I saw a really neat photo of Gene Wilder and wanted to give it a try after receiving a prompt to draw him from the Tokyo Werewolf.
Alternate version with a nod to the black and white film Young Frankenstein. Obviously the black and white contrasting with color has other meanings given the recent news.
Even in digital, I typically start in monochromatic, as we'll see later, so the above effect is pretty easily done by placing a black color-mode layer over everything and then knocking out in a mask what you want to remain in color, which lets the underlying color peek through the black. I gave the mask some blur to make it a little more ephemeral.
This is what it looks like without all the final blurs, bells, and whistles. Still has that dreamy kind of effect from the fading colors and detail, another technique I wanted to try out here.
Here's a more cleaned-up background, which is another smalltown Tokyo photo of mine.
After getting the lines where we want, there's a round of color balancing and stuff that goes on, so this is before all that.
Anyway, so while I may not be super up on Gene Wilder's films, I do really enjoy the way he speaks. It's quite soothing to listen to him. I do remember being a bit alarmed at his mannerisms in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he seemed mean--I remember him whipping his cane to stop people from walking further when walking down some stairs. And I will always remember, and use--if only to myself--his "you lose" diatribe.
This is a newer technique I used for this piece, which I call "stacking" the colors.
Here's everything pretty straight up. I did put in a backing softened copy of the lines, and the same for the orange undertone, and I liked how these made everything read a little cleaner.
And here's just the monochromatic lines. I used KNKL's chalk brush, with his classic brush-and-erase technique.
I guess I should pick up some chocolate tonight. They do sell Willy Wonka chocolate here in Japan, but not anywhere near me, unfortunately. Meiji's pretty good.