated the post with the new version where I added BASS!


Mathieu Beaulieu said...

Awesome work!!!
I love the "old school NES box art" you did for the 9th and 10th.
(When I was a kid, Megaman2 was one of my favorite box art for the NES)

They did the same for the Japan. They got back to the old Famicom Megaman art. ... But I prefer yours (US version)

aaron said...

fucking amazing

weslouie said...

That is just too cool

Todd H said...

Great Job man! LOVE this!!

Anders Hansen said...

Ooh, that looks pretty cool. Great job I`d say.