Prints available: -here-
Basis for this card is krump. Started with watching lots of krump dance videos on youtube. Freeze-frame sometimes to try to capture certain poses. Did a series of quick gesture drawings to get the feel of the body and the movements of the dance.
The other aspect of this piece was the lion that would be on top of the wall. Again, a few quick sketches. Also some thumbnails for the composition.
Got the idea to have dancing shadows along the wall.Tried a few of those. Another version with the main figure just walking, along and the only the shadows dancing. Not active enough for Defiance though.
All the pieces came together. I scanned all the sketches, then played around with the position of everything in photoshop. Enlarged some pieces, shrunk others, moved the shadows around on the wall.
Finalized sketch on the board.
Did a rough color thumbnail, as I described in my previous post about Joy. Bright sky blue door to really pop out from all the other colors.
In progress painting shot. Worked from the background to the foreground. Started with the lion, because that was the easiest part of this piece for me. The grungy darkness comes hard for me!